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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to master the subtleties of Lightroom 3 and maximize its efficiency. The course begins with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, stacks, and more. Along the way, Chris shows how to integrate Bridge and Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow and shares advanced techniques, including image editing with the adjustment brush, automating actions, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, and more. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here we're going to explore how we can publish and export our photos directly from Lightroom to SmugMug. In order to do this, head to your Library module. Then go to under Publish Services, and in Publish Services, you're looking for the SmugMug icon there. Next, we'll click on Set Up. This will then take us to our Lightroom Publish Manager. We'll go ahead and give this a description here, and I'll call this "chris orwig - smug." I want to authorize this, so I'll go ahead and click Authorize Account. Now what this will do is it will launch our web browser and ask us if we want Lightroom to have access to this, so we can upload there.
Sure, we'll authorize that connection. And once we've done that, we can go ahead and just navigate back say to our connection here on SmugMug. All right, we'll great! Well, let's go back to Lightroom, and in Lightroom, we're now done authorizing this particular connection. That will show us briefly what we have authorized here. Now we have a few options. There are some SmugMug Settings specific to this particular site. We can Show Advanced Gallery Dialog, a Hierarchy, Gallery Settings. And you want to become familiar with those if you're going to use SmugMug.
For now, I'll leave it on the default, Sync Hierarchy. For File Naming, we can choose to Rename our files. JPEG settings, whatever we want. Well, this is kind of interesting because SmugMug is not only a place to share photos, but if you have a higher-level account you can actually create prints. So based on the way you use it, you're going to need to choose the appropriate quality, i.e., if you want to create prints, use a higher quality and a higher file size; if you're not you can use a lower quality. In this case, I'm not going to create prints from this site, so I'm going to down to something like 70, 75, along those lines, or 80.
Next, we'll go to our Resize to Fit, and here, I'm going to choose my Long Edge. Don't enlarge this, and just something that's good for viewing on a monitor, like 800 pixels or less typically works well. How about Metadata and Watermarking? Well, that's completely up to you, and this is just preferential, if you want to include this information. All right. Well, now that we've dialed in those settings, click Save. Back to Lightroom over here. And here, we can see in the Publish Services dialog, we have this little folder, and there we have a demo connection. Well, what we can do then is drag an image to that particular location.
We can also drag multiple images, for that matter. Let's go there, view this in that Grid View mode, by pressing the G key, or by clicking the Grid icon, and then next, we'll click Publish. What this will do is it will export and upload this image directly to SmugMug. And once that has been published and exported, we can go to SmugMug to see how our image has been uploaded. Let's do that. Here I'll go back to my browser. And in my browser, I'm going to go to my little homepage here. And then there is that demo gallery I just created.
We can click on that. And here, you can see the thumbnail and also the larger image that we just uploaded.
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