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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
So far, we've taken a look at how we can use the Publish Services in order to get our photos online, or in order to share them and upload them. Well, there's some other functionality built into this panel which is actually kind of interesting. What we can do is we can also publish a particular folder on a hard drive, and we can do this in order to be able to keep track of what images we're exporting, or say delivering to a client. For example, currently I'm working from this folder. It's titled beach_family, some great family photos of some friends of mine, and what I want to do is I want to deliver them some images, so they can take the photos to their lab and make some prints.
Let's just say these are all just big, RAW files. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to navigate to my Publish Services panel, and I'm going to click on the Plus icon here and choose Hard Drive and then Edit Settings. This will open up the Lightroom Publishing Manager. I want to create a new folder here. So, I'll add one connection. It's going to be a service of hard drive. I'm going to give this one a name, co - family. I'll click Create. I then need to describe this, and I'm going to give it a Description name of something that makes sense to me. A lot of times, this would be the client name; here I'll keep it kind of generic, just co - family.
I'm going to put all of these images in a subfolder I'm titling family, and then let's make our way down. We can apply some File Naming options, if desired; we can apply some file settings here. In this case, if I wanted the client to be able to print these at their local lab, I would choose JPEG, sRGB, real high quality JPEG there. All right, well, what about the Image Sizing? In this case, I'm not going to resize the images. I'll just give them huge, full, hi-res JPEG files so that they can do what they want with the images. Then we can define some Output Sharpening, in this case, I want for our paper type, a particular amount Standard.
Metadata will just minimize that, and then Watermarking, no need for watermarking. So again, these options are pretty straightforward. But one of the nice things about this particular view, as you can see some of the options that we've defined in. Well, that's one of the reasons why sometimes I like to collapse my panels, because it gives me an overview of some of the settings that we've defined. Now, the point here isn't to talk about what settings I've defined, yet I had to choose something; rather, the point is you can define whatever you want for whatever scenario you're publishing for.
Yet, in this case, we're pretending that we're going to publish these, so the client can make some prints. Well, let's go ahead and click Save. Well, once we've done that, you'll notice that we now have this little connection. All that I need to do now is to make a selection of some photos. I can do that by clicking and Shift+ Clicking, and then to drag those photos into this Publish Services folder. So, if I click on that folder, here you're going to see that I have some new photos to publish. Well, if I then click the Publish button, either up top or down below, it's going to show me the progress of this publishing.
What Lightroom is doing here is a little bit more like exporting. So, why not just use the Export dialog, you may be thinking. Well, in this case, it keeps track of what I've done. In other words, it's showing me that hey, you've published these photos already. Let's take a look at what those actually look like. So, if I navigate over to my Finder, I can see that this particular folder on my desktop is called family, and here it's created all of these different JPEG files for me. This is really nice, right? So, I have all these JPEG files.
Let's go back to Lightroom. Let's say that we realize that for this client, we haven't delivered them all of the images. We want to give them everything. So, if I go back to this particular folder, beach_family, I'm now going to press Command+A to select all, and that's the shortcut on a Mac. On a PC, that's Ctrl+A. Again, no images are selected, press Command+A on a Mac, Ctrl+A on a PC. We can see that now all of these images have been selected. Back down to Publish Services. I'm going to drag these into this folder here.
What it's going to tell me is that I have all of these photos to publish. You notice that it's telling me that I only have 24 photos to publish, yet the total number is 44. So, what's happening here? Well, there is a little bit of a built-in memory, right? Because you notice that it has already published these photos down here. So again, it remembers what I've already done; it keeps track of that for me. So, when I click Publish, what's going to happen is it's just going to export these images that I haven't yet exported, and then include those in that folder.
So, if we go back here, we'll now see that we have all of the images inside of this folder. They're all saved nicely, so that the client could then print them. Now, the one thing I do have to point out is that these are demo files. So, these aren't full-res RAW files; these are small JPEG files. So, if this were a real scenario, I would've wanted to have started with the full, big, huge RAW file and then exported them down to a smaller JPEG. Yet in order to be able to keep our file sizes a little bit smaller for this training title, I've just included the JPEGs here.
Yet the whole point is that what you can do is take files. You can then keep track of how you're exporting them with these different Publish Services. This can be really helpful, especially if you have clients that you're exporting files to quite regularly. In other words, rather than having to go through the whole Export dialog, you can define those settings. Then from there, all that you need to do is simply drag an image to a folder, and then hit Publish, and then the image will be exported and saved to the particular location, and with all of the particular settings that you've already previously defined.
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