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Publishing to a folder

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One of the main reasons to use Publish Services, as we've seen, is to upload our photos to a place like Flickr, to get our photos out there. We can also use Publish Services to publish our photos internally to one of our own hard drives. Now, one of the reasons why you might want to do this is like in a particular situation where you have a client shoot. Like I had recently. It was a commercial shoot for an energy drink. I had all these raw files. Well, they needed TIFFs and JPEGs. So what I did was I took the raw files and I published them locally and then I sent them these files. Well, let's pretend in this particular scenario that our client is my mom and dad.

Publishing to a folder

One of the main reasons to use Publish Services, as we've seen, is to upload our photos to a place like Flickr, to get our photos out there. We can also use Publish Services to publish our photos internally to one of our own hard drives. Now, one of the reasons why you might want to do this is like in a particular situation where you have a client shoot. Like I had recently. It was a commercial shoot for an energy drink. I had all these raw files. Well, they needed TIFFs and JPEGs. So what I did was I took the raw files and I published them locally and then I sent them these files. Well, let's pretend in this particular scenario that our client is my mom and dad.

I have these photos, which are captured of my mom and dad at their anniversary, and they're all raw files. They are not going to know what to do with raw files. So they really need JPEGs that they can take to the lab and get printed. So what I first need to do is to create a new Publish Services connection. So I'll click on the plus icon and go to my Publishing Manager. Here I am going to add a new connection. I am going to call this one client - parents. Again, you would name this whatever the respective client name was. I am going to save this to the Desktop to a particular folder I'm calling client-parents.

You want to keep in mind that you can't change this folder once you've created the connection. File Naming, well, I don't need to do anything here. Yet, if it were a real client, you may want to customize the name so that it makes a little more sense to the project. File Settings. Well, in this particular case, JPEG, sRGB, because that's what most digital labs print to. Quality setting is really high. Image Sizing, what do we need to do there? Well, I'm going to take this to something like inches rather than pixels, because that's a little confusing. I'll go to inches. Typically, labs print at 300 pixels per inch.

I am going to go to something. Let's say they're going to print 6x6 at the largest size. So now I have this Width and Height so it fits inside of those dimensions. Now, Output Sharpening, typically I want to sharpen for a different type of paper. Glossy Paper is what I know that they are going to use and a standard amount typically works best. Now, if I need metadata, which I don't, I can include that, or if I need a watermark, which I don't, I could include that as well. Now that I've done that, all I need to do is simply click Save.

Well, now that I've saved that connection, you can see that I have these different Publishing Services connection. Here's this one for my parents. What I would do then is click and drag the photos that I want to send to my mom and dad. I'll go ahead and pick a couple of these and then drag them over. When I click on this connection, it says, hey, these are the new photos to publish. Now, the nomenclature is a little bit awkward, because what you're doing when you publish in this particular case isn't actually publishing.

It's a little bit more like exporting. So let's see how this actually works. So what I'm going to do is I'll go ahead and publish these files. It's going to take all of these images, and it's going to publish them based on the settings that I defined in the Publish Manager and put them in a new location. So it's showing me the new photos to publish and the ones that its gotten through. We'll go ahead and wait for this to be complete. All right. So it's gotten through all those photos, and it shows me that those are now published. Well, if I navigate to my Finder, and I'll go ahead and do that, and I navigate to this folder I created, client- parents, and open that up, we can see that I have all of those photos in that particular folder.

They are all JPEGs and they have been processed, again, based on those settings that I dialed in in that Publish Services dialog. Well, let's say that I go back to Lightroom and I realize you know what, now that I'm thinking about it, my mom would really like one of our family pictures. So I'm going to go ahead and click on a couple of those and I'm going to drag them to this Publish Services folder for my client, who is my parents. Now, when I click on this connection, it says, "You have a couple of photos that you haven't sent to the client." Now, this is really helpful, because a lot of times you send clients photos.

It's hard to keep track of which ones they have or which ones they don't have. So in this particular case, what we are doing is we are exporting, but what Lightroom's calling it is publishing. This publishing gives us the ability to keep track of these files. It's saying, what have we done, what haven't we done, and here all that I need to do is click Publish. And then it's going to go through and process these files and resize them to the appropriate dimensions, appropriate type of sharpening, etcetera. And now when I go to that folder again, here we're going to see that those two files have now been included in the mix.

So one of the things that you can start to imagine is that this Publish Service feature can be really helpful for client communications. It can also be really helpful for delivery of images. The issue here is that all of these images exist in a folder. The next step would be to burn them to a CD or a DVD or to get them somewhere else. Now, another reason why you may want to use Publish Services is you may want to create a folder and it's a folder that you publish certain images to, so that those photos can then be included on your iPhone.

So again, don't let this particular example limit the functionality of this feature. You have to show something and keep in mind that you can do so much with this Publish Services. Well, that wraps up our conversation about Publish Services to a particular folder on a hard drive.

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Lightroom 3 New Features

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  1. 14m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 26s
    2. Comparing Lightroom 2 with Lightroom 3
      12m 27s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 20m 32s
    1. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 54s
    2. Importing photos and movies from a CF card
      6m 31s
    3. Adding and importing photos from a folder
      3m 51s
    4. Synchronizing and finding missing photos
      4m 16s
  3. 34m 46s
    1. Filtering photos
      4m 0s
    2. Working with collections
      5m 1s
    3. Modifying image and thumbnail overlays
      3m 17s
    4. Crop presets and overlays
      5m 43s
    5. Using Auto Sync
      5m 33s
    6. Working with movies
      7m 13s
    7. Using Smart Collections for video files
      2m 10s
    8. Focal length filtering and Smart Collections
      1m 49s
  4. 19m 10s
    1. Setting up Flickr publishing services
      3m 47s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 4s
    3. Publishing to a Flickr Photoset
      3m 56s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 11s
    5. Publishing to a Smart Folder or Smart Photoset
      3m 12s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. How sharpening works in Lightroom 3
      4m 48s
    2. Introducing noise reduction
      4m 45s
    3. Applying sharpening and noise reduction
      8m 23s
    4. Adding a grain effect
      4m 31s
    5. Using the Collections panel
      5m 42s
    6. The Adjustment Brush
      5m 48s
    7. The Graduated filter
      2m 10s
    8. Adding a vignette
      5m 45s
    9. Improvements to the Crop tool
      1m 59s
    10. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 40s
    11. Understanding the Point Tone Curve
      3m 10s
    12. Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
      4m 2s
    13. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 46s
    14. Enhancing images with Lens Correction
      3m 6s
  6. 5m 16s
    1. Adding audio to a slideshow
      5m 16s
  7. 11m 13s
    1. Introducing the custom print package
      3m 42s
    2. Working with the custom print package
      7m 31s
  8. 8m 46s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      2m 12s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      6m 34s
  9. 7m 41s
    1. Optimizing and backing up a catalog
      2m 49s
    2. Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs
      2m 13s
    3. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      2m 39s
  10. 27m 21s
    1. New presets in the Develop, Web, and Print modules
      3m 26s
    2. Importing and working with CMYK images
      5m 55s
    3. Bonus workflow tips
      4m 51s
    4. Adding watermarks in the Print, Slideshow, and Web modules
      1m 20s
    5. Making creative watermarks
      3m 20s
    6. IPTC Extension metadata
      1m 16s
    7. Exporting by file size and with watermarks
      1m 51s
    8. Exporting collections
      3m 22s
    9. Ejecting an external hard drive
      2m 0s
  11. 1m 44s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 15s
    2. What's next
      29s

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