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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here we are going to interrupt our conversation about exporting to briefly talk about publishing. Now publishing is just another form of exporting. The reason why I want to talk about this here is we can do the same exact thing that we've done with exporting with publishing, it just has a little bit of a different built-in memory. Let me show you how this workflow works. What you can do is go to your Publish Services panel on the left-hand side in the Library module and click on Set Up. This will open up the Lightroom Publishing Manager dialog. Now what I'm going to do is go ahead and just give this a name.
I will give this a name CO, my initials and I'm going to call this Desktop and then jpg (CO - Desktop - JPG). Again I want to export or publish files that are going to my desktop in a folder called JPEG and I want these to be full res JPEG files let's say. Well here I will choose the Desktop I will put them in a subfolder. Again I'm just going to name this JPG. Well how do I want to rename the files? I'll keep them as is. Do I want to Include Video Files? In this case, I don't, I am just kind of working with images so I am going to check that off. File Settings, I can choose my JPEG and Quality; crank that all the way up.
Choose the Color Space of Adobe RGB (1998). No resizing, Output Sharpening, I am going to Output Sharpen for Matte Paper on Standard. For Metadata, I will change that to my Copyright & Contact Info, Watermarking no need for that and then simply click Save. So again what that did was it set up these settings which looked a lot like my Export settings. And what I can then do is I can click and drag an image to this export or Publish Services settings that I've defined.
And I could also for that matter, select all of these images by pressing Command+A or Ctrl+A, and then dragging these to this location. I can go to different folders if I have other images, like these here that I want to bring in or publish out, I can drag those there as well. In other words, Publish Services, it allows me to kind of target files in an interesting way. Rather than having to select them and going to File > Export, I can just kind of tuck them away over there. It's almost like they are in a folder or in a to do box, and then when I'm ready to publish those files, well I can just click on those images, in this case these 28 and I can click one of the Publish button, this one here or this one up top.
And what will happen when I do this, is these files will then be published or exported and they'll be sent to this particular folder. And here you can see it's just showing me all the files that have been published and that they are in that location. Now if I want to pull up that location, I can go ahead and exit out of Lightroom for a moment, see if we can find that folder, close that window there and bring this folder over for a second. And here we can see if we open this up, we now have all of these files here. And these are different files right.
Some of them were the files from the beach_family folder, others from this Melissa folder, and they have different filenames and whatnot. And so you can see you can do here is you can export files out of Lightroom by way of this Publish Service panel. So in a sense, publishing and exporting well, it's pretty similar. They're two different ways to do very similar things. Well why would you want to use Publish Services? Well like I said, what you can do is simply tuck files away in there and then publish kind of when you're ready.
And this is a nice way also to keep track of things. For example, let's go to this Travel folder. I'm going to go to the Travel folder and drag a few more images into this Publish Services location. Now when I do that and I click on this, these two areas are divided up. New Photos need to be published these ones which already are. So why use Publish Services? A different way to do the same thing, but it also has the built-in kind of memory of remembering what you've done or what you haven't done. Have I already sent that file out? I have already exported it, well here; it shows me yeah that one has already gone out.
Or these three haven't, I will go ahead and publish those off and those are now part of this Publish photos folder and also they are on the desktop as well.
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