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You can take the greatest photos ever captured, but it probably won't mean much until you get them out there where people can see them. In this workshop from digital imaging guru Tim Grey, discover how to use Adobe Lightroom 4 to share your images with the world. Tim begins with the basics, like selecting images for sharing and working with collections, watermarks, and identity plates. Then he shows how to publish your photos to the web, whether you want to upload images to Facebook or Flickr or create your own web galleries. Tim also covers creating photo books and slideshows and offers advice on getting the highest-quality prints.
Facebook has obviously become a bit of a worldwide phenomenon with huge numbers of photographic images being shared through Facebook each day. Whether you'd simply like to share some of your photographic images with friends and family, or you'd like to use Facebook to help promote your photography business. Lightroom makes it very easy to post images to your Facebook account. Here, I've selected an image that I'd like to share via Faceboook, so I'm ready to get started getting things configured. In the Library Module, I'll scroll down to the bottom of the left panel to the Publish Services section.
You'll see that Facebook is included as a published service by default in Lightroom. The first step to publishing photos on Facebook is to authorize Lightroom to actually publish to your account. This is only a one time process. To do so, go ahead and click the Setup Link at the right of the Facebook Publish Service. This will bring up the Lightroom Publishing Manager where we can click the Authorize on Facebook button. You'll receive an alert message confirming that you actually want to authorize Lightroom to access your Facebook account. You can go ahead and click OK, that will bring up your web browser and prompt you to log in to your existing Facebook account.
I'll go ahead and login. And once I click the Login button, then I'll be authorized for Lightroom to access Facebook. I'll go ahead and click the Done button and then Lightroom will finish the process. You can see I am now authorized within Lightroom here as Tim Grey. So, for my Tim Grey Facebook account. You can then specify where you would like images to be posted when you publish them through Lightroom onto Facebook. Generally, you'll want to use an album for that purpose and you can specify one of your existing albums. You could create a new album or you could simply use the wall photos album. I'll go ahead and use Wall Photos in this particular case. But note below, you could also create a brand new album. So for example, you might make a Lightroom Share album that is a place where you feature the images that you want to share via Lightroom. The decision of course is enteirely up to you.
We can also specify what we want to use for the title of the image if you've entered IPTC metadata including a title for the image, then the title can be used as the actual title for the image in Facebook. If that value is empty, you have another option and that includes either the file name or to just simply leave the title blank. For this photo, I don't feel that I need a title I'll just leave the option blank, since I have not yet updated the IPTC title field in metadata. And we also have the option as to whether or not we want to replace an existing title or leave the existing title if we're just updating a photo.
In other words, if we've made some modifications to an existing photo and we're simply re-uploading it to refresh the image on Facebook. We could also rename the image if we want to. I don't feel that I need to rename this particular photo before I post it to Facebook. For video files, we can specify whether or not we want to include video. In other words, if you have some videos that are being managed by Lightroom and they are included in the current collection of images you can also post those videos to your gallery. We can specify the image file format and quality now for Facebook. The only option available for the image format is JPEG. So that is established as the default and you're not able to change it. We can adjust the Quality Setting if you like.
I generally use an 80% quality in order to balance file size verses image quality. And I can also resize the images and there variety of different options we can choose from in terms of how the image gets resized. In order to resize the image, you'll need to make sure that the Resize to Fit check box is turned On. And in this case, we have the option set to Long Edge, in other words, the longer side of the image will be restricted to a particular number of pixels. But we could also designate a particular width and height, specific dimensions, the short edge, or how many megapixels we want the final image to be. Here, I think it makes the most sense to use Long Edge and I think I'll leave this image sized to about 500 pixels.
I don't want to apply any sharpening to the image, so I'll leave that option turned Off. I also want to limit the amount of metadata I'm including. So I'm going to just put the Copyright and Contact Information metadata preset that I had previously defined when managing some of my images. And I don't feel that I need to include a Watermark, but if I wanted to, I could turn on the watermark check box and then choose one of the watermarks that I have already created for use with my image sharing process. That takes care of all the settings I need to define in order to publish images to my Facebook account.
I'll go ahead and click the Save button, and now, my Publish Service for Facebook is established. At this point, all I need to do is simply drag images to the Facebook Publish Service and then actually publish those images. I'll go ahead and drag this image into my Wall Photos Publish Service for Facebook. Notice that I now have one image included there. I could then right-click and choose to Publish Now to publish the images that are in that particular photo stream. I'll go ahead and click Wall Photos, though. And if I switch to the Grid view, you can see that now, I'm looking at the images that either have been or can be published to Facebook.
At the moment, none of the images in my library have been published to Facebook, so I can publish the selected image now. So this is a new photo that has not yet been published. I'll go ahead and click the Publish button and Lightroom will process my image and then upload it to Facebook posting it to my Wall Photos on Facebook. Once that process is complete, you'll see that the image is now included in my list of Published Photos. So now, if I were to switch to Facebook and go to my albums, I can go to my Wall Photos album. And inside the Wall Photos album, you'll see sure enough here is my image that I have just posted to Facebook.
And that was done via Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, of course, you'll see an indication of the fact that that was the case. And of course, users could decide to Like the photo on Facebook or to Add a Comment. I'm going to go ahead and click the Like button and then I'll add a comment. There we go. So now, I've added a comment and a Like to this particular image. If I go back to Lightroom, you can find that the bottom of the right panel in the Library Module, a Comments Section.
Currently, there are no comments and no Likes. But of course, I have posted some Likes and comments, well one of each, anyway, for this photo on Facebook. I'll go ahead and click the button to refresh those comments. And as you can see, that is now updated so I can see that there was a comment posted by yours truly on this photo on Facebook. And that one person happens to be me as well has also Like this photo. But if other users similarly post comments onto the image or if they Like the image on Facebook. I'll be able to see that information right here, and in fact, I can also respond to comments by posting my own comments on the image directly right here within Lightroom simply by typing a new comment.
I'll go ahead and type a new comment for this particular image. I'll press Enter or Return on the keyboard in order to apply that comment. Lightroom will then post that comment onto my Facebook account. And so, if I go back to that same image, you'll see that my comment has been added. And so, we're able to actually interact with our Facebook friends via Lightroom. But more importantly, when it comes to sharing our photographic images, Lightroom clearly makes that task, when it comes to Facebook.
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