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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.
Before you can share images, you obviously need to identify which images it is that you'd like to share. Fortunately, Lightroom provides a variety of different ways that you can go about that task. I'd like to show you the basic approach that I tend to take when selecting images that I want to share in some way. The key, in my mind, is to narrow down the range of images that are included as available images. So that it makes it a little bit easier to identify the specific images that you want to include in whatever method you're going to share.
Whether that be a photo book, a slideshow, prints, a web gallery. Any method of sharing that you're going to use obviously will only focus on a relatively small number of images in most cases. In the Library module, I'll go to the left panel and I can scroll down to the Folders Section. For most photographers, the folder structure on your hard drive becomes a primary method of organizing you photos. And so, you can navigate to a particular folder in order to chose which specific images you would like to have available for sharing.
In this case, I'll simply choose a folder that contains a hand full of images that I might like to share. And then, I can review these individual images in order to determine which I might like to share. For example, let's assume in this case that I simply want to post a couple of images on Facebook. I don't want to include all of these train photos, maybe just one or two of my favorites. I can use a variety of methods for identifying which specific images I want to share. In some cases, I might have already used Pick Flags, Star Ratings, or Color Labels in order to identify my favorite images in a particular folder. And so, I could filter based on that criteria.
Let's go ahead and use a Pick Flag as an example. I'm currently in the Gird View display which enables me to see all of the images in thumbnail form. But I can navigate among the images on the Filmstrip, so I'll switch to the Loop View so that I can see one image at a time. I can then use the Arrow keys to navigate among the images as I try to decide which ones I'd like to include when I post the images on Facebook. For example, so I'll start at the beginning of a list here. I can add a Pick Flag to an image, simply by pressing the letter P on the keyboard, so let's say this one I'm going to pass on.
I'll move to the next image. This one looks kind of interesting, it's an interesting perspective. So I might like to share it, I'll go ahead and press the letter P to add a Pick Flag to that image. This one looks kind of interesting. That one not so much. This I kind of like with the sky, some snow on the hillside, etc. I think I'll add a Pick Flag to that image and that one shows some motion blur, as does this one. but neither of them is really resonating so I think I got just two images that I might want to share. Of course, when I go to share these images in a variety of ways, there are several things that I could do. I could select individual images, I'll go ahead and click on the first image that I flagged.
And then on Windows, I can hold the Ctrl key, on Macintosh the Cmd key, and click on the other image, since they are discontiguous. If the image is in between I also wanted to include, I could have held the Shift key while clicking on that second image. But now, I'll just switch to the Slideshow module just as an example of how we can identify which images we want to share. You can see that I have a relatively small number of images on the Filmstrip because I have a relatively small number of photos, only seven of them in this particular folder.
I also have two images currently selected. But you'll notice that, at present, the Slideshow module is set to the all Filmstrip Photos option. So, all of these images would be included in a slideshow if that's how I was going to share the images. But in any of these modules, I can also choose to only include the selected photos or to only include the flagged photos. Now in this case, selected and flagged will produce the same subset of images since I selected the images that I had previously flagged. But this gives us a sense of some of the various options that are available to us in sharing our images. Again, we first want to select those images.
And whatever we can do to streamline the process of selecting those images and to narrow down to as small a subset as possible. For example, you might search by keywords. You might filter by Star Ratings, Color Labels, or Pick Flags. There are a variety of things you can do to narrow down that range. So that once you're working on the actual process of identifying how the images will be saved, you don't have an overwhelming number of images to work with.
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