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You can share photos and video clips from Lightroom directly to Facebook and other social media sites online. The first step in sharing to Facebook is to set up the connection between Lightroom and Facebook. I'll show you how that's done at the time that I'm recording this movie, although the details of this process could change in the future. The general approach that I show you here should work for you. I'll start here in the publish Services panel in the column on the left of the Library module. I'll click the Facebook connection Set Up button and that opens the Lightroom Publishing Manager. Where I'll fill in the fields over here for the Facebook account.
I'll start at the top in the Publish Service section and I'll type a description for this particular publish service. Because you can have more than one Publish Service. So, I'm going to type lr5 to fb for Lightroom 5 to Facebook. Then, I'll go to the Facebook account section, and I'll click on the Authorize on Facebook button to set up the connection between lightroom and Facebook. I'll click OK, and that launches my default web browser where I log into Facebook. On the next screen, I'll click the Connect button.
If you see another connect button you can click that one too. Otherwise just continue through the prompts. And now I have a message that the connection is successful and I can return to my device, which in this case means Lightroom. Back in Lightroom, the Lightroom Publishing Manager is still open. And here I'll continue to fill out the fields choosing paramenters for the way that I'm going to be uploading photos to my Facebook acoount. And the Facebook Album section, if you already have some albums set up in your Facebook account, as I do. You can choose one of those albums from this menu. Or you can click, Create a New Album, let's do that. I'll create a new Album for photos from Belgium.
There are some other fields that you can fill in at your option. You can also set the Privacy settings for this Album. So if I want only my friends to see these photos, I can choose Friends Only, for example. And I'll click OK. In the next section I can choose the title that will appear on each photo that I upload to Facebook. I'm going to change that to File Name, which will be taken automatically from the Metadata for each photo. And here I can choose what I want to happen if and when I update photos that I've already uploaded to Facebook. I'll leave that at it's default, too. Then I'm going to scroll down.
And in the file naming section, I have the option to change the name of the photos that are being uploaded to Facebook. If I check this box, then I can click this menu and choose from these various file naming conventions that we've seen in other places in Lightroom earlier in the course. Like the Export window and Lightroom's Rename command. If I'm going to change file names, then I'm going to keep the original file number in the new name. So I might chose this file name convention, for example. Custom Name plus Original File Number. And then here in the Custom Text field, I'll type some text that will appear in every file name before the file number.
So I'll type fb for Facebook. And here I can see an example of how my files will be named. If I'm planning on uploading video clips, I'll make sure to keep, include video files checked, and I'll leave the video format at h.264 and the quality edits default. If you want your video files to be smaller, you can choose a lesser video quality from this menu. I'll scroll down and notice that in the File Settings section, Image Format is grayed out. That's because all photos on Facebook are JPEGs, so I can't choose a different file format, but I can start with a different file format in Lightroom.
For example, I can upload a raw file from Lightroom and it will be automatically converted to a JPG. Here I can choose the Compression Quality. If I want my file sizes to be smaller, I can lower that quality. But the lower the quality, the more the risk of downgrading the appearance of the files. So I wouldn't make quality too much less than the default. An here I can choose to limit the total file size of the files. You may want to check Facebook's help files at the time that you're uploading photos, to see if there are any limitations to file size.
I'm just going to leave that unchecked for now. And then, in the next section, I can specify the maximum dimensions of the photos that I'm uploading to Facebook. Again, you may want to look at Facebook's Help file at the time you're uploading to see what the limits are on file size. I'll leave this set as you see it here with long edge set to 960 pixels. And I will check don't enlarge in case I'm uploading a really small photo, I don't want to enlarge it's dimensions. Then I'll come down to Output Sharpening. Even if I've made changes in Lightroom's Sharpen section of the Detail panel, I usually like to do Output Sharpening as well.
So I'll check Sharpen For and leave this set to its default of Screen. And I'll leave the Amount set to the default of Standard. I'll scroll down a bit more. And here, I can specify how much Metadata I want included in the photos that I upload to Facebook. If I leave this set to All Metadata or I change it to All Except Camera And Camera Raw Info. Then I have the option to remove any location information in the Metadata which you might want to do for privacy reasons. But I'm actually going to upload with less than all Metadata, I'm just going to go with Copyright Metadata Only. To keep things small and simple.
Finally, I can choose to include a Watermark on top of each photo that I upload to Facebook. I usually leave this unchecked, but, if you like you can check this and go with the Simple Copyright Watermark. Or you can come to this menu and choose, Edit Watermarks, and here you have lots of options for setting up whatever watermark appearance you prefer. You can have a Text watermark, upload a photo and have a Graphic watermark. And here you can see a preview of what the watermark is going to look like. So this is what the Simple Watermark would look like if I left it at that.
I'm going to Cancel out of this and I will leave that set to Simple Copyright Watermark for now. So when I'm all done filling out the fields in the Lightroom Publishing Manager. I'll click Save. And that will close the publishing manager and over in the Publish Services Panel, you can see the lr5 to facebook publishing service that I just sat up. And beneath that, the name of the album or collection, that will contain the photos that I upload from Lightroom to Facebook. Now that you know how to setup the connection between Lightroom andFacebook.
I'll walk you through the process of uploading your photos, from inside Lightroom, to Facebook.
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