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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to master the subtleties of Lightroom 3 and maximize its efficiency. The course begins with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, stacks, and more. Along the way, Chris shows how to integrate Bridge and Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow and shares advanced techniques, including image editing with the adjustment brush, automating actions, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, and more. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here we're going to take a look at how we can optimize and automate our overall export process when we have a lot of images that we need to get out of Lightroom and we need to get to someone else. Well, here you can see in this folder, I have a handful of photographs, and the majority of these photographs were captured in order to submit them to Patagonia for use in their catalog. So what I want to do first is I want to select just the images that I want to work with. Now one way to do that is to click on an image, hold down the Command or Ctrl key and then to click on another. Or, alternatively, you can press Command+A on a Mac, Ctrl+A on Windows and then hold down the Command or Ctrl key--Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows--and click on the images that you don't want to include in this selection.
So here, we've just selected these photos. What I'm going to do next is create a collection. Now you don't have to do this, yet collections are a great way to organize things. So what I'll do is click on the Plus icon, create a collection. Then I'll go ahead and call this collection Patagonia. I'll include these selected photos, and I'll click Create. Again, this is simply a way to organize files in a way that isn't contingent upon file or folder location or hierarchy. We'll talk a little bit more about collections later, but for now, let's just say we have this group of photos that we want to export.
Well, what we're going to do is we're going to go to our File pulldown menu and then choose Export. Whenever you see dots, keep in mind that means it's going to open a dialog. This dialog allows us to export to a couple of different options. For starters, we can choose to export to a hard drive, or to an optical device like a CD or DVD or a Blu-ray Disc. Here, I'm just going to use Hard Drive. Next, we want to go through these different settings. Export Location. I'll go to my Desktop. I'll put these in a subfolder. Again, I'll put the company name in there.
I don't need to add this to the catalog because these are going to be something I'm going to be sending to them. I don't really need to keep track of these here. Renaming, I'm going to go ahead and rename these. And again, I'll just choose a custom name that makes sense. And then I'll go down to my File Settings. Well, I know in particular that for this company, they like JPEGs. They like their JPEGs to be an AdobeRGB. And what they do is they want to have these at a particular size, so I'm going to increase my Quality here. I want to bring this all the way up, and I'm going to go to Resize to Fit.
In this case, what I'm going to do is take this down to the dimensions that they've requested of me. And I'll go ahead and choose inches. And what I'm going to do is just choose the longest edge, and what I need for my longest edge is 20 inches here. Now, it's critical that I'm not going to enlarge these, so I'm going to click that on in case for some reason I have a small file in this set. I don't want to increase or interpolate the size of that. All right. Well, so far, so good. I've dialed in these different settings for my output sharpening. I'll go ahead and sharpen these for a matte paper at Standard.
Metadata, I'll minimize the embedded metadata, and then I don't need a watermark. Post-Processing, I'll do nothing once these are done. And now I've gone through all of these different options. Well, now that I've done that, what I want to do is save this out as a preset. If you open your User Presets folder, you'll see any presets that you've created. Here, I'll create one. We'll do so by clicking Add. I'll just call this "Patagonia", and then I'll simply click Create. Now once I've done that, it's going to remember all of these different settings here for all of these different fields.
In this case now, every time I need to submit images to this client, I can simply choose my preset here and then go ahead and click Export. Another way that I can take advantage of that preset is this way. Let me click Cancel for a second. Well, because I already have that preset dialed in, I can also access it by going to my File pulldown menu and then I can choose Export with Preset, and there is one of my user presets. Here I'll choose this one, Patagonia. It will then go through all of those images and create the files with all the settings that I've specified inside of that Export dialog.
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