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Setting up an export preset

From: Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

Video: Setting up an export preset

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.

Setting up an export preset

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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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

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  1. 5m 57s
    1. Welcome
      2m 11s
    2. Strategies for success
      1m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 57s
  2. 39m 0s
    1. Understanding how Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop work together
      6m 25s
    2. Working with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop
      6m 35s
    3. Maximizing compatibility with Photoshop
      4m 7s
    4. Resolving Camera Raw mismatches
      7m 47s
    5. Customizing external editor naming
      3m 54s
    6. Stacking multiple photos
      5m 25s
    7. What to do when Bridge isn't seeing the raw adjustments
      4m 47s
  3. 18m 30s
    1. Setting up an additional external editor
      6m 38s
    2. Should I work with TIFF or PSD files?
      1m 3s
    3. Setting up an export preset
      4m 4s
    4. Integrating Photoshop actions into Lightroom
      6m 45s
  4. 11m 46s
    1. What are catalogs and why do they matter?
      3m 38s
    2. Where are my images?
      4m 2s
    3. The nuts and bolts of catalogs
      1m 52s
    4. Understanding catalogs, collections, and folders
      2m 14s
  5. 15m 22s
    1. Working with folders
      3m 22s
    2. Working with collections
      3m 55s
    3. The collections workflow
      8m 5s
  6. 16m 5s
    1. Exporting and importing catalogs
      7m 52s
    2. Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
      2m 10s
    3. When to use multiple catalogs on one computer
      3m 40s
    4. Cleaning up the catalog mess
      2m 23s
  7. 10m 55s
    1. Catalog backup defaults
      4m 7s
    2. Performing a better catalog backup
      3m 45s
    3. Restoring from a backup catalog
      1m 27s
    4. Optimizing catalogs
      1m 36s
  8. 12m 24s
    1. Hard drive options
      9m 50s
    2. Further resources
      2m 34s
  9. 9m 46s
    1. Setting up tethered capture
      3m 12s
    2. Custom tethered capture white balance
      6m 34s
  10. 43m 38s
    1. Enhancing eyes
      8m 59s
    2. Whitening teeth
      2m 51s
    3. Smoothing skin
      6m 45s
    4. Reducing small blemishes
      6m 56s
    5. Darkening or dodging with the Adjustment brush
      2m 29s
    6. Adding dimensions and contrast
      4m 53s
    7. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 1: Reducing blemishes
      7m 10s
    8. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 2: Smoothing skin
      3m 35s
  11. 21m 42s
    1. Understanding color space and preventing color profile mismatch
      3m 29s
    2. Monitor calibration with ColorMunki
      1m 5s
    3. Working with ColorChecker Passport
      59s
    4. Creating and exporting a ColorChecker Passport profile
      5m 44s
    5. Choosing and applying a profile
      6m 42s
    6. Saving a profile as a preset
      3m 43s
  12. 19m 0s
    1. Are your prints too dark?
      5m 47s
    2. Monitor brightness presets
      3m 4s
    3. Custom grid layouts
      3m 38s
    4. Importing and exporting custom presets
      2m 31s
    5. Exporting from Lightroom to Pictage
      4m 0s
  13. 20m 19s
    1. Designing a custom watermark in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    2. Implementing a custom watermark
      3m 54s
    3. Using a custom watermark for effect in a slideshow
      5m 54s
    4. Using a custom watermark for effect in a web gallery
      3m 31s
  14. 15m 28s
    1. Exporting images for a Blurb photo book
      6m 45s
    2. Downloading and installing Blurb BookSmart
      44s
    3. Building and designing a Blurb book
      7m 59s
  15. 17m 26s
    1. Publishing to the iPhone or iPad
      8m 45s
    2. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 24s
    3. Publishing to Flickr
      3m 19s
    4. Publishing to SmugMug
      2m 58s
  16. 17m 31s
    1. Web galleries and web hosting
      2m 52s
    2. Creating and uploading a gallery
      6m 29s
    3. Popular web gallery plug-ins
      3m 10s
    4. Installing and uploading a web gallery plug-in
      5m 0s
  17. 25m 44s
    1. Exporting to burn on DVD or Blu-ray
      5m 33s
    2. Exporting to a blog
      9m 16s
    3. Exporting for the web
      3m 26s
    4. Exporting and posting a slideshow or video
      4m 34s
    5. Creating a Lightroom screensaver
      2m 55s
  18. 10m 10s
    1. Creating a client web gallery template
      4m 1s
    2. Sending high-resolution images via FTP
      6m 9s
  19. 10m 23s
    1. Emailing images from Lightroom
      5m 31s
    2. Emailing images from Lightroom with Gmail
      4m 52s
  20. 11m 59s
    1. Installing plug-ins
      6m 17s
    2. Accessing plug-ins
      3m 10s
    3. Creative plug-in resources
      2m 32s
  21. 45m 6s
    1. General navigation shortcuts
      6m 21s
    2. Importing shortcuts
      5m 49s
    3. Library module shortcuts
      8m 15s
    4. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 1
      4m 42s
    5. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 2
      4m 29s
    6. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 3
      5m 24s
    7. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 4
      3m 39s
    8. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 5
      5m 11s
    9. Shortcut resources
      1m 16s
  22. 6m 13s
    1. General tips
      2m 28s
    2. Increasing the cache size for greater speed
      3m 45s
  23. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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