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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.
Flickr has become one of the more popular online photo sharing websites. And Lightroom makes it remarkably easy to publish images to your Flickr account. I found a photo here that I'd like to post to my Flickr account. And so in the Library module in the bottom of the left panel I'm going to go to the Publish Services section. And there I'll find the Flickr publish service. Before I can actually use Lightroom to publish images to Flickr, I need to set up my account. I'll go ahead and click the Setup link at the right of the Flickr publish service here and that will bring up the Lightroom Publishing Manager dialogure. The first thing I need to do here is to click the Login button so that I can login from Lightroom into my Flickr account.
I'll click that button. I'll receive a confirmation message from Lightroom. I'll go ahead and click the Authorize button, and that will bring up my web browser and give me the opportunity to sign in to my Flickr account. Because I've signed in previously on this computer, it remembers my Yahoo! ID from my Flickr account, so all I need to do is type in my password and click the Sign In button and I will get into my Flickr account. Flickr will then ask me for a confirmation that I actually want to let Lightroom publish to my Flickr account. You'll want to read the text carefully here.
On the left side it's suggesting that if you followed a link from your Email, an Instant Message, your Twitter account, or a web page. That was not associated with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, you should click the Next button over here on the left. In other words you are not coming to this Flickr page from the right source. If on the other hand you specifically ask Adobe Photoshop Light Room to connect to your Flickr account. Then you'll want to click the next button here. So make sure you're clicking in the right spot. That happens to be the Next button on the right side. I'll click that button, and now Flickr asks for an additional confirmation.
That provides details of exactly what Lightroom is able to do on your behalf through your Flickr account. So you'll need to make sure that you're comfortable with that, and then click the OK I'll Authorize It button. At this point, I have successfully authorized Lightroom to access my Flickr account. So I can close this browser window and then simply click the Done button. And now Lightroom is set up for Flickr, but I want to check the settings for the upload. If I've added a title to the IBTC metadata for my images, I can use that value as a title for the image on Flickr. I can also choose the file name or to leave it blank. In some cases, I actually do add a title to the image's metadata, so I'll leave that option set as the default.
But then over on the right you'll see that if that value is empty you can choose the file name as an alternative. You can also choose to just leave it blank but I will leave the title field set to file name in cases where the title is empty. We can also specity whether we want to update the title if we're also reuploading an image. You want to replace it with a new title or do you want to leave the exisiting title alone? If I'm uploading one of my photos I certainly want to upload the title as well, so I'll leave that set to replace existing title. You can rename your images if you want to, in this case I'm not going to worry about renaming the photos that I'm uploading.
We can also specify if we want to include video files if they were selected as images to be published on Flickr. And if so, you can specify the video format, as well as the quality setting that you want to use. I'm not actually uploading videos at the moment and so I won't worry about this setting for the time being. Under file settings, the only option for the file format is JPEG. But we can specify in image quality setting. I typically use a quality setting of around 80%, which I find to be a good balance between file size and image quality.
We can also choose to resize the image if we want to. On Flickr, you can actually upload your full-resolution images. So it's not necessary to resize the image, but I think I'm going to resize this image so that it fits within the constraints of 1,000 pixels by 1,000 pixels. I'll also go ahead and turn on the Don't Enlarge check box, just in case any of the images I'm uploading end up being smaller than that. Then they won't be increased in size which obviously could make the quality suffer just a little bit. I'll scroll down. I'm going to leave the Sharpening off, for the images I've published to Flickr.
And under metadata I'm only going to include the copyright and contact information. This is a meta data preset that I had created previously so I'll choose that option. And then scrolling down I think in this case I'll include a water mark. I've created a Tim Gray with website so this is sort of a promotional water mark that includes my name and my website address. I'll include that as a watermark for the photos and I'll specify in this case that the images can be seen by anyone who visits the Flickr website. You don't have to be one of my friends or family to see the photo.
I'l leave the safety setting to save, this message is not inappopriate for anyone. I could specify that it was moderate or restricted for example if I were posting an image including nudity but I am not in this case obviously. I could also choose to hide the image from public sight areas on Flickr if I wanted to. And then under the Type option we can specify whether it is a photo, a screenshot or something else. Obviously in this case I'll be posting just photographic images. So that takes care of all of the settings I need to concern myself with for Flickr.
I'll go ahead and click the Save button, and that will establish my Flickr Publish service. So now I have my Flickr photostream ready to receive images. I'll go ahead and drag this image into that Photostream. And then I'll click on the Photostream. Now I could right-click and choose Publish Now, but I'm going to go to the Photostream itself. I'll switch to the Grid view here. And this way I can see the new photos that have not yet been published, and any photos that have already been published. I'll go ahead and click the Publish button, and then Lightroom will process this image, and post it to my Flickr Photostream.
Once Lightroom has finished processing and publishing my photo. I can go to my web browser and look at my Flickr photoscreen and sure enough you can see that my moss on rocks photo has been added. I can also comment on the photo if I'd like. I'll go to the comments page for this photo and I can type a message. Hey, that's cool! Of course, that's a little bit biased since this is my own photo. Note, by the way, that we do have that watermark that I included for the photo. I'll click the Post Comment button that will post the comment here on my Flickr Photostream.
But now if I switch to Lightroom at the bottom of the right panel you'll see that we have comments available. If I click the refresh button then Lightroom will go check my Flickr photostream and look for comments for all of the photos that have been published. And for this particular photo it happens to be the only one I've published so far. You'll see that that comment does show up. I'll go ahead and add a comment. Greetings from Lightroom. I'll go ahead and press Enter in order to apply that comment. And once Lightroom has processed that comment.
You can see the status has finished, up in the top left. I can go back to my Flickr page. I'll refresh the page for this photo. And you'll see that my greetings from Lightroom message shows up just as we would expect. So we can interact with our photos and of course with our friends and other users on Flickr directly via Lightroom. So as you can see, working within Lightroom to publish images on Flickr is incredibly easy. We're able to interact back and forth, and more importantly publish images with ease.
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