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In Up and Running with Photoshop Lightroom 4, author Jan Kabili introduces the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom features for organizing, enhancing, and sharing digital photos and video clips. The course shows how to import photos and video clips from a camera and from a hard drive, explaining how Lightroom catalogs work along the way, and how to manage and organize photos and video clips with the Library module. The course also covers enhancing photos in the Develop module, including cropping, adjusting exposure, recovering details from highlights and shadows, sharpening and adding clarity, and correcting part of a photo, as well as enhancing video clips. The course concludes with a look at sharing photos: posting them on Facebook, creating photo books, exporting, and printing.
In the last movie, I showed you how to make a customized Publish Service, a connection between Lightroom and Facebook that specifies how you want your Lightroom photos to be as you upload them to Facebook. In this movie, I want to show you how to use that Publish Service to quickly and easily upload photos to Facebook and to communicate with your Facebook friends about those photos. Here in the Publish Services panel, you can see the customized Facebook connection that I setup in the last movie and it includes the destination folder in Facebook to which I want to upload my photos.
The zero over on the right here indicates that I haven't yet uploaded any photos to that album. When I'm ready to do that, I'll just select the photos that I want to upload either here in the Library's Grid view or down here in the filmstrip. I'll select this photo and then I'll hold the Command or Control key and I'll click on one more photo. Then I'll click on either one and I'll drag right on top of the Lightroom pics entry in my Facebook Publish Service. And now, I'm going to click on that Lightroom Pics album.
And here in the Image window, you can see that I have two new photos to publish. They haven't yet been published. They haven't been sent up to Facebook yet. When I'm ready to do that, I'll select the ones that I want to upload and then I'll click the Publish button down here at the bottom of the column on the left or the Publish button up here on the top right. Either way, that sends those two photos up to Facebook and you can see the Progress Bar right here as Lightroom processes those photos with my settings and uploads them to Facebook.
Now, the header at the top of the Image window says Published Photos instead of New Photos to Publish. Now, let's go over to Facebook and take a look at the photos. Here's my Facebook page and if I come down here where it says Photos and click, I can see my albums on Facebook including my Lightroom Pics album and if I click on that album, I can see the two photos that I just had Lightroom upload to Facebook. I'll click on one of those and that opens it larger. So, here you can see the copyright symbol that I included in my Publish Service as I explained in the last movie and that will be automatically appended to every photo that I upload with this Publish Service.
And then if I come over here, there is a place in Facebook where any viewer can write a comment or click on Like. So, I can do this or someone else could do this, I'm going to like this photo and then I'll write a comment here. That was a great day in Lucerne. And I'll press Enter to post that comment. Now, I want to go back to Lightroom because I want to show that you'll be able to see this comment and this Like right in Lightroom. In Lightroom, I still have the Lightroom Pics album selected over here in Publish Services and in the Image window, I'll click on that photo that I just commented on in Facebook.
Then I'll go to the column on the right. I'm going to close my Metadata panel and down here there is a Comments panel. But right now, it says No Comments but watch what happens if I click the Refresh button right here. In just a moment, you can see the comment that I wrote on Facebook as well as the Like count which is now one because I liked the photo. Now, if there is for someone else who had commented, I might want to reply. And I can reply from right here in Lightroom. I don't have to go into my Web browser into Facebook. So, I can just click up in this area and I'll say, we really enjoyed Switzerland and press Enter or Return.
The comment appears here and now, if I go back to Facebook and refresh my Browser window, here is that comment that I just wrote in Lightroom up on Facebook for all of my friends to read. Back in Lightroom, that Publish Service is keeping track of what I've uploaded to Facebook and what I haven't. So, if go to a folder and I drag another picture on top of the album in the Facebook Publish Service, the number there is now three. If I click on that album and I'll make my filmstrip shorter so you can read this.
In the Image window, I see that I have two Published Photos and one New Photo to Publish. So, I can just keep filling up this Ligthroom pics album here in Lightroom and I don't have to bother uploading until I get a number of photos there and then I could upload them altogether. The other thing that the Publish Service is doing is keeping track of any modifications that I make to a photo. So, let me scroll down so you can see the published photos again. Let's say that I have already published these to Facebook and I'll make a change to one of them. So, I'm going to select this image of the Lucerne train and then I'll come up and click on the Develop module to open that photo there for editing.
Let's say that I make the color temperature a little warmer, dragging the Temperature slider over to the right in the Basic panel of the Develop module. Now, I'm going to go back to the Library and with the Lightroom pics album selected over here in Publish Services, I see that it's keeping track of the fact that I've modified this particular photo and so it's making it available for me to republish to Facebook. Or if I decide that I don't want to republish the modified one, I can just right click on this thumbnail and choose Mark As Up to Date and the Publish Service counts it as a published photo again.
So, I think you can see how powerful the Publish Services feature in Lightroom 4 is. It's a great way to connect Lightroom 4 to Facebook as well as to Flickr and hopefully the other online services in the future helping you to keep track of what you uploaded to Facebook and letting you interact with friends on your social networks right from Lightroom.
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