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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
We're going to take a look at the process for setting up the Publish Services functionality in order to be able to export and upload photographs to Facebook or Flickr. Now the process that I'm going to talk about here is identical to the process of working with video files and we've talked about that previously. Yet here I want to talk about photographs because I know there are some of you out there who are just going to work with pictures and not video files. So let's take a look at how we can do this. The first thing you want to do is to navigate to the Publish Services panel, then click on the Plus (+) icon and go to the Publishing Manager.
This allows you to dial in settings for your different accounts. Here I'm going to choose Facebook and for Facebook, I'll go ahead and put my name there, CO - Facebook. Now this one is already authorized, again, because I've done this previously and because I'm already logged into Facebook. It remembered that for me. Now if you're not authorized, all that you need to do is to simply click on Authorize Facebook and then log into your Facebook account and you'll be good to go. Next, you'll probably want to dial in a few settings here in regards to what do you want to do with the title of these files.
Do you want to use a custom name or just the filename? Again, you can choose that. For File Naming, I'm going to go ahead and choose not to rename the files, just leave this as is. Next, do we want to include video files in this Publish setting option? Well, yeah, definitely. Just in case you're going to upload videos at some point, leave that one on. File Settings, what about our Quality here? Quality of about 70 or 80 should suffice. Resize these images to Fit? Well, we want to make sure not to enlarge the files and because these are going to be on Facebook, typically you need a pretty small file.
So I'm going to take this down to 500 pixels wide or tall. Next, Output Sharpening. I'll sharpen for the Screen, Amount is Standard. Remove Location info, don't need that there. I will include a Copyright & Contact Info, and that's good. I'm going to go ahead and click Save in order to save those settings. Well, now that I've done this, over here, we can see we have our Facebook-Publish Service connection set up. Let's set up the Flickr setting as well while we're here. I'll click on Setup, this takes me back to the same dialog and I'll just write out CO - Flickr, I'll go ahead and log in to this account and authorize it.
Now here it's going to ask me if I arrived to this by way of Lightroom. If you have, you click this box on the right- hand side and I'll go ahead and click Next. Once I've done this, I'll click OK, Authorize, and then I've successfully authorized the application Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Okay, well, great! I'll drag it off to the side. All right! Well, back here I'm going to click Done because I'm now officially logged in and I've authorized that account. For Flickr, I can use the title using an IPTC Title or I can just choose the Filename.
I'll choose that, I think that will be fine, and then I want to include video files in case I use those. File Settings, let's crank up our JPEG Quality there a little bit. Then Resize to Fit, if we're going to use these on Flickr, typically you can get away with a larger file size. We'll go to Long Edge. I am going to just take these up something like 1000 but I don't want to enlarge the file anymore than needed. And again, your Image Sizing, it's really up to you, your own preference and how you use these different sites. Output Sharpening, again, it's for Screen and Standard. Metadata, I'm going to change this to Copyright & Contact Only, and then I'll make all of these pictures Public.
So again, as you can see, this is really identical, it's almost like walking through the same thing twice, but I'm just setting up both of these accounts. The great news here is you only do this once. Once you've set it up, you're good to go. All right! Well, let's take a look at this now. Now that we've set up both of these services, we're ready to upload a photograph to both sites and I'm going to choose this picture here and simply drag it to that there and then drag it to this Photostream here. Now I can publish these by clicking on the Photostream and I can either go to the Grid view so I can kind of see if it's published and click on Publish here, or I can just click this Publish button down below. Same thing, I'll go to Facebook and then I'm going to just click on the Publish button here.
Once this has been completed, it will give me a message in the top left-hand side of Lightroom here. It's updating my wall photos or my Flickr photos. Let's take a look at how these appear in these different accounts. I'll go ahead and pull back my browser here for a second and let's go to this particular site. What we can see now is that I have this photograph here which is kind of nice. I can view this a little bit more closely, nice to see that and see how that looks on that site. Next, I'll go to Facebook and at Facebook, I'm already logged in, so I'm going to go ahead and navigate to my wall here, and here you can see I have this photograph again on this particular site.
What's amazing to me about Facebook, I think to all of us, is someone already likes that picture and it literally was just uploaded seconds ago. It's kind of funny; it's a little bit of a knee-jerk reaction which kind of brings me to an interesting topic on this whole idea of uploading to these different sites. One of the reasons why you may want to do this is one, just to let people know you're still shooting, what you're thinking, kind of get some feedback on ideas. You want to keep some of your special images back. It's not the best idea to put your portfolio necessarily on Facebook or Flickr.
So you want to come up with some sort of a strategy in regards to the type of content you're putting up there and then try to be somewhat consistent with that so that you can get some good and valuable feedback and also lead so that you can continue to shoot more pictures. I should say too, one of your strategies could just be fun, and that's one of the reasons why we take pictures. So maybe your whole point is just to share pictures just for the fun of it. That is definitely valid. All right! We are wrapping up our conversation about this. It's a really simple process.
Once you've set it up, you can then continue to add work to those different sites. And the nice thing about that is it's kind of created in a workflow which is pretty seamless and you can almost have this take place behind-the-scenes here not even really thinking about it. When you come across a good image, just drag it over there and hit Publish, and voila! It will be up and online.
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