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In part two of Chris Orwig's Lightroom Essentials, you'll learn how to add important metadata to your images that will help you find and filter your library, process images and video, and export, email, and share photos—all from within the powerful Library module in Adobe Lightroom. First you'll learn how to flag, rate, and rank your photos and use the information to find images that match those criteria. Then tag them with locations and add keywords and identifying information that clearly distinguish the subject and your copyright. Chris also shows you how to make image adjustments with Quick Develop, and play, trim, and edit video. Lastly, find out how to export your photographs to a hard drive, email them to friends and clients, and upload them to sharing sites like Flickr and Facebook.
Another way that you can speed up and optimize your workflow when it comes to exporting your photographs, is by taking advantage of the Publish Services panel, which you'll find in the Library module. In the Library module, first what you'll want to do is select a photograph or two and then navigate to the publish services area. If you open up this panel. You'll notice that you can publish photographs to different areas. For example, you can publish to a hard drive or to other online services as you can see listed here. Well, let's first begin by talking about how we can publish our photographs to a specific place on a hard drive. To do that, what you want to do first is click on the SetUp button. This will take you to the Lightroom Publishing Manager. The first thing you want to do is, give a name to this publishing service. I like to give this my name or my initials, so I'll just go ahead and call this Chris Orwig HD for hard drive.
Then we want to export to a specific location. And what you'll notice is that all of these areas that we have here, these are identical to what we have when we're working with exporting photographs. And publishing is just another way to export pictures. It's just that we can remember certain settings as you'll see here in a minute, and this can optimize your work flow. So again, you want to work through all of these different fields. We'll choose a specific location, and I'll just call this Location Photos on my desktop. We want to choose a file-naming convention, either to rename the files or leave them as their default names as they are.
I'll go ahead and leave that as is for now. If we have video files, we can include some options there. In this case, I'm going to turn this option off because I don't have video files. And I'm going to create an export publish preset, which is focuses in on photographs. For our file settings, we can choose a certain quality. I'll save these as low resolution JPEGs or you could choose PSD, TIFF, DNG or original. Again, whatever it is that you want to do. I'll leave my quality setting, actually I'll take this up a little bit, I would like to take my quality of my JPEGs up to about 80. That tends to work pretty well.
Color space SRGB then for image sizing we can choose to re-size these photographs which is what I want to do. I'm going to re-size so their long edge isn't any longer than a 1000 pixels. We'll choose a resolution for these files, I'll take this down to 72 pixels per inch. We can define some sharpening, sharpening for the screen and standard. If we want to include metadata we can always do that or we can just include the copyright and contact information. Again, whatever is relevent to your work flow, you can make that decision there.
Last but not least, we can determine to add a watermark or not. Alright. Well, I'll go ahead and leave the watermarking option off, I almost always do. And in this case, I want to create this, or save this out as a publishing preset. To do that, just simply click Save. What will happen here once we've done this, is, it will save this out as a preset. As you can see here in our Publish Service panel, located underneath the hard drive. Well currently you can see that I haven't added any photographs to this area.
Or I do want to add this picture so I click and drag and drop that to this little area. When we click on that, it will show us which photographs we've worked on which need to still be published. So we can go ahead and click on that folder then I'll press the G key to navigate to the grid view.And here, it's showing me that I have one new photo that needs to be published. If we want to add others, we can go back to our folders and we can select other photographs to add, and then again, you can click on this and it will show you which pictures you have kind of in queue, waiting to be exported or to be published. And so again, publishing is just another way to export pictures. But what's great about publishing is it has some built-in memory. In other words, it remembers all of our export settings. And all that we need to do to publish, is to either click the Publish button here or the Publish button located in the upper right-hand corner. When we do that, it will go through this process and it will convert these files based on those settings which we defined in that previous dialog. And here it's showing me that I have two photographs which have been published. I can continually add pictures to this area.
If I have another photograph that I want to add, I'll drag and drop it there. Now it shows me I have one photograph which isn't published, two which I already have. I'll go ahead and click Publish. And that will then publish or export that file as a smaller JPEG file which I could then send to a client or post online or whatever it is. So as you can see, you could use these publish services features as just yet another way to export your files to a specific location on a hard drive. And often, you'll want to use publish services.
For those times where you're exporting photographs, the same way over and over and over again. In other words, if you know that certain clients always like their files with certain settings, well create a Publish Service for that, so that you can quickly and easily export those files. And then get those off to the client, or wherever you need to get them. Alright, well now that we've started to look at how we can use Publish Services to a hard drive let's explore how we can use some features which'll allow us to publish to other sites as well and we'll do that in the next movie.
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