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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.
Let's take a look at how we can speed up our overall exporting workflow with a couple of different techniques. First we'll explore how we can use the settings that we used previously in order to take advantage of those. We'll also take a look at how we can use Presets. Well for starters let's say we want to export this image. If we go to File pull-down menu and then choose Export, what you'll notice is that in the dialog it will remember the last settings that you used, whatever they were, in this case exporting to a CD/DVD. Well rather than going to this menu if you know you want to use the same exact settings as before, well, click Cancel here and you just go a little bit further down the menu, File > Export with Previous.
In other words export with the previous settings whatever those were and this is actually really helpful because so often when you're exporting files you're doing kind of the same thing you just did, no need to redial in all of those settings and do it all over again, right. We just choose Export with Previous, this will then prepare this file to be burned to a disk, save this file out and then eventually open up that dialog, so that we could burn this file to a CD or DVD. Alright well, I don't want to do that with this file, so I'll go ahead and hit Cancel.
We can also do something else. Let's choose another image. Let's say we want to export this one. We can go to the File pull-down menu, you'll notice you have presets; Export with a Preset. Now, these are the Lightroom preinstalled presets. We could choose one of those options or what we could do is go to Export and here we could then create one of our own presets. Let's say I want to burn full-size JPEG's. If I click on that, by default it takes it to a CD or DVD, I don't want that. I want a hard drive, so I'm going to select Hard Drive.
Next what I'm going to do is I'm going to choose a specific folder, perhaps one on my Desktop and I'll just call this one JPEG. Next, not going to rename the file there but for my File Settings I want a Quality of 100. For the Color Space I'll use Adobe RGB (1998). No Resizing, by default if you don't resize it'll kick out the full-size image. Output Sharpening, well this one's going to be for a print, so I'll choose a Matte Paper at Standard and then I can choose Metadata if that's relevant.
After this is done, I'll go ahead and choose Show in Finder. Now in this case, I kind of have these generic settings, let's look at them, here they are. I'm going to save it to a folder called JPEG. We have File Setting, just full-size JPEG, no Image Resizing, Standard amount of Sharpening, and then show this in Finder. Well it'd be nice of course if I could save this as just kind of my default export to my hard drive, my desktop, full res JPEG, because you need to do that quite often, a client needs the full res JPEG.
It'd much better to have a preset dialed-in and set up rather than having to do this every time. So here we'll just click Add and I'll go ahead and just call this one JPEG-Full-Size. I'll go ahead and click Create. Now to use this we could simply click on Export. The great thing about this now is once this is set up we can choose another image even before the export is done and go to File and then choose Export with Preset and then select that JPEG-Full- Size one of the presets we just created. This will then take place in the background and there you can see we have that, both of those files in that folder, full- res, full-size JPEG's without a lot of effort.
Alright just a couple more things to show you here, one is we can also access the Export menu by clicking on this button here. This opens up the same exact menu that you get to by going to File > Export. Then the last thing I want to point out is that sometimes if you want to export the image just as it is out of Lightroom, you can kind of cheat, so to speak. Check this out, I'll press F2 to exit full screen mode, press it multiple times until I'm out of that mode. I'm just going to drag this over to the left. If I want to take this DNG file out of Lightroom, export it out of Lightroom, I can also simply click on it, drag and drop and what that will do is it will then copy that file out of Lightroom.
Now the trick is, is that if I've applied settings to this file I'm going to lose some of those things. So this isn't always the best way to do this. Yet there are situations say, when you have a JPEG file like in here and you just want to drag and drop it, you haven't processed that file in Lightroom, well that may work. Now I mentioned it's cheating in a sense, because it's not really the proper way to do things, because you're risking losing some of your work that you've done in Lightroom. So that's why I'm showing this here at the end, not the best way but it's good to know that you can do that if you need to.
It's almost always better to go through that Export dialog, because by doing that you can be really particular and make sure that all of the settings will be included with the file once it's finally exported.
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