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- Selecting images for sharing
- Using collections for sharing
- Creating a watermark or identity plate
- Publishing and exporting
- Creating photo books and slideshows
- Printing photos
- Web photo galleries
Skill Level Beginner
Lightroom provides a variety of ways for you to share your images with others. You can post images very easily to Facebook or Flickr for example. You can create photo books, slideshows, you can print your images, create Web galleries, there are all sorts of possibilties. But sometimes you just need to export an image so that you can use it for some other purpose. For example, I'll frequently export images from Lightroom to use them on my blog. One of the great things about the Export feature in Lightroom is that you can save presets, so that it's very quick and easy to export images once you've defined the parameters for that export. Let's take a look at how it's done.
I've found an image here that I'd like to include in a blog post. So, I'm going to go ahead and click the Export button at the bottom of the left panel in the Library module. When I do so the Export dialog will appear. Over on the left side, you'll see a series of presets. And in many cases those presets will provide you with exactly what you need. But of course, sometimes you're going to need different settings. In this case I don't have an option that configures my images ideally for my blog, so I'm going to create a new user preset. I want to export the images to my hard drive not to email or a CD or DVD. So, I'll choose the Hard Drive option, so that I can find the images a little more readily after they have been exported.
I'll export them to the desktop, but I'll put the images that I export into a sub folder. I'll go ahead and call that sub folder blog images, with the Put In Sub folder check box turned on, of course. I don't want to add these images to the current catalog, I just want to export effectively a copy of my original image. And if for any reason I'm exporting an image and it already exists in that export location, I'll specify the option to have Lightroom ask me what to do. We could also be prompted for a new name for the exported file.
We could overwrite the existing image without warning. Or we could skip that particular image, not exporting at all. If you'd like to, you can also rename the images being exported, by turning on the Rename To checkbox. And then choosing a renaming template from the pop up. Or, you can choose the Edit option, if you wanted to define a new renaming template. But I'll leave the existing file name as it is, so I'll turn off that Rename To check box. I'll go ahead and scroll down. I don't have any video files being included, so I don't need to worry about the video section. In the file setting section, I'll specify the type of file, I'm going to use a JPEG.
I could also export as a Photoshop PSD file. A TIF image, a PNG image, or the original file format. For the JPEG image that I will post on my blog, I'll increase the quality setting up to about 80%. That provides a good balance between the quality of the image and the overall file size. I'll use the sRGB color space that can help ensure more accurate colors in case someone is viewing the image with a browser for example, that does not support color management. And I don't need to limit the file size to any size in particular. If I turned on that option and specified a file size limitation, the quality would be reduced for the final image in an effort to achieve that file size limitation.
I do want to resize the image, I'll go ahead and turn on the Resize To Fit checkbox. And for my blog I typically use a pixel dimenstion of 450 pixels on the long side. So, I could specify 450 for both the width and the height value. Or I can use the long edge option and simply specify that one value. So, I'll enter 450 pixels, I don't need to worry about the resolution settings since this is not an image being printed. This is just an online displayed image, I won't apply any sharpening. Scrolling down for Metadata, I'm going to choose the Copyright and Content Info only templante.
This is a template that I've already created that only includes copyright information and my contact information. So, all the other details included in metadata, such as key words and XF information will not be included. I don't generally use a watermark on images that I post on my blog. But if I wanted to, I could turn on Watermark and then chose the Watermark template that I had previously created. Or I could chose Edit watermarks if I need to create a new watermark. But in this case I'll just turn off the Watermark checkbox. After Lightroom finishes processing my images for export, I don't need it to do anything else, so I'll leave that option set to Do Nothing. I could also specify that I want the operating system to display the location of those images, or that I want to open the images in Photoshop or another application.
But in most cases, I'm simply exporting the images and I don't need to do anything after the export is complete. So, I specified all of the settings for the export my images will be saved to the desktop in a Blog Images folder. And since I'm likely to export a variety of different images in the future to use on my blog, I'll go ahead and add this as a preset. I'll click the Add button at the bottom left of the Export dialog. I'll go ahead and enter a name for the preset, I'll just call this Blog Images and I'll store that in the user presets folder.
I'll go ahead and click Create, and now we can see that that user preset is saved for me. So, in the future if I select an image in Lightroom and then click the Export button. I can simply choose Blog Images from the list of presets on the left, and click the Export button without having to do any other configuration. So, you can see that once you have set up those setting once, things move very, very quickly the next time you need to perform the same task. I'll go ahead and click the Export button. Lightroom will process the image and in this case save it to a folder on the desktop. I'll then minimize Lightroom, and we can see there is a folder on my desktop called Blog Images. And inside that folder is the image that I just created at 450 pixels by in this case, 300 pixels.
Since I specified that I wanted the image sized to 450 pixels on the long side. So, as you can see, Lightroom makes it very easy to create a preset, so that we can define parameters for exporting images for a variety of purposes. And then, next time we're using that preset, exporting the images is incredibly simple. All we need to do is select the image that we'd like to export, click the Export button, choose the preset. And then click Export in the Export dialog, and the light room takes care of everything for us.