Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Publishing photos from Lightroom to Facebook, part of Lightroom 5: Sharing Photos Online.
Now that I've set up my Facebook publish service, let me show you how to use it to publish photos directly from Lightroom to Facebook, and to keep track of those photos. I'm going to select one photo that I want to upload, this photo of a dog. I'm going to open the metadata panel, so that you can see that I have a title for this photo here in the title field. If you don't have one there you can type one in. I'll select another photo to upload, maybe this one of a street painting in Provence. And then I'm going to drag both of those photos on top of the Provence collection in my Facebook publish service in the Publish Services Panel.
So I'll click on either one of those, right on the photo, not on the frame, and drag on top of the provence collection. Notice that there's now a number two to the right of the collection which means that there are two photos in that collection. What's important is that those photos haven't been uploaded to Facebook yet. There simply sitting here in this collection as new photos to publish. See you can gather as many photos as you want and then publish them all at once when you're ready. When I do want to publish these photos, with both of them selected here, I'll click the publish button, and the progress bar shows me that Provence is being updated.
Now those two photos appear here under published photos, and as I publish more photos to Facebook this section will fill with more thumbnails. Let's jump over to Facebook to see these photos as they're published there. I'll right click on either one of these photos and I'll choose Show In Facebook. In my web browser, that takes me into Facebook right to one of those published photos. Now, the way that you get around Facebook might change from time to time. If that happens, just take a look at Facebook's documentation to see what's changed. But the general idea will remain the same, which is that these two photos are here on Facebook, in my Provence album.
So, if I click back to Album, here you can see thumbnails of the two photos, in the Provence album. I can go to my timeline, by clicking my name here. And you can see this post on my timeline with the French dog photo. And here is the title that I entered into the metadata panel in Lightroom translated into the Facebook title of the photo. If I scroll down further, you can see the second photo that I uploaded. I'm going to go back to Lightroom now.
To show you that I can publish more photos. So, I'll go to this Folder in the Folder panel. These are my original photos in Light room. I'll click on another photo, like this one, and drag that onto my Provence collection. Now there are three photos in the provance collection, if I click on the collection You can see that the photos are in two separate sections. Let me make the thumbnail smaller so you can see that. I have my two photos that I already published down here, and my new photo to publish here. If I click publish, that moves the new photo to the published photo section two.
And if I were to go back to facebook, I would see that third photo on facebook as well. So those are the basics of sharing photos directly from Lightroom to Facebook. But there's more. Let's see what happens if you make a change to a photo. So, I'm going to take this photo, which i think is a little bit over saturated, and I'll move it into the develop module by pressing D on my keyboard. And here I'm going to lower the saturation of the photo in the basic panel, by dragging the saturation slider to the left. So I'll make a much more subtle, desaturated version of the photo.
And then I'll go back to the library module by pressing G on the keyboard, and as you can see, the photo was moved from the Published Photos section to a new section, Modified Photos to Republish. Now, this photo hasn't been republished on Facebook yet. Light room is just reminding me that I made a change to it and I may want to replace the old photo with the new one. If I decide that this really isn't a big enough change to warrant replacing the old photo on Facebook. Then I could right click on the photo and choose mark as up to date.
And the photo would move out of that modified photos to republished section, but instead of that, I do want to go ahead and republish photo with the change because I want my best version of the photo on Facebook. So, I'll click the Publish button. And that sends that photo up to Facebook. But first, I get this warning, telling me that if I do this, the new version will go up to Facebook, but the old version won't be automatically deleted from Facebook. I have to do that myself through my web browser. And the message also says that if I have comments and likes on the old version, those won't be automatically transferred to the new version. That's okay.
Let's go ahead and click upload, to send the new version up to Facebook. Now the new version is in the Published Photos section, and, if I right-click on that photo, and I choose Show in Facebook, that switches me over to see that photo, here in Facebook. I'm going to click this double-pointed arrow to open the photo in the photo viewer. I'll close the photo viewer, and I'm going to go back to my album. Because I want you to see that now in the album, I have both the old version, the saturated version of the photo here.
And the new desaturated version. So, if I want to remove that saturated version, I need to do it from here in Facebook. And this is just an idiosyncrasy of Facebook. Some other publish services will automatically replace an updated photo, on the service. But Facebook can't do that, so, I'll go ahead and hover over the photo, to bring up this little pencil tool. I'll click the pencil tool on Facebook, and I'll choose Delete This Photo. I'll confirm that deletion and now I have only the desaturated version, here on Facebook.
Let's go back to lightroom again to show you one last thing. Lets say that I decide that a photo really shouldn't be on Facebook at all. I want to delete it completely. Maybe this photo of the street painting I'll select the photo in the Publish Photo section. I'll right click, and I'll choose Remove from Collection. That moves the photo to yet another section labeled Deleted Photos to remove. If I want to get the photo out of the Provence Collection in Lightroom, I'll click the Publish button.
Again I get a message that this isn't going to delete the photo on Facebook, but it will delete it here in Lightroom from the collection. So I'll click okay, now that photo of the street painting is gone from my Provence collection which only has two photos in it. But, if I right click on any photo and go back to Facebook again And go to my album, you can see that the street painting photo is still there, so again I would have to remove it manually from here in Facebook. If I don't want it in my Facebook album any more either, so, that's how to publish photos from Facebook to Light room and keep them updated with the most recent changes that you make to your photos in Light room.
But there's even more. And that is that you can exchange Facebook comments from right inside Lightroom, as I'll show you next.
- Exporting photos for the web
- Choosing export settings
- Creating a Photoshop action to export Lightroom photos
- Setting up a Lightroom-to-Facebook publish service
- Exchanging Facebook comments via Lightroom
- Working with collections in a publish service
- Publishing photos to Flickr, Google+, and Behance
- Exporting to a hard drive
- Emailing photos