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Exporting Images

Lesson 26 from: Adobe Lightroom Classic CC Workflow for Photographers

Daniel Gregory

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26. Exporting Images

With the editing complete, get those polished images out of Lightroom to share to social media and more. In the final lesson, Daniel walks through the different export options, including exporting presets, renaming files, resizing, metadata, watermarking and more.

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Exporting Images

But now let's jump over into the export dialog box because that's the other way to get things out of light room. That all the work you're like I'm not printing. I'm on instagram er all the stuff on instagram. So first crop, everything square, make it easier on you. Um, but you're gonna go to export and in here your export options. So you've got some options here for different things to export in. Send something to email DVD In general, everybody's gonna not everybody. A lot of people on hard drives, your exporting files You want to appear somewhere on your hard drive export to you're gonna choose desktop or the other one for presets. It's nice if you're gonna do a preset for your exports. It's like units to Graham Export client export printing export cause you can choose the folder when what that means. When the preset runs, it will pop up on a dialogue box and ask you where you want to save these. If I choose desktop and save, this is a preset is just always gonna dump to the desktop.

So sometimes it's nice to have that option. And it's also nice of Adobe to put in are useful for presets. In this case, I'm gonna choose the desktop. I could put it into a sub folder. I could add to a catalogue if it comes to a file where it's already has that name and has the option to choose a unit a new name overwrite without warning or to skip. I always ask what to do. I never wanted to overwrite without warning. I mean, in theory, the name shouldn't be the same. But sometimes I export something really like, Oh, that it was bad or something and I redoing an export. It would have the same name. So sometimes, having that little pieces good I don't want it to skip, because that means there's already a file on the hard drive. That's not correct, because I'm exporting again, so I usually have it. Asked What to do takes workflow if I need to file rename it. So I spent the work to come up with my file naming to be consistent the catalogue. But I'm sending the work to some place where they may say, like, say, you're sitting to a jury show or a competition or your camera club and they're like your files need to be called X. They need this information in, um, this is on export. You can come in and specify any of your presets that you already had for naming or you could build your own or customized for the export. So this case, if I choose custom name and original file number custom name, I can put camera club and in the file number so that when it exports, it will have that. So again, I don't have to monkey with my actual organization in light room that stays consistent. I don't have to rename the file there and have it export. If I'm exporting video, I've got options for video. And then down here, I've got the file setting format so I can export a JPEG psd a tiff, file the original file, whatever it was or a DMG. If you're not a DMG user and you're sending the photos to somebody who's gonna help you edit, it's good to send a dean. Geeks, all your edits will be in the DMG taken important. Look at it. If you're going to the Internet, though, you're gonna be choosing to J pic. Um if you're going to be sending a file off to somebody to print may be your third party company tells you we prefer to get the tiff. We prefer a tiff format. So here you could choose. This is where you would choose a tiff format. So on that export, you pick whatever it is the appropriate ones. In this case, I'm gonna choose J Peg. And here's the color space so I can choose s RGB display p three, which is the apples display interface color space. I've got the adobe RGB and pro photo. I could also select other and there's my paper profiles. So, for example, if you all knew you were gonna I was gonna print something for you and we had tested that I could just Can you just embed the paper profile into the image and give it to me that way? So that's why 1/3 party company might say, Give me the J peg with that in there every time I've ever seen him, I like just give me us rgb Alright, Don't were You don't want to mess with that, But you do have that option to change that and then The quality is, the higher the quality of the bigger the fire will file will be. If you're going to the Internet, you're going to your web page. You're going up Instagram, you're going Facebook or something. Used to be 70 was about the number we would put in there for quality was hold enough of the detail, but shrink the file enough to go from, like one meg k and you're killed on all your s CEO. All your engine work is on speed of how fast images load. I've got that quality down. Some are changes in the 55 60 range, and I'm having a hard time seeing on, like the difference between those so some of my like header stuff persistent stuff online will be 70 quality, but I've dropped that quality and looked at 60 and I'm not seeing enough of a difference on some of my images. They would have warrant the change there. So if I can pick up the speed in the smaller graphic now, if I exported it 16 it doesn't look quite right. A bump the resolution up, um, and get that way. Image sizing. I can resize the image. Um, my favorite here is percentage. I'm that sarcasm percentage Because a lot of times when I think about expert in my photographs, I'm like, man, I think I should export that 10% of its original size, uh, heightened with the mention. Ah, long egg shortage. So a lot of times, it's great if you've got your website template or the pleasure centers like Sinise, no longer no bigger on the long age than 1200 pixels or the height. Like for my website. I've got an area like the graphic can't be higher than 1600 or it starts to crop itself automatically. However, they wrote the thing, it just chunks it off. So I know in here that if I set my long edge at 1600 pixels, I'm good now, Resolution. If you're not going to inches, whatever. Okay, um, it's gonna make it bigger, and that's an unnecessary hit. But if we had more time, I show you I could do one pixel. I could do to 40. If I tell you how many pixels long it is, it's less Jermaine on the number of pixels per inch. But if I change that two inches. That resolution becomes really critical. Okay, so but in general rule of thumb for the Internet, d p. I. Is the general thumb I had to do with the whole reason that where that came from is the old days monitor. Dp I Resolution of 72. Now it's or higher. So part of that was about making sure it looked good on screens. And it's a legacy holdover output sharpening. If I'm doing J pegs for printing, I'll do my output sharpening for glossy or matte paper. I check on that. It's the same option I had before my doings for screen Matt glossy. And then how much do standard amount on a matte paper? If it's going to print, I output sharpen. If I'm going to screen, I don't. And the reason for that is unless you're projecting it onto a wall that is 10 feet wide by 20 feet tall, you're not gonna have enough resolution on the device to really pick up the level of sharpening that would be applied. This is where you decide how much metadata you want to include in the file. Um, my default normally is just that the copyright only unless I need to add more debt made it metadata in. So I'm sitting out the minimum amount. But if for some reason you do include contact info, it's nice to have in there. So if somebody grabs your photo downloaded off the Internet and your metadata isn't over their contact info and they want to buy your photo or hire you at least have an idea of where you might live or where you come from. Now, I don't know if I put my whole address in there and hours that I work and things like that. But if I put in Daniel J. Gregory Langley Washington, that's enough that somebody should be ableto narrow down of the photographers. You know who that is? Do I want to add a watermark or not? So in coming here and create a watermark, but the watermark, you've got a little screen down here to show it so I can change the offset of word A appears I can change the size, uh, changed to a graphic import my graphic, um, water markings. Custom option. But if you want, with watermark in there goes on export and then post processing is what to do After the export happens. Show me the photos starting up in Adobe. Put him in the email. So there's some different options for their but in general for Web export s RGB J peg. And that way, when you look at it on your phone, your friend looks at on their computer, things will look much better if you've got a set up like this and you're like, This is my normal Web export at a preset we have export. I create that. Do OK with that export created. Now, let's say like these 10 images are ready to go to the Web export. Here's Web export. Click that off they go. I don't have to go back into the export dialog box. Don't have to worry about the settings. Don't have from where they are again makes it consistent. I know it's gonna do the same thing every time. So if I export once probably would worry about it. But I export for the Web a lot, so I have a Web exports and I have it like instagram twitter Facebook because they all have different requirements. Two other little quick tips not directly related to printing one. If I'm on a folder and I want to move to collections, I can right click on a folder on I can choose Create a collection. So if you're in the cleanup world occurred to me, some of you might be more paranoid about your scenario. Like I got all this folders and I want to move to collections. Click on the fuller Choose Create Collection. This is a test, and now if I come back to my collections, this is a test. So there's where the images that were in that folder so you can quickly move your folders down into your piece. The other one is a completely a complete hack. And this is about workflow management. So some of you are trying to get in the habit, doing the right thing. Okay, They're at the bottom of your panels. So if I collapse on my panels here, screw appeared. Get these collapsed. Sometimes you see a little flurries down here and under preferences in her face. There is this panels marker. It's the end of the panel marker. I put the Flores, you see that little flurries appears all right, you also have the option to create a custom image to appear there. So if I go to the panel's folder, here's the panel in Mark's folder. Lived in the light room, the weather windows or whatever, you just select. That'll pop open that folder and you can drop in image in there. When you do that, you can then select that image to appear as your flourish. So instead of the pretty little icon so in my workflow three images air for editing. Four images, Air Done five is printing. Don't forget to change the star ranking to four when editing is complete. Okay, so I go into the develop module. Oh, look, that's over there. Oh, look, it's over there everywhere. Is this a little reminder to help me with my work flow? Now, if I decide later that I got to be a genius and I no longer needed that particular help, I go back into preferences. I go back to the folder, I go into that marker. PSD hope it in photo shop. There's the file, and I give myself a new workflow message. Save it stoplight room, restart light room and your new workflow tip will be down there. So more than just a little for now, you could put a graphic down there in a little picture and keep yourself happy flowers, puppies or whatever. But it is a little place that I do occasionally remind myself with. Some work, I would say, is a final message. Is that a couple of things? One we've talked a lot about, like stain organized and getting organized and getting editing consistent and that workflow. But at the core, photography is about having fun and experiencing and seen and that the work to get this way so we actually have more time in front of the camera and that less time behind the computer. So if you find yourself feeling like, oh, I'm overwhelmed small bits just take on renaming your photos this week and then take on that next week. Don't give up being behind the camera. Creating the work is actually what's important, and the other piece is whatever you're trying to solve, remember, you're solving it for yourself. So when you talk to somebody about how they do something, don't just adopt anything blindly, really think about how would this help me? How would this move me forward. It's similar to how you would do your own photography. You wouldn't just adopt portraiture and start shooting as if somebody else is doing it. You're trying to be your own voice or own artists, your own person and your workflow should be very similar to that. That's where your style is going to come from and you're not gonna recognize it. But that process is gonna let you emerge out what you're supposed to be, and you'll find that consistency there. So don't get overwhelmed and stick with it. But just small little bites and be passionate behind the camera. All this is about less time doing this work. Beautiful. Want to make sure that everybody knows how Teoh follow you? How they can keep in contact? Listen to your podcast all of that. Great. So my podcast is the perceptive photographer, and it's on all places. Podcasting on then website is Daniel J. Gregory dot com, and Silly Dog Studios dot Art is the studio space that we're in. You've got my email address, their on social media. It's Dan Brekke photo, and if you have any questions or whatever, feel free to reach out, and I'll do the best I can to answer him. If you just put creativelive or seal on your subject line, is gonna send me email that will flag me, that it's related to this and that you're important and not somebody who's less important.

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a Creativelive Student

I watched this course live. Really good!. Of course, I like all of Daniel Gregory's classes. It's a real treasure when one finds a really good teacher who thinks like oneself. I thought that I already knew Lr well so I was really surprised about how much I learned from this course. I learned so many ways to improve my workflow efficiency.

Anne Dougherty

I was impressed by the amount of information covered in depth, and by Mr Gregory’s teaching style. I’m somewhat new to Lightroom and found his explanations of its capabilities, and why you would use it rather than Photoshop for specific processes, enormously helpful. I especially appreciated his lessons covering printing. This is invaluable information. Great class.

Warren Gedye

This was a great course. Daniel certainly explains it well and in terms I can understand! Super worth it and learnt loads of new tricks! Great job!!

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