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Lesson 7 of 42

Watermarking & Resizing Images

 

Creative Cloud Essentials

Lesson 7 of 42

Watermarking & Resizing Images

 

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Watermarking & Resizing Images

So when we left off, we had looked at how to perform selective editing techniques in the program. Now what I want to share with you is how you can easily watermark and re size your images. So we're going to make a quick export presets. We also looked at developed presets, but this time we're gonna create a preset that's just for exporting our images, Let's say at a certain size or with a certain watermark or what have you. So the way you do that, as you can scroll down, were in the library module, scroll down to the published services section and to create a new preset, you could do it a couple different ways. You can do a one off like you could respect sport images you know, singly if you want or select a bunch and do it that way. Or you can create a preset, which I think is a little bit more efficient for your time. So it's scrolled on the publish services on the left. Let's click the little plus sign to its right, and the next thing you want to do is choose go to publishing manager,...

and that's going to bring up a honking big dialogue that takes over your entire screen and you can see I've got a few presets over here saved on the left, as well as some presets that came with the program for sending images to be hands and facebook and flicker. So what I want to do is create a new ones. When we click the add button at the bottom, click, add, and then light room asked me what I want to name it. So let's say we want this preset to resize our images to say, 0 800 pixels wide, perhaps, and we're gonna add a little water mark. I post my own line pictures at about 800. I don't want to post them larger than that. I don't want to tempt any would be image thieves that are lurking out there in the shadows and want to snatch my images up and use them as their own. So let's call this preset 0 800 p x and perhaps watermark, Something descriptive that you know what's gonna happen with that preset click create. And now we can set up specialized criteria for that preset. First we can tell like room where to save the exported pictures. So if you want to put them in a specific folder, you can do that. You can click, choose to specify exactly where they're going to go. I can come over here to navigate around on my hard drive and perhaps make a a new folder, and I'm gonna put a little bullet character in front of it to make it pop to the top of this folder. We're talking about custom, how you can control how automated, automatically sorted items appear in a different order to make things pop to the top, someone to put a little bullet by pressing option or alter eight. And then we're going to call this one 800 watermark. So that way, my my folder is named kind of the same thing is my presets. So if I'm looking at my hard drive directory structure, I know what's in that folder. Oh, those are exported from light room. Or you might even include, you know, from L. R. If you want to be rule persnickety about it, precise so click create. So that's where are exported. Files were gonna go, so now I can just click choose. So now we've got that set up. If you want to do any renaming, you can do that here so I could turn on renaming and inter accustom name if I want to resize. I can do that here if I want to change file format, you know, But I'm gonna go ahead and let this stay set to J peg quality of 100%. Incidentally, if you're preparing an image for, let's say, a website and you can't exceed a certain final size, you can limit your file size right here without having to turn on. You know, specific resize, and you can say, Hey, just do something so that my image is not over one bag or five megs, be hands has a five megabyte limit. So that's another way that you can limit your file sizes by turning that check box on our there. But we're gonna go ahead and re size in the super duper cool thing about light room is that you can specify the dimensions of the longest or the shortest edge, so the same preset of work on both landscape and portrait orientation images. Okay, so let's go ahead and choose longest edge. So, as I mentioned earlier, I like to post my online images that no larger than 800. So I'm to say Long edge 800 that way it's gonna no. One and is gonna be bigger than of the 900. I don't really care about Resolution, cause this is going to the Web. Let's say so. Resolution doesn't make any difference, but you can change that here. If you want, we'll go ahead and send it to 72. We wanted to you. Now let's keep cruising on down in these settings and see what else we've got. We've got sharpening that we can apply. We've got some nice presets here. I don't want to sharpen for the screen. Well, thank you, White Room. I think that I do now that you give me the opportunity. I would like to do that. How much low amount of standard amount or a high amount when you're re sizing or images. If you go smaller with your images, it is good to add a little bit of sharpening, like another round of what the pros will output sharpening because the action of reducing your quantity of pixels in your image as we are going to do here will soften the pixels. So it's good to sharpen them a little bit before you put him on the Web. So I would definitely turn on sharpening here. Here we can add our metadata information, and we looked at that at the top of the class. That's gonna put all your copyright info tucked inside the images metadata as it travels on its journey to the great Interwebs. But here's the super cool thing is the watermark future. And when I show you how to do this and Photoshopped, your draw is gonna absolutely job because it is so hard. But in light room is simple, simple, simple. Turn on the water mark Check bark check box, Click the pop up menu and you see you got an edit watermarks section. So if I give that a click, then Light room is going to open up its watermark editor and I'll go ahead and resize that dialogue just a little bit so you can see the folks in the Batken see. So here it gives me a place to enter my watermark and it shows me what the heck it's gonna look like atop the image Is Photoshopped this helpful head? No light room is very helpful. So what I did was I pressed Option G or alter G on a PC to get the water the copyright symbol. Because that's important. Then you want to put the year, then you want to put your name or your studio name. I put my girl because that's really the important thing to me when my images, you know, swim up the stream to the web, so to speak that people know where they came from. So I would put photo lisa dot com. That would be my watermark. Now, in my personal opinion, it's a little too noticeable because I'm not posting. My image is larger than 800. I'm not concerned at all that anybody is going to steal this image of pixels, and what would they really be able to do with it? Not very much, but I still want my watermark to be subtle. I don't want people's eyes to go right to the watermark instead of the focal point of the image, so you can come over here on the right hand side and you've got all these different text options. Well, those that know me know that myriad pro in its family of fonts are my favorite funds ever. You cannot go wrong with myriad, if you ever are in a font. Choosing conundrum. Gillick. Myriad pro. It's got oodles and gobs of styles. It's got a light style such thin It's got a regular, which is a little thicker than it's got bold and it's got black and it's got a Talic Everything you need to create typographic logos or to make anything look really nice. You confined in myriad. So in light room here we can access the Web version of it, which is fine, either one, so I can choose the style here. See, I was saying, It's got different styles. The Web version has fewer styles in the desktop version, so we've got opacity, so I like to drop mine way back, and I also like to change the size of it. Now the size is interesting here in in light room because I've got it set to proportional. What on earth does that mean? Proportional simply means that the size of my watermark is gonna change According to the size of my image. So see this lets you create watermarks at work on any size that you may export to. So if I dry the proportional slider to the lift, that's how I can change the size of my watermark. So you don't have, like, a font size that you can spec in here. But you can use this proportional slider because if you suspect a font size and then you try to apply a watermark to a much larger image than 800 which was what we're creating the preset for than your watermark would not be visible at all. So that's why I keep in mind. Proportional is really nice, or you can set it to fill the space. But that's a little obnoxious looks a little horsey to me Texas girl or you consented to fill, which is extremely horsey and obnoxious and awful. So you know, if you're re sizing your images and you're not putting the whole dadgum thing up on the Web, then there's no reason you need to do something like that. It's just gonna take away from your image. It's gonna make you look like you live a fear based life right, Because why else would you do that? Um, I think it's a bad idea, so I leave it such a proportional, but I do take it down fairly small. And now, since I changed that, let's see if it'll it's still not letting us move it. But it really does. When you do this at home, it will work. I promise you. Okay, so now we can come in here and change what the inside is, and that just means how close to the edge are you willing to let it get? So I like to move mine up a little bit, so it's not quite sitting on the and but it's close. So I just got a little bit of space down there so it doesn't look like the watermarks falling off the edge of the photo. Yes, Frank is the alignment said to the page or set to the type of the size of the text box. This should be, I think, is that tracking your text box? It'll probably aligned and let me we shall see. Yeah, yeah, it's not playing along with us, but when you do this at home, it will really work. I have clearly angered light room in some way. Oh, you know what? It was probably the anchor. There we go, so you can anchor it. So I guess the alignment would be just inside that box. But here's the anchor, and that's what you get if you don't do this stuff every single day of your life, and you can also rotate the watermark. So if I wanted it to go up on the side 90 degree rotation, I could do that with these buttons right here. Very, very handy. So once we get it correct, save it is a preset, and it's interesting the way light room has you say presets, because in all but one place in the program, you do it from a pop up menu. And that was like my third disconnect that I had when I first started using the program. Where do you say, for a preset cousin Photoshopped, there's a little plus signs in different places where there's little gear sprocket menus, but in light room it's 95% of the time. Save a preset is in a pop up menu, So remember to dig around in the pop up menus. If you can't find that save as preset option. So here we go. We can say save current settings as a new preset, and I can give it a name, so I can call it 2014 photo Lisa, maybe bottom left cause you might want different watermark presets for different types of photos. Right, So click create. So now that's a preset that I can access at any time within the export preset dialog box. So let's go ahead and click done. Oh, I want to mention that you can also have ah, graphic watermarks. I know that will be a question. So appears the top right Lightning defaults to text. But if you turn on graphic, then you can navigate to a graphic on your hard drive, and that could be a logo. So I can show my favorites over here and come down to our class and incidentally, but he purchased the course. You're going to get all the files that you see here in this folder. It's almost all of the files that you'll see me working with across the course of these three days, So that's a really anything so I can come in here to my light rain folder and I can say, Where did I put it? There we go. So there's my logo transparent. If I click, choose, then that will come in on my image. So I've got an anchor to the bottom left, and now I can make it bigger so you can see it again. That would be horsing. A little bit obnoxious takes away from my photo. But if you do want to add a graphic as the watermark, this is how you do that. So I could change the capacity of it bringing up a little bit, you know, Tucker down in the right. I might want to do that on some images, so that's anything. But let's go ahead and keep it at text so I could create that graphic watermark and then come up here and save it to and anything that I save in that way. Let's go ahead and come back here. Actually, don't create that preset. But now, from this watermark men, you see, we've got the one that I saved so you could have a graphic watermark. You could have a text watermark as many of miss you want. There's no limit. But once you create that preset, it's available here in this what I would call an export dialog box. But it's really we're setting up an export preset so we could go ahead and click the one we want to apply and click Save Now if we look back over here on the left hand side of our screen again in library module in the published services panel, there's that new preset. So if I want Teoh, let's say post these images of Uncle George on the Web, I could click to select one of them. Shift click to select the last one. Light reflects everything in between, and I can click and drag those images atop that export preset. Now they stack up in a queue until you're ready to click the publish button and when you click, the publish button is when those images actually get exported with the watermark. So it's really neat. One of the super cool things is that you can set up at one of these expert presets as a target collection, just like we could the collections that we looked at earlier. So the way you do that is you control or right click on the on the preset name not on the court says Hard drive, because really, what this is is this part is telling you where the files are gonna be exported to. So it's a hard drive export. We're exporting to our hard drive at the you know, the name I named the preset, but this is the actual folder where things were happy. So this is that folder on her hard drive where the images are gonna land. So that's the one you want to right click. And that's the one that you can set as a target collection. So when you do that, then you could be in full screen mode or whatever you want. And you could just tap the Beaky bees the keyboard shortcut to add to a target collection. And those images will get stuffed right into that export preset. And then when you're ready to actually export them, you come over and you click that item in the published services panel, and then you click The button published appear at the top, right? So let's go ahead and do that. You see a little status far up here at the top left And as light rain finishes the image, they you start to see another section in here that says published photos right here. So now what I'm gonna do if my mouse will cooperate with me, Let's come back up here and let's say we make a change to one of these images that we've published. So I go into the develop module and I'll do something drastic like Make it a black and white light room Keeps track of the states the published states of your images when you use the's what light room calls, published services or an export preset. So now let's go back to a library of you by tapping G for grid. Look what's going on now. Modified photos to republish light room keeps track. So it's saying, Henny, you change something on this photo. Do you want to republish it so to republish that so it would be to re export it? Then I could just click publish. If I don't want to export it and I don't want it to end up in this section, I could just right click it and choose Mark as up to date. So that's a handy thing, he anything. It's frank working on a bunch of group of files. That's a for a wedding. Instead of exporting them directly, I could publish them to my hard drive. Then, if I go back and re edit a couple, I don't have to keep track of what I reedited. They'll just show up in the modified photo Teoh. It's really a great way. Teoh always have the current version of the image, you know, available so you can set up a many of these guys and you want. I mean, imagine the power of what we just did down here in, you know, Facebook or flicker land. So you can tell the minute that you change anything and you could republish it. These guys go straight to those websites. You know anything that you create the exports to your hard drive, you get this little icon and then underneath it you can set us many of these folders as you want. So I could right click any one of these like, let's say, this one that I've got set for I photo. I could create another published folder, so but it would. It would create another published folder at the same presets that I created so again, just to recap. All we did was we came down here in the library module to the published services panel. Click the plus sign next to Public services. Click Go to publishing Manager to add a new preset click. The add button. Give it a a meaningful name. So just for the sake of difference, let's call this one a Oh, I don't know. 320 pixel watermark Click create. Tell light room where you want those pictures to go. Change the name if you want. Change the format if you want. Limit the file size if you want. Resize the image if you want. We've got all kinds of options here. You can set a max to mention for the long edge or the short edge. Very handy. If you've got multiple aspect ratios going on, you know, pictures. You've taken what you rotated your camera. Set the Max pixel, set the resolution. Turn on sharpening or not. Add your copyright info and here's the magic adding your watermark. So when she turned that check mark on next to Watermark, then click in the pop up menu and choose edit watermarks. Then you get this watermark editing dialogue where you can type in your text and format it over here again. In my humble opinion, I think proportional probably works the best and is the least horsey or obnoxious of all the watermark options here. But you can change how you know how big it is there, and I would. If you're Uriel is fairly compact. It's a good one to put in here. Put your your oil in there cause that it's like contact info and then changes positioning with the anchor, rotated if you want, and then come up here to the pop up menu, the top left and choose Save current settings as new presets if you want your watermark to be a graphic. Instead, turn on the graphic radio button at the top right of the watermark Editor Dialog. Navigate toward the logo, lives on your hard drive, click choose and then continue to use these settings on the right hand side to fine tune How it looks when you're got that all set up, come up here to the top left and shoes save current setting XYZ preset. You have as many of these as you want? Yes, sir. Um, So you had a PNG file that I saw you pull in there so you can do like J pegs and some of the other graphics So you could make something in the illustrator and then bring it in as a graphic? Totally. I'm not sure that. So the question is, what file formats can you bring in in this watermark editing dialogue? I don't think you could bring in an illustrator file. But what you would do is if you created an illustrator, then you would save it. You would use illustrators safer Web file, safer web, and save it as a PNG, which supports transparency. So that way, you just don't get a white box around Whatever the graphic is that you're bringing in unless you want that, you know. So once you're finished, if you didn't save the watermark is a preset click save. If you save it is a preset. You can click cancel. Because once you say that is a preset in that watermark editor dialog, it shows up here in the pop up menu next to the watermark check mark. And that is how you can simply add a watermark in light room. And then when you're finished setting up your preset click save and it appears over here in the left hand side and you're published services folder. See, there's the 2nd 1 that we did. And to add images to it, all you do is go to your, uh, library sought. Come back up here. I'm in library module, but I need to get to a different a folder. What? Say the develop one right here So you can either drag and drop images onto that published service or you can right click. The publish service said it is a target collection. And then if we come down here, let me open this photo in full screen mode. So I'm cruising through my photos. Remember to turn on that caps lock for auto advance, because if I want to add this flower shot to that expert preset, all I have to do is type B auto advances to the next image because I turned on caps lock so quickly. If I had one finger on the being one figure on the right arrow key on my keyboard, I could go through here and I could say yeah, one expert that Yeah, I want to export that. You want to export that and someone and so forth Very, very efficient faras time. So a press have to get back out of full screen mode. And now when we come over here to the watermark, we made go back to G for good mood so I can see all my whole thumbnails. I can see all the photos that I need to publish. I can click, publish and light Room's gonna give me the status update and you can do many tasks at one time. I don't have to sit here and wait until that status bars complete. I could I could trigger another export. I could go in the develop module. I could create a photo, but I could have anything I want. You don't have to sit here and wait on light room. Once you have published an image. If you make a change in the develop module, light room knows about it. So if I change this one to black and white and I go back to the library grid mode by pressing G, I can see that ah light room is offering to republish that photo for me if I want hugely powerful stuff. Um, I'm just new to the IPad. You might cover this. I think what we're where would be the ideal, too? The location to save your pictures if you want it to be going to your IPad when you're done. Like if you made a group to publish out and you want them eventually to end up on your it doesn't matter Just wherever you know, ITunes handles all of your getting things on and off of your IPad. So it just depends on what older, you know, you have ITunes set to grab images from to sink. Yeah, it's all handled items. Do you think if I tunes like the hub for your IOS devices between your computer and the IOS devices, so ITunes handles You know what, exactly you're sinking onto your IPad when you when you plug that you could make that say, go to ITunes or No, you can't make it go to ITunes. But you can direct ITunes to a folder. Yeah, so that's the expert presets. So that's how easy it is to set up presets in light room. Speaking of presets, what I want to do now show you where they live on your hard drive and show you how you can copy them to the creative cloud for access on other machines. So let's open light rooms preferences by choosing light room and preferences and click the presets tablet appears at the top. And this button right here show light rain presets folder. Go ahead and give that a click and it opens up that folder on your hard drive so you can see I'm in the adobe folder. If I can get my mouse to go up here, I'm all the way in applications support. You know, I may not have known that that's where those presets lived, but light room is happy to open that presets folder up for you. So now what we want to do is we want to open the creative cloud. So this is the first time we've been in the creative cloud app since we started this class. It looks like two interconnecting sees or a cloud, so it will appear as a Mignolet in your mini bar. So give it a click and we want to click on the files tab right here. So you get 20 gigs of storage space on the creative plowed adobe servers. And you can use that to transfer files back and forth between you know, people or what have you So click files. And then what I want to do is click open folder. Now, I've already got my presets folder open here is that lightened folder right here? I can expand its flippy triangle to see that. Oh, those air. Indeed. When we find something where I have an actual preset there we go. So all your presets air in there. If I wanted to copy all of my presets to the cloud, I would simply dragon drop to that folder. Right now they're uploading to the cloud. That means if I go to another machine and I log in as my adobe, I d in any of the creative cloud programs. Then I could access the cloud on those on the machines and copy those settings down now. Photo shop in light room. There is a button inside of those programs that let you sink the settings to the cloud light room Doesn't have that yet, but this is how you would do that. Even though we don't have a dedicated button in light room that says sync settings like we do in photo shop in Illustrator. So this is how you would copy your presets to the cloud, and then you could access them on another machine. Like I said, by logging into your adobe I d And using the creative cloud at you can also go back to the creative cloud app. If I choose open creative cloud dot com, then I go to the website that's dedicated for this kind of thing and you can see your presets here. Okay, so this is the folder that I just uploaded right here. Live in class. Isn't she brave? So from here, I could scoot this window out of the way so I could drag and drop a folder for my desktop into this browser window. And it would be doing the same thing as dragging them into the Creative Cloud folder. Whichever way you want to do to me, if you don't Yeah, it really doesn't matter which way you do it. But if you want to share these settings with somebody else than come to the creative cloud website Okay, So we got here by clicking the creative Cloud icon, choosing files and clicking creative cloud dot com. Now you see these little downward pointing arrows. If I give that a click, look at all the options I've got, so unfortunately, I can't email a folder. But tomorrow, when we get into creating these beautiful direct mail postcards, we're going to upload one of those. And if I click the downward pointing triangle on that one, I gotta send a link option so I could send that to a client. They could make comments on it. I'll see those comments, and they don't even have to have my application in order to see the file will see it right in their Web browser so I could send them a comp of a design to see if they like it. And they could give me feedback very, very efficient here. But so that's how you would sink light room presets. Even though we don't have a dedicated sync button yet, I suspect that we will get one in the next version or so, but that's how you do it

Class Description

Adobe Creative Cloud is an essential toolkit for photographers — but navigating its many programs can be overwhelming. Join best-selling author Lesa Snider for a comprehensive course on how to harness the power of Creative Cloud to build a thriving photography business.

Lesa will show you how to grow your photography business with Creative Cloud’s suite of applications. You’ll learn how to build promotional materials, how to create and customize a professional-grade portfolio website with Behance, add compelling elements like slideshows, audio, and video, and display your portfolio on any mobile device — even in printed book form. You’ll also learn how to use Photoshop to create a professional and engaging video portfolio to showcase on your website, iPad, Behance, or burn onto DVD.

Lesa will also cover how to use Kuler to grab a color palette from a favorite image for use on your website or promotional materials, as well as how to use familiar drag-and-drop tools in Adobe Muse. By the end of this course, you will be able to create a full-blown website worthy of your work, with light boxes and slideshows to showcase your portfolio, and contact forms to gather leads.


Software Used: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 

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