Exporting Images for Clients
And I do this every single time, every single file, always do Save As, and whenever you're using Capture One, and you set up your session, so, before I started my tether, I went to File, New Session, I named it Creative Live day one, and hit OK, and when I did that, it actually sets up this folder that looks like this. So you'll see, Capture folder, this is where all of the pictures go when you're tethered and you're taking pictures. They all get dumped into this capture folder. You'll have an Output folder, a Selects folder, and a Trash folder. This is set up automatically by the software when you set up that new session. So with that in mind, I'm gonna go back to Photoshop, and I'm gonna go to File, Save As, and I'm actually gonna go and, we're inside of that folder, Go back to it here, so this is the capture folder, we'll go to CL Day one, I'm gonna go to Output, so I'm gonna save any edited files that I edited in Photoshop, and again everybody has their methods, this is my Miguelit...
o method, I'm gonna save this edited photo in the output folder, I'm not gonna save it as a tiff, because the file's gonna be massive, I'm actually gonna save it as a Photoshop or a psd file, that will retain all of the layers for me to go back if I need to make adjustments. And I'll just go ahead and hit Save, and you can check Layers, make sure that's checked off, 'cause you don't wanna lose all of the adjustments to where, if you need to change them later, you're SOL. Hit save, it's gonna say Maximize Compatibility, hit OK. You'll see down in the bottom it's gonna take a little bit, it will save. And now if you go into the Output folder, whenever it's done, you'll see that psd file here. And usually what I'll end up doing in this Output folder, is I'll create an edits folder, and I'll dump that psd in an edits folder, I'll make a print folder, which is where I save the high res jpeg that I'm gonna show you in a sec, and I'll make a web folder, where I save a smaller quality photo, that I'll adjust and upload for Facebook and Instagram, and Twitter and all that good stuff. So to save this for the web, you're going to go to Export, and you're gonna go to Save for Web Legacy. This is my personal method, you could do Export As, but what I've found is, if you do Export As, sometimes the color changes from what you see on your screen to what it saves as a jpeg, I don't know why, I don't know if that's like a glitch, or what the deal is, but whenever I do Save for Web Legacy, which is the old, tried and true way that I used to do it, it always works, and you never have any problems. So, this will open up a dialogue box here. We'll back up. And so, this is basically your Save for Web dialogue, so from here, you can choose to save this as a jpeg, png eight, 24, gif, wbmp, you could save this as a jpeg if you're trying to export this for somebody at high res to have them print it out, these are the settings, this is how I do it. I literally just go to Save for Web Legacy, jpeg, maximum, quality 100, optimize, embed color profile, everything that you see here, I basically just hit Save, and it'll save it as a high res jpeg. If I was doing this for the web, it's a little different, I actually choose png 24, and that usually takes a second for it to convert it from where it is right now to converting it into a png. If your hard drive is not super massively full like mine is, sometimes it works a little bit faster, but from here, what I'll end up doing is, once it switches to png, I'll go to the percentage area down here, and instead of having 100%, I'll change it to 25%. 'Cause I don't want 100% quality image being posted to the web, because there, that's when you run into issues, where all of a sudden you'll find your image in print somewhere, and you're like, what is this? And it's credited to some other photographer, how did they get my high res shot? Well if you post a high res image on the web, you're kind of opening yourself up. If you change this to 25%, it's gonna make the file a little bit smaller, so they may still be able to print it out, but it may not be a full size print. The other thing is, if you look here on the left bottom corner, you'll see that as a png, it's at now, 49 megs, when I save this photograph, this is a 42 megapixel file. So it's much bigger than a jpeg, is basically what I'm getting at. So, I'll go ahead and I'll put 25%, and it'll take a second, it's gonna reformulate, and at 25% size, it's still 3.6 megs. That's still a pretty big file for the internet, and I don't really want it to be that big, so maybe I'll do like, 13%. And at 13% what I'm really trying to get at is to get this file to be under one meg. So in this case, 988 seems good enough to me. So I'll go ahead and hit Save, and again I would go back into that same folder, it's saved as a png, and just hit Save, and it's done. That would be my web size image. So, jpeg, save, go back into it again, png, 10, 15, 20, 25, whatever it is that it takes to get you under one meg, and then that's what you're gonna upload onto Facebook, and social media, and all that good stuff.