Posts tagged with Export

Simultaneous exports are up to 60% faster

Imagine you are doing a large export. What’s faster, selecting all the images and hitting export – or breaking the export down into a few batches and exporting each batch individually?

FTP directly from Lightroom

Can you upload files by FTP directly from within Lightroom?

What’s your workflow to Nik software?

What’s your workflow to Nik software?

If you own Lightroom and Photoshop, Photoshop “smart objects” are the best way to use Nik apps.

The workflow is easy. Do all your corrections in LR then select the image, right click and choose Edit In > Open as Smart Object in Photoshop. Then in Photoshop select the smart object in the Layers Palette (F7), invoke Silver Efex, and afterwards save as a TIF.

Why is this?

Send to Photoshop as a smart object avoids baking in the raw conversion adjustments
Smart objects means the Silver Efex work remains editable as a smart filter
TIF because non-proprietary and there’s nothing a PSD can do that a TIF can’t do just as well

Any downsides?

File size is bigger – but why economize on space when extra drives are cheap?
Cost – you need matching versions of Lightroom and Photoshop

Limited locations for import, export, backup

There’s a funny bug in Lightroom on Windows when you try and select a folder or drive:

When I try to export a selection of images from LR using Specific Folder (or choose folder later) the only available location that shows up in the hierarchy is my Desktop. No other folders/drives are visible. I had this problem once before and managed to resolve it but don’t recall now what I did. I’ve tried shutting down LR and restarting. Rebooting the computer and restoring the default export presets. If I select Export as Catalogue, then my entire folder/drive hierarchy is visible. Using LR 3.5 on Win7 Pro 64.

It is usually triggered when a lot of files are on the Desktop, and you can try this. In the folder dialog, at the bottom you can type “D:” or whatever, and doing so once usually resolves the bug.

See this Adobe knowledge base article.

Emailing from Lightroom

Here’s a quick summary of how to email files from Lightroom:

The built-in way is to export files as JPEGs to your hard drive, then attach the to an email. Neat, eh? 1990s retro computing enthusiasts line right up!
To email files directly from Lightroom, see AndrĂ©as Saudemon’s Mac-limited export plug-in Send By Mail Plug-in for Lightroom
For Windows and using an email client like Outlook see Steve Sutherland’s MapiMailer Email Export Plugin for Lightroom
For those using Gmail on Mac or Windows see Tim Armes’s LR/GMail

Wouldn’t it be so much easier to have File > Send as Email?