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If you want to create a book in InDesign using raw files adjusted in Lightroom, the way I recommend it to use a Publish service to create and maintain a folder of TIFs which you then use for the InDesign project:
In Publish Services, click the + to add a new service.
Select the Hard Drive option.
Choose a folder such as “my ID book 30x30cm images” (you won’t be able to change this folder so choose its location carefully).
Choose 16 bit TIF as the file type.
Set the size to match the dimensions required for the book. Yes, this means that if you want to use multiple sizes, you’ll need multiple hard drive services.
Sharpening is up to you. I’d go for standard.
Save the Publish Service – here I called mine “inDesign Project”
Add the pictures you want. more…
One promising approach is to use Mac aliases or Windows symbolic links (a bit like shortcuts). So for example, you would keep the catalogue itself in a Dropbox folder, but use aliases or symbolic links to store the catalogue’s previews separately in a folder that doesn’t get synchronised. When you move to the other computer, your catalogue will be available as soon as Dropbox’s sync operation has completed, just having to rebuild its previews which are stored locally. As always, the originals could be on a network address.
When the LR3-Beta came out, one of my posts highlighted the less obvious aspect of the new Publish Service – the hard drive option – and I mentioned that I’ve already found it handy as a stepping stone between LR and InDesign.
There will be plenty of other uses too, and I’ve already seen a comment about using it to maintain a store of JPEGs for display on a TV. One possibility is for saving photos to the cloud – though you’ve got to wonder what upload speeds Mark Wilson’s getting.
Like many of the features in LR3-beta, Publish Services seems a small step forward. Its obvious use is for those who use services like Flickr, Smugmug etc, and before long I hope SlideShowPro’s Director can also be included. But it isn’t just about the web – there’s also the Hard Drive option.
This lets you maintain folders of images on your own computer, and opens up a number of interesting workflows.
I found it came in very handily for a Blurb book I was preparing in InDesign. The images were all raw files, which InDesign itself cannot use, so ordinarily I would have needed to output a large number of TIFs of certain dimensions. If I then saw that an image on the page needed further adjustment, I’d need to go back to the raw file in Lightroom and generate the TIF again. Equally, if the caption needed changing, it would be more…