This is for Lightroom users who enter Canberra Photographic Society competitions.
If you enter a Projected Image or a Print competition, you will need to upload digital images to the CPS Smugmug site. In order to do that, you will first need to export to a jpeg on your local drive. I will show you how to do that with a Lightroom export preset that is largely automated so that you only need to update the image file name.
First, select an image in the Library tab in Lightroom,
- then click the [Export] button at the bottom of the left pane.
- (Alternatively, you can right click the image and select [Export…]).
- The following screen will appear.
(Click on this image to see it larger in a separate tab)
Here I have clicked on my saved preset CPS Digital Export. All I have to do now is to update the file name and then click [Export].
So how do we create the preset? We start from a blank screen and fill it out as follows:
- Export To:
- Select [Hard Drive] from the drop down at the very top (probably the default)
- Export Location
- Export to [Specific Folder]
- Click [Choose…] to specify what folder you want to use
- File Naming
- Check [Rename To:] and specify [Custom Name] from the dropdown
- Specify a default filename in [Custom Text] such as “A_Open_XXX_MurrayF”
- A_Open or B_Open. Change later to A_Set or B_Set for specific files
- I use XXX as a placeholder for a quick image description (eg “Eagle” or “Chameleon”)
- Instead of MurrayF, use your name: first name plus first letter of surname
- File Settings
- Image Format = [JPEG]
- Color Space = [sRGB] or [Adobe RGB (1998)]
- Quality = 80 (or other value you may prefer)
- Check [Limit File Size To:] and set it to K
- Image Sizing
- Check [Resize to Fit:] and select [Dimensions] from Dropdown
- Specify  x  [pixels]
- (This will work for both landscape (H) and portrait (V) format images)
- Resolution 72 pixels per inch
- Output Sharpening
- Sharpen for Screen, Amount Standard (this will be default)
- Leave unchecked
Now you have specified all the details; you just need to save the preset.
- Below the preset area at the left, click [Add]
- Specify the name for the preset (eg “CPS Digital Export”) and click [Create]
So now you have the preset, you don’t need to make any of those changes again apart from modifying the filename to suit.
Next time you need to export a digital file for a CPS competition:
- Click [Export…]
- This brings up the Export dialogue box
- Select the preset you created
- Modify the file name
- Click [Export].