Lightroom 5 and Behance integration

Lightroom 5 shipped this morning with over 400 additional tweaks since the beta release. Also, Lightroom 5 includes  integration to the Behance community platform (within the Library module) as an additional item in the publish services.

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The Behance base platform is a free service that you are able to join and publish to from Lightroom. If you are a Creative Cloud member you will have access to the base platform as well as the Pro-Site (without CC it’s $99 a year). To set up the Behance account in Lightroom 5, click the + icon by the side of the “Publish Services” or by clicking “Set up…” by the side of the Hard Drive under the “Publish Services”.

When configuring the Behance account, it should be given a description. Your user name and password for the account can be provided (If you are a Creative Cloud member this will most likely be your Adobe ID, also, if you are concerned about security, you can enter these details when you publish the pictures within Lightroom).  The image output specifics can be configured here, which tells Lightroom how the images will be processed (including sharpening, watermarking and the associated metadata). Don’t forget to save the settings.

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If the “Behance Work in progress” is selected (marked in Yellow), the middle section of Lightroom 5 will change and include the images that have been published, marked for republish or are new to be published (marked in Red). Once the Publish button (marked in Blue) is pressed.

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Once the pictures have been published they will appear in the WIP (Work in Progress) section of your Behance account, which can then be used to share and collect feedback from the community. The image/artwork can have keyword tags associated with it (which are derived from Lightroom Keyword tags), but can also be added to at this point. Any additional comments may be added to start the conversation with your community.

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If the image has not been published previously you will need to configure it’s visibility, to Everyone (public) or within the Feedback Circle (private).

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Once the pictures have been published, your followers will receive a notification via email as well as a Push notification on their iPhone (if they have the app installed and push notifications enabled).

Once the pictures have been published they can be viewed in the work in progress section of your Behance account

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Each image can be viewed and commented on

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then edited as appropriate.

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We hope that you agree that the Behance community is a great way to obtain feedback from your community and peers as well as share your work to a larger audience.

You can see my behance account at http://be.net/richard-curtis and my pro site at www.richard-curtis.net.

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10 Responses to Lightroom 5 and Behance integration

  1. I find the plug in very limiting….because it does not allow me to place my images in project folders. I Do NOT want all my LR uploads to Behance going to Work in Progress. I wonder why they would choose to publish such a limited plug-up…it’s pretty much useless.

  2. Jim says:

    !00% agree with Steve Chastain – the limitation of only uploading to the Work In Progress area is too much. I don’t see much point in using this plug in.

  3. Martin Firniss says:

    This is exactly what I think of this service. In Behance you can not drag your photos to the project, you have to upload them manually. I have the fear your concentrating to much on clouds and payments. I did not learn anything else by reading this advice.
    Facebook works in a eaqual manner: no defintion of a new album possible. One has to earase the service, reinstall the service, chose an other title to the be shown in Facebook and upload again. Prior uploads can not be seen anymore.
    STOP here!

  4. Brian says:

    I tried signing in today using my adobe ID and it didn’t work. Just tried again, still does not work. I wonder if my password is too long or is using characters not accepted by Behance? I can sign into the behance.net webpage.
    Of course, viewing the other comments above, I might not want to bother with the lightroom plug in anyway?

    • rcurtis says:

      If you already have a Behance account you will will need to link up manually inside Behance. otherwise, i would create your Behance account (http://www.behance.net/signup) from your Adobe ID it should link to your CC account behind the scenes in Behance. hope this helps.

  5. Dave Rosser says:

    Couldn’t agree more with the previous comments. I keep work in progress to myself but would like to publish direct to Behance Project folders and from there to ProSite.

  6. Mark says:

    Bizarre… non intuitive and confusing. I was hoping for an alternative to Smugmug etc. but Adobe clearly have a different agenda.

  7. Jim Elliott says:

    BeHance has many pros and cons. I have been using it for several months, and I have to agree with Mark (above) and some of the other comments. BeHance needs work. It is not intuitive. It is awkward to load and manage photos on you BeHance page. And, the connection between your BeHance page and your ProSite is awkward.

    It’s not all bad. Once you have a ProSite set up, it can look pretty good. And you can market photos from your ProSite if you have an account with one of a number of service sites to handle the order taking and payment process.

    Lightroom needs to be set up to allow you to create projects within BeHance, not just load photos to the Work In Progress folder. The BeHance Work In Progress system is a nice concept, but not well integrated into their system, nor is it easy to find for those unfamiliar with the BeHance layout.

    Adobe can do better. I know they can. The integration of Lightroom and Photoshop is an example of how Adobe can do things. So, hopefully Adobe will be able to influence how the BeHance improve their website, and do a better job of integrating the publish feature in Lightroom.

  8. Ioan says:

    Totally agree with the comments here. Uploading to WIP is rather pointless, as you can’t then move pictures to your projects. AFAIK the only way to upload images to projects is via a direct upload from your PC – and to do this from LR, you first need to export to the hard disk! Way too many steps.

    I was hoping for a neater, more integrated experience, being able to create projects directly in LR and then upload to them!
    I have a CC account – so thought that having behance for ‘free’ would be great – but it’s just another one of those photo sites that takes a while to set up and the workflow of uploading an image is too painful.

  9. Paul Parkinson LRPS says:

    Oh dear. The inability to publish direct from LR5 to a live Behance page pretty much finishes Behance for me. What IS the point of having this Publish Service if I have to upload it all over again?

    WHEN will we be able to publish direct from Lightroom 5?