Every image stores various amounts of metadata. For example, there is EXIF metadata, which describes the camera and lens that captured the image, as well as f-stop, shutter speed and a plethora of additional information about how the image was captured. In addition, images can also contain custom metadata information (such as that defined by IPTC) including the copyright, contact information, rights usage and so on.
Typically photographers want this metadata to travel with their files, but every once in a while I am asked how to remove the extraneous metadata when exporting a file to be delivered to a client. To remove all metadata in an image (including camera settings, ratings, develop setting, etc.) except the Copyright Notice and Copyright Status upon export, check the box next to “Minimize Embedded Metadata” in the Export dialog.
Note: The develop settings will still be applied to the image on export so the image will look as you intended, but the settings will not be embedded in the file.
If you have a .tif or .psd file in Lightroom and want to export the image in order to resize the file (perhaps to give a low res, layered version to an art director) be aware that Lightroom will remove any clipping paths. This can be solved in a variety of ways including using Photoshop’s Image Processor script to resize instead or using actions and droplets as a Post processing step in Lightroom. For more information on using Photoshop Actions with Lightroom click here…
Limit an image’s file size when exporting as JPEG by checking the “Limit File Size To” option in the File Settings section of the Export dialog box. When exporting other file formats, it is also possible to choose to limit the file size to “Megapixels” (under the Resize to Fit option in the Image Sizing section) to limit the file size. Plus, you can check the “Don’t Enlarge” button in order to prevent resizing an image larger.
Under the File Setting section of the Export dialog box, one typically chooses to export their files to .pdf or .tif when taking images into Photoshop, or to .jpg if emailing images or posting to the web. However, there are also times when it’s necessary to export files of different file types while retaining their original format. To do this, select “Original” from the Format drop down list – the raw files will remain raw, the tiffs will remain tiffs etc.
In this episode of The Complete Picture, I will show you how to quickly save your vector and raster logos in Photoshop to be applied to photographs in Lightroom as watermarks in the Slideshow, Print and Web modules as well as Publish Services).
In this video tutorial, Julieanne demonstrates how to take a single image or multiple images for editing seamlessly between Lightroom and Photoshop. Also, see how to use Photoshop tools like Photomerge, HDR pro, and the export dialog in Lightroom for exporting multiple files.
Note: This tutorial is part of the Lightroom 3 Getting Started Series.
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Julieanne Kost shows how to make nondestructive localized corrections using the new Adjustment Brush and Graduated filter tools.