Catch me at the Peachpit Photoclub on Tuesday evening

Come join my friends from Peachpit (my publisher) and I tomorrow evening from 8 to 9 p.m. ET (5 to 6 p.m. PT), for a 1-hour webcast on Photoshop and photography. I’ll be teaching some Photoshop stuff as well as answering questions so it should be a lot of fun. Here’s the link to register. Hope to see you there.

Author: Matt K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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  1. Matt, When numbering images in LR, can I change the default – into a _ my lab does not accept the “-” and for the life of me, I can’t get rid of it. Ihave to go into another renaming program to change it? Please help!!!

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  2. Hey Matt,

    Got a question maybe you could address sometime. Awhile ago you posted a “5 Lightroom mistakes” article. One of those was reimporting exported jpegs. I’ve found myself doing that just to manage web gallery files. LR only exports them at 240ppi, which makes for a pretty big, slow loading file on my web server. I’ve been exporting 72ppi files, then re-importing them and using those in my web gallery. Specifically I’m using one of The Turning Gate galleries, but I think the issue exists with all of them. Is there a better answer for dealing with this?

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    • hey Bill,

      you can change the size of that it doesn’t need to be 240ppi

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  3. Chuck – If you highlight the images you want to change, press the F2 function key to rename. Then use the edit button at the bottom to set up a customised file naming convention. I too have recently replaced by – with _ for other reasons. You should then use that convention for all your imports within teh import dialogue box.

    Bill – The way I manage my Turning Gate galleries is via Collections. I get all the images I want for a particular gallery page and put them in a collection, then reorder them, then highlight them all, and then go to your web module and choose your Turning Gate web gallery. Then I use the Export button in the web module (rather than the Upload button) to create a set of files that I can drag onto my web design software.

    Hope this is helpful.

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    • Thanks for the reply Martin. I’ve been doing pretty much exactly what you described with collections. The problem with that flow is the LR web module exports them as 240ppi images. My two concerns with that are 1) large files with slower loading times on my server and 2) these are pretty high quality jpegs that I’d just as soon not have somebody steal. I’m OK with them stealing a 72ppi image.

      So, I’ve been exporting them as 72dpi, reimporting into a collection, reordering it, then using that as the source for my Turning Gate gallery export. Seems clunky.

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      • Duh. I just ran across the “output” settings in the Turning Gate stuff. Of course, that solves my image sizing issue. Gotta spend more time on those tutorials… Thanks.

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    • Hi Bill,
      Try this. Open a photo in Photoshop. Go to Image > Image Size and check the resolution (probably 240ppi for one of the photos you mentioned). Then go to File > Save As and choose JPEG and set the quality to something like 8.

      Now go to Image > Image size again. Turn off the Resample checkbox. Now change the resolution to 72. Notice pixel dimensions (which control file size) don’t change. Now save that as a JPEG with a quality of 8. They should be the same size image. Pixel dimensions control how large the photo can be printed so it doesn’t really matter if some one stole the web sized JPEG even if it is at 240 ppi.

      Hope that makes a little sense. It’s difficult to put resolution-like things into writing :)

      - Matt K

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  4. I signed up for the webcast and got a webpage that automatically calculated the time for my timezone (Germany). very funny, it told me your webcast was on wednesday in my timezone. some programmer deserves to be shot.

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  5. Hi Bill,
    Try this. Open a photo in Photoshop. Go to Image > Image Size and check the resolution (probably 240ppi for one of the photos you mentioned). Then go to File > Save As and choose JPEG and set the quality to something like 8.

    Now go to Image > Image size again. Turn off the Resample checkbox. Now change the resolution to 72. Notice pixel dimensions (which control file size) don’t change. Now save that as a JPEG with a quality of 8. They should be the same size image. Pixel dimensions control how large the photo can be printed so it doesn’t really matter if some one stole the web sized JPEG even if it is at 240 ppi.

    Hope that makes a little sense. It’s difficult to put resolution-like things into writing :)

    - Matt K

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  6. Hey All,

    I do some amateur photography and use Photoshop to do editing its pretty handy. What do you use to send large files out to customers or friends later?

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  7. I apologize for the previous comment as I guess it was 2am European time on the 19th. Not a very convenient time. Perhaps you could do a replay next time for other time zones.

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  8. Hey Matt, I’m from Greece and I have a question. If, God forbid, you’re faced with a pc meltdown, is there any way that you have had – as a preset, or any other export – all your preferences/settings saved, so that you don’t have to do them all over again? (I’m not asking about the presets you already have a backup already) Thanks in advance…

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