How to Create an Unstamped Screen Resolution Export Preset in Lightroom 4
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In this tutorial, we will demonstrate how to create an Unstamped Screen Resolution Export Preset. This preset can be used for slideshow images as well as for web use at screen resolution. For example you can use this preset to create a background or full-screen image for your blog or website.
These images will be exported without their stamps (watermarks) and will be better quality. It is a good idea to first go through our “How to Create a Web-Sized Image Export Preset in Lightroom 4” tutorial since we will be basing the Unstamped Screen Resolution Export Preset off of the Web-Sized Image Export Preset.
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1. Export Dialogue Box
First, bring up the Export Dialogue Box by pressing “Ctrl + Shift + E.” Whenever we create new presets, we want to choose a previous preset that is closest to the new preset we want to create. As mentioned earlier, the Unstamped Screen Resolution Export Preset will be based off of the Web-Sized Image Export Preset, so select “02_WebSized” from the left of the dialogue box.
2. Export Location
Next, we are going to make some modifications, starting with the Export Location settings. Make sure that “Put in Subfolder” is still checked and delete “02_WebSized” since this is no longer the Web-Sized Export Preset. Instead, type in “03_ScreenUnstamped” since we are creating the Unstamped Screen Resolution Export Preset.
3. File Naming
In our “How to Rename Images and Create Filename Presets in Lightroom 4” tutorial, we already renamed our images, so we do not need to rename them again. Therefore, we will leave the settings at their default. However if for example your images are still named “IMG_0942”, you should probably rename them now!
4. File Settings
We are going to skip over the next section, Video, since we are only exporting images from our catalog. Next, we have File Settings. Here, we will bring the Quality slider back up to 100 because we want to be able to create layouts with quality images. When we save the new layout we create, the quality of that layout will automatically be reduced. Therefore, we do not want to reduce Quality in File Settings since the image quality will be reduced a second time when we save the layout. Next, leave Color Space at sRGB since sRGB is specifically designed for web use.
5. Image Sizing
We usually have “Long Edge” selected and the pixels will depend on the intended use of your exported images. For example, if you are making a full HD slideshow, then your images need to be at least 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall. This is 1080 p resolution, so you can just set your pixels to 2000 pixels wide, or use the setting “Long Edge”. If you are doing a smaller resolution, like 720 p, then set it to 720 pixels. If you are doing web-sized slideshows, then set your pixels even smaller. We will set the pixels to 2000 pixels since we are typically creating high resolution slideshows at Lin & Jirsa Photography, so we want to make sure the pixels selected can be used for pretty much anything. 1000 pixels should be fine for you, but once again, just set it as a size you would want to use for this preset. Resolution will be left at 72 pixels per inch because 72 pixels is screen resolution.
6. Output Sharpening
We want to sharpen up our images just a little bit, so leave the Output Sharpening settings defaulted from the Web-Sized Export Preset.
We recommend that you choose either “Copyright Only” or “Copyright & Contact Info Only” as you may not want your clients to have access to all of the metadata on your images. Therefore, we will leave the Metadata settings defaulted from the Web-Sized Export Preset.
We do not want to stamp our images, so uncheck the box next to “Watermark.”
After Lightroom finishes exporting your images, Lightroom can open up an Explorer/Finder Window. You can select a different option from the dropdown menu, but we will leave the Post-Processing settings defaulted at “Do nothing.”
10. How to Save the Unstamped Screen Resolution Export Preset
Now that we have modified the settings, we need to save these settings out as the Unstamped Screen Resolution Export Preset. First, click on “Add” at the bottom left of the Export Dialogue Box.
After you click on “Add,” the New Preset Dialogue Box will appear. Name the Unstamped Screen Resolution Export Preset “03_ScreenUnstamped.” Make sure you select the workflow folder you created in the “Creating a Print-Sized Image Export Preset” tutorial. For us, the folder is “LJP Workflow.” Then, press “Create” to finish saving the Unstamped Screen Resolution Export Preset.
After you click on “Create,” the Unstamped Screen Resolution Export Preset is directly below the Web-Sized Image Export Preset in the LJP Workflow folder.
Conclusion & Learn More!
We hope you have enjoyed this step-by-step tutorial on how to create an Unstamped Screen Resolution Export Preset. This preset has been designed for images that you want to export as slideshow or layout images. Stay tuned for our next tutorial on how to export rejected images.
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