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Quick Tip: How to Export Images Directly from Lightroom to Flickr

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We have all been there, you just edited your pictures in Adobe Lightroom and you want to share them with the world. But you are low on storage space, what can you do? Well, with Adobe Lightroom 3, you can upload directly to Flickr without having to save your images. In this quick tip, you'll find out just how easy it is.


Step 1

In the Library, you should see four drop-down menus on the bottom left of the screen. Open the Publishing Services Menu, and you should see Hard Drive and Flickr. Click "Set Up" next to the Flickr button.


Step 2

The Lightroom Publishing Manager should pop up. Click the "Login" button.


Step 3

A window will pop up, click Authorize and you will be directed to Flickr in your web browser. Make sure you are logged into Flickr.


Step 4

Click the "Next" button on the right and you will be directed to a new page. Click the "OK, I'll Authorize It" button to confirm giving Adobe Lightroom access to your Flickr account.


Step 5

Go back to Lightroom and click "Done" on the window that popped up. Click "Save" on the Publishing Services Menu and you are done. To send pictures to Flickr simply drag your images to the Photostream, this can be found under the Flickr button in the Publishing Services drop-down menu. When you are ready to send the images to Flickr click "Publish" and they will upload automatically.


Changing the Settings

Lightroom offers different options when uploading to Flickr and they are very easy to change. Most of the settings you will use are self-explanatory , but I will show you their basic functions.

  • File Renaming: You can change the name of your image to include the date, sequence number or custom name.
  • File Settings: Here you can change the quality of the image you are uploading, which will affect the file size.
  • Image Sizing: With this setting, you can resize the image to your preferred dimensions.
  • Watermarking: If you wish you can include a watermark with your image, this is a popular feature with Flickr users since so many people view the site and could possibly use your image without your permission.
  • Privacy and Safety: Here you can choose if you want to make your image private or public, as well as change its safety level.

Quick and Easy

That's it! Take a look at your Flickr Photostream and you will find your images. I hope you found this quick tip useful, and if you have any Lightroom to Flickr tips or tricks, please post them in the comments!

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