For as long as I can remember people have been asking for
the ability to create multiple versions of photos during export using different
settings for each version. Prior to this latest update you would have to export
the first round using one configuration of settings, then initiate a second
export with different settings, and so on. Now, we can simply select multiple
export presets to be used as part of a single export operation. The key is to
first create the export presets exactly how you want them used. If you know how
to do this, feel free to skip ahead, but for those of you who are new, read on.
Create Export Preset
Creating an export preset is as simple as configuring the
Export window with all of the settings you want to use, then creating a preset
based on those settings. Here’s a quick example for exporting sRGB JPGs resized
to 1200 pixels on the long side.
Step One: Select any photo, then click the Export
button in Library (or File > Export). You don’t have to actually export any
copies, this is just to configure the Export dialog.
Step Two: Set the Export To drop-down menu in the
Export Location panel to Choose folder later (useful for presets), because,
well, it is useful for presets. You’ll see why in a bit.
Step Three: Configure the File Settings panel for
JPG, Quality 85, and sRGB.
Step Four: In the Image Sizing panel, check Resize to
Fit, then configure Long Edge 1,200 pixels, and set Resolution to 300 (or
whatever your heart desires).
Step Five: Configure the remaining Export window’s
panels to fit your needs, but the above are sufficient for this exercise.
Step Six: Click the Add button (left side) to open
the New Preset dialog box, and give the preset a meaningful name and choose (or
create) a folder for it to be created in to keep them organized.
That’s it. You’ve created an export preset that can be
employed all by itself any time you need to export a photo with those settings.
In fact, you can even go to the File > Export With Preset, and select it
from that menu to initiate the export process without even needing to see the
Export window appear.
Note, with this latest update you will see a checkbox appear
to the left of each export preset you’ve created. If you only want to use the
settings in a single preset AND you want to tweak those settings as part of the
process (sometimes I use export presets as convenient starting points that I
then modify as needed for the job), just click on the name of the preset (not
the checkbox) to load those settings AND keep them editable before exporting.
As soon as you check the box next to an export preset the
panels of the Export window become read only. This is so that you can just
check the boxes for any and all of the export presets you want to use, then
click the Export button to complete the process. This is why you need to create
the export presets first.
Ok, building on the example above I also created an export
preset to save a full size 8 bit TIF in Adobe RGB, and now I want to select a
batch of photos and use both of my export presets at once to create a JPG and
TIF version of each photo in different folders. Here’s how it works:
Step One: Select all of the photos you want to
include for export in Grid view of Library module, then click Export.
Step Two: In the preset section of the Export window,
check the box next to each preset you want to use. I checked the box next to my
JPG preset and the box next to my TIF preset. This sets the panels on the
Export window to read only (and the settings shown in the panels may not
reflect the settings contained in the checked presets).
A couple of things worth noting here, first, you can’t
include third-party export presets in your batch export. For example, I have
export presets for Perfectly Clear (third-party software) and while there
appear to be checkboxes next to those presets, they are unclickable. Second,
you can’t check the boxes next to presets for emailing or burning optical media
(does anyone still do that?).
Step Three: Click Export. If your preset(s) included
“Choose folder later” for export location you will be presented with a dialog
box for choosing (and even creating) the desired folder(s). Both of my presets
used this setting, so I then needed to choose the folders I wanted for this
batch. Otherwise, I would need to create a preset for each specific location I
wanted copies to go. This provides flexibility.
Once the export location is configured, and I clicked Done,
the copies were created to my specifications and placed in the selected
folders. Very cool. I encourage you to experiment with how to best utilize this
added functionality in your workflow.