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Chapter 5. Building a Digital Workflow > Exporting to Online Albums and Folders...

Exporting to Online Albums and Folders on Disk

The Export panel (see Figure 5-102) is new in Bridge CS5. It generates JPEG images from any content in Bridge (including previews of non-image files). While that seems kind of bland on the surface, you may be one of the many people who export JPEG images regularly to the same destinations, such as Flickr and Facebook. The Export panel can greatly streamline this process by integrating the ability to log in to online image services and upload your images directly. Each of the Export panel modules share similar options:

Saving Your Own Export Presets. When you first use any module, double-click it to create a new named preset that will save all of your settings for the next time you want to export the same way; for example, to the same Facebook account. You name a preset at the bottom of the Add Preset dialog that appears after you double-click a module (see Figure 5-103).


If you don’t see the Export panel, in Bridge choose Help > Updates to make sure you’ve got the latest version of Bridge CS5. The Export panel appeared in Bridge CS5 4.0.1.


You can make multiple instances of any Export panel module. For example, you can have five Facebook presets that update different albums, or two Flickr presets that update the same album but with different image or metadata settings.

Destination Tab. For online services, you might first be asked to log in to your account on that service. Once logged in, you may see options such as a list of your online albums to which you can upload new images, and other options your online service may provide, such as privacy controls.

Image Options Tab. Here you’ll find settings about the images themselves, such as resizing, compression quality, and metadata you want to include (see Figure 5-103). The Constrain to Fit option keeps the long side of the image within the value you specify. The Resample Methods are the same as the ones explained in Chapter 2.

Save to Hard Drive Module. Use this module when all you need is a bunch of JPEG images in a folder. For example, I made a Save to Hard Drive-based preset that exports images to a folder, and I set up iTunes to sync that folder to the Photos app on my iPhone. You can use this module to set up images for online services that don’t have an Export Panel module yet; after exporting you upload the files yourself from the destination folder.

Once you’ve got your preset set up, drag and drop images onto your preset in the Export panel. At that point, the images are queued and new icons appear with your preset so that you can view the queued files, cancel the job, or proceed with the export. Click the Export My Preset Job button to finish.

One Little Gotcha. The Export panel doesn’t provide any output sharpening, which I find to be a disappointing omission. The closest you can get is choosing the Bicubic Sharper Resample Method in the Image Options tab and always starting with images that are larger than the Constrain to Fit size. If that doesn’t do it for you, try the Image Processor or a custom Photoshop action, or you can export JPEGs from Adobe Camera Raw, which has output sharpening in its Output Options dialog.


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