Setting up Lightroom for High-Resolution Production
Basic Setup Required
Download and install the ProSelect Plugin for Lightroom. This plugin can be downloaded from the main ProSelect downloads page.
The instructions for installing and testing the plugin can be found in the ProSelect Reference Manual -> ProSelect Lightroom Plug-in section (page 299 in the ProSelect 2016r1 manual).
See this article for what you need to setup in Lightroom.
ProSelect - Lightroom Workflow
The following process is for those users wishing to use Lightroom for their final editing, image adjustment and retouching. ProSelect will then utilize Photoshop for the automated production process. Keep in mind that ProSelect High-Resolution Production still requires Adobe Photoshop to create the final files for printing.
Importing your Lightroom images into ProSelect
The ProSelect Plugin for Lightroom should be used to create the ProSelect album. This ensures that all files are linked correctly. When the plugin is used in Lightroom, it creates a set of jpg files that are imported into ProSelect and used for the viewing purposes. See the ProSelect Reference Manual "Importing from Lightroom" section (Page 25 in the ProSelect 2016r1 manual) for more on this.
IMPORTANT: Cropping of all files should be done in ProSelect, not Lightroom.
About Hi-Res Production
During the High-Resolution Production process, ProSelect opens either the original imported file or an updated retouched/edited file, then creates final image files that you can upload to the lab. In most cases, finish retouching is done by the photographer after the image is sold and image orders are placed in ProSelect.
You can use Lightroom only or Lightroom and Photoshop (for more sophisticated work) to do your retouching. Below is a summary of both these processes.
Doing all your retouching in Lightroom
Using Lightroom first, then do additional work in Photoshop.
Follow the same updating process in ProSelect as in the section above.
Why a Tiff file?
We are often asked “Why a Tiff file”?
In this process, ProSelect is going to open up your modified or retouched file and use that to make additional files to send to the lab. The tiff file becomes a master file for that particular image. It is not cropped nor does it have image effects applied to it. It also has not been highly compressed. Using this process, ProSelect can produce high-quality, first generation jpeg files that are compressed for easy uploading without fear of image artifacts. When reviewing a list of images in your file browser, whenever you see a tif file, you can quickly recognize that as a master, finished file.
You can also use and/or PSD files, containing layers, as master image files. If you using a Mac and wish to export PSD files from Lightroom, we recommend only using ProSelect version 2017r1 and later. See this article for more about this: PSD files from Lightroom import as black images on Macs.
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