Introduction

The Format Publisher plugin for Adobe® Lightroom® Classic CC simplifies the tasks of uploading and updating your Gallery Pages and Proofing Projects.

Instead of exporting JPGs to your desktop and then uploading you can export directly. Saving steps, time and allowing you to automatically configure the settings necessary.

The plugin is not compatible with Lightroom CC the cloud-based photo service provided by Adobe. 

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In this article
  • Download, extract and install the Format Publisher plugin – video instructions
  • Download and extract the plugin
  • Windows OS Download Settings
  • Install via Lightroom's Plug-in Manager
  • Format Publisher Recommended Settings – video instructions
  • Set the Format Publisher Service
  • Login to your Format Account
  • Syncing between Lightroom® and Format
  • Set Image Preferences
  • Adding and Publishing images to a Gallery Page – video instructions
  • Create a Gallery Page
  • Add Images to your Gallery Page
  • Edit Metadata specific to Format
  • Publish your Gallery
  • Republishing and Deleting Images
  • Enabling and Creating a Proofing Project – video instructions
  • Synchronize 'Favorited' Images (Proofing)
  • Disable Favorite 'Flags' from overriding existing Lightroom use of 'Flags'
  • View in Format

Download, extract and install the Format Publisher plugin – video instructions

Download link for the latest version of the Format Publisher for Adobe® Lightroom® plugin

https://www.format.com/lightroom/download/

  1. Download the Format Publisher plugin 0:29
  2. Move the plugin to your Documents folder 0:53
  3. Extract the plugin 1:24
  4. Switch to the Library module in Lightoom 1:46
  5. Open Publish Services 1:55
  6. Open the Plug-in Manager and add plugin 2:14

Download and extract the plugin

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Download the Format Publisher plugin.

Once the download has completed, extract the contents of the archive (ZIP file).

We recommend saving the Format Publisher plugin to your 'Documents' folder.

Windows OS Download Settings

If you are on a Windows OS device please do not use the 'autozip' extracted files but instead open the ZIP file in a Windows Explorer window and then drag the contents from within this window into your Documents (or other) folder and then Install via the Lightroom Plug-in Manager following the steps below.


Install via Lightroom’s Plug-in Manager

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Use Lightroom’s 'File' menu and select "Plug-in Manager…".

Add a New Plugin
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Choose "Add" option lower-left corner of the Plug-in Manager.

Select the Format plugin file
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The Format plugin you download may have a different version number to the screenshot above but it will be named similar to: format-X.x.lrplugin

Select and choose "Add Plug-In". Then tap "Done".


Format Publisher Recommended Settings – video instructions

  1. Lightroom Publisher setup 0:40
  2. Sync with Format 1:51
  3. Existing Gallery Page names 2:11
  4. Favorited Images flag option 2:52
  5. File Naming options 3:35
  6. File Settings 5:23
  7. Image Sizing 5:55
  8. Output and Sharpening 7:20
  9. Metadata 7:40
  10. Watermarking 7:53

Set the Format Publish Service

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You will now see Format added to the list of 'Publish Services'.

Tap "Set Up" to configure it.


Login to your Format Account

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Enter the Login and Password associated with your Format account and click "Login".


Syncing between Lightroom® and Format

Format Publisher settings for Syncing with Format

  1. Select the Format Publisher plugin from available services
  2. Tap 'Sync with Format'
  3. Set checkbox 'Use flags for favorited images' if using Proofing Projects and your workflow doesn't already use the 'flags' for any other tasks. This is covered in more detail below in the section 'Synchronize 'Favorited' Images (Proofing)'

Update your list of Galleries or Proofing Projects on Lightroom® by tapping 'Sync with Format' every time you add or delete Galleries or Proofing Projects on your Format site(s).

Syncing will not import images from Format to Lightroom®


Set Image Preferences

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  1. Select the Format Publisher plugin from available services
  2. Set Quality between 80-95% (we recommend 95%)
  3. Image Sizing, leave 'W' empty and set 'H' to 1,600pixels (for Gallery Page images)
  4. Set Resolution to 72ppi or 92ppi for Gallery Page images. For Proofing Projects where you are allowing clients to download the full resolution image set to 240ppi or 300ppi.
  5. Set your preferred Output Sharpening.

Once satisfied with your changes, tap "Save".

If you are using our Proofing Feature and allowing your clients to download full resolution images you will not want to restrict the Image Sizing or Quality of the image compression.

Adding and Publishing images to a Gallery Page – video instructions

  1. Publish Services and available Format sites 0:20
  2. Create a Gallery Page 0:56
  3. Adding images 2:56
  4. Adding metadata 4:00
  5. Check publish settings 4:29
  6. Publish images 5:37
  7. View within your Format page 6:01

Create a Gallery Page

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1. Right-click on your Format site name and choose "Create Page..."

2. The “Set” dropdown will list your sites on Format and allow you to choose which site you want the Gallery Page to appear on.

3. The “Title” and “URL” fields correspond to the title you wish your Gallery Page to have in your site’s menu and the URL you want displayed. The URL should all be in lowercase characters with a hyphen '-' used to indicate a space and to join the words together.


Add Images to your Gallery Page

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You can click-and-drag images from your Folders and Collections directly into the publish queue.


Edit Metadata specific to Format

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To save Metadata with your image select the Metadata panel and change the dropdown on the left from 'Default' to 'Format'.

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Enter your Format Caption and Format Alt Text.


Publish your Gallery

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Once you’re happy with the metadata and export settings, you can choose to Publish your Gallery.


Republishing and Deleting Images

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When making subsequent changes to your content in Lightroom, you may choose to mark either Gallery Pages or individual images within a Gallery page to republish, which will result in their being updated on Format when you click Publish.

If you delete a photo, re-publishing the gallery will remove it from your Format Gallery page.

Enabling and Creating a Proofing Project – video instructions

  1. Enable Proofing Feature 0:25
  2. Sync with Format 1:22
  3. Add a Proofing Project from within Lightroom 1:55
  4. Add images 2:19
  5. Check settings 3:13
  6. Publish 5:44
  7. View Proofing Project 6:09

Synchronize 'Favorited' Images (Proofing)

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If your client 'favorites' an image when they are viewing their Proofing Project, you can 'Refresh Comments' to synchronize with Lightroom and the image will appear with a White 'Flag' in the top left corner.

1.  Refresh Comments button.
2, 3 & 4.  White 'Flag' icon showing image has been 'favorited' with a 'star'.
5.  Comments panel showing who favorited images with email address.


Disable Favorite 'Flags' from overriding existing Lightroom use of 'Flags'

If you are using 'Flags' in Lightroom specifically for your existing workflow you may not want any 'Favorited' images to override what you have already set.

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Go to Lightroom Publishing Manager > Format Publisher

  1. Favorited Images ensure checkbox is disabled
This option is new to version 1.5 of the Format Publisher for Adobe® Lightroom® plugin

View in Format

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By 'Right' or 'Command' + clicking on a gallery page or site in Lightroom, you will bring up a contextual menu where you can choose “View in Format” to see the published page on your Format site.


Reach us online at our live chat or via our email info@format.com if you have any more questions. We’re happy to help!


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