I have a problem with the publishing workflow in Lightroom. I find it takes me far too many mouse clicks and actions to achieve what I want to do. That suggests two possibilities: either I'm stupid and/or ignorant about how it's supposed to be done (entirely possible), or something isn't quite right in Lightroom.
This is a typical scenario:
- I have 20 images I want to output in two different sizes to the hard drive. The images are in a couple of different subfolders, found in the "Folders" hierarchy in the left panel of course.
- I have several hard drive publish services set up to meet various needs, e.g unsharpened TIFF, web size jpeg, full-resolution jpeg etc. In this scenario, I want only the last two.
- Currently, the only way I can figure out how to tell Lightroom that I want the images published is to select the images in one subfolder, and then drag them across to each of the two different publishing services. That means I need to scroll down the left hand panel, locate the first publishing service I'm interested in, and drag the images into it. I then need to do the same thing for the second publishing service. Mysteriously, sometimes I need to do it twice, because they don't get added the first time. Weird.
- Because I want to publish images from another subfolder, I need to scroll the left-hand pane back up to the subfolders, and repeat the same steps.
This is what I wish I could do:
- First select the images, and then use a keyboard shortcut to tell Lightroom to add the images to the publishing service the keyboard shortcut is mapped to. This will of course require user definable shortcuts. But from my perspective, it's so much easier and quicker this way!
Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks in advance.