Exporting images

I feel that using the Export command is better than copying and pasting if you want to get an image ready for use in another program. When you export photos, you can control file formats, size, and quality, depending on how you plan to use the image. For more on the characteristics of each file format and associated options, see Chapter 3.

You can only export photos using the Export command. It doesn't apply to creations. For more on creating and saving creations, see Chapter 17.

Here are the steps you need to export an image:

1. Select the images you want to export.

You can select more than one image at a time.

2. Choose FileOExport.

The Export Selected Items dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 12-8.

3. Select your desired file format in the File Type area.

You have a choice between Original Format, JPEG, PNG, TIFF and PSD. For everything you've ever wanted to know about file formats, check out Chapter 3.

4. Choose a Size for your image.

The Photo Size option keeps your image at its original dimensions. You can choose from a number of preset sizes, as well. Choose Custom to enter in a specific height and width in pixels.

Although Album lets you enter any custom size you want, it retains the original proportions of the image. As a result, you may get either your desired height or width, but not both. For example, if you enter a custom size of 200 x 200 pixels and your original photo is rectangular, you may end up with a size of 200 x 132 pixels.

5. If you selected JPEG in Step 3, drag the Quality slider to your desired quality setting.

The Quality slider offers 13 compression settings. The JPEG compression is a trade-off between file size and quality. Drag to the left to export a smaller, lower-quality image. Drag to the right to export a larger, higher-quality photo.

The compression scheme used by JPEGs is lossy, which means that it compresses images by deleting image data, which it later remanufac-tures. Use the setting with the highest quality that you possibly can get away with so that you have less loss of detail in your image.

6. In the Location area of the dialog box, either accept the path listed or click the Browse button to navigate to the location on your computer where you want to store the image(s).

Figure 12-8:

The Export dialog box offers options for file format, size, and quality.

Figure 12-8:

The Export dialog box offers options for file format, size, and quality.

7. In the Filenames area of the dialog box, click Original Names or Common Base Name.

If you choose Common Base Name, type the name you want in the field. Album then adds sequential numbers to your base name for all exported photos. For example, if you are exporting a bunch of photos from the latest Alpaca shearing show, you may want to give the base name of Alpacas. Each photo you export will then be named Alpacas-1.jpg, Alpacas-2.jpg,and so on.

8. When you have established your options, click the Export button.

A progress bar shows the saving process. After a couple seconds, a message appears saying you have successfully exported your images.

You're transported back to the Photo Well.

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