Format Publisher for Lightroom®
This article will go over the installation and general usage of the Format Publisher plugin for Adobe® Lightroom®.
Download and Extract the Plugin
You can find the plugin here. Once it has finished downloading, extract the contents of the archive.
Install via Lightroom's Plugin Manager
Once the plugin has been downloaded and extracted to a folder (we recommend your 'Documents' folder), open Lightroom’s file menu and select the “Plugin Manager".
Add a New Plugin
Choose "Add" from within the Plugin Manager.
Choose the Format Lightroom Publisher
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 it and choose "Add Plug-In". Then click "Done".
Set the Format Publish Service
You will now see Format added to the list of publish services. Click "Set Up" to configure it.
Login to your Format Account
Enter the Login and Password associated with your Format account and click "Login".
Adjust Image Preferences
You can choose any specific export settings you'd like to enforce, and once satisfied with your changes, click "Save".
See our Prepare Your Images for Format guide for optimal image recommendations.
Create a Gallery Page
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
You can click-and-drag images from your Folders and Collections directly into the publish queue.
Edit Metadata specific for Format
To save Metadata with your image select the Metadata panel and change the dropdown on the left from 'Default' to 'Format'.
Enter your Format Caption and Format Alt Text.
For more information on search engine optimization of your Format site see here.
Publish your Gallery
Once you’re happy with the metadata and export settings, you can choose to Publish your Gallery.
Republishing and Deleting Images
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.
View in Format
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.
You Are Done!
You have now published your first Gallery to Format using Lightroom - congratulations!
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