PhotoShelter’s Official Adobe Lightroom Plugin

LATEST UPDATES (7.22.15)

GENERAL DEMO

Adobe Lightroom is a software package that helps you import, process, and manage your photos.

Follow the steps below to get started with PhotoShelter's officially-supported publish service for Lightroom, then watch the video to learn more about how it works. 

 

Mac: Download & Install 

Note: If you are updating a previous version of the plugin, there is no need to uninstall. To update, simply replace your existing plugin file (i.e. PhotoShelter.lrplugin) with the new file. Follow the instructions as listed below.

1. Download the plugin here. 

Libris customers: Please visit the Libris Support Center to download the Libris version of the plugin.

2. Unzip the plugin file. This will reveal the uncompressed plugin to import.

Note: If you do not have Lightroom already installed, more than likely the unzipped plugin file will not be readable by your computer.

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3. Move the PhotoShelter.lrplugin file to your preferred storage location.

4. Launch Lightroom, and select File > Plugin Manager.

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5. In the new window, the left pane will reveal all plugins currently installed on your Adobe Lightroom application. The green icons next to the list indicate whether the application is currently installed and running. If you do not see the PhotoShelter plugin here, click on the Add button.

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6. In the new window, locate the plugin in the folder in which you opted to store it.

7. Select the plugin (PhotoShelter.lrplugin), and click the Add Plugin button at the bottom right corner of the window.

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8. That's it! If the plugin was installed properly, the Installed and Running status will appear next to the plugin name.

 

PC: Download & Install 

Note: If you are updating a previous version of the plugin, there is no need to uninstall. To update, simply replace your existing plugin file (i.e. PhotoShelter.lrplugin) with the new file. Follow the instructions as listed below.

1. Download the plugin here.

Libris customers: Please visit the Libris Support Center to download the Libris version of the plugin.

2. Unzip the plugin file. This will reveal the uncompressed plugin folder to import.

3. Move the PhotoShelter.lrplugin folder to your preferred storage location.

4. Launch Lightroom, and select File > Plugin Manager.

5. In the new window, the left pane will reveal all plugins currently installed on your Adobe Lightroom application. The green icons next to the list indicate whether the application is currently installed and running. If you do not see the PhotoShelter plugin here, click on the Add button.

6. In the new window, locate the plugin folder wherever you chose to store it in step 3.

7. Select the plugin folder, and click the Select Folder button at the bottom right corner of the window.

8. That's it! If the plugin was installed properly, the Installed and Running status will appear next to the plugin name.

 

Upgrading to the Latest Version

To upgrade your plugin to the latest version, simply replace your existing file (i.e. PhotoShelter.lrplugin) with the new file (download). You can find the location of your current plugin file by opening the Lightroom plugin Manager and clicking PhotoShelter.

File > plugin Manager > PhotoShelter > Status > Path

By default the plugin automatically checks for updates every time you open Lightroom.

Do not uninstall (delete) your existing plugin file. If you do, you will have to rebuild your published galleries from scratch.

 

Associating Uploaded Images

If you have images in your PhotoShelter account that were uploaded outside of the PhotoShelter publish service, you can attempt to re-synchronize them with Lightroom using the “associate images” feature (requires v5.2).

File > plugin extras > Synchronize with PhotoShelter > Try to associate uploaded images

This feature attempts to match a single image in Lightroom with a single image on PhotoShelter by comparing file name, capture date, capture time and exif. To prevent mistakes, no association will be made if more than one copy of an image exists in Lightroom or on PhotoShelter. Likewise, the plugin will not associate images when the data does not match closely enough. 

For best results:

  • Lightroom should only contain one copy/version of the image
  • PhotoShelter should only contain one copy/version of the image

When a photo is matched it will work just like any photo you've uploaded using the PhotoShelter publish service. 

 

Exporting vs. Publishing

The plugin supports both exporting and publishing - two different workflows for getting your images from Lightroom into PhotoShelter. Here’s a general description to give you a better idea of which one is right for you.

Exporting

Select images, then File > Export

Using the export function in Lightroom is much like uploading via the web browser or desktop uploader except that images exported from Lightroom don’t take up extra space on your hard drive. Exported images are uploaded to PhotoShelter and do not stay synchronized with the originals in Lightroom. If you make a change to the image in Lightroom, you’ll have to export it again to see that change reflected on PhotoShelter. Exporting is typically best if the images you upload are completely finished. In other words, if everything you upload to PhotoShelter is ready for display, sale or delivery, then exporting is a simple and efficient way to use the plugin.

Since exporting is a simple process, it works equally well if you work from one Lightroom catalog or many different ones.

Publishing

The publish feature of the plugin is very powerful but also more complicated than exporting. Publishing allows you to link your Lightroom catalog to your PhotoShelter account so that any changes to collections, galleries or images in Lightroom are automatically updated on PhotoShelter. Adding, editing or deleting published content in Lightroom automatically adds, edits or deletes the version on PhotoShelter. This is wonderful if you want your PhotoShelter content to match Lightroom exactly. Publishing is typically best if you often re-edit your photos or change your metadata after uploading to PhotoShelter.

Since publishing is a more complicated upload method, it is only recommended for photographers who work out of a single Lightroom catalog.

 

FAQ

What versions of Lightroom will this plugin work with?

The plugin will work with Lightroom v. 4 and up.

 

What does Sync Hierarchy do?

It synchronizes the list of your PhotoShelter collections and galleries into Lightroom.

 

If I make metadata changes to published images do those files need to be re-uploaded to PhotoShelter?

No. The current version (v5.2) of the plugin will update the image metadata on PhotoShelter first and only replace the entire file when absolutely necessary (i.e. a change to the way the image looks or a change in publish service settings).  

 

What happens when I remove an image from a PhotoShelter gallery in Lightroom?

The next time you publish images in Lightroom that image will be moved to your deleted image area on PhotoShelter.

 

Can I use Smart Galleries to automatically add images to PhotoShelter galleries in Lightroom?

Yes. Simply right-click on the PhotoShelter gallery list in Lightroom and select “Create Smart PhotoShelter Gallery.” Once created any image that meets the rules you set will automatically be added to the gallery.

If the same image exists in more than one Smart PhotoShelter Gallery the publish service will upload a separate copy of the image in each gallery on PhotoShelter. This is a limitation of Lightroom.

 

Can I have more than one PhotoShelter publish service installed in the same Lightroom catalog with different files settings?

No. If you have more than one PhotoShelter publish service uploading to a single PhotoShelter account, all images on PhotoShelter will be replaced with files that match the settings of the publish service that was most recently run. If you want to store two different file types (ex. JPG, RAW) of the same photo on PhotoShelter, we recommend publishing one file type (JPG) and using the export feature to upload the other (RAW). 

 

I edited the metadata of images on PhotoShelter. Will my changes appear in Lightroom? 

No. The publish service was designed for a workflow in which Lightroom is always the "master copy" and as such, changes in Lightroom will always overwrite the versions on PhotoShelter.

 

Am I able to see custom PhotoShelter image metadata? 

Yes. If you have a large archive, we realize it is important for you to be able to see if individual images are associated/uploaded to PhotoShelter and what PhotoShelter settings are applied to those images. You can now see the PhotoShelter image ID, model release and property release status for any published image.

At this time, changes to the PhotoShelter metadata are not supported.

 

How do I know when my upload or synchronization is complete?

You will see a progress bar in the upper left corner of Lightroom once you have started an upload or synchronization.

Do not make changes to the publish service settings while an upload or synchronization is in progress. This will result in errors and PhotoShelter becoming out of sync with your Lightroom catalog. If you need to make changes to the publish service, cancel any tasks in progress, change the settings and restart the upload or synchronization.

 

What is the difference between this new plugin and the Pact Software Lightroom plugin for PhotoShelter?

Our official plugin for Lightroom is developed and supported by PhotoShelter. Currently in its third iteration, it can both export or publish photos directly to PhotoShelter. We’ll be adding new features and improvements over time.

The plugin for Lightroom developed by Pact Software is not an officially endorsed PhotoShelter product, but many of our members have found it to be an extremely useful upload tool.

Still have questions? Contact us.

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