This tutorial is going to cover how to download and install the Pixieset plugin for Adobe Lightroom. After installation, I will show you how to create a gallery using Pixieset.
If you prefer, I also have a video of this process at the end of this article.
Download Pixieset Plugin
So to get started with this tutorial, you will need the Pixieset plugin. The Pixieset plugin is available at https://pixieset.com/tools/. Scroll down to the bottom of the page in the footer and select the Tools option.
After the plugin is downloaded, locate wherever the program is saved on your computer. Extract it by right-clicking and unzip the file. It doesn’t really matter where you store the plugin on your computer but you might want to keep it with your presets or some other location where you are not likely to accidentally delete it.
Install Pixieset Plugin Within Lightroom
Now you need to install the plugin within Lightroom. From the main File menu, choose the Plugin Manager then select Add.
Navigate to where you saved the file you unzipped earlier. Sometimes, during the process of unzipping and extracting the files, additional folders are created and you may need to open a few folders to get to the correct one.
You need to find the folder titled “Pixieset.lrplugin”, you should see a green light to indicate that the plugin is installed and running correctly. If there was an error, you will see a red light to let you know the plugin isn’t working, go ahead and remove that one and try again.
Go back to your photo library, on the left side toolbar you will find the Pixieset plugin. It will be under Catalog →Folders →Collections →Publish Services. Right-click on the Pixieset tab and choose the Edit Settings option. This will open a dialogue box where you will need to enter your email address and password for your Pixieset account.
You will need to sign up for a free Pixieset account and create a password before you can use the plugin. The button to sign up is in the upper right corner of the https://pixieset.com/tools/ page. Save your email and password information and you are ready to go.
Creating a Gallery with Pixieset
You are now ready to create a gallery. Right-click on the Pixieset tab under Create Collection. I usually name the collection after the name of the shoot or the client name but choose what works best for you. A folder titled Highlights will be automatically created when you create the collection. You can add more folders in Lightroom if you want to organize your photos in a particular way that appeals to the client.
In your library, find your images then right click your collection again and Set as Target Collection. Now you can begin to assign images to the collection and into different folders.
There are a couple of ways you can select the images. You can simply place your cursor over the desired image and press the B key. A small circle will appear to let you know that the image has been selected but pressing B again will remove it. You can choose multiple photos at one time to save a little time.
The images you selected will automatically move into the Highlights folder but you can easily move them to another folder if you’d like. From the Highlights folder, select the photos you want to move. Right-click the Highlights folder and it will allow you to make a new set, make sure that the option to Include Selected Photos is checked.
You can also create a new empty folder by right-clicking as before but this time uncheck the Include Selected Photos option. You can now move images directly into that new folder.
Once you have finished selecting and sorting your images, you can publish the gallery.
You can highlight the individual folders if you only want to publish select folders or you can click on the collection name above to grab them all. After you hit the Publish button it will take a bit of time for everything to export over to Pixieset. There is a progress bar you can watch if you want.
Customize Pixieset Setting
Once everything has finished uploading, you can publish in Pixieset right away or you can customize some of the settings. You can easily change which photo is being used for the cover and you can adjust the focal point for the cover photo as well. Typography and thumbnail sizes can also be adjusted. You can also create a custom default setting if you have a preferred style that you will want to use over and over again.
Sharing Your Pixieset Gallery Collection
When you are happy with your changes, publish the collection. Now it’s ready to share. You can email the collection directly to your client or you can copy and paste the link. There are also easy to share social links for Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.
I hope this tutorial has been helpful for you and that you now know how to install Pixieset plugin for Lightroom. Don’t forget, you can also view this tutorial on the video below.
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