Lightroom Export Plug-In for AdoramaPix

While I was walking the Expo floor at Photoshop World I stopped in at the Adorama booth the see what was new.  They were showing off their new printing service called AdoramaPix and the one thing that really caught my eye was the book printing service.  They has some really nice looking photo books and I really loved the big 12×12 albums.  The photos looked great and they were printed on Fuji Crystal Archival paper which had a really nice look and feel to it.  The pages were really thick and the binding process allowed for full bleeds that lay flat for panoramas and double-page spreads.  Since they were offering a 50% off coupon at the show, I decided that I would give them a try and have one printed.

When I got back home I went to the AdoramaPix web site and made an account.  It’s a pretty simple process.  You just put in your email address and select a password.  That’s all there is to it.  I went to the books section and checked out their pre-designed books and selected the Modern Wedding theme in the 26-page, 12×12 layout.  The next step was to choose a gallery and then start adding prints.  This meant it was time to upload some photos to a gallery.  That’s when I saw a little glitch in the process.  They had the typical flash-based image uploader for loading from my computer as well as importing options from Flickr and Picasa, but nothing from Lightroom.  Since all of my images are on my computer and not on Flickr or Picasa I was left with the prospect of having to use a web-based uploader to create my gallery.  That’s when I had a thought (it does happen every now and then).  I opened up a browser window to Google and typed in AdoramaPix and Lightroom and sure enough, I found a free plug-in to export directly into AdoramaPix from my Lightroom collection.

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I found the plug-in at a site called AlloyPhoto.  After reading the info I downloaded the file and then dragged the expanded folder into my Modules folder and fired up Lightroom. To select the plug-in, I first selected the images that I wanted to export from my collection and then selected File – Export… from the menu to open the Export dialog box.

To use the plug-in I clicked the small banner at the top of the Export dialog that said Files on Disk and then selected the AdoramaPix option from the pop-up menu.

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Next I entered my AdoramaPix username (email address) and password and clicked the Log In button.

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The next section allowed me to either select an existing gallery or, since I didn’t have one yet, create a new one by clicking the New Gallery… button.

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The rest of the export options were just like any export from Lightroom.  I set the File Settings, Image Sizing, and Output Sharpening and then clicked on the Export button.

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That’s all there was to it.  Now I had all of my Lightroom processed images exported directly to AdoramaPix, where I could then start adding them to my photo book.  It was pretty easy and I am grateful that there are really smart people like Vladimir Vinogradsky of AlloyPhoto who make my workflow all that much easier.

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  • http://www.rekphoto.com robert

    Jeff,

    Thanks for the heads up, I’ve been wanting to try them for a while. Being new to LR and loving it, this will be a good time saver!
    FYI in your account login info, you blurred out your email address in the login, but it’s right above that as well in the “You’ve logged in as ….” line :-)

    Thanks again for the write up, downloading now!

    robert

  • http://www.revellphotography.com jeff

    Thanks for the heads up Robert. It’s not a state secret or anything but I just like to keep the spam down to the bare minimum.

  • Chris

    Been using Adorama for awhile, they do a great job. One thing I like they will run specials where you can pre-purchase prints at a sale price. I.e. I have a ‘credit’ for about 50 8x10s at $0.99 ea.

  • Ronnie

    Hey Jeff,
    Keep us posted as to your thoughts when you get the photo book back.

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  • Craig Beyers

    A word of caution: I used Adorama for a photobook for my mom for Mother’s day after PSW this spring and their service was late–by over a week. When I checked status on the books I’d ordered, their customer service people promised delivery and next-day shipping several times because of the delays, but none of the promised dates or next-day delivery actually happened. Worse, in following up with customer service with my complaints and concerns, they never replied. While the book quality was just fine, the missed delivery dates and outright lies about delivery dates and delivery mechanisms really turned me off to Adorama. I’ve bought stuff from them before, but they’re on my “no buy” list now because I don’t trust them. My problems may have been start-up problems and unique, but I suggest people stay on top of their orders.

  • Kathy Nairn

    Jeff, if you like what you saw, then you’re sure to be pleased with your book. I created one with a similar 50% offer, back in July following a PDN Online Virtual Tradeshow. I’m extremely impressed with their books and would definitely recommend. Have someone proof your book if you’ve included type. ;) That’s the one thing I thought I did well, and it came with a few typos. (my fault).

    I did have a bit of a misunderstanding but it was with their 24/7 online customer support. I think that’s where the ‘problems’ lie. Not in the product but in the CS. Be sure to keep a ‘log’ of your conversation, should you use the online help service. It helped me out when only 1 of 2 books arrived. (I had a ‘buy one, get one’).

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