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F.A.Q.

Q: Does LR/Mogrify 2work with Lightroom 3?
A: Yes.

Q: Is LR/Mogrify 2 still useful now that Lightroom 3 has built in watermarking?
A: Of course! LR/Mogrify 2 offers a whole host of features that you don't get with Lightroom alone.

Q: Is LR/Mogrify 2 comptatible with both PC and Mac?
A: Yes (although you need an Intel Mac).

Q: Do I need to install ImageMagick to use this plugin?
A: On a PC, yes. On a Mac, no.

Q: Will LR/Mogrify 2 work on Lightroom 1.3 or 1.4?
A: No, but the original LR/Mogrify will.

Q: I've already made a donation for LR/Mogrify, can I upgrade to LR/Mogrify 2?
A: Yes, the unloc code is the same.

Q: Once I've donated do I have to donate again to get updates?
A: No, all future updates will be free.

Q: The plugin returns an error stating that has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Why?
A: You'll need to install the one or both of the Microsoft packages that's described in the installation guide.

Q: What are the differences between the original LR/Mogrify and the new LR/Mogrify 2?
A: LR/Mogrify 2 is now a post-process plugin, as opposed to an export plugin. This concept is new to Lightroom 2. Post-process plugins are intended to process any exported images before they are handed to the export plugin. This means that LR/Mogrify 2 can now be used in conjunction with any other export plugin.
 
The interface has been tidied a little. Since it's not an export plugin, the FTP section has been removed.

Q: How do I access the plugin?
A: Please read the Quick Guide.

Q: If I export a JPEG then doesn't that mean that LR/Mogrify 2 will work on the JPEG file before saving as a JPEG yet again, thereby reducing the image quality?
A: Short answer: No.
 
Long answer: LR/Mogrify 2 is designed to secretly ask Lightroom for a TIFF file to work on, and then convert to JPEG at the end. However under Lightoom 2.O there's a bug that stops me from exporting the TIFF with the user's chosen colour space, so until this is fixed by Adobe LR/Mogrify 2 will secretly export the highest possible quality JPEG, mogrify that, and then creates a new JPEG with the chosen quality level.

Q: Why are JPEGs exported with and without using LR/Mogrify 2 a completely different size?
A: The clue's in the answer above. I would seem that the JPEG algorithms used by Lightroom and ImageMagick give different compressions for the same quality value.

Q: Why is this plugin useful?
A: It's useful if you need to post process your images using ImageMagick! My main motivation for writing this plugin was to allow me to prepare my stock images for Alamy. Alamy require that all images be resized to a minimum of 48Mb, and this isn't possible using Lighroom's standard export dialog. Graphical watermarking, text annotations and simple outline borders are also useful features that can't be acheived using Lightroom's standard interface.

Q: Whenever I select a border colour, Lightroom crashes. Can you fix this?
A: No. This actually has nothing to do with LR/Mogrify 2, it's an incomptibility problem between Lightroom (which tries to open the system colour picker) and the ColorMonki calibration software (which has secretly replaced the colour picker with its own one). You'll need to remove ColorMonki.

Q: I'm an Alamy user. How should I configure LR/Mogrify 2?
A: Resize to a total number of 16.1MPixels using the LR/Mogrify 2 resize section. Note that 48Mb = 16MPixels, however Mogrify only allows you to upsize to a maximum number of pixels as opposed to the minimum 16MPixels that are required. That's why I say 16.1MPixels.

Q: I'm using the JPEG compress to file size option, and it's really slow. Why?
A: To achieve this magic LR/Mogrify 2 first creates a Tiff file using all your other settings (watermark, annotations, etc.). It then has to convert the Tiff file to a JPEG at various quality settings to find the optimum quality. Up 9 JPEG conversions are required per exported file - go make a cup of tea...

Q: What else can Mogrify do?
A: Use Mogrify to resize an image, blur, crop, despeckle, dither, draw on, flip, join, re-sample, and much more. Read the Mogrify usage guide for more information.

Q: Which of Mogrify's features are available?
A: All of them are available through the command line parameters option. Please see the Quick Guide to see which features have a user interface.

Q: Can you expose more of Mogrify's feature through the user interface?
A: Probably. Please contact me.

Q: How do I select a font? Where do I look?
A: Mac users should look in /Library/Fonts or <Username>/Library/Fonts. As from version 2.50 Windows users can simply choose a font from the list.

Q: I'm trying to overlay a text annotation, but I'm not getting any text. What's happening?
A: Due to a number of issues, ImageMagick can't render all font types. This will mostly affect Mac users. Try a different font (ttf fonts should always work).

Q: I'm trying to overlay a watermark but I receive a message stating that "LR/Mogrify 2 is unable to correctly scale watermarkmark images of this file type whilst maintaining the aspect ratio". What's happening?
A: In order to maintain the aspect ratio of the watermark LR/Mogrify 2 needs to be able to read the width and height of the watermark image. To do this is relies on Lightroom's ability to return this information, however Lightroom is limited in the filetypes that it can open. You should either try a different filetype for your watermark image or else enter the width and height directly in pixels.

Q: I've found a bug, how should I report it?
A: Please contact us.

Q: How do I use Mogrify?
A: Please don't contact me! Contact ImageMagick's support.

Q: What's this sigma thing in the unsharp mask? What doesn't radius behave like I'd expect?
A: See, that's an ImageMagick question. Just this once, I'll tell you were to look.

Download LR/Mogrify 2
(Version 4.48)

PC users also need to download and install ImageMagick.

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