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By carefully setting up and proofing your images in Lightroom, you can create prints worth sharing and selling. Author Tim Grey continues his exploration of Lightroom, this time in its Print module, and shows you how to print contact sheets and individual images, add watermarks and text overlays, create picture packages, correct inaccurate prints, and save print jobs for future use.
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One of the options available to you when printing your images within Lightroom, is to add a stroke border around the edges of that image. That can both add an interesting creative touch to your images, but also provide a bit of framing. For example, if you have a scene that's relatively bright. Then the edges of the actual photographic image area, may blend off into the white space, in the area where there will be no ink, where you are seeing just the paper. And so, you can use a stroke, to help define the edge of the image.
To get started, I'll turn on the Stroke Border check box, in the image setting section, of the right panel in the print module, and then, I can adjust the size and color of that stroke. Now, bear in mind I have a cell border here, you can see the dark border of the cell that is defined to fit the image on the page, that is non-printable, but the stroke that has now been added around the image itself, is printable. So I will now have a black line, two points wide, around the entire perimeter of my photo.
I'll go ahead and increase the width so that we can see that border just a little bit more clearly, and you'll see that the image itself is resized accordingly. So I'm not actually cropping the image so to speak. I'm not covering up the edge of the photo, but rather I'm reducing the size of the image to accommodate that stroke. Once I've adjusted the size, I can also click the color swatch in order to bring up the color picker, where I can chose among any color of the rainbow that I'd like. Generally speaking though, I would simply use a black, or perhaps a grey stroke, just to define the edge of that image.
So, I’ll choose black and close that color picker, and then, of course, in most cases, I would not want a 20 point stroke. Usually I would just want a very fine line around the edge, and that's because I'm not generally trying to produce a very obvious line around the image. I'm just trying to create a little bit of a boundary. A clear edge to the photo, so that we know where the photo ends relative to the rest of the paper. And so, in most cases, I would use a very small stroke perhaps, just one or two points, so that the edge of the image is very clearly defined, but I don't have an obvious line around the image.
In other words, I want you to focus on the photo, not on the stroke border around that photo. So, I can fine tune the overall size and color for that stroke border and then with that option turned on, now when I print my image, I'll actually have that stroke border printed around the edge of the photo.
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