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For many photographers the print is a preferred method for sharing their photographic images, and Lightroom provides us with a variety of different ways to print our photos. Let's take a look at the basic process of configuring Lightroom for printing. I'm in the Library Module and my first step will be to choose which images I'd like to actually have available for printing. On the left panel, I'll scroll down and I can choose among the folders or collections that I have here in order to select which images I might like to print. I'll go ahead and choose a folder that contains some images I'm interested in printing.
I can then switch to the Print Module, and there I'll be able to configure the basic setup for printing. A basic process involves choosing a template, for example, if I want to print an image at 8x10, I can choose my 8x10 template. And at the moment, I have the Selected Photos option set on the toolbar below the Preview area. I could change that to All Filmstrip Photos or only Selected Photos, or the Flagged Photos, if any images had been marked with a pick flag. In this case I'll go ahead and stick with the Selected Photos options, since I'm just going to print one image.
But before I start thinking about changing any of those print settings, now using a template I might not need to change much. But if I'm going to make adjustments to the overall output settings, then I might night need to configure my page set up first. So, at the bottom of the left panel in the Print Module, I'll click the Page Setup button, that will bring the Print Setup Dialog to the forefront. I can make sure that the correct printer is selected, and more importantly I can choose the proper Paper, Paper Source, and Orientation. So for example, if I wanted to print a different size, perhaps I'll print a 17x22 inch sheet for example, I could change that.
I could change the source of paper for the printer, and adjust Portrait versus Landscape. In this case I'm printing an image that has a vertical or portrait orientation, so I'll leave the orientation set to Portrait. I can then click the OK button, and as you can see based on the ruler display, the page size is now significantly larger. I can then go make changes to my print layouts, so the image is produced larger, or, of course, I could always switch to a different template. Bear in mind that the output paper size is stored as part of the template.
So, if I were to switch back for example to my 8x10 template, that will also change the paper size. You can see that I'm now set to that 8.5x11 inch paper size for printing this particular image. Once you've considered the basic page setup or using a template then you can continue fine tuning your settings in order to prepare print your image or perhaps multiple images.
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