Lightroom 5: 05 Printing
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Basic print setup


Lightroom 5: 05 Printing

with Tim Grey

Video: Basic print setup

Perhaps the most important component of printing a photographic image, is

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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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Basic print setup

Perhaps the most important component of printing a photographic image, is actually making sure that you're printing to the right size paper. What I mean by that is not that you've chosen the right type of paper to print to, but rather that you've actually configured Lightroom to print to the same size paper as you'll be putting into your printer and that can be handled through the page set-up. I'll go ahead and click page set-up at the bottom of the left panel in the print module, and that will bring up the page set-up dialog.

It's important to keep in mind that this dialogue, will vary depending upon your operating system. And so, depending on your particular setup, you might see some different controls here and you'll have to adjust accordingly. But the basic concepts are rather straight forward and universal, regardless of what your particular dialogue looks like. Specifically, you'll generally want to choose a particular printer first. In other words, specify which printer you'll actually be using to print your images, because that determines, among other things, what the margin capabilities are. In other words, how close to the edge of the paper your printer can actually print.

So, I recommend first, establishing which printer you'll be using. I can also specify the size of the paper I'll be printing to. You can see here that the default setting here in my case is U.S. letter. I can click the pop-up and choose a different print size if I'd like, a different paper size or, I can also create a custom paper size. And in this case, I'll be printing to a 9 inch by 13 inch sheet, and so I want to go to the manage custom options in this case, and specify the particular paper size that I will be using.

I'll go ahead and start by clicking the plus symbol, in order to add a custom paper size and then, I'll change the settings. In this case, changing the width to 9 inches and the height to 13 inches. I'll then select the printer that I'm printing to, in order to establish the nonprintable area. In other words, the dimensions based on the printer's capabilities that define how close to the edge I'm able to print. I'll go ahead and rename my custom paper size just by double clicking on it and then typing a meaningful name. In this case just 9 by 13, so that I know that this is a 9" by 13" custom paper size.

I'll press Enter or Return on the keyboard to accept that name change. And then I'll click okay and I have defined that custom paper size, so now when I come to this pop up I'll be able to choose that particular size from the pop up list. I can also specify the orientation, In other words, am I printing vertically for portrait or horizontally, landscape. And it's important to keep in mind, that we want this setting established based on how we're feeding the paper through the printer. And also based on how we intend to configure our print layout in Lightroom.

In this situation, I'm going to be creating a layout based on a vertical sheet of paper. And I'll actually be printing that sheet of paper vertically in the printer. In other words, it doesn't matter whether I'm printing a vertical or a horizontal image, I'm always going to be sending the paper through the printer in a vertical orientation. And so I'll want that vertical, or portrait, option selected, because once again, this is the paper configuration for the printer itself. And of course I'm also going to leave the scale option at 100% ,so that my printed output exactly matches the settings I've established within Lightroom.

With those settings established, I'll go ahead and click the okay button and you can see that the dimensions of the paper have changed, and so now the image, in this case an 8 by 10 print Is smaller overall on that page. So, we can see that I've configured things properly based on the intended printed output. In other words, based on the type of paper or the size of paper I'll actually be printing to. With those basic settings established for the printer, now I'm ready to fine tune any of my overall print settings and then save a template if I think I'll be using this configuration again in the future.

So that I'm easily able to produce printed output on this specific paper size for the printer that I'll be using for my printed output.

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