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Creating Prints and Books is part of author Chris Orwig's investigation of Lightroom 4, the image management and editing tool from Adobe, and focuses on the Print and Books modules, which can be used to create high-quality prints and proofs and design custom layouts for books and other print projects. Chris briefly reviews how to correct and paint away gamut issues and other problems in the Develop module and shows how to take advantage of templates and collections. The course also shows how to adjust print job settings for contact sheets, single image prints, and print packages, and the final chapters guide photographers through the step-by-step process of building and printing a book from Lightroom.
For more training on Lightroom, watch Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module and Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Enhancing Photos with the Develop Module.
Another way that we can customize our book projects is by changing the background. This is kind of fascinating and actually really quite simple. Let's take a look at how we can use the Background panel in order to make changes to the background of a single page or to our entire book. You can find the Background panel, the right-hand side in the panels down at the base of the panels, and what I'm going to do is create a new layout, just so we have a demo layout that we can start to play with. You notice at the end of this book project, I have a blank page.
Click on that and then right-click or Ctrl+Click and choose Add Page. These will give us this blank page here, kind of a blank canvas to experiment with. Next, press Command or Ctrl plus in order to zoom in. Well here if we want to add an image to the layout, we can simply drag and drop in order to do that. Now we have an image inside of this cell. Next on to changing the background. Well we can work with backgrounds either globally or locally. With this check box turned on, it will make adjustments to the entire book project.
With these turned off, what we have to do is click on the page. I'll click on this page here. You notice that icon is now illuminated or lit up. We can use photographs or textures or graphics' background, we can also use a background color. For example, let's go ahead and choose Background Color here then click on the color chip and then I'll choose black, or I could change the color, perhaps I want a hue in the background in order to create something which fits my images. So we can do these simply by using this option and choosing these background colors.
To unselect that or to remove that, click that off. Okay well, what about photographs or what about graphics? Well I want to add a background to both of these pages. So I click on 1, hold down Command or Ctrl, click on another. Next I want to add a photographic backdrop. Select your photo and drop it into this photo dropbox here. You can see that this now shows up behind my image. Let's increase the Opacity so we can see this a little bit more clearly.
Again, it's the same picture. It's repeating on each page just showing up behind these photographs. And sometimes what will happen is we'll have a little bit more of a complicated layout than just one image. Let's look at that. Here I'll click on this menu which opens up the Modify Page menu. I'm going to go to Travel. Here I want to choose something a little bit more complicated, something perhaps with multiple images and some copy. Let's use this one right here. Well now, with all of these different image cells, what I'm going to do is drag and drop photographs into these cells and we can do this really arbitrarily so that we can see how these images appear on these pages.
And again, I'm not doing these in a way that it necessarily looks good, but more to illustrate how these images interact with this background graphic. Because I have this new layout here, we can kind of see through it a little bit more. Another thing that we could do is, we could change the layout, let's go to this page, and here I'm going to go just to a single image. Let's go to Clean and perhaps we'll go back to the layout we seen before; this one here. Now as I do that, I can see my single image sitting on top of the background, and I decide that rather than this single image, I just want it blank.
Click on the image, right-click, Ctrl+Click, remove the photo. And rather than this background element, I want something a bit more travel oriented. I want this to be kind of an ending page or maybe a page with the strong graphic. To change this page, make sure Apply Background Globally is turned off. Then click on this icon here. This allows us to choose different background graphics. Here, the image is selected. We could also go to Wedding, we have different decorative elements here, or Travel.
Travel has some fun options; maps and also compasses and different things. Let's choose a compass. Well now that compass shows up on this page and it just looks kind of interesting, but the previous page just doesn't make sense. So we'll click on that one and then choose a different graphic. This time we'll choose a graphic like a map. A little bit of a texture there in the background, and now we could see how we could start to build a travel book, right and we could have these background elements which kind of connect the overall book project.
The trick, of course, is to work with these backgrounds and to figure out how bright they should be. Typically, backgrounds you're going to want or bring down if it's a little bit more of a texture element. If it's something like this page, which is a bit more prominent, well, maybe you want it stronger. You wanted it a little more bold. So as you design your book, just experiment with different types of backgrounds, and what I recommend is that you try these on demo pages as I've done here. And then after you've decided on the background that you like, well then, you can go ahead and click on the box to apply that globally to the entire project, but rather than applying it to the entire project first, try it out on a few pages and see how those layouts might work. All right! well, here what I want to do is I want to get rid of this background graphic.
If we go back to our view where we can see multiple pages at one time, I have a problem where I have this really clean layout and then one that's cumbersome with the travel background and this compass rows here, it just doesn't fit my book project. In order to remove a graphic or background, you can just click on this button here and it will remove that or disable it. So that's no longer displayed. This page as well, we can go ahead and take that off. Of course, you can also simply right- click or Ctrl+Click on the page and then you can remove that page in order to delete it if it's a demo page, as it was for me.
So here what I've done is really just remove those background elements, because after experimenting with them for a project like this, well, they just don't make sense. Yet hopefully, it was helpful to see how you can work with those controls and how in certain situations being able to customize the background might help out.
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