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Changing the layout

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 03 Creating Prints and Books

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So far we've been focusing in on talking about how we can design the interior of the book, and that's really a good place to start. We want to get the guts of the book to look good and to match our vision. Next, what we need to do is to focus in on the cover because we all know the cliche. As a cliche goes, don't judge a book by its cover. And it's a cliche because the cover, well, it really affects how we view the interior of the book. So let's go ahead and zoom in on our cover. You can click on it, and then click on the icon, which allows us to focus on the spread.

Changing the layout

So far we've been focusing in on talking about how we can design the interior of the book, and that's really a good place to start. We want to get the guts of the book to look good and to match our vision. Next, what we need to do is to focus in on the cover because we all know the cliche. As a cliche goes, don't judge a book by its cover. And it's a cliche because the cover, well, it really affects how we view the interior of the book. So let's go ahead and zoom in on our cover. You can click on it, and then click on the icon, which allows us to focus on the spread.

Well while Lightroom is a powerful application, it didn't do that great of a job selecting these pictures for my cover. These default pictures that I chose when I selected Auto Layout, they just don't work. They are too cumbersome, they are too awkward. I want something more clean or crisp or clear. And so here what I want to talk about is how we can start to think about the cover from a creative perspective and also a functional perspective. What I'm going to do is I want to select an image like this one here which has more negative space.

I'll just drag and drop this into this window. As I do that, already, I really like it. I like even the positioning there. I think it's kind of nice the way that that works. And what would be really fun would be to have the mirror version of this image on the back cover. In order to do that though, I need to leave the Book module. So I'm going to go to the Develop module for a moment. Here in the Develop module, we can see the image. I'm going to create a virtual copy of this. To do that, press Command+' or Ctrl+'.

Here we have a virtual copy. With this virtual copy you can right-click or Ctrl+Click this image and Transform it. Here I'm going to flip this image horizontally. This will give me this mirror version of the photograph. So now it's leaning in that other direction, and we can see how that works. If we look in the filmstrip, it's almost like these two images together, well, they could create an arc. All right, well let's go back to the Book module. Now here in the Book module, what I want to do is use this image.

I can drag and drop this to my back cover. You can start to see how I could align these up so that I have this almost design that I've created. I could also try the opposite idea out, perhaps bring this image here and then this one over here and you can see how I have a different shape. Now you don't have to do something like this, but it might just be kind of fun. It might be interesting to try out how you can connect that front and back cover. Other times what you might want to do is simply have a nice strong image, then perhaps one that's similar but a little bit different on the back, like in this situation here.

So here with this layout, I'm starting to like it. It's not perfect but it's coming to life. Well the next thing that I need to think about is typography and title. You notice that on the spine of the book, there is a text field. If we zoom in on that text field by going to this 4:1 View and then moving this preview window here, our zoomed in area. If we get to that spine, what we'll see is that we have this Title Field. All right, title, I need to think about the title.

How should I title this book? This is a really important artistic creative process. Using language in combination with pictures especially on the cover, well it's so key. So what I want to do here is share with you a resource that I think might help you out, and also share with you a little bit about of my process of working with language and coming up with words, say for a title like this and then of course, take a look at how we can execute this and add some typography, not just to the spine of the book but also to the front and back covers.

Well let's take a look at how we can do that in the next movie.

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Lightroom 4 Essentials: 03 Creating Prints and Books

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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 20s
  2. 41m 46s
    1. Making basic adjustments in the Develop module
      3m 43s
    2. Creating better prints by soft proofing
      6m 32s
    3. Choosing a rendering intent
      8m 49s
    4. Correcting a soft proof copy
      4m 57s
    5. Painting away soft proof gamut problems
      6m 52s
    6. Soft proofing to add visual snap
      5m 48s
    7. Fine-tuning soft proof color
      5m 5s
  3. 17m 32s
    1. Making print collections
      3m 33s
    2. Using print templates
      5m 35s
    3. Creating a contact sheet
      4m 21s
    4. Creating your own custom templates
      4m 3s
  4. 24m 31s
    1. Customizing the layout of a single image
      4m 24s
    2. Exploring page options for a single image
      6m 59s
    3. Using the Picture Package layout style
      7m 42s
    4. Using custom layout styles
      5m 26s
  5. 25m 48s
    1. Exploring different types of printers and papers
      3m 44s
    2. Configuring page setup and print settings
      3m 10s
    3. Exploring desktop print job settings
      5m 17s
    4. Setting up to print JPEG images
      2m 47s
    5. Looking at brightness and contrast in print samples
      5m 25s
    6. Reviewing prints
      5m 25s
  6. 5m 19s
    1. Why build a book and why use Lightroom?
      1m 36s
    2. Reviewing samples of both printed and digital books
      3m 43s
  7. 21m 0s
    1. Creating collections for a book project
      6m 39s
    2. Choosing book settings and preferences
      4m 3s
    3. Exploring the Auto Layout option and tips for viewing pages and spreads
      5m 9s
    4. Editing Auto Layout presets
      5m 9s
  8. 35m 40s
    1. Customizing the page layout
      5m 50s
    2. Using guides and cell controls
      6m 0s
    3. Modifying individual images and page sequence
      5m 25s
    4. Swapping image position
      1m 46s
    5. Changing page spread sequence
      2m 6s
    6. Changing the zoom rate for multiple images
      2m 9s
    7. Changing the background
      6m 11s
    8. Reviewing the layout
      3m 38s
    9. Saving a book layout
      2m 35s
  9. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Print module to design a layout
      4m 33s
    2. Including a custom layout in a project
      4m 9s
  10. 5m 56s
    1. Making specific adjustments
      3m 42s
    2. Applying global adjustments to multiple photographs
      2m 14s
  11. 14m 59s
    1. Adding captions
      4m 4s
    2. Customizing type, part 1
      5m 40s
    3. Customizing type, part 2
      3m 5s
    4. Creating and using type presets
      2m 10s
  12. 22m 0s
    1. Changing the layout
      3m 56s
    2. A creative approach to selecting a book title
      5m 46s
    3. Adding a text field to a cover
      6m 55s
    4. Selecting an alternate cover layout
      5m 23s
  13. 30m 36s
    1. Selecting the keepers
      7m 27s
    2. A conceptual approach to setting image sequence
      11m 57s
    3. Reviewing the layout
      4m 55s
    4. Duplicating the book design
      6m 17s
  14. 6m 42s
    1. Exporting to PDF
      3m 7s
    2. Exporting to Blurb and evaluating the book online
      3m 35s
  15. 35s
    1. Goodbye
      35s

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