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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
Here let's take a look at some of our different page options for this particular layout. Now the first option we have is Page Background Color. What's interesting about this is this will be dependent upon the type of printer we are printing to and also our paper. For example, I'll go ahead and turn this option on and then select a color say like black. Now when I do that what's happening is it's only extending the black to this edge here. But if I go down to Page Setup and then select my printer, which is the Epson 3800, and then click OK, we are going to see that that's going to appear differently here.
The black is going to cover a different portion of the image. Now why would you want to print black on the background? Well, printing this on your own printer would be a bit of overkill. But perhaps let's say you're sending it to the local lab to be printed. You may want to include a background color in certain situations. With that being said, this is something in my own workflow that I've rarely found use, yet I know others that do use this quite often. All right, well let's turn off that option and go down to Identity Plate. What we can do with Identity Plate is we can add one of our identity plates.
If we have others saved here, we can go ahead and choose those from this pulldown menu. Now in this case we have a graphic, and the graphic is sitting on top of the image. Well, if I want to reposition this, I could bring this down here onto the background. Well, now the background is white and this graphic is black. So this doesn't really make sense. I'll increase the size here. I like the typography, but it just doesn't line up well. Well in situations like that it might be helpful to turn on that Background Color so that you have this nice logo sitting at this particular type of a layout.
And as you could imagine, you could come up with some pretty interesting combinations. All right, well let's turn off that background color. And let's also deselect our identity plate graphic and just go back to something really simple like this word here. In this case just the name. Here we have the name, Chris Orwig Photography. And we have a couple of different colors that we created. To change this, we can override the color, if we want to have this one uniform color, say like a light grey, or we can of course simply deselect that. The great thing about this is we can scale this by hovering over one of these corner points and clicking and dragging.
We can also use the Scale slider. And then we can control the overall Opacity. And the fun thing with the Opacity is that if you override the color, what you can do is have a really nice muted color here. You can see how I can even tone down that color, so it a little bit more faint, so it kind of falls into the background there. Well in this case, let's decrease that size and make this nice and small and then increasing the overall Opacity. When it comes to typography, typically you want to go for smaller type, because many times that works better.
Now next we have a few options. We can render this behind the image or on top of every image, and we can choose those options accordingly. All right, well what about watermarking? Well watermarking is going to be really helpful. Say, for example, when you're using a contact sheet. And let's go ahead and choose one of those options briefly here. I'll go to 4x5 Contact Sheet, and then I'll turn on my Watermarking options. I'll click on this contextual menu, and I am going to choose one of these watermarks that I have already created. Well in this case, you can see that it's overlapping that watermark on top of all of my images.
And in certain situations this can be incredibly helpful. It can be a great way to protect your photographs. And you have to remember that with watermarking we can always customize this. To do so, click on this menu and then select Edit Watermarks. Now here what I am going to do is go ahead and scroll down. And I am going to size this down to be something a little bit smaller. And I am going to anchor it to the bottom of the photograph there. Right around there it looks good and then click Save. I'll go ahead and name this one chris orwig - small.
Now here you can see all these images have this little copyright in them. And it's located at the bottom of the image. Now if you want to reposition the copyright for some reason in order to protect a more central area of the photograph, just go back to Edit Watermarks. And there you can then make another selection. And I'll just choose right there in the middle, and then click Save. And I'll save this one out as chris orwig - middle. And then that now includes that copyright information in the middle, on top of all of those photographs.
We have the ability to add pagination. And as we do that we can include Page Numbers if we want, and currently you can see I am on Page 1. And then when I go to the next page, it reads Page 2. We can also have some information there. What the sharpening was, the profile and the printer. And then finally if we know that we are going to crop images out, we can include those crop marks. That's a little bit tricky to see here, so let me go back to my guides and turn off Margins and Gutters and also Show Guides. And there you'll see we have those crop marks.
And let's go to better option to preview this. I am going to go into my Fine Art Mat and then Page. And now I'll turn on my Page Options and Crop Marks. And there you can see those little crop marks on the edges there, showing me where I would need to trim this. And this could be especially helpful, for example, if we went to Zoom to Fill. And there you can see those crop marks aligning up exactly on the photograph. So as you are discovering, there are a number of different uses for these different templates and for different options. Sometimes things are a bit more functional, while other times perhaps you want to create a more beautiful or interesting or classic layouts.
Well, let's navigate back to the Page panel and then scroll down. Just a couple of other things here. One is we can include photo information. In this case we can select Filename or Exposure, Equipment, Date, Caption so on and so forth. In this case with the layout like this I don't need this information, nor do I need the Page Options and the Crop Marks. All right, well that wraps up our look at some of those different options inside of the Page panel. And also some of the different scenarios where a few of those options might come in handy.
Next, let's explore the Print Job panel. And let's dig into this panel here in the next movie.
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