Creating a custom package
Video: Creating a custom packageIn addition to being able to print an individual image, a contact sheet, or a picture package. Lightroom also allows us to create a custom package. This is essentially a picture package with a little bit more flexibility in terms of how we layout the page. In fact it gives us a limited page layout capability when printing our images. Let's take a look at how we can get started. I'm going to start with a basic template that will enable me to create a custom package. I've already navigated to a folder that contains some images that I'd like to print.
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You can take the greatest photos ever captured, but it probably won't mean much until you get them out there where people can see them. In this workshop from digital imaging guru Tim Grey, discover how to use Adobe Lightroom 4 to share your images with the world. Tim begins with the basics, like selecting images for sharing and working with collections, watermarks, and identity plates. Then he shows how to publish your photos to the web, whether you want to upload images to Facebook or Flickr or create your own web galleries. Tim also covers creating photo books and slideshows and offers advice on getting the highest-quality prints.
- Selecting images for sharing
- Using collections for sharing
- Creating a watermark or identity plate
- Publishing and exporting
- Creating photo books and slideshows
- Printing photos
- Web photo galleries
Creating a custom package
In addition to being able to print an individual image, a contact sheet, or a picture package. Lightroom also allows us to create a custom package. This is essentially a picture package with a little bit more flexibility in terms of how we layout the page. In fact it gives us a limited page layout capability when printing our images. Let's take a look at how we can get started. I'm going to start with a basic template that will enable me to create a custom package. I've already navigated to a folder that contains some images that I'd like to print.
And so, on the left panel of the Print module, I'll scroll down and we can find some custom print packages. As I mouse over each of these, you'll see that the preview shows me a rough layout, so I can get a sense of what the layout will look like for the images. I think I'm going to opt for the custom overlap with three images. I'll go ahead and click on that template and now I can start specifying which images I would like to include in this package. Since in this case the layout includes vertical cells I'll probably want to use just vertical images for this particular layout.
I'll start by dragging the first image that I want to include from the film strip up into one of the cells. Notice that as I drag an image up into the preview are, the currently active cell gets highlighted as orange. So that indicates which cell will receive the image if I release the mouse at any time. I'll go a head and add this to the center cell, so I'll release the mouse and the image gets added to that position. I'll then drag another image into one of the other cells and I'll find one other image to drag into the bottom right cell.
And I could also add an image to this background cell. In this particular case though, I think I'm going to bypass that option. I'll leave that cell empty, so that I just have three images displayed with a clean background. I can then take a look at the settings on the right panel if I'd like. I don't want to rotate the images to fit, I want them presented just as they are. And I'm going to leave the Photo Border and Inner Stroke options both turned off so that I don't have a border around the images. I'll leave the Ruler Unit set to inches and the Grid Snap is set off at the moment.
That gives me a little bit more flexibility but I can also have the individual cells, if I drag them around, snap to the other cells or snap to the grid in the background there. But for now I'll just leave that option set to off. I also want to get a better sense of the actual Print preview here. So I'm going to turn off the Show Guides Check box so that I can see what that page layout looks a little bit more clearly. I'll continue scrolling down. You can see that we have multiple cells in theory I can add additional cells. That would enable me to add additional images to this layout. For example if I decided that I didn't want to include this image or I didn't want to include it at its current size, I could click to select it and press the Delete key.
But I could also add an additional image, let's say a four by six inch image and then drag that back to the first page here. Lightroom didn't think it would fit properly on this page, and for good reason, it's rather large. I'll go ahead and delete that second page that's blank now, and if I decide that's a little bit too big I can just re-size the cell as it is. I'll go ahead and hold the Shift key, so that I can strain the aspect ratio. And then I'll drag to move that cell down toward the bottom right, and now I have a cell that's ready to receive a horizontal image.
I'll go ahead and drag an image into that cell. So you can see that I can delete a cell, add a cell, resize a cell or move it around. I have tremendous flexibility with this layout. I'm able to position an image anywhere I'd like on the page and fine-tune it just the way I'd like it. In addition to working directly on the image of course we can also adjust the selected cell size using sliders over on the right panel. I can rotate the cell so for example, if I had originally thought that this is going to be horizontal image but then I decide I want to replace it with a vertical image.
I could simply rotate the cell and then drag a vertical image into that place. In this case though I think I'd like to leave it just as it was so I'll press Ctrl+Z on the Windows or Cmd+Z on the Macintosh. And then Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z one more time to undo two steps to go back to the way that image had been laid out. I'll then scroll down on the right panel. And for this type of layout I certainly do not want to change the page background color. I don't want to include an identity plate for branding purposes, for example.
And I don't want to apply any watermarking. And I certainly don't want to include cut guides either. This is intended to be a page layout that will be printed just as it is. Not images that will be cut out individually. I also think I might like to bring this image at the top left to the foreground instead of being behind the larger image. I can do that by right-clicking and then choosing either send forwards or send to front. In this case I want to bring it all the way to the front so I'll click the Send to Front button. I think that looks a little bit nicer.
But I might want to move the larger image around just a little bit maybe to allow the overlapping image to only cover the sky rather then part of the mountian. And I can fine tune the position of this image well, and that's looking a little bit better. But obviously I could continue fine tuning this package. Adding images, removing images, moving them around, resizing, really having tremendous flexibility in how I layout this custom package. And of course once I'm happy with that final package I'm able to print it very easily from Lightroom as well.
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