Lightroom 5: 05 Printing
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Lightroom 5: 05 Printing

with Tim Grey

Video: Creating a custom package

In most cases, when I'm creating printed out put,

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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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Creating a custom package

In most cases, when I'm creating printed out put, I'm either printing an individual image on the page, or I'm printing a content sheet with multiple images appearing on each page of the print, for example. But sometimes I want to print multiple images on the same page, and I don't mean a print package, I mean rather a custom package. In other words, producing what is in effect, a creative layout that features multiple images. Let's take a look at an example, I'll go ahead and scroll down on the template browser.

And I'm going to choose among one of the custom options. Note, by the way, that as I'm scrolling through these various options if I move my mouse over the particular template, I can see a preview. That preview shows me the overall layout for the template. I'll go ahead and choose this custom overlap with three images. And you can see that I have cells for three photos. But the photos are not yet included within that layout. I can change that though. I'll go ahead and drag an image from the film strip into one of those cells.

So I'll drag an image into that central location, and you can see that the image has been added into that position, and I can then fill the other cells with different images. Perhaps I want to include one of the other sunflower photos, for example, or even to include the same image in two of those cells. In this case, I have three cells that are vertical, but only two vertical images of sunflowers. But of course, I could also find a different set of images that feature a more similar set of subjects, or a completely different subject that suits the theme.

I'll drag a different flower photo, for example, into that position. And if I decide that the overall set-up is not working, for example, this flowers being hidden by the larger image, I could swap those out. I'll could go ahead and drag that flower image into that position. And then I'll take my other sunflower image and drag it into position there. The bottom line is that I have some flexibility in terms of defining that overall arrangement of images within my custom layout. Of course, that custom layout is really just a picture package where we've laid out those images.

In this case, in an overlapping fashion. And so we're just getting a little bit more creative with our images. I can certainly, for example, add an 8 by 10 image to the frame. In this case it will go on to a new page because there is not enough room on the existing page. But I could drag that cell into the original page, for example. And I can get rid of the second page by clicking the X at the top-left corner. And then I could drag another image into that particular cell. In this case, of course, it's covering up the existing space.

I can right-click though and choose to send that cell to the very back. I can also adjust the overall size of that cell as I decide. And then that will create a little bit of a backdrop. In this case, obviously, getting a little bit noisy, a little bit messy. And, really, rather distracting but you get the idea that we're able to add or remove cells from the package in order to fine-tune the overall layout. So for example, I might press the delete key to delete that cell. And then keeping in mind that we have some flexibility here, if I really did want to focus on those sunflowers, I could certainly do that and I could accomplish what I'm really after by rotating one of my cells.

So for example, I'll take this vertical image and place it into that cell, and then I'll take this horizontal image of the sunflower and drop it into the center cell. Then, with that cell active, I can click the Rotate Cell button in order to rotate the cell that contains that image. I could also adjust the overall size of a given cell and change the position of that cell just by dragging it around within the image. But as you can see when we're creating picture packages we are not limited to images that do not overlap with one another.

We can have the various images overlap, we can change the size and orientation of each of those individual cells. We can even change the order of those cells on the page. So that, for example, we can bring forward a cell from the back to the front so that we determine which images appear on top, and which images appear under other images. But as you can see, we have tremendous flexibility when it comes to creating an overall print layout, in this case able to create something that's more like a page layout than it really is a photographic print, but of course, a layout that features multiple photographic images.

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