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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.
Now that we've covered some of our options for single image or contact sheet layouts, let's take a look at Picture Package. We can choose this option either by selecting the layout style here, or we can also choose one of the templates, which takes advantage of this. If we choose one of these templates, what we'll discover, for example, like this one here, is that the intent of Picture Package really is to figure out how you can maximize space. How can you print an image in multiple ways in order to take advantage of space so that you don't print an image and then trim off a lot of your paper and really waste that paper.
This particular layout style can really speed up your workflow, especially in the multiple versions of a certain image. All right, well, how can you work with this or customize this even further? Let's go ahead and walk through our different panels. When we open up Image Settings, we'll see some familiar options here. We can either Zoom to Fill. We can also Rotate to Fit. In this case, Rotate to Fit really make sense, again maximizing that space. We can add borders or brushstrokes around the image, either on the inside of the photograph and watch as we do that, or also on the outside there adding space between the images.
Sometimes that's helpful in order to have a bit more of a space there or a gap. Let's go down to Ruler, Grids, & Guides. Again, here what we can do is show those guides. If we turn on say our different Image Cells or the Page Grid, sometimes this can help us orientating things, or change different sizes of the cells. Here I'll go ahead and increase this size, so that we're going to dedicate more space to these cells here. In this particular case, you do notice though that the image is really locked down to a grid. Well, there is another layout style, which is much more freeform.
We'll talk about that in the next movie. All right, well, let's jump down to Cells. This is where it really gets interesting. What I want to do is I want to add another version of this photograph that's 8 x 10. So I'll click on the 8 x 10 button, which in turn creates a new page. I can also click on these other buttons to add more images. Here you can see I'm adding more photographs simply by clicking. We can also click and drag in order to increase the overall size of one of these cells. That's a great thing about this. It's really flexible. It will help us take advantage of space in a unique way.
If we don't like a page, we'll just click on the X icon in order to close it. We can also click on a cell and then modify it by using these sliders here to change the overall dimensions. Sometimes what's nice is to make something smaller. Then try to add an image into that page. Now, if it doesn't work, what you can do is simply drag this down a little bit more. We'll go ahead and delete that page and then try again. Here you can see it now opened up a little bit of space for that particular size dimension. So again, we have a lot of flexibility here within the scope of a grid.
What about our last two panels? If we open up Page, you'll see we have very similar options. In this case, we have Background Color, Identity Plate. Everything we've seen before. Watermarking, again just like before. Yet now a new option, Cut Guides. If we turn this option on and navigate back to Rulers, Grid, & Guides, let's turn off those guides, so we can focus on what we've just added here. Well, in this case, it's a little bit confusing to see. So I'm going to delete one of these by pressing the Delete key. Then I'll reposition this.
Now as I reposition that, you can see that it's giving me these exact guides on where I need to cut in order to crop this so that that image fits inside of that space. Let's go back there so that you can see what I mean. So again, turning this on and off turns off those cut guides, so we can trim the images to the exact size. Now this can be really helpful, especially when we have a layout which is pretty crowded like this one here. All right, well the only problem with this layout, of course, is that we have these vary in sizes. In order to fix that, I'm going to bring those down.
You can see that my cut guides are now much more aligned. I'll go ahead and do the same thing here as well. So again, this can help highlight some problems that you might have in regards to your layout. Let's close Page and go to the Print Job. Here, what we'll discover is the exact same thing as we've seen before. We can either print to a printer or to a JPEG file. We have the ability to choose Draft Mode Printing, define our resolution, sharpening type, different types of output, 8-bit or 16-bit, which is 8-bit by default. 16-bit, if you have a printer which can handle that.
Then finally, we can dial in our color management. Then all that we need to do in order to create a print is to simply click our Print button, which in turn will open up our Print dialog, like we saw in the previous movie, in order to create the print of these photographs.
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