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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 I want to take a look at how we can create our own custom user templates inside of the Print module. Now, one of the first things that you want to do is to select a template from the templates which come preinstalled with the Lightroom. Next, you may want to make a few modifications. For example, here what I want to do is I want to keep the image square. So I click on that option there. Next, I'll go to my Image Settings panel, and in this case I'm going to choose the option to Zoom to Fill. Now here I kind of like this. I can hover over the image and then click to drag this around.
If I want to make any other changes, I can just go to those other panels. For example, let's decrease the top margin there, just lifting the image up a little bit more. All right, well once we've made changes like this, in order to save these out as a custom user template, all that we need to do is to simply scroll back up to the top and then here click on the plus icon. This will open up our New Template dialog. I'm going to go ahead and name this one fine art mat - square, and then I'll go ahead and save this in my User Templates and click Create.
Now, in ordering take advantage of that, all that we need to do is just scroll down to our User Templates here and then click on that option. Let's compare it. If we go back to the other Fine Art Mat, we can see how this one looks here and then now we also have our own version of that, our own custom user template. Well in this case, one of the things that I noticed is that all of the other templates have this nice formatting with capital letters. Let's say that I don't like how I've named this. No big deal. Simply right-click or Ctrl+Click, then here we can choose Rename and in this case I'll just change this so that it matches the rest of these templates, just to be nice and consistent.
Now, you don't have to do that, but I just want to illustrate how you can modify these. All right, well, let's click OK. The next thing that we can do is if you right-click. You'll also notice that you can delete these templates as well. And let's explore one more template where we're going to make a few more changes. Here I'll go to Triptych and in this Triptych template what I'm going to do is click on an image and then hold down the Command or Ctrl and click on a couple other images. Here, I've have three images and a lot of times I like printing triptychs. I really enjoy having three images together.
But in this case, it's just not working with this paper size and this orientation. So, we need to make some changes. Let's go ahead and click on Page Setup and in the Page Setup dialog, we'll change our Orientation to the Horizontal or Landscape format. And then make sure I'm working with my printer, Epson 3800, and that's a printer that I use personally most often. Next, we'll go to our Paper Size and here I'm going to go down to Super A3 and then choose a paper size and then I'll simply click OK.
Well now, we are starting to have something that might look interesting. Next, I need to click around in these images and drag these around so I can kind of envision how this might work. Now, in this case, let's say I want to modify this even further. Well a couple of things that we could do. Here I'm going to change my margins by increasing the bottom margin, just lifting those images up a little bit. We can also work on the overall cell spacing. We can either increase or decrease that. And then, I'm also going to bring in my margins on the left and the right there.
Again, just customizing this layout. The great thing about this is that we can continually modify this. We can change the overall cell size and get it exactly how we want it. And in this case perhaps something like that might be kind of fun. And here we'll go ahead and bring these photographs up in that way, and then just modify the spacing a bit. So you can make all of these little fine-tuning adjustments, and in this case I like this particular type of a triptych layout. So in order to save that, once again scroll back up to the top.
Here, we'll click on the plus icon, and then I'll name this one out. And I'm just going to call this one Triptych - Square. Next I'll click on Create or press Enter or Return and then once again, to take advantage of this template, which has a particular page setup built into it and also this type of a layout, we simply need to click on this option here. Now, if we go back to the other triptych version, you can see how different that is. In this case, as we made this change between these two options here.
So in your own workflow, if you ever discover that you're using certain types of layouts over and over again, you'll definitely want to create some of your own user templates so you can speed up your overall printing workflow.
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