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This course covers the newest features and enhancements in Photoshop Lightroom 4, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. Author and photographer Chris Orwig details the new video editing and sharing capabilities in Lightroom; its new book-layout features for creating Blurb photo books; the new Map module, to tag images with locations; and the various image editing improvements in the Develop module. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here we're going to take a look at how we can further customize our own book layout. One of the things that you want to do quite often when you're working on your book is zoom in and zoom out. Now a lot of times it's helpful to open up some more space, so you can see things; you can see the overall thread or arc of the book. In order to do that, press the Tab key. It opens up a little bit more space so that you can look at these pages. Now you can always change the view between looking at multiple layouts to looking at one layout or one page. You can do that by clicking on these icons here, as I've talked about before.
Now you can do this with those panels on the right and left, visible or not. I just wanted to highlight that because sometimes it's nice to have a little bit more space. I am going to bring back the panels by pressing the Tab key just to keep things kind of simple. Let's say that I get to the spot and I realized I want to change a few pictures up. I want this picture somewhere else. When you click on an image or a page, it highlights that picture down below. You can always drag and drop it to a new spot, and there it is. Let's say we want to bring this picture, which was over there back here. Voila! We have it.
Now what about customizing the way the picture actually sits on that page. Well, what you can do is change the zoom, go to one layout, and then click and drag to reposition this. Or, of course, you can zoom in and then reposition so if fits in the best way on that particular page. Well, so far so good. We have customized a couple of pages; we've reordered things. What else can we do? Well, if we zoom to this multiple layout thing, you'll notice that we have these different pages here. And as we click on them, you'll notice that every time it gives you an option, an option to zoom, a yellow highlight, and then an icon below.
What's that icon all about? Let's scroll down, for example, to right here. Well, if we click on that icon, it opens up something which is called Modify Page. Now here we can choose from a huge range of different layouts: 4 Photos per page; Multiple Photos per page. We also have different options: Creative layouts, Portfolio layouts, Travel, Wedding. You name it. We can select that option by simply clicking on a page. We can also do the same thing by clicking on a page and going to the Page panel.
Here you see the exact same identical icon. Click on that. You'll see the Modify Page dialog. Here let's choose 4 Photos, and then simply click that to apply it, and now we have a four-page layout. We can add pages or add pictures, I should say, into those small little layouts, and we can change that up a little bit, and let's zoom in on that so we can see how that looks. And voila! We have it. We have four images now on that page. Now let's say we've made that change, but we don't like it. It doesn't work. No big deal. You know how to change that back, right? You target the page. Click on the little icon which opens up the Modify Page dialog.
Let's go back to 1 Photo per page, click on the one-photo layout that you like, and here we're back to where we were. All right! Well, that worked nicely, and that wraps up this segment of our conversation about how to customize the book layout. We'll continue to talk about this, and we'll do so in the next movie.
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