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Creating multiple-image print layouts

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Video: Creating multiple-image print layouts

If you flip through practically any of the top travel publications or photography books, what you will find is that they'll create spreads by using multiple photographs. A lot of times with travel photography, if you combine images together in a layout, well, you can really tell an interesting story. And these images, well, the story is all about color. So what I want to do is take a look at how we can use the print module in order to come up with some creative print layouts in order to lay out multiple images on one page. We'll be working with the collection Sayulita, so let's click on that to target that collection. Next, let's navigate to the print module. You can do so by clicking on the Print button in the module picker up here, or you can press Command or Ctrl+P. Well, here let's open up the template browser and choose 01 4x6 template. This is a single image contact sheet template, one image center of the page, pretty straightforward.

Creating multiple-image print layouts

If you flip through practically any of the top travel publications or photography books, what you will find is that they'll create spreads by using multiple photographs. A lot of times with travel photography, if you combine images together in a layout, well, you can really tell an interesting story. And these images, well, the story is all about color. So what I want to do is take a look at how we can use the print module in order to come up with some creative print layouts in order to lay out multiple images on one page. We'll be working with the collection Sayulita, so let's click on that to target that collection. Next, let's navigate to the print module. You can do so by clicking on the Print button in the module picker up here, or you can press Command or Ctrl+P. Well, here let's open up the template browser and choose 01 4x6 template. This is a single image contact sheet template, one image center of the page, pretty straightforward.

I want to make this more interesting. One of the ways that you can do this is you can select more photographs and then make changes to the image settings in the layout. So let's first select more pictures. To select more pictures, press Command or Ctrl+A. Once you have done that, you will see those pictures highlighted in the filmstrip below. Next, open up the image settings panel. Now here we have a couple options: Zoom to Fill and Rotate to Fit. For what I am going to create, I want to turn off Rotate to Fit.

I want all of my images to have the same orientation regardless of the cell size. I'll show you what I mean in a second. Next, let's open up the layout panel. Well, here in the layout panel, I'm going to increase the number of rows. I am going to crank this way up, perhaps, five and five columns. Now as I do that, you can see I now have-- all of a sudden--this really vivid splash of color, yet it needs some work. It is not quite there. Yet what I do want to highlight is if I turn on this option, Rotate to Fit, what's going to happen is it is going to flip a lot of my pictures. So the orientation, well, it goes horizontal, vertical. It's kind of flip-flop. It does not really work.

So again, having this option turned off will work well. Okay. Well, let's focus in on our layout. Well, now here the trick with this is that it is just a bit too cluttered. We can make it less cluttered by adding some cell spacing, increase our vertical and our horizontal spacing, and all of a sudden these images, well, they have a little bit of breathing room. Another thing that we could do is we could reduce the number of rows or columns. Here, I'm going to go ahead and take this down, and I'll decrease this--decreasing this to four--and then I'll try three. And as we do this, we can see that we can have these nice vivid colors, but it is not quite so overcrowded.

Of course, how many spaces you want to have here is really up to your own style, and how you want to display your photographs. But I will go to something, perhaps a 4x3. Next, for the margins I'm going to increase the bottom margin so that I can have some more space down there. I want to have a word which describes these pictures. All right, what about selecting photographs to be included inside of this creative layout? Well, you can add or remove photographs by holding down the Command or Ctrl key and then clicking on those pictures here in the filmstrip. You can see that as I click on these pictures, well, these are removed from this layout.

We can do this also the other way: hold down Command or Ctrl, click on an image in order to add it. Well, if you want to be a little more particular about what photographs are included here, you might as well deselect everything and then select the exact pictures that you want to use. To do that press Shift+Command+D on a Mac, Shift+Ctrl+D--think D for deselect--on Windows. Next, go ahead and click on your first image, then hold down Command or Ctrl, and click on the other images that you want to include here.

We can go through the filmstrip and just select these photographs and select pictures that we think might be fine for this layout. If ever we miss a photograph, we can always go back and add one of those pictures later. Yet here I think this looks kind of interesting, nice bright, vivid colors, the splash of color. Well, the last thing I want to do here is I want to add a bit more to this page. So let's go to the page panel. We'll close our layout panel and open up the page panel. Here I'm going to add an identity plate. Well, go ahead and click on the identity plate button. You can barely see that in the center of the stage here, so I'll click and drag this down, and then I'm going to drag these corner points out so that I have more space here.

Well, rather than an identity plate in the traditional sense, I want this to say Sayulita Mexico or the colors of Sayulita or Los Colores De Sayulita or something along those lines. So in order to change that, what we will do is we will go ahead and click on this icon and then click on edit. This will open up our identity plate editor. Here, I will go ahead and type out Los Colores De Mexico. That may look good. Next, I can click OK in order to apply that, and then I'm just going to click and drag to expand this, make this a little bit bigger, so I have this sitting right here.

If ever we want to change this, what you can always do is go to override color, if you want to change its color. And we could choose a color, perhaps from the image. Click and drag in this area and keep clicking and holding and then hover over your photographs, and you can see here how we can select colors from the images themselves. I'll look for nice blue and then click to close that. And with that final adjustment, it is a wrap. Here we have successfully added multiple images to one page. And you know, the print module it is really powerful.

It can let you customize these layouts in some really unique ways, whether you're using a grid like this or a bit more of a free-form layout. And sometimes when you are working with travel pictures, having more than one picture on a page, well, it can help you clarify the story that you want to tell. It can somehow add to the overall message that you are trying to communicate with your pictures. So if you haven't experimented with creating these layouts, or you have more than one image on a page, well, it might be worth trying out.

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Lightroom Workflow Strategies

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  1. 2m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 5s
  2. 44m 20s
    1. Importing images on-site
      7m 30s
    2. Creating a slideshow template
      7m 37s
    3. Selecting photos for a slideshow
      7m 26s
    4. Setting up for quick and easy batch processing
      7m 38s
    5. Finishing the batch processing
      3m 36s
    6. Launching the event slideshow
      5m 34s
    7. Uploading photos to Facebook during the event
      4m 59s
  3. 39m 47s
    1. Grouping photos into general collections
      5m 25s
    2. Using collections to sort out the keepers
      8m 30s
    3. Organizing collections based on subject matter
      4m 54s
    4. Batch processing color and black-and-white images
      4m 56s
    5. Exporting photos for lab printing
      4m 47s
    6. Exporting high-resolution photos for DVD or drives
      5m 35s
    7. Compressing and archiving the images
      5m 40s
  4. 23m 58s
    1. Getting started with travel collections
      3m 9s
    2. Labeling the photos
      5m 25s
    3. Adding travel-specific keywords and captions
      5m 28s
    4. Adding locations to the Map module
      3m 49s
    5. Processing the images
      6m 7s
  5. 32m 38s
    1. Combining multiple catalogs
      2m 49s
    2. Exporting images and merging laptop and desktop catalogs
      7m 37s
    3. Designing a Blurb book
      5m 53s
    4. Customizing the interior of the book
      2m 31s
    5. Customizing the book cover
      5m 6s
    6. Sending the book to Blurb
      2m 36s
    7. Creating multiple-image print layouts
      6m 6s
  6. 19m 35s
    1. Processing the images
      5m 57s
    2. Emailing low-resolution photos for client review
      4m 49s
    3. Creating a web gallery for client review
      5m 11s
    4. Exporting and sending full-resolution photos
      3m 38s
  7. 30m 32s
    1. Evaluating and processing the photos
      7m 3s
    2. Working with virtual copies
      6m 13s
    3. Exploring creative black-and-white processes
      5m 34s
    4. Removing and adding color
      5m 13s
    5. Using the Print module for virtual layouts
      6m 29s
  8. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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