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Creating a photo book

From: Up and Running with Lightroom 4

Video: Creating a photo book

There's no denying the power of a photo book. Paging through a book of photographs that is tastefully designed and professionally printed is an unbeatable way for a pro photographer to show off his portfolio or deliver photos to a client, or for anyone who enjoys taking pictures to share his or her work. Lightroom 4 makes it straight-forward for you to design a sophisticated looking photo book right inside Lightroom. The design process which I'll show you in this movie begins with one of many customizable templates so you don't have to start from scratch. But from there you have lots of flexibility to design your book just the way you want it.

Creating a photo book

There's no denying the power of a photo book. Paging through a book of photographs that is tastefully designed and professionally printed is an unbeatable way for a pro photographer to show off his portfolio or deliver photos to a client, or for anyone who enjoys taking pictures to share his or her work. Lightroom 4 makes it straight-forward for you to design a sophisticated looking photo book right inside Lightroom. The design process which I'll show you in this movie begins with one of many customizable templates so you don't have to start from scratch. But from there you have lots of flexibility to design your book just the way you want it.

And when you're done with the layout, Lightroom takes care of uploading your design directly to Blurb, Adobe's current book making partner, to have the book professionally printed, bound and sent back to you. I started my book making workflow in the Library module. Here I've selected a folder full of images. If I were to jump to the Book module now, I would see all of the images in that folder down in the film strip at the bottom of the Book module, which is a mirror of the film strip that you see here in the library and I'd be able to access the photos for my book from there. Even better, you can make a collection of photos that are located in different folders and you'd be able to access that collection in the Book module because the Book module has a Collections panel that's a mirror of the one here in the Library module.

Now I know you are eager to jump into the Book module but before you do, I suggest that you take some time in the Library module to sequence your photos. Dragging them into the approximate order that you want them to appear in the book. I say that because I think it's easier to see and drag thumbnails around in Grid view here in the Library module and because if you get your photos in roughly the order you want them in the book then the auto layout feature that I'm going to show you in a moment will give you the best head start on filling the pages of your book with photos in the order you want them. So for example, if I would like to have this photo as the cover of my book I'm going to put it up to beginning of this sequence by just dragging it here in the grid and releasing it at the beginning.

Now, I'm going to jump over to the Book module to start designing the book. I'll click Book in the Module Picker and here in the Book module, I've closed the tips that were here the first time that you used the program. I have also collapsed the column on the left and I pressed I on my keyboard to dismiss an overlay that appeared when I first came in to this module. The first place I'll go here is to the Book Settings panel in the column in the right. Here I'll choose some general settings for my book. I do want to make a printed Blurb book not just a PDF copy of the book which I can also do so I'll choose Blurp.

And then I'm going to choose the size and shape of the book from these options. Everything from a small square book to a large landscape horizontal book. I'll go with the standard landscape size. Here I'll choose the cover. I'd like to have my photo printed right on the cover of the book so I'll go with Hardcover Image Wrap. A Hardcover Dust Jacket model has a paper dust jacket around a hardcover book and then there's the Softcover option too. For paper type, I really love the ProLine Pearl photo paper but that's a little more expensive so I'm going to stick with Premium Lustre.

I'd like to use either Premium Lustre, Premium Matte or ProLine Pearl photo when I'm printing photos rather than uncoated paper. I'll leave the logo page on. That means there will be a small Blurb logo on the last page of my book and that does lower the price a little bit and it's okay with me. And here is the estimated price of the book that I will have to pay the Blurb to get a copy. The next step in the Photo Book making layout is to create some more pages for the book and to put photos on the pages. I really recommend that you start that process with Auto Layout which I'll access from the Auto Layout panel here in the column on the right.

What Auto Layout does is automatically create enough pages for my photos, add a default layout to each page, and flow my photos directly onto the pages. Before I click Auto Layout here, I'm going to go to the Preset menu and I'll choose which Auto Layout preset I am going to use. I have a choice of one of these three that comes with Lightroom or if I choose Edit Auto Layout Preset I can create my own. I'm going to go with Left Blank Right One Photo and you'll see what that does in just a second when I click Auto Layout.

Depending how many photos you have in your Source folder, it takes just a short while for Lightroom to create enough pages for all those photos to add a default layout to each page and to put my photos directly on to the pages in the order that I had them in the Source folder. I'll scroll up to the top so you can see that there are quite a few pages here each with a single photo on the right hand page and a blank cell on the left hand page. And up here is the front cover and the back cover. There are several different ways to view the pages of the book in the image window and those are controlled with these three icons down here at the bottom left.

Right now we're looking at the multi-page or really the multi-spread view. If I click the next icon spread view that shows me just one spread at a time and then I can use these arrows to cycle through them. If I go to the next icon, that shows me single page view and again I'll use these arrows to cycle through the pages of the book. Notice that this page has an exclamation mark on it and that just means that the photos I'm using aren't really large enough for this size book. If you get an icon like this then it's important to go back and find some larger versions of your photos.

I'm going to go back to the multi-spread view and again I'll scroll up to the beginning of the book. There is a lot that can be done to customize the appearance of this book. Auto Layout is just the beginning. I can do everything from changing the layout of individual pages to swapping out photos to adding text and I'll introduce some of those customizing options in the very next movie. I'm also going to show you there how to finish up your book, sending it up to Blurb for printing and outputting a copy as a PDF. So stay tuned for the next movie.

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Up and Running with Lightroom 4

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  1. 4m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 24s
    2. What is Lightroom used for?
      2m 57s
  2. 29m 45s
    1. What is a Lightroom catalog?
      5m 55s
    2. Importing the exercise files
      4m 41s
    3. Organizing your existing files before importing
      4m 8s
    4. Importing from a drive
      5m 31s
    5. Importing from a camera
      9m 30s
  3. 41m 32s
    1. Touring the Library module
      4m 56s
    2. Viewing and selecting photos and video
      5m 21s
    3. Reviewing and rating items from a shoot
      5m 33s
    4. Organizing your library with collections
      5m 10s
    5. Using keywords to organize your library
      6m 49s
    6. Finding photos with filters
      5m 37s
    7. Moving and renaming items
      8m 6s
  4. 1h 0m
    1. Touring the Develop module
      6m 35s
    2. Cropping and straightening
      4m 33s
    3. Setting white balance in the Basic panel
      6m 51s
    4. Using the Histogram to evaluate tones
      2m 37s
    5. Adjusting tonal values in the Basic panel
      8m 28s
    6. Controlling color intensity in the Basic panel
      3m 10s
    7. Reducing digital noise
      6m 37s
    8. Sharpening
      8m 15s
    9. Working with video
      6m 3s
    10. Enhancing video
      7m 32s
  5. 17m 11s
    1. Making local adjustments with the Adjustment Brush
      8m 14s
    2. Making variable adjustments with the Graduated Filter tool
      4m 13s
    3. Removing spots
      4m 44s
  6. 39m 16s
    1. Setting up a connection to Facebook
      6m 50s
    2. Sharing photos and video on Facebook
      5m 34s
    3. Printing photos
      6m 6s
    4. Creating a photo book
      5m 50s
    5. Customizing a photo book
      8m 6s
    6. Exporting photos
      6m 50s
  7. 33s
    1. Next steps
      33s

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