Creating a picture package
Video: Creating a picture packageA Picture Package is most frequently used for printing the same image multiple times, possibly at different sizes based on the request of a customer. For example for portraits, very often you might have a request for perhaps a 5 by 7. And some wallet sized prints, and you can print those all on a single sheet of paper. Let's take a look at how we can use Picture Packages within Lightroom. I've selected an image that I'd like to print as a Picture Package. You can see at the moment the image is being printed as an 8 by10 on letter-size paper, but I want to print this same image multiple times on the page.
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You can take the greatest photos ever captured, but it probably won't mean much until you get them out there where people can see them. In this workshop from digital imaging guru Tim Grey, discover how to use Adobe Lightroom 4 to share your images with the world. Tim begins with the basics, like selecting images for sharing and working with collections, watermarks, and identity plates. Then he shows how to publish your photos to the web, whether you want to upload images to Facebook or Flickr or create your own web galleries. Tim also covers creating photo books and slideshows and offers advice on getting the highest-quality prints.
- Selecting images for sharing
- Using collections for sharing
- Creating a watermark or identity plate
- Publishing and exporting
- Creating photo books and slideshows
- Printing photos
- Web photo galleries
Creating a picture package
A Picture Package is most frequently used for printing the same image multiple times, possibly at different sizes based on the request of a customer. For example for portraits, very often you might have a request for perhaps a 5 by 7. And some wallet sized prints, and you can print those all on a single sheet of paper. Let's take a look at how we can use Picture Packages within Lightroom. I've selected an image that I'd like to print as a Picture Package. You can see at the moment the image is being printed as an 8 by10 on letter-size paper, but I want to print this same image multiple times on the page.
Taking a look at the template browser on the left panel you'll see that we have some package options. For example here's one that would cause one 5 by 7 and four 2.5 by 3.5 images to be printed. So roughly a 5 by 7 and four wallet sized prints. But in addition to printing the same image at different sizes, I can also print the same image at the same size a couple of times. For example, here's a template for two 5 by 7's centered. I'll go ahead and click to Choose That option. And you can see that my Picture Package has been created, I'm able to print the same image multiple times. I'll go ahead and choose one of the other options here just so you can get a better sense of the various options.
The various ways that you might layout a Picture Package. Let's get started with two 5 by 7's though I could always change my mind later and fine-tune things. At the moment I'm only printing selected photos so I have one image selected on the filmstrip. I could print all filmstrip photos, which in this case would cause multiple pages to be printed with each image printed multiple times on a single page. I could also choose flagged photos, if I only wanted to print images on the film strip that have a flag assigned to them. But in this case, I'll simply work with selected photos, which happens to be only one image for now.
On the right panel you will see the Picture Package option is selected under layout style. Also we zoom to fill option so that I'm going to turn that off. Just because I want make sure that I can see the entire image without being cropped at all. I also have turned on the Rotate To Fit checkbox. In this particular case if I didn't use that option a vertical image would fit vertically within the available space. I'll go ahead and select a vertical image and then turn off the rotate to fit. And you can see the image is now being printed in a 5 by 7 box but no longer at a 5 by 7 size.
With the Rotate to Fit option turned on that image will be rotated so that it can be printed that full 5 by 7 inch size. We can also add a photo boarder if we'd like. I'm going to off the boarder in this particular case and we can also specify in Inner Stroke. That's much like a photo border, except that it goes inside the image. So you can see I still have a small stroke border, but that one is covering up part of the photographic image itself. I'll go ahead and turn that option off as well in this case. Next I'll scroll down where we can see the Rulers, Grids and Guides section.
This includes ruler units so we can specify whether we want to work with inches or centimeters, et cetera. And I can also specify whether I want the grid to snap to these cells, to the grid, or not at all. And that relates to the overall grid layout. For our package, as we'll see in just a moment. I can also specify whether I want printable guides to be displayed. These can sometimes be helpful when your working with laying out a Picture Package. I'll leave those turned on for a moment so we can see how that works. Scrolling down a little bit, we find the cells section.
Now our images are printed based on the definition of a cell. So we've defined in this case two 5 by 7 cells. And the image is going to be repeated one image per page, so both cells will be filled with the same image. If I change my mind about one of the cells, for example perhaps I don't want that second 5 by 7. I can click to select that cell and press the Delete key on the keyboard to remove it. Let's assume that I wanted print some aditional smaller images, perhaps some wallet size prints for example. I'll go ahead and click to add a new 2.5 by 3.5 cell. And I can click again to add another, and another, and another, until I've filled up the page.
So here you can see I have one 5 by 7. And four two and a half by three and a half inch images that are included in my layout. So I can fine-tune that overall layout. I can even move some of those cells around, if I feel the need. For example in this case I might as well center all of them so they align a little more readily. For each selected cell I can also change the overall size. I can do that by dragging within the cell itself or by using the sliders for height and width. So for example I can adjust the overall size of the cell. Let's say for example that I wanted a 2 inch by 3 inch image, I can speciy those values for the height and width.
Scrolling down we see the page options. I can speicify a background color, I can also include an identity plate on the image if I want to apply some branding for example. I can add a Watermark to each of the images, and in this case, something that is very helpful is Cut Guides. I can turn on Cut Guides. And now you can see the lines that will be printed, these are printable lines, that'll make it easier for me to cut the images out later. So I'll leave that option turned on. We can choose Lines versus Crop Marks. But in this case I'll use the Lines option.
Now obviously, this Picture Package, I've just been demonstrating the possibilities of laying out various options. And so this is not exactly the prettiest package I've ever produced, but if I did like it I could certainly save this as a template to use for future printing. But at this point I've presumably created a Picture Package that I'm interested in printing. And so I'm all set, ready to print this package so that I can share multiple images all on a single sheet.
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