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By carefully setting up and proofing your images in Lightroom, you can create prints worth sharing and selling. Author Tim Grey continues his exploration of Lightroom, this time in its Print module, and shows you how to print contact sheets and individual images, add watermarks and text overlays, create picture packages, correct inaccurate prints, and save print jobs for future use.
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Most of the time, when printing you might be focused on a single image, but at times, you'll want to print that single image, multiple times and that's where a picture package can come in handy. Let's start off, by taking a look at one of the print layouts that actually features a picture package. From the template browser, for example, I'll choose this template which features one five by seven inch print and four wallet size, two and a half by three and a half inches in this case. All on the same printed page.
You'll notice that after choosing this template, after layout style I have picture package selected. And that's what indicates while I have multiple picture cells on this page. I'll only be printing a single image in each of those cells, in other words repeating the same image within each cell on the page. Of course, I can adjust my other settings for the image. I can choose whether or not to zoom the image to fill the available space. Whether or not to rotate the image, so that it fits the aspect ratio of the cell that's been defined.
I can also specify whether I want a photo border. In other words, some white space around each of the images, so that when I cut those images, they look more like an older photo, with the border around it. Or, if I want to have an inner stroke, in other words, a stroke border around each of the images. So, I'll go ahead and increase the size here, so that we can see that a little bit better. In this case, though, I think I'll leave both of those options turned off. Scrolling down, on the right panel, you'll notice that we now have a Cells section. And this is where we can define our overall layout.
In other words, how many copies of the image will appear on a page, and what size will each of those copies be. I'll go ahead and select the individual cells here, the smaller cells. And then, press the Delete key, on the keyboard, in order to remove those cells. And then, I can specify an image, that I want to add to my overall layout. So, let's say for example, that I want to add a 4 by 6 image, I'll go ahead and click the 4 by 6 button. Note by the way that I could change, what this button will add, by clicking the pop up and choosing a particular size.
Or even choosing Edit and specifying custom dimensions. With the cell selected I can also adjust the overall height and width for that cell so that I'm able to adjust the size of that printed image. I'll go ahead and set that back to a 4 by 6 though, I can also move this cell around within the print layout so if I want to leave the little bit of space between the individual images for example. But in this way, I can fine tune the overall layout for my print package. Determining, how many copies of the image will appear, what size each of those copies will be and where on the page that copy will appear as well.
In this case, of course, creating just a 5 by 7 and 4 by 6 inch copy of the same image on the same page. Note, by the way, that if I then select multiple images, then I'll have multiple pages. And each of those pages will have the exact same picture package layout. So again, in this case,. Perhaps a silly example a five by seven inch and a four by six inch print of the same image on each page. But the point is, that we can define these custom picture packages so that we're able to print multiple images, potentially, but each image having its own page.
And potentially with multiple copies of that image on each of those pages
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