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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
Here we're going to explore the most flexible layout style and that is Custom Package. We can choose this either by clicking on the layout style here, Custom Package, or can choose one of our presets, say, for example, Custom Overlap x 3. Now, when we do that, we can see that we have these different cells and what you can do is you can add images to the various cells. For example, I'll go ahead and click on a photo and drag and drop it into one of these areas. I'll choose another image and bring that image into this area and then perhaps this one over here and drag this into the background.
Well, the great thing about this is that if we don't like this layout, we can change this in a number of different ways. For example, I don't like that this image is covered. Well, to change that, right- click and choose Send Forwards. In this case, this is now covering up that image there. We can do the same thing with this image here or this image in the bottom right-hand corner. Again, I'll go ahead and just choose Send to Back, so that's sitting there in the background. The other thing that we can control here is the layout. Previously we've been pretty locked down to a grid.
We haven't had a lot of flexibility. Watch this. We can simply click and drag. I'll go ahead and click and drag these images around and then I'll modify the overall space of these photographs. Now, at this current space here, I'm going to get rid of it. So, I'll press the Delete key and I'll just bring my images over. All right, well how about if we want to add one more photograph to this? Well one easy way to do that is to select one of these cells and then to use a shortcut, here it is, hold down Option on the Mac, Alt on Windows and then click and drag.
Well now I have another cell. Of course, I don't like that image. No big deal. I'll grab a new image, drag and drop and voila, you're off and running. The whole point here is that you have a lot of flexibility. This can lead to some really creative results and also this can be a ton of fun. All right, well let's take a look at some of our options inside of our panels. If we open up Image Settings, we're going to see similar to what we've seen before, Rotation, Borders, or Brush Strokes. All right, let's close that because we've seen those.
Rulers, Grid & Guides, again we've seen all this before. I'll just turn on these options, just to illustrate that we have a number of different types of information that we can overlay on top of our photographs. Well, in this case, one of the things that I do notice is that my alignment isn't very good. So, I'll move that photograph over there and then I'll turn off Show Guides. All right, what about Cells? When we open up Cells, what's interesting is that we see something that's very similar to Picture Package, except in Picture Package, we have this repeating image so we could print different sizes.
Well here what you can do is choose perhaps, let's say a 4 x 6. Well, that then created a new page. What all I need to do now is simply clicking and drag my image into that cell. I can drag it around to reposition it, and voila. Now, we have similar controls in the sense that what we can do is we can change the overall size. We can also modify this simply by clicking and dragging. Now, if we don't want to crop the image or change the aspect ratio, we can lock that, so that as we change the size, it'll always maintain that aspect ratio that we had previously.
So again, a ton of flexibility there. All right next, let's go down to Page and in Page, we're going to see what we've seen before. We can change the background color, add an identity plate. We can include a watermark in order to protect our photographs. We could also add those cut guides if we're planning to trim up this particular layout. All right, well finally, let's head down to Print Job. And once again, we'll see the exact same options as we've seen before. Well, finally in closing, the whole point here I think with this movie is just to highlight that when working with the Layout Style Custom Package, it is indeed custom.
It finally gives us these controls in order create some pretty unique layouts, and to position images in an interesting way. Now, this particular layout style is new to Lightroom 3, so if you haven't experimented with it, I definitely recommend that you give it a try because I think you'll find that this new extra flexibility will really help you out in certain situations in regards to making your printing workflow a little bit more effective and a little bit more creative.
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