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Creating Prints and Books is part of author Chris Orwig's investigation of Lightroom 4, the image management and editing tool from Adobe, and focuses on the Print and Books modules, which can be used to create high-quality prints and proofs and design custom layouts for books and other print projects. Chris briefly reviews how to correct and paint away gamut issues and other problems in the Develop module and shows how to take advantage of templates and collections. The course also shows how to adjust print job settings for contact sheets, single image prints, and print packages, and the final chapters guide photographers through the step-by-step process of building and printing a book from Lightroom.
For more training on Lightroom, watch Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module and Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Enhancing Photos with the Develop Module.
As you start to build and develop more and more books, you may find yourself using similar text or type settings. On order to save these settings it's actually really easy. At the top of the Type panel, what you can do is you can save a Text Style Preset. So after dialing-in your settings, you can go there and save this out. You want to make sure that everything is just right. For example, let's say my text size I want to make that a whole number. Click in this field and type out 10 there to make that a font size of 10. Next, go to your Preset pulldown menu and then choose Save Current Settings as a New Preset.
I'll call this cg for Century Gothic -10 and then click Create. I can then access that here in this pulldown menu. I can also use other captions and other Presets that you can see here. Some of these are going to be really elaborate. Let me show you how this will work. You highlight your text field, and let's zoom in on it, so we can see this. Next, you'll go to this Preset pulldown menu and choose one of these options. Here we're going to choose a caption for wedding. This is going to use this really elaborate kind of decorative font, or we could do something a little bit more simple and clean.
This one has a Serif font, which looks kind of nice. Perhaps we could use something Sans Serif, without all the decorations. So these presets, they give us flexibility whether these are captions or titles and you can see how these options vary. For the most part, these options or these presets, well, they're just pretty general and in my opinion perhaps a bit over the top. So what I think you'll want to do is start to work with type and then figure out how you like to use type and what type matches your pictures, your style, your aesthetic.
The thing to think about with typography is that every font, it has a subtle voice, it has some sort of a nuance, and you want to pick the right type that matches your photographs. So it doesn't distract from them or overpower them, but rather just kind of subtly speaks quietly, so that the images speak most profoundly but the text or the font that it compliments the voice or the message of the picture.
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