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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
In the top left corner of the Lightroom interface you will notice there is what's called in Identity Plate. You can actually customize this Identity Plate, you can change the typography, or you can add your own graphic that you've created in another application. Let's take a look at how we can do that. Navigate to the Lightroom pull-down Menu and then select Identity Plate Setup, this will open up the Identity Plate Editor. Now, in order to enable the Custom option, you need to click on this checkbox here, you'll notice that it's updated, it's changed, it now says CHRIS ORWIG.
Well, I can change this, I'll go ahead and type out all caps, CHRIS ORWIG PHOTOGRAPHY. And there we have it, it updates up top. You can also customize this further. You could highlight, say for example, one word, in this case the word PHOTOGRAPHY, click on the Color Chip, and then choose a new Color for this, and you can see it's updating that up here in this view and also down here in this view as well. Another thing that we can do in regards to customizing this is of course to change the typography altogether. I am going to highlight all of this and then go to my Font pull-down Menu and I'll scroll way up till I find a font that I want to use here, say a font that's used in my logo, and then I'll select that.
To change the size, it's really simple, we'll just go ahead and decrease the size here like that. So you can see that you can really customize this in a pretty unique way so that Lightroom in a sense has your mark on it. Now, this is really helpful when you're showing clients your work and you're using Lightroom to do so. Another way that you can customize this even further is to use what's called a Graphical Identity Plate. Let's click on that option. You notice it says we can paste or drag an image into the space. Images can contain transparency. So we can use different types of file formats.
Let's take a look at a few examples that I've created and I've included with the Exercise Files in this training course. Here I'm going to go ahead and click on Locate File, this will take me to my Exercise Files folder for this course here. There's a subfolder called Resource Files, and I have two different Identity Plates. One which is identity_plate and one is identity_plate_long. Let me select one of these just so we can see what this looks like. You can see it has my name and photography and a few images in it. Here I'll click Choose in order to add that and it shows up, up top.
Now, keep in mind, this is just a demo or an example file, you can really design almost anything and include that here. I've included a couple of sample files, as I mentioned. I want to show you those in Photoshop so you can get a sense for how you could create your own custom Identity Plate. Inside of Photoshop I have these two sample files, you'll notice the first one, it's just a black background, some images, and then some typography. Now, you can do anything here, the sky really is the limit. The thing you want to keep in mind is your Image Size.
You want to create a document that's 57 pixels high. So if I go to Image Size for this document, you see it's 57 in Height. Now, the Width really depends on the type of Identity Plate you want to create. Let's take a look at this long one. Over here one option is images and typography, or I could change the layers so I have the word CHRIS ORWIG really big in the background and then perhaps a smaller version of my name there. This one extends pretty far, it's a long or wide document.
Well, if I save these changes here and go back to Lightroom, and then choose that file, let's take a look at what happens here. Well, now once I choose this one, you can see that what happens or what shows up is that background graphic, the really long version, it goes back behind the Module Picker and then I have my name there as well. So what's nice about this is you can either have a short or less wide Identity Plate or a really long one. When you're thinking about designing your own, you may want to consider using the typography that you use for your branding, or if you have a mark or a logo.
Also, you want to keep it somewhat simple so it doesn't kind of overwhelm or overpower the interface. All right! Well, another way that we can customize the interface here is we can change the way the Module Picker appears. Let's say, for example, I wanted to use the same font as I'd used over here, I could then choose that. Let's go ahead and go back to that one, it was Century Gothic, I think. You can see it updates that there, and I can change the Font Size, and I'll make this much smaller, let's say you prefer a really small typography, or whatever it is, you can make those changes.
You can also change the different colors, either the color once it's selected or the color if it isn't selected. You can do that by using these two chips. Now, just to exaggerate, I am going to turn that Red so we can see that it's showing me I'm in the Library Module, that is now bright red. Let me make that a little bigger for you so you can actually see it. All right! Well, as you can see, we can do quite a bit here in regards to color and whatnot. Let's change the other color, again, just something really bold and strong so you can see how that works. Well, let's say that we've made some changes, like I've made these here and we don't like them, no big deal, all you have to do is to click Cancel and it will reset it back to where it was previously.
Now, at any point if you want to customize that further, just go back to Lightroom, choose Identity Plate Setup, and then you can enable the Custom option, and let's just go with something really simple, like this here for a moment. In order to apply that or to choose that, you simply click OK, that will then remember those settings. And again, what's nice about this is there is lot of flexibility, you can make changes to this at any point. In my case, just to keep things kind of standard for this course, I am going to take this back to the default setting.
So I will go to Lightroom>Identity Plate Setup, and then click this checkbox off so that it goes back to those default settings, and then click OK.
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