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Customizing the identity plate and module pickers

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Video: Customizing the identity plate and module pickers

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.

Customizing the identity plate and module pickers

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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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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