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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 are going to start to explore how we can work with one of the most popular layout styles, and that is Single Image/Contact Sheet. In order to work with this, let's go ahead and scroll down in our Ttemplates over here. And I want to choose a really simple and clean template, the Fine Art Mat. I really like this one because it gives us a lot of open negative space. Next, let's click on an image that we want to work with. Now in order to keep things simple, a lot of times I like to work with the panels on the right in Solo mode. To do that, you can hold down Option or Alt and then click on the triangle icon.
In that way you'll only have one panel open at a time. Next, let's go to our Guides panel. And in our Guides panel let's show some of those guides. In this case let's just show those margins and gutters, so we can focus in on some of the other features here. Let's go back to the top and work on Image Settings. Well, we have seen this before. We have an option to zoom to fill this little area. We can then click in this area and drag to the left or the right. We have another interesting option, which is Rotate to Fit. Now what this will do is it will rotate an image in order to fit inside of the space.
Now if we change this space, you'll notice that it will also change the overall rotation. All right, well let's go ahead and scroll through a few photographs here. In order to do that, I'll click on the arrow icon, because I'm using all Filmstrip photos. So as I click through here we can see that we have a few different images. Well, in this case this rotation isn't really working, so I'll turn that option off. And you can see that we can selectively decide how we want to work with that. All right, or we can also choose to Repeat One Photo per Page. In this case we already have that set up, so we don't need this option with this particular layout.
What about adding a border around this? We can do so by clicking on this option here. And I'll increase that border size so that you can see that. You can see that what's happening is it's actually resizing the photograph. So it's not covering up any part of the photo. Rather it's just increasing that overall border, and then decreasing the size of the photograph. Okay, well let's turn off this option. Well we've already seen that what we can do is we can approach these different margins, and we can change these. Well, if we want to have a little bit more specific control, we can go to our Layout panel.
In our Layout panel we can grab one of these, then we can change this on the left or the right, top or bottom in order to get this exactly where we want it. Now if we want to move away from one image per page, if we want to have more, we can always do that by increasing our rows and columns. Now those will turn a little bit more into something like a contact sheet. And so I go ahead and increase my rows and columns here. Well currently, I have this interesting grid of photographs. And sometimes you can come up with some real creative options here.
If you want something a little bit more functional add a bit of cell spacing vertically and horizontally between the images. We can also change the overall cell height. And you can see how we can do that here modifying the way that those images will be displayed. Lastly, in this dialog we can choose Keep Square. That will then make sure that we always have a nice square space there. And that can be helpful if you want to have a uniform look. Whether if you need space between them or not, again, that will always keep those square. And also depending upon how many rows or columns that you actually have.
All right, well so far so good. We've discovered how we can start to customize this. Yet here what's happened is it's gotten a little bit cluttered. We've created more of a contact sheet. What I want to do is have this Fine Art Mat layout. I want to create some really nice just simple prints for this family. So I am going to go back to my Fine Art Mat template here. Notice that that kind of resets everything. It brings everything back to normal. I can then go ahead and select my image and go back to my Image Settings. Let's zoom this in to fill in this area.
I think that looks nice. And what this will do is it will give a nice uniform look, so I can create a number of different prints here. They all look the same. And that uniformity in this case will kind of add to the overall strength of the prints. Of course, this is a subjective decision that you have to make in regards to how you use these templates. Whether you have each image zoomed in or not. But in this case I think it would look kind of nice. All right, well let's go down to our Page Options. So here you can see we have a number of different variables to consider.
And because there is a lot to consider here, let's go ahead and take a look at these options in the next movie.
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