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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.
After having spent some time customizing your book layout, you may want to look at how you can duplicate the book project, in order to perhaps make some changes to it, to have an alternate version of your book, or perhaps you want to change all of the photographs, you want to have different photographs, but use this same layout. Well let's take a look at how we can do this. The first thing you want to do is go to your Collections panel and go to the book project Collection, and right-click or Ctrl+Click and select Duplicate Book. This is the easy step here.
We simply duplicate it and then right-click or Ctrl+Click, rename it. We'll call this on Family-BW. Here we'll click Rename, we now have another version of this book. And what we can do here, just to illustrate, is I could select this picture and zoom way in on this photograph. And so here, in this book project, the zoom rate is 51% when I got to Family-Color and go back to the same page, well, now here it's 13. So you could use this duplicate process to make really subtle changes, perhaps like this, or you could get really elaborate.
Let's say we just wanted to use this layout, but remove all of the photographs. How would you do that? On a Mac, you press Shift+Option+ Command+A, Windows Shift+Alt+Ctrl+A and then right-click or Ctrl+Click and choose Remove Photos. This then maintains the same layout but just gets rid of all these pictures. We could then add in new pictures our self. Or if we have photographs like I have here which are very similar, I may want to leave those pictures in and use those as a guide.
So here I'll undo that removal so I have the pictures back in. I want to bring in almost the similar version of the photograph but in black and white into these same spots, into these same layout cells. Well to do that, it's going to be a little bit tedious but sometimes really worth it. Sometimes you're much better off to do that rather than building your book from scratch. So here's how it works. Go to the Library module. In the Library module, select a collection that you want to add to the book. You want to highlight all these pictures. So press Command+A or Ctrl+A and drag this to your new book project, in this case, Family-BW.
At this point, it would be wonderful if we could click this arrow, go to the Book module and then it would be done, but it isn't. But what we can do, is we can go ahead and let's say go into a spread, we can start to evaluate it. Here on the spread, we can see that I used this color picture. Well if I want a black-and-white version of that, that's right next door, drag and drop that there, then I'll change that to the same zoom rate. I think we're zoomed in pretty far. Let's go ahead and do that. Then I could go to my next spread. Well here on my next spread, it was this picture.
It's highlighting that picture down here in the filmstrip, which is really nice, telling me that's where I was, and then when I got to this picture, again, it highlights it in the filmstrip. The one that I want, well, it's actually this one, bring that in, change that zoom rate to get it to where it was before. The next picture, again, it takes all of that guess work out of what photo it was or what photo you want to have in that spot. This is working because we created this virtual copy collection. This collection, well, these are all virtual copies.
So therefore, they're going to sit next to each other because virtual copies, in regards to our filmstrip, always come after the original or the master photograph. So swapping these pictures out really is a matter of going to the page, dragging and dropping it and perhaps changing that zoom rate so that that fits and simply just going through your project. While this is a little bit tedious as I explained, it's actually much more effective than if you were to create your layout from scratch. I'm also aware that some of you are probably thinking, okay, well, that's great but I don't really want to create book projects where I have this whole black and white color thing.
That's just not what I do. Well, that's fine. What you might do, is rather than making those type of changes, perhaps you're going to use a different set of photographs. It's just the layout style that you like because what you'll discover is that as you progress in your book building process, that you'll have certain layout styles that you'll just like. We all have different kind of visual aesthetic or visual sensibility when it comes to layout. So this helps you jumpstart that, so you can save these layouts and then reuse them with different types of pictures.
While I'm talking here, I'm just going to keep replacing these photographs until I get through this just so that we can see kind of how we would complete this process off and finish it. We're getting really close, just a few more photographs to go. It's a matter of clicking and getting through there. This is a funny picture, I'm holding our dog, Daisy, and my girls, said that I have to do that in every Christmas photo, because we did it when she was a puppy last year. So that's why that photo is there. Almost done with this set, here we go.
Just keep making our way through this one. All right! We did it. Let's go back to the multi-page spread. As I mentioned, it can be a little bit tedious. Yet that being said, that process, it was just so much more quick. From this, I'm hoping that you can start to see the benefit of making those decisions in regards to working with your design, customizing it, coming up with those custom designs that you really like and that you really think will work well, because by doing that and by saving those out, well, it can kind of prep or prime that whole process.
In other words, here's something that I've started to do. If I am going to go on a trip, I can actually create a layout before I go and have this have layout preset, so that after I come back or when I'm flying on the plane, I just have to populate that layout with my pictures versus having to design it from scratch. Now sometimes a layout doesn't work perfectly, but it just gives you a jump start to your project. So my hope is here really that this starts to help you to think strategically about how you can design your own custom books and think about layout, and then also, how you can take advantage of all of the effort that you've put into a layout and possibly, when it's relevant or helpful, look at how you can duplicate a book project and reuse it or repurpose it in order to create another project.
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