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Duplicating the book design

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 03 Creating Prints and Books

Video: Duplicating the book design

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.

Duplicating the book design

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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Lightroom 4 Essentials: 03 Creating Prints and Books

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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 20s
  2. 41m 46s
    1. Making basic adjustments in the Develop module
      3m 43s
    2. Creating better prints by soft proofing
      6m 32s
    3. Choosing a rendering intent
      8m 49s
    4. Correcting a soft proof copy
      4m 57s
    5. Painting away soft proof gamut problems
      6m 52s
    6. Soft proofing to add visual snap
      5m 48s
    7. Fine-tuning soft proof color
      5m 5s
  3. 17m 32s
    1. Making print collections
      3m 33s
    2. Using print templates
      5m 35s
    3. Creating a contact sheet
      4m 21s
    4. Creating your own custom templates
      4m 3s
  4. 24m 31s
    1. Customizing the layout of a single image
      4m 24s
    2. Exploring page options for a single image
      6m 59s
    3. Using the Picture Package layout style
      7m 42s
    4. Using custom layout styles
      5m 26s
  5. 25m 48s
    1. Exploring different types of printers and papers
      3m 44s
    2. Configuring page setup and print settings
      3m 10s
    3. Exploring desktop print job settings
      5m 17s
    4. Setting up to print JPEG images
      2m 47s
    5. Looking at brightness and contrast in print samples
      5m 25s
    6. Reviewing prints
      5m 25s
  6. 5m 19s
    1. Why build a book and why use Lightroom?
      1m 36s
    2. Reviewing samples of both printed and digital books
      3m 43s
  7. 21m 0s
    1. Creating collections for a book project
      6m 39s
    2. Choosing book settings and preferences
      4m 3s
    3. Exploring the Auto Layout option and tips for viewing pages and spreads
      5m 9s
    4. Editing Auto Layout presets
      5m 9s
  8. 35m 40s
    1. Customizing the page layout
      5m 50s
    2. Using guides and cell controls
      6m 0s
    3. Modifying individual images and page sequence
      5m 25s
    4. Swapping image position
      1m 46s
    5. Changing page spread sequence
      2m 6s
    6. Changing the zoom rate for multiple images
      2m 9s
    7. Changing the background
      6m 11s
    8. Reviewing the layout
      3m 38s
    9. Saving a book layout
      2m 35s
  9. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Print module to design a layout
      4m 33s
    2. Including a custom layout in a project
      4m 9s
  10. 5m 56s
    1. Making specific adjustments
      3m 42s
    2. Applying global adjustments to multiple photographs
      2m 14s
  11. 14m 59s
    1. Adding captions
      4m 4s
    2. Customizing type, part 1
      5m 40s
    3. Customizing type, part 2
      3m 5s
    4. Creating and using type presets
      2m 10s
  12. 22m 0s
    1. Changing the layout
      3m 56s
    2. A creative approach to selecting a book title
      5m 46s
    3. Adding a text field to a cover
      6m 55s
    4. Selecting an alternate cover layout
      5m 23s
  13. 30m 36s
    1. Selecting the keepers
      7m 27s
    2. A conceptual approach to setting image sequence
      11m 57s
    3. Reviewing the layout
      4m 55s
    4. Duplicating the book design
      6m 17s
  14. 6m 42s
    1. Exporting to PDF
      3m 7s
    2. Exporting to Blurb and evaluating the book online
      3m 35s
  15. 35s
    1. Goodbye
      35s

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