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This course covers the newest features and enhancements in Photoshop Lightroom 4, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. Author and photographer Chris Orwig details the new video editing and sharing capabilities in Lightroom; its new book-layout features for creating Blurb photo books; the new Map module, to tag images with locations; and the various image editing improvements in the Develop module. Exercise files are included with the course.
Now I want to highlight a few things that you can do when working with pages whether you need to add or remove pages, and also we're going to explore how we can work with type and how it can add type whether it's a type caption or just some type that we want included in our book. Well, first pages. Let's say that we have a layout like we have here. Let's zoom in on that. We'll click on One, and then click on the icon to see that layout. Now we have these two images side-by- side, and let's say we want to remove one of the photographs. How can we do that? Well, you can click on that page and then right-click or Ctrl+click and choose Remove Photo.
Now when you remove the photo, just we'll have a blank page. You can add that back, of course, by simply clicking, dragging, and dropping. Well, what else can you do here? Well, you can right-click, and you can add a page, add a blank page, remove a page. If you remove a page, something interesting happens. So when we remove a page and go back here, you'll notice that what it will do is it will automatically just realign things. So now, what was Page 14 is 13, and so on and so forth.
If ever you make a mistake, well, you can undo that with your Undo command, which works really anywhere in Lightroom. That's Command+Z on a Mac, Ctrl+Z on Windows and we can then bring that page back, and here I'll add that image to that page. Adding or removing is as simple as right-clicking or Ctrl+Clicking. Now you can also do this over here on the Page panel. Again, I can click to Add a Page so I have that one added, I can Add a Blank page, and then I can go from there. I can also customize that as we've seen before.
I want to remove these two, so I click, right-click or Ctrl+click and remove that, and then I'll do that again. What about type? So often when we create books, we need some sort of type which accompanies the pictures. Well, let's go ahead and try to find an interesting layout here, perhaps one of these, and then I want to go down to my Type and Caption panels. If we open up Caption, one of the things that you'll notice is we can click on Photo Caption, and let's zoom in so we can check that out.
Photo Caption is something which will appear on top of the image. This is a sample caption and there it is. We can see that there and it is showing up down below. Now we can obviously change where that is and change how it appears. We can have this Above, Over, or Below. We can also have a Page Caption, which we just have something on pages. What about different types of type? If we open up the Type panel, currently they're all grayed out. Why is that? We don't have a layout which allows it.
In order to do that we need to click on this little icon called the Disclosure icon, which opens up the Modify Page. We need to choose a layout, say, like this one here, which gives us the chance to add some text. I am going to go ahead and add some copy here. This is some sample copy. Here is some more sample copy. The reason I am including two lines is to look at how we can customize this. We can highlight all of this and we can change the font. Let's go ahead and choose something perhaps a little bit more clean.
That looks good, and then increase the font size and lower the opacity. We can change the color as well by choosing this color chip here. We can also align the copy in some interesting ways. If I am in one line of text, I can align that Left, Center, Right, so on, or I can highlight all of the text, and then align that together. So now it's all aligned to the left or to the center and changed its size in a uniform way. So again, we have some great flexibility with making those changes.
Now in situations like this, where you have layouts which you can see through, so to speak, where you just have white on the page, you can always add some sort of a background image. Here if we open up Background, we could add a picture to that so that something would show up there. Let's go ahead and scroll through and see if something might be interesting to have in that area. We'll go ahead choose this one. I'll drag and drop that into my background and now you can see in faded white below, we have that particular image there sitting in the background. Now for to change the cells or the layout, we'll see that more clearly.
Let's choose an option, perhaps where we can see right through that in a different way, about right here. Now we can see that picture a little bit up top or again if we just choose something, I am trying to find something here, but photo is a little bit smaller. How about that one? Again, you can see how that background image is sitting there in the back, and of course, we can choose the opacity of that background image and change that in a couple of different ways. If we don't want this graphic there, we can always have the background color as well, and then choose something from our color chip here in order to have a solid background color, and if ever you don't like the changes you've made, go ahead and go back to where you were before, and voila! Everything will be back to normal.
Now there are obviously a ton more options. There are so many different ways to design a book. There are designs which are incredibly complex or designs which are incredibly simple, like this one here. Yet what I want to do is simply show you some of the options, show you some of the ways that you can make modifications, so that you can make those creative decisions yourself. Well lastly, once we have all of these layouts and let's say our book designed in a way that we like, we want to save this. In order to save it, we can either click on the plus icon (+) for collections and we can create a book here or we can create the save book here.
Either way it does the same thing. Either button, it'll create what's called a creation. So let's go ahead and create the save book, and I going to name this one Family. I'll put it in the top level and click Create. Well, now we are going to see that inside of my Collections panel and just to highlight, if I clicked on the plus icon (+) and if I had chosen Create Book, it would've done the exact same thing. So there's no difference between these two. Once we have that inside of there, if we navigate away from the Book module or if we close Lightroom and reopen, it that will be saved.
In other words, when I go to the Library module, in my Collections panel, I can see that creation. Now it's in the Collections panel but it's a little bit different. In the Book module, Print and Web, we have what are called Creations. If I want to go to it, I'll simply click on this arrow icon. It will open up that creation or that book. It will remember everything that I've customized that can come back to that and I can either finish it or work on it or change it as needed. Well, we are almost done with our conversation about the Book module.
We have a little bit more ground to cover and that is how we can order these books, and we'll talk about that in the next movie.
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