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Creating Prints and Books is part of author Chris Orwig's investigation of Adobe Lightroom 5, 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. 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.
A bonus chapter introduces a quick condensed workflow for experienced designers who want to learn about changes to the process in Lightroom 5.
Here we're going to focus on one of the most important steps in printing. And this is when I get really excited. I love creating prints. And in the Print Job panel, what we do is we dial in the final options for creating the print. Let's take a look at a few options here. For starters, up top we can print either to a desktop printer or to a JPG file. You don't want to choose JPEG file. if you're going to save this file out as a JPEG, and then upload it to a print in service bureau or have someone else print it for you. So again use that option with you're going to send your file to be printed somewhere else.
Or if you're going to print yourself on your desktop printer, just choose Printer. Let's look at those options first. Next, underneath this we have Draft Mode Printing. What this will do is that will disable all of these fields. Now we'll just create a low resolution, lower quality file. Just to get a rough draft of the image. Let's turn that option off. Let's say we want a nice, big, beautiful print. Well, we can dial in our Print Resolution. You can do so by Clicking and Dragging or clicking in this field and then typing out a number.
Alright, Print Sharpening, really easy. Low, Standard, or High, it almost always works best to choose Standard so I recommend you try that. Then of course, determine your Media Type. I'm going to print to a matte type of a paper so I'll choose Matte. You wan to turn on 16bit output if you have a printer which prints in 16bit. If you don't it will really slow the process down. So make sure to look up the technical specs about your printer. Most printers at this point they don't print in 16bit. So you'll most likely want to leave that checked off. That's why it's off by default.
Down below, we have some Color Management options. Here's where we choose our Profile. You can select this profile from this menu. I'm printing to this premium luster paper, so I'm going to go ahead an click that there. Next, we can choose our Rendering Intent, and we've talked quite a bit about that. What I recommended basically is that perceptual works for the majority of your photograph and that's typically the best option. Yet you can always go back and review that movie or we talked about the ins and outs of these different rendering intents in one of the previous chapters.
Next we have something which is kind of curious. it's called Print Adjustment. What a lot of photographers have found is that when they view their images on their screen, they look bright and brilliant. Yet when they're printed, they're just a little bit dull. This happens because many times our monitors, well, they're not calibrated correctly. Or because a lot of those LCD monitors, they're just so bright and saturated. That we're seeing too much color and too much contrast. That color and contrast, well it can't be reproduced.
So Lightroom has come up with this really fascinating way to kind of work around this. If you don't have exact color calibration, what you can do is turn this option on Print Adjustment. You have to experiment with this because these sliders, they won't change your image in any way, shape or form. In other words, you'll need to turn this option on and then crank up the brightness. And let's say we crank up our brightness, how about to plus 20, and then we'll add that value. I'll go ahead and type in 20 there. Contrast, I'm going to increase this say, 10 points, or maybe a little bit more that.
How about 25, then once you have those values, write them down, create a print, look at the print. Then, swing the values. Let's say we add more Brightness and more Contrast, write those values down. Create another print, it will take you a couple of prints. You know, two, three, or four, to actually figure out how these sliders work. And how they modify the image, but basically, as the sliders say, they work with Brightness and Contrast. They work to try to counter the issue which happens when we have our monitors too bright.
I should also point out that there are people who calibrate their monitors, but don't like to dim their monitors all the way down. Because to have correct and exact calibration, sometimes well, it just makes your minder too dark. Therefore, they'll leave them under a little bit brighter. It will be just a touch too bright, so that it can work in that nice bright, vibrant space. And then, they'll use the adjustments in order to make any final adjustments to the photograph. Now because these adjustments are so vague, in the next movie what I'll do is I'll show you some actual example images. I'll be able to talk about the differences between these photographs. My hope is that this will save you a little bit of time and money. So that I can make those test files for you so that you can see how these sliders actually work.
All right, well after you dial in your Print Job Settings, if you're ready to send this to your desktop printer, the final step is to simply click Print. This will open the dialog that we've seen before. You may want to double check your printer settings, make sure those are all dialed in, and then simply click Print and wait expectantly. If you're going to send your image off to be printed by someone else, you want to change this option to print to JPEG. And because this whole process of sending your file to someone else is different than desktop printing.
Let's go ahead and talk about printing to JPEG files in the next movie.
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