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Exploring page options for a single image

From: Lightroom 5 Essentials: 05 Creating Prints and Books

Video: Exploring page options for a single image

Let's continue to look at how we can customize the layout for this single image and let's focus in on the page panel. First, let's close our Layout Panel and then go to the Guides Panel. And here in the Guides panel, I'm going to turn these guys off, so I can really just focus in on the image itself. Next, let's open up our Page Panel, and this is a pretty big panel. You'll notice at the top, you have the ability to add a Page Background Color. If you click this on, you can choose a color. I'll click on the color chip and let's say, that I'm going to send this to a printer and I want the background to be black.

Exploring page options for a single image

Let's continue to look at how we can customize the layout for this single image and let's focus in on the page panel. First, let's close our Layout Panel and then go to the Guides Panel. And here in the Guides panel, I'm going to turn these guys off, so I can really just focus in on the image itself. Next, let's open up our Page Panel, and this is a pretty big panel. You'll notice at the top, you have the ability to add a Page Background Color. If you click this on, you can choose a color. I'll click on the color chip and let's say, that I'm going to send this to a printer and I want the background to be black.

You could choose black here, or of course, you could choose colors as well, by clicking through these options. Well when I choose this black color, all of a sudden I realize, it's not going to really work because it's not extended the black to the edge of the page. If we want to change that we need to go to the page setup and create a custom page. In order to do that, navigate to the page setup by clicking on the button in the far left corner of Lightroom. Then, in the Page Setup dialog, we can go to our Paper Size menu, and choose Manage Custom Sizes. Here, we want to create a new custom size, and I'll go ahead and name that one edge just edge to edge.

And then, for the non-printable area, well, I'm going to enter zero in all of these fields, and as I do that, I'll click OK. Well, now I have this paper size, which is 8 in a half by 11. And it's going to print detail to all edges of the picture. I'll click OK here, and you can see now how that page background color will extends everywhere. So in those situations that may be helpful. For now lets turn that off and just go back to a white background. What else can we do here. Well we could include an identity plate.

This could be helpful if we have some information that we want to include with our pictures like. Perhaps the words Chris Orwig Photography or the name of your photography business. You can click on this option to add that identity plate. Here it brings it into the middle of the screen. Doesn't really work for me. So I'm going to go ahead and click and drag that. I can click and drag that by moving it. By simply dragging it to the lower part of the screen. Well now down here I need to customize it. In order to customize it click inside of the Identity Plate window and click on Edit.

I'll go ahead and in this dialog type out a new identity plate, Chris Orwig Photography, and then I'll click OK in order to apply that. Because it's a little bit to small there I'll grab one of the corner points and click and drag that to extend that, so that I now have that inside of that window. I'm re-positioning the image and also this identity place so that they look nice together. All right, well I think that looks pretty good. If ever you want to override the color, click on this chip here, and then you can add in a different color. Either a shade of gray, or if you want a hue, you could also choose a color in this way.

In this case I think it looked good as is, that nice light gray, it worked pretty well. I'm just having this underneath the image on this layout Next option: watermarking. We can turn this option on; we've seen this before, we can do this with slideshows, with web galleries. If we want to do this, we can go to this menu and either choose a watermark that we've created before, in this case, the one in the bottom left-hand corner there. Or to edit this, go to Edit Watermarks. In this dialogue, you can create your own watermark.

In this case, it's a text based watermark. I'll increase the opacity here and also the size so that we can see that a little bit . And I don't want to spend too much time on watermarks here and here's why. Typically when you're printing your photographs, watermarks aren't that relevant. Yet if there are situations where you need to know how to do this I've talked about watermarks when we discussed the web module. I looked at how you could customize these. Also, how you could use png or jpeg images. Modify the text, the font size or color, or the way that the text works, or lives, on top of the image there as a watermark. So I don't want to rehash that.

But I do just want to point out that you can, of course, customize these watermarks You can create these, or save these out as a preset. I'll just name this my initials, and then I can add that to my image here, if that's relevant. But, again in most scenarios, if you're creating prints, watermarks aren't really that relevant. At least in my own work though. Okay, well I'll turn that option off. Next we have page options. These options are helpful when you're working on prints. You want to have some information displayed. You can see that we have different information here.

The page info, well, it has to do with the sharpening, the profile, the printer, etc. I'm going to turn that off. Page numbers, well, we have a page number here on the bottom right-hand corner that says one. This is helpful if you have a multi-page document. Alright, well what about those crop marks? Well those crop marks will show me how I can line up my crop and in order to crop this image out of this page. These are really helpful if you're going to crop off the rest of the paper from your picture. The last thing I should point out here is that you may want to use page info when you're testing your prints.

Let's say that you're comparing different profiles or different paper types and you want to have that as part of the print. You want to save that as a demo sample so you can see, okay I chose this profile. This is how it rendered that color. This is how that color or rendering intent actually looks. By having this page info included you have that as part of the file and it can add a lot of clarity, and you can teach yourself a ton about printing by making sample prints with different settings including that page info there.

Alright, next option we have is photo info. This is going to be the photo name here or we can choose other options in regards to say equipment that we used or caption or title or sequence Or just the file name. Againt this would be helpful if we have multiple images. This is more relvant say on a contact sheet and we want to have all of the names of the images so that the client can look at the contact sheet and say you know what, it's image 0051. That's the keeper you can then give them that high resolution file, or whatever you need to do.

You can change your font size for this photo info as well simply by using this dialogue you can make that bigger or smaller. Alright well here I'll click that option off, because in this case, I just want to have a really nice and clean layout, and now having made our way through these options. This print and this layout, well it's really ready to go and if ever you get to a point where you customize settings, and you think that you might reuse them, it's always a good idea to save them out as a preset. I know we've talked about this before, but I'm just going to go ahead and do this here.

CO and I'm just going to name this P1 for Preset 1, and click Create. Again, if ever you put in the effort to customizing it, you might as well save it as a preset. So, that you can take advantage of that and use those settings or use that template at a later time.

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Lightroom 5 Essentials: 05 Creating Prints and Books

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  1. 2m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 43s
    2. Using the exercise files
      42s
  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. 29m 26s
    1. Creating collections for your book project
      7m 11s
    2. Choosing book settings and preferences
      4m 23s
    3. Using Auto Layout and viewing tips
      3m 3s
    4. Editing Auto Layout presets
      4m 38s
    5. Customizing the page layout
      5m 8s
    6. Saving favorite page layouts
      1m 46s
    7. Adding page numbers
      3m 17s
  8. 30m 33s
    1. Viewing the guides
      4m 25s
    2. Changing the image size with the cell controls
      2m 51s
    3. Saving custom page layouts
      1m 50s
    4. Changing individual images and the page sequence
      3m 34s
    5. Swapping image position
      1m 35s
    6. Changing the page spread sequence
      54s
    7. Changing image zoom on multiple images
      2m 41s
    8. Changing the background
      6m 15s
    9. Reviewing the layout
      3m 38s
    10. Saving your book layout
      2m 50s
  9. 8m 58s
    1. Using the Print module to design a layout
      4m 20s
    2. Including the custom layout in your project
      4m 38s
  10. 7m 57s
    1. Making specific adjustments
      3m 50s
    2. Applying global adjustments to all your photographs
      4m 7s
  11. 19m 33s
    1. Adding captions
      5m 50s
    2. Customizing type: Part one
      8m 6s
    3. Customizing type: Part two
      3m 21s
    4. Using and creating type presets
      2m 16s
  12. 19m 42s
    1. Changing the layout
      4m 11s
    2. A creative approach to selecting a title for your book
      5m 59s
    3. Adding another text field to your cover
      5m 46s
    4. Selecting an alternate cover layout template
      3m 46s
  13. 13m 48s
    1. Selecting the keepers
      3m 37s
    2. Reviewing the layout
      5m 44s
    3. Duplicating the book design
      4m 27s
  14. 3m 57s
    1. Exporting to PDF
      52s
    2. Exporting and ordering books from Blurb
      3m 5s
  15. 26s
    1. Next steps
      26s

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