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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.
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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