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Creating Prints and Books is part of author Chris Orwig's investigation of Lightroom 4, the image management and editing tool from Adobe, 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 and other print projects. 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.
For more training on Lightroom, watch Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module and Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Enhancing Photos with the Develop Module.
The final and perhaps the most exciting step in this book building process is sending your book to the printer. You have two options here. You can either choose to export the book to a PDF file. And then send that PDF file to a printer, they can then print and buy the book, or you can use the integrated Blurb services here. To do that, to send these book to Blurb, you simply click on this button, Send the Book to Blurb. And if you have a Blurb account you can simply log into it. If you don't have an account, go ahead and navigate to blurb.com and sign up for one.
All right, well here I'll click Sign In as I have an account there. Next step is going to be the Add My Book Title, and I'll type that title out Reflections and subtitle Why I Take Pictures. And the author's name there. And here, I'll simply click on upload this book. What these will do then is it will take all of these files, these high resolution DNG files in this case, and it will render these pages out and then upload them to Blurb's site. Once this is complete Blurb will give me a message that this process is complete.
And I'll be able to evaluate the book online. So rather than sitting here and watch how these will render out the pages, let's fast forward this process and we'll fast forward to when these rendering is complete and also the upload. And let's take a look at how we can view these online at Blurb's site. Once that process is complete, Blurb will open up your browser and will take you to this page. And here what you can do is see the price of your book. You can also set a store price, if you're going to sell this to others, and that's one of the benefits of using Blurb.
You can use it not just to buy your own books but to get it out there, to share it with others so they can buy it as well. And of course you can click to preview this. And this preview is kind of exciting because this is the first view where you're starting to kinda see it inside of this book. And if you click through it, you see it with this graphic in the background and it gives you a sense for how these pictures are going to feel inside of pages. And as you review your book, here's what you have to do. You have to slow down.
The way that we view images online is click, click, click, click. Yet the way that we view images in a book is pretty slow, because you have to flip the pages. So let go of your trigger finger, slow down and just enjoy, enjoy the layouts and the pictures and evaluate them within this space. Because eventually they'll be viewed that way, they'll be viewed slowly, maybe even a spread will just remain open like this for 10, 20 seconds, who knows. And so click through it and look at the pictures.
And if you determine that yes, you know this project it's a keeper, I like it. Or you can just go through the purchase process, it's really easy to buy this book, it's really intuitive. And that will then really finish this off. And if you do end up creating a book, send me a link to it. You know, one of the reasons, why I love being a photographer is because there's such a vibrant photographic community and I'm inspired by what other people create, it's so fun to see different types of photography. And you know all good art, well, it inspires other forms of art.
It gets us, so that we want to be creative and get out there and to make our own photographs. So by all means send me a link, and really in closing, my hope is, is that by talking about all of this process of designing and building custom books, my hope is that it's giving you some information and some inspiration that ultimately will help you create your own effective and compelling and intriguing photographic books.
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