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Exporting to PDF

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 03 Creating Prints and Books

Video: Exporting to PDF

After you have finished your book project, and before you send it to the printer, whether that's Blurb or another printer, it's always a good idea to export this file to a PDF document and then to evaluate it in that document and to print it. Just to do a test print to see how your book will actually look. So here what we can do is select the book project in the Collections panel, then click on the Export to PDF button. I'll save this one to the Desktop and I'll name this out as Family-Color, and then click Save.

Exporting to PDF

After you have finished your book project, and before you send it to the printer, whether that's Blurb or another printer, it's always a good idea to export this file to a PDF document and then to evaluate it in that document and to print it. Just to do a test print to see how your book will actually look. So here what we can do is select the book project in the Collections panel, then click on the Export to PDF button. I'll save this one to the Desktop and I'll name this out as Family-Color, and then click Save.

I'll also do this with the Concert_Hall-Book as well. Click on that one, Export to PDF and I'll name this one Reflect, and then click Save. This will all take place in the background as it takes these high-resolution files, exports them and then builds this PDF document. The advantage of doing this is obvious. If you do this, you have this document that you can then preview. Typically, it's a good idea to step outside of Lightroom to print it out to flip through those pages to even trim it to size, and get a sense for how this book is actually going to work and flow and feel.

Because what I find is that I view things on a monitor differently than I view it in printed form. There's just something different that happens. You want to think of this as a rough draft. This can also save you a lot of money because what I've found is that when I Export to PDF and I print this out, I notice things, I notice blemishes or problems that I've completely somehow ignored, and sometimes I find those blemishes when I show the book to someone else. All of a sudden, I handed over to someone else and I see that book differently because I'm now seeing it through their eyes.

So this step I think is really important. Let's go ahead and wait for this export process to be complete and then once it's complete, let's open up these PDF in Adobe Acrobat in order to preview them. Okay well, here I'm going to go ahead and navigate to my Desktop and on the Desktop you can see I have these different PDF files. There's one PDF file for the cover, another for the interior of the book. And what you can do is select the PDF file, open it up in a program like Adobe Acrobat and then in Acrobat what you'll want to do is change your View > Page Display to Two View.

This is a view that we've seen before, these pages side-by-side, and with this document you'll want to send this to your printer. Create a rough draft print of your book. Do this with the interior of the book also with the cover. You can actually orientate this and kind of staple it together, so that it really feels like the book and let that sit on your desk or your coffee table, let it sit for a couple of days because when it comes to creating good high quality prints and books the trick is, to take time with it. All of this on-demand publishing, well, it's phenomenal, it's amazing, it's so exciting yet sometimes we go too fast.

If you take time, if you take that little bit of extra time, you create one of these rough draft prints, well, it can really help you out and it can really help you create a higher quality end product.

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Lightroom 4 Essentials: 03 Creating Prints and Books

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Chris Orwig
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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 20s
  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. 21m 0s
    1. Creating collections for a book project
      6m 39s
    2. Choosing book settings and preferences
      4m 3s
    3. Exploring the Auto Layout option and tips for viewing pages and spreads
      5m 9s
    4. Editing Auto Layout presets
      5m 9s
  8. 35m 40s
    1. Customizing the page layout
      5m 50s
    2. Using guides and cell controls
      6m 0s
    3. Modifying individual images and page sequence
      5m 25s
    4. Swapping image position
      1m 46s
    5. Changing page spread sequence
      2m 6s
    6. Changing the zoom rate for multiple images
      2m 9s
    7. Changing the background
      6m 11s
    8. Reviewing the layout
      3m 38s
    9. Saving a book layout
      2m 35s
  9. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Print module to design a layout
      4m 33s
    2. Including a custom layout in a project
      4m 9s
  10. 5m 56s
    1. Making specific adjustments
      3m 42s
    2. Applying global adjustments to multiple photographs
      2m 14s
  11. 14m 59s
    1. Adding captions
      4m 4s
    2. Customizing type, part 1
      5m 40s
    3. Customizing type, part 2
      3m 5s
    4. Creating and using type presets
      2m 10s
  12. 22m 0s
    1. Changing the layout
      3m 56s
    2. A creative approach to selecting a book title
      5m 46s
    3. Adding a text field to a cover
      6m 55s
    4. Selecting an alternate cover layout
      5m 23s
  13. 30m 36s
    1. Selecting the keepers
      7m 27s
    2. A conceptual approach to setting image sequence
      11m 57s
    3. Reviewing the layout
      4m 55s
    4. Duplicating the book design
      6m 17s
  14. 6m 42s
    1. Exporting to PDF
      3m 7s
    2. Exporting to Blurb and evaluating the book online
      3m 35s
  15. 35s
    1. Goodbye
      35s

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