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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.
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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