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Introducing the custom print package

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Video: Introducing the custom print package

One of the welcome new features inside of Lightroom 3 has to do with the Print module. What it has to do with is extra flexibility in regards to our print layouts. We will be working with these photographs of my mom and dad. So let's go ahead and navigate over to the Print module and let's say that we want to print some photographs for my mom and dad here. Well, the first thing that I want to point out is that we have this Layout Style. Now currently we have selected Single Image or Contact Sheet. So in this case you can see that I can select one image and this is identical as we've seen before. All of the different options inside of our panels here.

Introducing the custom print package

One of the welcome new features inside of Lightroom 3 has to do with the Print module. What it has to do with is extra flexibility in regards to our print layouts. We will be working with these photographs of my mom and dad. So let's go ahead and navigate over to the Print module and let's say that we want to print some photographs for my mom and dad here. Well, the first thing that I want to point out is that we have this Layout Style. Now currently we have selected Single Image or Contact Sheet. So in this case you can see that I can select one image and this is identical as we've seen before. All of the different options inside of our panels here.

Well, I also have another template and it has to do with multiple and here you can see that it's changed things up a little bit and what I have chosen is a User Template that I've created for the custom picture package. Now this layout style is really unique. What it allows us to do is to have a pretty freeform layout. Let me show you what I mean by that. I am going to simply click and drag some images into these cells here and as I do this, you are going to see that these will be updated with these new photographs. Again, the nice thing about this if I ever want to change it, all I need to do is simply click and drag and drop.

You can remove cells by simply clicking on them and deleting them. All right. Well what about adding cells? What I can do in regards to adding cells is I can click and drag an image onto the stage, and I'll go ahead and extend this a little bit here. Currently it is set to Rotate to Fit, and I am going to turn that off so it doesn't rotate that. So now here I have this fun photograph of my mom with her wedding veil, and then what I want to do is I want to bring in some other images down below. So I will go ahead and click and drag and bring in this image here and then perhaps another one of my mom here.

And then I will bring in one more of my dad. One of the things that you can see is that, again, it's really flexible and it gives you a lot of control over position and layout. So I am just going to reposition these images and one of the things that you are noticing with this particular layout that I've come up with is that these images overlap the background image. Well, I don't want that to happen, and it's pretty easy to change this. All that you need to do is to right- click or Ctrl+Click on top of the image and then we can send that one to the back so it's now underneath that topmost image.

Now we'll right-click this one and send that back and right-click this one and send it back. Now I'm not saying that this particular layout is amazing, but what I am trying to do is introduce you to this idea that Custom Package is really flexible. Not only that, if we scroll down to one of our panels below, we can also change the overall background color. So I'll go ahead and change that to a black background. Now if I want to change my Identity Plate here for some reason, we'll just simply double-click it. It will open up our Identity Plate Editor and here we could choose a different font or size or change the text altogether.

I will go ahead and click OK. One of the things that we can do is once we have created a layout like this, as we have been able to do before, is we can save this as a template. So I will go ahead and click on the plus icon and I am going to call this one multiple black background and hit Create. So now I have another template and when I click on these templates, you are going to see that they will start off blank with these blank cells which I can then pretty easily fill up. Again, I can choose how I want to fill these up and we'll follow that same format as we've seen before.

The nice thing about this again is that we can modify these further if we want to change the way that this layout actually works, customize it, align things a little bit better, and then move from there. Well as you can see this new layout style gives us quite a bit of flexibility. So let's take a look at how we can work with this in further detail and we'll do that in the next movie.

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Lightroom 3 New Features

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  1. 14m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 26s
    2. Comparing Lightroom 2 with Lightroom 3
      12m 27s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 20m 32s
    1. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 54s
    2. Importing photos and movies from a CF card
      6m 31s
    3. Adding and importing photos from a folder
      3m 51s
    4. Synchronizing and finding missing photos
      4m 16s
  3. 34m 46s
    1. Filtering photos
      4m 0s
    2. Working with collections
      5m 1s
    3. Modifying image and thumbnail overlays
      3m 17s
    4. Crop presets and overlays
      5m 43s
    5. Using Auto Sync
      5m 33s
    6. Working with movies
      7m 13s
    7. Using Smart Collections for video files
      2m 10s
    8. Focal length filtering and Smart Collections
      1m 49s
  4. 19m 10s
    1. Setting up Flickr publishing services
      3m 47s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 4s
    3. Publishing to a Flickr Photoset
      3m 56s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 11s
    5. Publishing to a Smart Folder or Smart Photoset
      3m 12s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. How sharpening works in Lightroom 3
      4m 48s
    2. Introducing noise reduction
      4m 45s
    3. Applying sharpening and noise reduction
      8m 23s
    4. Adding a grain effect
      4m 31s
    5. Using the Collections panel
      5m 42s
    6. The Adjustment Brush
      5m 48s
    7. The Graduated filter
      2m 10s
    8. Adding a vignette
      5m 45s
    9. Improvements to the Crop tool
      1m 59s
    10. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 40s
    11. Understanding the Point Tone Curve
      3m 10s
    12. Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
      4m 2s
    13. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 46s
    14. Enhancing images with Lens Correction
      3m 6s
  6. 5m 16s
    1. Adding audio to a slideshow
      5m 16s
  7. 11m 13s
    1. Introducing the custom print package
      3m 42s
    2. Working with the custom print package
      7m 31s
  8. 8m 46s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      2m 12s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      6m 34s
  9. 7m 41s
    1. Optimizing and backing up a catalog
      2m 49s
    2. Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs
      2m 13s
    3. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      2m 39s
  10. 27m 21s
    1. New presets in the Develop, Web, and Print modules
      3m 26s
    2. Importing and working with CMYK images
      5m 55s
    3. Bonus workflow tips
      4m 51s
    4. Adding watermarks in the Print, Slideshow, and Web modules
      1m 20s
    5. Making creative watermarks
      3m 20s
    6. IPTC Extension metadata
      1m 16s
    7. Exporting by file size and with watermarks
      1m 51s
    8. Exporting collections
      3m 22s
    9. Ejecting an external hard drive
      2m 0s
  11. 1m 44s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 15s
    2. What's next
      29s

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