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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now that we have refined and organized our set of photographs into a collection, we're ready to head over to the Print module. To do so, we can simply click on the Print button in the module picker up here, or you can also press a shortcut, and this is a great shortcut because it's really easy to remember. On a Mac, press Command+P. On Windows, press Ctrl+P.All right. Well, now that we're inside of the Print module, the first thing that I want to do here is simply highlight how we can start to work with templates.
Let's open up our Template Browser panel and then open up the preset, Preinstalled Lightroom Templates. Now, the first thing that you're going to notice is that there are a number of new templates included inside of Lightroom 3. There you can see there's a pretty big list. Now, one of the things that we'll do with this is we'll simply make a selection. For example, let's say we want to print this image two times at that 5 x 7 dimension. Well, here we can click on that option. It will then show us this here. We can also hover over these different templates.
And up top, we'll see a little bit of a preview. Now, the great thing about this is that typically what you do is you select a template and then you make some changes. For example, what we can do here is simply click on Page Setup and then change the orientation of the page. In this case, I want to go for a Horizontal or a Landscape Orientation rather than the current Portrait or Vertical Orientation. So here I'll click on this little icon and then click OK. And you can see that it gives me an update view of this particular layout.
Well, the other thing that we want to start doing is tapping into some of our panels on the right. Here, I'll open up the Layout Style. You'll notice that we have three different styles: Single Image/Contact Sheet, Picture Package, and Custom Package. And the great thing about this is that as we make different choices over here, for example, let's choose a Contact Sheet, it then updates our Layout Style here. Well, in this case, with this Contact Sheet, I'm only viewing one image. Why is that? Well, if we go to the toolbar, you'll notice that it's just using the selected photos.
Well, in this case if we click on this option and say hey, you know what, use all the photos in my Filmstrip. I have already organized those. That will then populate that particular template. Once again, if we want to make changes here, we can simply click on Page Setup. Let's say we want to change the orientation for some reason, and then we'll click OK. And the great thing about creating contact sheets is that what this can do is be a valuable way to communicate with your clients. It can also give you a visual artifact of all of those images, which sometimes become buried on different hard drives. All right.
Well, the next thing we might want to do is dig into some of our panel controls. For example, let's go ahead and open up Image Settings. We have a few options here. One is Zoom to Fill. Now, if we click on this option, it's kind of hard to tell where this is zooming into. And the reason is is because we can't really see the size of this little cell here. Well, in order to view that a little bit more clearly, let's open up our Guides panel. Now in the Guides panel, we can show all sorts of guides.
In this case, it's kind of overkill, right, too much information. Well, no big deal. We can simply take off some of this information, and in this case I'll go ahead and take off some of the info there. So I'm just seeing my margins and also my rulers, again reminding me of my paper size and then also the space between the photographs. Now, we can hover over these lines and we can change them. You notice it's giving us a nice uniform change. We can also hover over an image in order to reposition this, so that we see some important content inside of that little area.
And we have that option because we zoomed in to fill this entire area of the frame. You can see with these photographs it's really essential that we do that so that we have relevant information inside of this little area. Now, sometimes these guides become a little bit overwhelming, because we're just looking at so much. So if ever that's the case, we can simply turn off that option so that we're not viewing that that way. Now, of course if we don't want to zoom in to fill the entire cell area, we can always turn that option off and it will zoom out.
And the great thing about this is that as we toggle this back and forth, you'll notice that it remembered how I wanted to lay these out, so that the different people weren't chopped off as it zoomed into those fields. Well, now that we've been introduced to the topic of templates, let's go ahead and dig a little bit deeper into this topic. And let's do so in the next movie.
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