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Lightroom 5: 05 Printing

with Tim Grey

Video: Quick print overview

Learn how to create prints worth sharing and selling with Lightroom's Print module.
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Lightroom 5: 05 Printing
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By carefully setting up and proofing your images in Lightroom, you can create prints worth sharing and selling. Author Tim Grey continues his exploration of Lightroom, this time in its Print module, and shows you how to print contact sheets and individual images, add watermarks and text overlays, create picture packages, correct inaccurate prints, and save print jobs for future use.

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Quick print overview

For many photographers myself included the prefered method of sharing a digital photo is through a print. In some aspects this probably comes form a simple from of nostalgia. After all, I got my start working in a wet dark room producing prints as essentially the only method for actually being able to share my images. But the bottom line is that when we think of a photographic image, we tend to think of a photographic print, and so it makes sense that we'd want to share our images as prints.

And light room makes it very easy to create prints of your photographic images in a variety of different layouts. Let's take a look at a quick overview of the basic process involved in creating photographic prints from within light room. The first step is to make sure that the film strip down at the bottom of the light room interface. Is populated with the images that you would like to actually print. That might mean navigating to a particular folder for example or perhaps to a collection. You could also filter and sort your images in a variety of ways so that you have the images that you would like to print available on the film strip.

Once you have those images on the film strip, you can then switch to the print module using the module picker up on the top panel. And that will take you to the print module where you can specify the layout, the overall appearance of the final printed image. In this case, for example, I have a single image. That will be printed as an eight by ten, on a single sheet of paper. Very simple, and that is achieved essentially in most cases, by simply choosing a template over on the template browser, and then printing.

In other words the template browser contains templates that store the information about how images should be printed. So for example if I wanted to print a couple of five by sevens, I could choose the two five by seven option here. In this case that creates a picture package where we have the same image printed multiple times on the same page but we could also change that I'll go ahead and choose a template that has a single image. And then I will change the number of rows so that we get two five by sevens and right now I have the option set to print selected photos.

And so if I want to add a different image on to this printed sheet all I need to do is select an additional image on the film strip. So again, that basic process of printing from within light room is rather straight forward. We select the various images we want to print on the film strip. We choose a particular template from the template browser and maybe adjust any settings we need to on the right panel. And then we're ready to print. The process really can be just that easy. Of course, there are a variety of settings that you'll want to consider, but in general, once you've figured out what those settings are and you save a template so that you can gain easy access to those settings, printing is a simple matter of selecting images, selecting a template, and printing.

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