Lightroom 4 Essentials: 03 Creating Prints and Books

Modifying individual images and page sequence


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Video: Modifying individual images and page sequence

Let's take a look at how we can start to change or add or remove pictures, and also how we can change our overall page or image sequence. Well here as I look at this Multiple Spread Layout. I see one thing that I want to change. I have this image with the tree in front of building. I also have another one with some branches in front of the building. I want those to be side by side. To change the layout, what you can do is click on one of the pages. You notice there's a yellow highlight behind it. If you click on that tab, you can simply drag and drop that.
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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 1s
    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 10s
  8. 35m 41s
    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 47s
    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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4h 23m Beginner Mar 20, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Creating better prints by soft proofing
  • Choosing a soft proof rendering input
  • Creating a custom template
  • Customizing the print layout style
  • Adjusting print to JPG settings
  • Reviewing prints
  • Creating collections for a book project
  • Using Auto Layout
  • Using guides and cell controls
  • Swapping image position in a book
  • Changing the book background
  • Working with typography
  • Adding captions
  • Designing a book cover
  • Exporting to PDF
  • Ordering from Blurb
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Chris Orwig

Modifying individual images and page sequence

Let's take a look at how we can start to change or add or remove pictures, and also how we can change our overall page or image sequence. Well here as I look at this Multiple Spread Layout. I see one thing that I want to change. I have this image with the tree in front of building. I also have another one with some branches in front of the building. I want those to be side by side. To change the layout, what you can do is click on one of the pages. You notice there's a yellow highlight behind it. If you click on that tab, you can simply drag and drop that.

As I move it, you can see it opens up different positions for this image, let go of it and now that's a new spread. And once I made that change, it then changed other things as well. It made a few changes that I don't really like. I want 17 and 18 to be side by side. Well how can I fix that? What we could do is we could click on 16 here and then go ahead and click and drag on that tab, and then now we have 16 and 17 back together, back side by side.

So a lot of your page shuffling is going to be about dragging and dropping. Sometimes what you'll do is you'll view your images here in this Thumbnail view; you may need to increase the size of the thumbnail so you can really see the spread here and see if it works, or you may want to zoom in to actually take a look at those pictures and see how they work together side by side. Okay well let's zoom back out and look at another scenario. If I go up to the top of the book, one of the things that I notice here is that this spread, 4 and 5, well the images are nearly identical.

Let's click on it then press Command or Ctrl plus. Here I have two images which were captured in a pretty similar way. I don't really want to have that because it just looks kind of strange. While these images were different, once they're cropped in using the Zoom to Fill option we have turned on, they look pretty close. So I need to get rid of one of the pictures. I can do that by clicking on it and then I can either press Delete or Backspace or you can right-click or Ctrl+Click.

By right-clicking or Ctrl+Click, I can choose this option, Remove Photo. Now what I see is this blank photo cell. If I want to add an image into this cell, what I would do is go down to my Filmstrip and look for something that I think might fit with this photograph. Perhaps I want something with the similar look or feel. And here one of the pictures that I notice that might be interesting is this one, and I click and Drag and Drop it into that area. Well now I have this new spread but I've also created a problem. If you look at the Filmstrip, and this may be hard to see, but there are little number tabs above each photograph.

Let me change the size of the Filmstrip here so you can see that a little bit better. Well here it's showing me that this image, well it's used twice inside of this book. That is a problem. And this is great little warning indicator. It's a warning indicator because you would hate to print the book and have two pages which were exactly the same. So in this case, what I'm going to do then is I'm going to search for that other version of this photograph; we'll go to this view which allows us to see multiple pages at one time.

And then I'll take my Thumbnail view down. And as I do that, I can find this other use of the image. I'll scroll down here a little bit until we get to that. Here it is on page 19. So this image and for that matter, this whole page, it just needs to go. To get rid of the image and the page at one time, right-click or Ctrl+Click and then select Remove Page and now that's gone. You may be able to see in the Filmstrip below that it now shows that this image only appears once.

We have another issue like this as well. Let's take a look at these spreads here on 24, 25 and 26 and 27. If we look at this, we can see again, we have images which are similar but this time what I'm going to do is rather than delete the files, I'm just going to change their position. So here I'm just moving them over, showing different parts of the image so that it looks a little bit more like an interesting sequence. Let's look at the next sequence. Here in this sequence, I have two photographs which are pretty similar.

These are vertical images and as I scale these down, you can see the vertical version of the photograph. Well at least in my opinion, it's kind of interesting. It's about line, shape, and form. And the trick with this is once this vertical image is zoomed in to this space, well it just becomes a bit more about texture. Well here I might decide to zoom these in and to have two different texture images, perhaps showing different textures or details of the building. And here we can see we're kind of faking it in regards to working with our layout.

Other times you may have to delete the image or delete a page, but don't underestimate using that zoom or really what this is a Crop tool because it's changing the crop in order to come up with something which is interesting. Sometimes you'll even surprise yourself and discover a new aspect of an image that you might have overlooked. Like here with this layout, I think that works just fine. If you don't like it though, just keep in mind, you can always right-click or Ctrl+Click to either remove the picture or to remove the entire page.

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