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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.
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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