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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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More often than not when I'm printing an image, all I want on the printed page is that image. But in some cases you may want to include additional information along with that printed image. And there are some page options that allow us to add a background color, page numbers and some other options. To our printed pages. Let's take a look at the options available. At the moment I'm using a template to print a five by seven inch copy of the selected photos. In this case just one image, I'll go ahead and scroll down on the right panel.
And we'll take a look at the page section. To begin with we can include a background color on the printed page. I'll turn on the page background color check box and that will add a background color. At the moment, that color is set to white. So I'll click the color swatch to bring up the color picker, and now I can choose among a wide variety of colors. Any color of the rainbow. That I would like to use as a background color for this image. Admittedly, this is not something I'm likely to do all that often, but sometimes a color behind the printed image can actually add a nice accent and so it may be something that you want to consider in certain situations.
I'll go ahead and close that color picker. And then I'm going to turn off the page background color check box and we can turn our attention to a couple of additional options here. I'll go ahead and turn on the page options check box and then I can specify which information I want to include on the printed page. That includes page numbers, so you can see I have a page number down at the bottom right of the page. I can change that font size if I'd like a larger page number. I can also include page information as well crop marks.
The page information actually relates to the print settings. So we can see for example. Whether or not we applied sharpening, which profile we were using, and which printer we were using. So this is mostly helpful for troubleshooting color management issues, for example. The crop marks will present crop marks so that we can better cut the page exactly along the edge of the printed image. And of course page numbers are mostly helpful when we're printing multiple images. So, you can see here, I have the page numbers turned on, I've selected multiple images, and so I see page numbers one through three appearing at the bottom right of the page.
But as you can see, we do have some options for adding perhaps a touch of creativity with a page background color, as well as some additional information that may be helpful for some of your prints. And those are both accessible from that page section of the right panel in the print module. These are not settings I tend to use all that often, but, from time to time, they certainly prove very helpful when printing my photos.
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