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Just because we're working in the print module in Lightroom, doesn't mean that we're limited to producing printed output. In some cases you may want to produce an image, essentially, that reflects the print layout that you've defined within the print module. For example, if I'm creating a contact sheet, it might be more convenient for me to email that contact sheet to someone, rather than print it out and deliver it to them. So in this case, I've chosen the four by five contact sheet template, and I've set the option to use all filmstrip photos so that I have a contact sheet that will feature all of the images that are currently on the filmstrip.
That happens to be 26 images. And then, after fine-tuning the settings for my print layout as I see fit, I can scroll down to the bottom of the right panel in the print module, and then, under Print Job, for the Print To option, I can specify JPEG File. I'll go ahead and specify draft mode printing, and the file resolution I can set to 300 pixels per inch. So that if someone wants to actually print from that JPEG, they'll have a nice, large image to do so with. I can adjust the JPEG quality setting.
And in this case, maybe I'll reduce the value just a little bit, maybe down to about 80% quality, so that the file size will be a little bit smaller. If I'd like I could also customize the dimensions. In this case, I'm producing a jpeg file that will match my 8.5 by 11 inch paper size, at 300 pixels per inch. In other words, it could be printed at that full size. But I can also customize those dimensions if I'd like, by turning on the Custom File Dimensions check box and specifying new values there.
But in this case, I'm perfectly happy with the 8.5 by 11 inch contact sheet saved as a JPEG, so I'll just turn off that Custom File Dimensions check box. I'll convert the JPEG image to the SRGB color space, and at this point, I'm ready to go, I'm ready to produce my JPEG file. And to do that I'll simply click the Print to File button at the bottom of the right panel in the print module. When I click that button a dialogue will appear allowing me to specify the location where I want to save those files. I'll go ahead and save on the desktop and I'll just call this Contact Sheet.
I'll go ahead and click the Save button, and Lightroom will process all of those images, and create a JPEG version of my printed layout. So, in this case, a JPEG version of my contact sheet. I'll go ahead and switch to the folder where I've saved those contact sheets, and you can see that I have those JPEG images. I'll go ahead and double click on one of them in order to open up that contact sheet. And sure enough, you can see that I have a JPEG version of what would have otherwise been a printed contact sheet. And I can now email these JPEG images for example, to a client so that they can review this set of photos.
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