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Printing with an identity plate

From: Lightroom 5: 05 Printing

Video: Printing with an identity plate

Lightroom includes, an Identity Plate up at the top Over the image that Identity Plate is a little bit small, and so I'll And then I'll increase the scale.

Printing with an identity plate

Lightroom includes, an Identity Plate up at the top left corner, at the far left of the top panel. And by default, that Identity Plate simply identifies the software as being Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. But you can also customize the Identity Plate, both in that location and in shared output. In other words, we can use a variation on the Identity Plate as a form of logo, you might say, for printing on our images or with our images. Let's take a look at how we can use an Identity Plate, with our printed images.

I'll scroll down on the right panel, in the Print Module, so that we can get to the page section. And there I'll turn on the check box for Identity Plate. At the moment, I don't have an Identity Plate defined, so I'll click in the preview area here and then choose Edit from the popup that appears. I'll just type Tim Grey Photography, for example. I could change the font, the font style, the size, and the color et cetera. But, at the moment I'll just call that good enough and click OK. And, you can see that I have a preview of that Identity Plate.

I can then fine tune the overall settings for that identity plate. I'll start off by turning on the Override Color check box and then I can click the color swatch, and choose a different color if I'd like to use a different color for the identity plate. You can see that, that update is appearing both in the preview and within the image itself. Over the image that Identity Plate is a little bit small, and so I'll increase the scale value in order to increase the size of that Identity Plate. And because I'm using a text rather than Graphic Identity Plate.

I can still be assured that the quality will be excellent even if I adjust the scale setting rather dramatically. I also have the option to reduce the opacity for that Identity Plate if I'd like it to fade back into the image just a little bit. In this case, though, I'll keep the value set to its maximum of 100% and I'll actually turn off the Override Color check box because I'm perfectly happy with that shade of gray that I had defined for the initial identity plate. We also have a couple of additional check boxes here, that allow us to change the behavior of that identity plate.

I'm going to start off by choosing one of the templates that includes two images. In this case, two of the same image, because this is a picture package. Then I'll turn on that Identity Plate again, because, in this case, the template did not include and Identity Plate. I'll go back to the Editor and type, Tim Grey Photography once Again. Normally, I could have, of course, saved this Identity Plate by choosing Save As but, in this case, I won't worry about saving it. I'll just leave it as it is. And then I'll increase the scale. And you may notice that that identity plate is appearing, essentially, right in between the two images.

And that's because by default, the Identity Plate appears in the center of the printed page. But here I have a template with more than one image. If I turn on the render on every image check box, then you'll see the identity plate appears within the center of each photo. I'll go ahead and choose a different template here, one that includes only a single image and then I'll reestablish those settings for my Identity Plate. And at this point you can certainly appreciate the value of saving that Identity Plate so I'll go ahead and click the pop-up here, choose Save As, and I'll just call this Tim Grey Photography, and I'll click the save button and now at anytime in the future, I am able to simply choose two great photography from that pop-up to simply add the Identity Plate, even for a template that does not include the Identity Plate.

I'll increase the scale value to increase the size there, and we can take a look at the Render Behind Image check box. I'll turn that on, and you might wonder why this setting would be available, because it effectively just hides the Identity Plate, behind the photo. But the reason is that we actually have a little bit more flexibility than it might first appear when it comes to that identity plate. Let's start off with the rotation option up at the top right you'll see that we have an indication of the rotation specifically zero degrees. I'll go ahead and rotate on the screen at negative 90 degrees.

In other words a counter clockwise rotation. And I'm also going to override the color and make it black just so that it will stand out against the white area a little bit better. And now you can see that if I render the Identity Plate behind the image, by turning on that check box the, the Identity Plate essentially peeks through behind the image. Now of course in this case that's not exactly very helpful because now I can't read the entirety of that text. But if we were simply adding a watermark to the page for example, this could be a little bit more interesting. And it could be even better if we're using a graphic logo.

In this case though I don't want to actually render behind the image, and in fact I don't want to rotate that Identity Plate. But I do want to change the position of the Identity Plate, and I can do that by simply clicking and dragging on the image itself. In other words, moving that Identity Plate around within the print layout. In this case I'll just place it below the image, for example. And of course these settings will apply across multiple pages. At the moment I'm using the selected photos option, so I'm only printing the currently selected photo, but if I Shift click on a neighboring image, for example, in order to select a couple of images.

You can now see that I have two pages because I've selected two images. I can navigate among those images, and you can that the Identity Plate remains in place, for every single one of the images that I'll be printing. And so, first and foremost, I think of that Identity Plate as providing a great opportunity. To essentially brand your prints. If you're going to be sharing a portfolio of printed images, for example, you might want to include some information about yourself. Perhaps your name, your company name, whatever is most applicable to the situation so, that you're very clearly identifying your images as being your own, by using that Identity Plate.

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