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You can take the greatest photos ever captured, but it probably won't mean much until you get them out there where people can see them. In this workshop from digital imaging guru Tim Grey, discover how to use Adobe Lightroom 4 to share your images with the world. Tim begins with the basics, like selecting images for sharing and working with collections, watermarks, and identity plates. Then he shows how to publish your photos to the web, whether you want to upload images to Facebook or Flickr or create your own web galleries. Tim also covers creating photo books and slideshows and offers advice on getting the highest-quality prints.
In my mind, when I think of printing a photographic image, I'm mostly thinking about printing a single image to the page. Let's take a look at how we can use Lightroom to print individual photos. The first step is, of course, to navigate to a folder or a collection that contains images that you'd like to print. And in this case, I've selected one image that I think I'd like to print. In fact actually now that I think about it, I'd like to print two images. I'm also going to print this image to the left. So I'll click on the first image that I want to print and then I'll hold the Shift key. Since they're neighboring each other and click on the second image that I'd like to print.
I'm going to go ahead and print these as 8 by10 images. So, one image per page printed at 8 by 10 on an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper. You can see that I've chosen the 8 by 10 template. That's my first step generally after I've selected my image is to choose the template. That defines how I actually want to print those images. On the tool bar below the preview area. We can choose all film strip photo's. That would cause 20 images in this case, to be printed. One per page. Or selected photo's. Which is the option I'll choose in this case.
Since I've selected two images that I want to print. We could also choose flagged photos. So that if I had assigned a pick flag to my images, I could print only those images that have the pick flag assigned to them. But in this case, once again, I'll use the selected photos option. You can see that this is page one of two. So I have two images that are going to be printed, which makes sense, since I have selected two images, and I have used the selected photos option. I'll go ahead and click the right Arrow button for example to switch to the second image to be printed. And I can specify then the output settings for both of these images. I'll be printing two images each individually but I can use the same settings for both of them.
Over on the right panel under layout style I'll leave the option set to single image or contact sheet. I'm going to turn off the zoom to fill option. You can see that with zoom to fill turned on. I'm not seeing the entirety of this image. And even though that means that the output will not be exactly an 8 by 10 image, I'd rather make sure that I'm fitting the image to the page. But also seeing the entire image not cropping it at all. The rotate to fit option is certainly an issue in this case. If I'm printing both a horizontal and a vertical image, which is the case here, the vertical image you can see fits the vertical page very nicely.
I'll switch to the previous image and you can see that it has been rotated so it too will print very nicely. If I had the rotate to fit option turned off the image will print considerably smaller to fit the available space. Printing a landscape image in a portrait space or a horizontal image in a vertical space. In most cases if I'm printing a single image to the page I'll want that rotate to fit option turned on. I don't need the repeat one photo per page option. It's actually just not even applicable in this case. Because I only have one image cell on the page.
That would be for a picture package. I don't want to add a stroke to the images. If I turned on the stroke border checkbox, I could specify the color and size for the stroke border. The small border that goes around the image. But in this case, I'll leave that option turned off. Scrolling down a little bit we have the layout section. Now here I can specify the margins for the page, those have all ready be established as well as the page grid. I want a single image on the page so both rows and columns will be left to one. Because there is only one cell on the page, the cell spacing simply doesn't apply.
And the cell size has been set to 8 by 10 and that's the size that I want to print this image. All of those settings were established by the template, so I don't want to modify them at all. I'll go ahead and scroll down further, the guide section, these are just non principal guides, that can help me evaluate the over all result here. But in this case since everything is pretty well established for my print, I'm going to simply turn off the show guides check box. That will hide all those non principal guides, and allow me to get a better sense of the preview, of the final print. Because these are individual images on the page, and I want the images to stand alone, I'm going to leave the page background color turned off. So that I just have a white background.
I'm going to leave identity plate turned off, because I don't want to put any branding with these images. I'm not going to watermark the photos. I could certainly do that. But in this case I'm thinking more about an image that I might hang on the wall. So I don't want to have any copyright text for example, displayed with the image. I certainly don't want to print any page options. That would include page numbers, page info, or crop marks. If I were having somebody cut this print later, maybe I would want the crop marks turned on. But for my purposes, I typically would custom matte and frame the image so I'll leave those options turned off.
Scrolling down a little bit more I'm also going to leave the Photo Info check box turned off. I don't want to include the file name or exposure info or other details included as text on the printed page, I want just the photo. With those settings established, I've got my page layout complete. So, at this point, I'm all set. I've selected the images, I've selected the template. I've fine-tuned things as needed. And so I'm ready to send both of these images to the printer, to produce a couple of beautiful prints.
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