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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.
Good layout design or good design in general, well, it just takes time. At this part of the process as we are creating our layout, we just want to slow down a little bit. You want to be telling yourself, okay it's worthwhile to take a breath to relax and to think about things. Also, we need to evaluate our book and then eventually see if we have any problems with it and then save the layout. So here, we could click on one of these spreads, zoom in then press the L Key a few times to turn the lights out. And then just go through the book by pressing your arrow keys.
If you want to see the book bigger, press Shift+Tab, that will minimize the Lightroom interface so that you have more focus on the book and on the pictures that you can see here. And as you look through your book, you want to click and you want to make adjustments if you need to reposition things in regards to the way that they're fitting inside of the window there, and just get it exactly the way that you want it. Here with these movies obviously my rhythm has been a bit more slow than it was in some of the other movies, but perhaps not even slow enough.
I haven't taken enough time to really look at these pictures and really get them just right. Yet I'm hoping that by seeing this process and kind of seeing how I'm clicking through these and making some of these decisions, even here at this stage, that it will help you kind of have some confidence to do this on your own and to take that time in order to create this flow and this rhythm that will work for your own book. Here I think for this one, at least from taking the amount of time we put into it so far, I think that we have something which is nice that will be a nice gift.
So next I'll press the L key once and then press Shift+Tab, next to bring back the Lightroom Interface. I need to see if I have any problems with this book. One of the ways that you can see if you have problems is by zooming in, just like we did. The other way is you want to go to your filmstrip. Here I'm going to make this bigger so that we can see this. And you want to scroll through all of these making sure you don't have any duplicate images. So here when I scroll down to the right, all of a sudden I see that I have this image which has a 2 on it.
This photograph, it was used twice. This one was one of the pictures from the covers on the back cover. So that's a problem, right? I need to change that up. So what we need to do is see if we can find a different photograph, something else that we might be able to use. One way to do that is to zoom out and see if you have any pictures around here that might work. For example, let's make our thumbnails a little bigger, so that we can see these. I have this one spread right here where I have two side-by-side. What might be interesting is to bring this image into here, so I'll trade that up so we have this kind of fun arm spread view of the family here standing just normally than standing kind of crazy there.
Perhaps swap those would look better you know kind of the fun picture here than the end on that more quiet note. And then back to the other spread which was this one, one of the ways we might be able to fix that up is to change the overall layout and just change this to a one photo. And at this final stage, really it's about looking to make any of those just last minute needed adjustments to get this looking you know really consistent and cohesive. Here I want to make sure I kind of have a similar level there and I think that works. And so you want to go through your filmstrip and just double check those numbers.
Really scroll through it back and forth, even if you have to do so quickly looking for any duplicates or any problems. And then just get a feel for the overall layout. Well after we've done all this, what we'll want to do is save this. We want to save this layout and the settings and pages and all of this that we've done. So in order to do that, I'll go ahead and click on Create Saved Book. And I'm going to name this Family-Color. I'm going to put this inside of the Book Collection there. And I'll include only the used photos.
I don't want to have those photos that I didn't use like this one here, so I'll click Create. This now allows me to have the saved book here. And actually I want to put this in a different spot. I chose the wrong spot there, so, I'm going to drag and drop that into my family collections because I want to have it here. And I want to have it here because I want to know create another version of this book. So far, we have one version where we have all of these color photographs. And we spent all this time selecting these pictures and figuring out how they fit on the pages. And now I want to do another book using another set of photographs, but this time all in black-and-white.
And what you'll do a lot of times at this stage is, you'll find that you'll start to design books in certain ways where you like to use text or you don't like text or spacing or whatever it is. And you want to figure out how you can repurpose that design with different photographs, whether it's the same photographs treated a different way or just a completely different subject matter, completely different photographs. Let's take a look at this final step how we can repurpose or reuse this layout design and let's do that in the next movie.
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