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Reviewing the layout

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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.

Reviewing the layout

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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Lightroom 4 Essentials: 03 Creating Prints and Books

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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 20s
  2. 41m 46s
    1. Making basic adjustments in the Develop module
      3m 43s
    2. Creating better prints by soft proofing
      6m 32s
    3. Choosing a rendering intent
      8m 49s
    4. Correcting a soft proof copy
      4m 57s
    5. Painting away soft proof gamut problems
      6m 52s
    6. Soft proofing to add visual snap
      5m 48s
    7. Fine-tuning soft proof color
      5m 5s
  3. 17m 32s
    1. Making print collections
      3m 33s
    2. Using print templates
      5m 35s
    3. Creating a contact sheet
      4m 21s
    4. Creating your own custom templates
      4m 3s
  4. 24m 31s
    1. Customizing the layout of a single image
      4m 24s
    2. Exploring page options for a single image
      6m 59s
    3. Using the Picture Package layout style
      7m 42s
    4. Using custom layout styles
      5m 26s
  5. 25m 48s
    1. Exploring different types of printers and papers
      3m 44s
    2. Configuring page setup and print settings
      3m 10s
    3. Exploring desktop print job settings
      5m 17s
    4. Setting up to print JPEG images
      2m 47s
    5. Looking at brightness and contrast in print samples
      5m 25s
    6. Reviewing prints
      5m 25s
  6. 5m 19s
    1. Why build a book and why use Lightroom?
      1m 36s
    2. Reviewing samples of both printed and digital books
      3m 43s
  7. 21m 0s
    1. Creating collections for a book project
      6m 39s
    2. Choosing book settings and preferences
      4m 3s
    3. Exploring the Auto Layout option and tips for viewing pages and spreads
      5m 9s
    4. Editing Auto Layout presets
      5m 9s
  8. 35m 40s
    1. Customizing the page layout
      5m 50s
    2. Using guides and cell controls
      6m 0s
    3. Modifying individual images and page sequence
      5m 25s
    4. Swapping image position
      1m 46s
    5. Changing page spread sequence
      2m 6s
    6. Changing the zoom rate for multiple images
      2m 9s
    7. Changing the background
      6m 11s
    8. Reviewing the layout
      3m 38s
    9. Saving a book layout
      2m 35s
  9. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Print module to design a layout
      4m 33s
    2. Including a custom layout in a project
      4m 9s
  10. 5m 56s
    1. Making specific adjustments
      3m 42s
    2. Applying global adjustments to multiple photographs
      2m 14s
  11. 14m 59s
    1. Adding captions
      4m 4s
    2. Customizing type, part 1
      5m 40s
    3. Customizing type, part 2
      3m 5s
    4. Creating and using type presets
      2m 10s
  12. 22m 0s
    1. Changing the layout
      3m 56s
    2. A creative approach to selecting a book title
      5m 46s
    3. Adding a text field to a cover
      6m 55s
    4. Selecting an alternate cover layout
      5m 23s
  13. 30m 36s
    1. Selecting the keepers
      7m 27s
    2. A conceptual approach to setting image sequence
      11m 57s
    3. Reviewing the layout
      4m 55s
    4. Duplicating the book design
      6m 17s
  14. 6m 42s
    1. Exporting to PDF
      3m 7s
    2. Exporting to Blurb and evaluating the book online
      3m 35s
  15. 35s
    1. Goodbye
      35s

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