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By carefully setting up and proofing your images in Lightroom, you can create prints worth sharing and selling. Author Tim Grey continues his exploration of Lightroom, this time in its Print module, and shows you how to print contact sheets and individual images, add watermarks and text overlays, create picture packages, correct inaccurate prints, and save print jobs for future use.
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The various templates, that are available to you from the template browser in Lightroom provide you with a very good starting point for many of the various types of printed output you might want to produce. But sometimes you'll want to fine tune those overall settings, and if you fine tune the settings in a way that you like that particular layout and you actually want to reproduce that layout with different images,. Then you'll want to save the template. So in this case, for example, I started off with a template for a single 5 by 7 inch image, but then I increased the number of rows to two, so that I have two images on the page, and I changed the dimensions so that each image will be 4 inches by 6 inches.
And I also adjusted the margins, to move the images a little bit closer to the center of the page. I'm happy with this overall layout and so now I'd like to save this as a template, so that I can very easily use the exact same layout for other images. To create that saved template, I'll go ahead and click the plus button to the right of the header for the template browser. When I click that button the New Template dialog will appear, and so I can specify a template name. It's important to use a template name that makes it clear exactly what the layout if for that template.
So in this case, for example, I'll indicate a two in parentheses, meaning there are two images on the page, and I'll type 4x6, or four-by-six, to indicate that those two images are four by six. I can specify which folder I would like to save that template. The default is user templates but I could also create a new folder if I would like. So, for example, I can organize my templates by based on style or print jobs. In this case though, just user templates works out perfectly fine for me. I'll go ahead and click the create button and now down at bottom of the template browser you'll find the user template section.
And there I can see, that two 4 by 6 image template so I can choose that at any time when I want to for example print some other images at a 4 by 6 size. So essentially, anytime you make a modification to various settings for a print layout, you may very well want to create a new template, so that you can very easily access that layout for different images in the future.
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