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Selecting an alternate cover layout

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Well let's continue to look at how we can customize the cover of our photography books. As you can probably tell, I get really excited about all of the stuff. I hope you can pardon my over-enthusiasm here. I just think there's something which is so much fun and it's so rewarding when it comes to creating your own photography book. It's such a great way to share your images and to put your images together in a set. And it's especially true when you work on your cover, because all of a sudden you're kind of making those final adjustments.

Selecting an alternate cover layout

Well let's continue to look at how we can customize the cover of our photography books. As you can probably tell, I get really excited about all of the stuff. I hope you can pardon my over-enthusiasm here. I just think there's something which is so much fun and it's so rewarding when it comes to creating your own photography book. It's such a great way to share your images and to put your images together in a set. And it's especially true when you work on your cover, because all of a sudden you're kind of making those final adjustments.

All right, well what else could we do here? Well while I like these cover, something is still kind of bothering me. What's bothering me is the back cover. There's no real connection to the front. So far, we've been using the Default layout. You notice that we have an option down here. We've seen this icon before. We can click on this and we can change the layout. We have a number of different layout options. Some are better than others. Some I think are just really overdone and you probably won't want to use. But there's some which are really clean and interesting.

One of the covers that I like is this one here. When we click on this, what you can see is that it allows me to use one image and I like that. Here what I'll do is I'll go ahead and click on the image there. And as I do that I'm just going to reposition this. Actually it looks like I need to zoom in a little bit. Now all of a sudden I can have this continuity that I was looking for, where I have this image which connects from the front to the back. I've always thought that was kind of fun when it comes to book design to have those elements.

I like too how these lines really lead up to the typography there. And so in this case I'm just moving those areas around. Well I have these text fields here. I'm not going to use those. So if I click in them you can see that all of the text information, well it disappears. I notice that my spine actually isn't quite centered there. So I'm going to go ahead and click on that just to make sure that that's in the center. And I've positioned the image so that it fits really nicely in this space, paying close attention to that.

Now right now it's hard to evaluate the cover because I have all of these guides on. Throughout our book building process we've been kind of turning these guides on or off. But I want to get rid of them. I want to hide them. I want to appreciate this cover, I want to review and evaluate it. In order to hide the guides there's a shortcut. This is incredibly helpful, write this one down. It's Shift+Command+G on a Mac, Shift+Ctrl+G on Windows. The next thing I want to do is I want to get rid of the Lightroom Interface, so I can actually see these cover in all of it's glory.

Or at least see it a little bit bigger. You can press Tab to hide your panels on the left and the right, or you can press Shift+Tab in order to hide almost all of the Lightroom Interface. Next I'll move the cursor off of the image and then press the L key in order to dim and then darken the lights all the way. Now in this view, I'm not necessarily thinking about title-safe, or I'm not thinking about really anything except kind of just appreciating what we've created. And here I think these looks pretty good.

I might decide to make a few little minor adjustments with moving my image around. But I really just want to enjoy this. To bring back the view, well we can press the L Key to turn the lights back on. And then Shift+Tab to bring back the rest of our panels. Now while I've created this book with a really minimalist cover, which I think fits these photographs, you may want to have more information here. Perhaps you want to have some typography on the back, a whole paragraph about the project. Well again, that's just a matter of clicking into that field, and then adding that typography and you could add that here.

You can see how we could customize that and have that type, and then customize it as we've done before, highlighting it. We could change it's opacity, it's size, the way that it fits into the space. We could do different things like centering it, or justifying it to the left or to the right. So again, you can get as elaborate or as simple as you want. Most importantly, design a cover in a way that it means something to you, that gets you excited, that makes you want to open up the book. Because you're going to have to stare at these as are other people, you want to meet your own needs first, because the more that you can create something, which communicates something to you, which meets your needs, the better the chance that it will communicate with someone else. All right, well, I'm going to remove this back cover copy.

I'm going really minimalistic here, so I will highlight that field, press the Delete Key. And before we wrap up our conversation about designing covers for a book project, I should also point out that if you're good at Photoshop, well you could create a new document in Photoshop that was the same dimension, say as a page of your book cover, you could then design the cover there. Save that file out and import it into Lightroom and simply drag and drop that on your cover. So if you know other software applications and if those applications help you design things in a more creative way, by all means use those programs.

Yet here what I wanted to highlight was how we could get really creative while staying within Lightroom. All right, well on that note, that wraps up our conversation about designing a book cover for a book project.

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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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