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Using the Print module for virtual layouts

From: Lightroom Workflow Strategies

Video: Using the Print module for virtual layouts

In this movie, we're going to do something a little bit out of the ordinary, but this technique can really help you out when you are interested in trying to create layouts and when you want to create those layouts to be displayed in other places other than physical or tangible prints. Well, what we're going to be doing is looking at how we can use the print module in a non-traditional way. Rather than using this module in order to create a layout which is going to be printed, we're going to use this module in order to create a layout which we can then convert to a JPEG so that that JPEG could be posted, say, on our blog or our web site--or perhaps on Facebook or another social media site.

Using the Print module for virtual layouts

In this movie, we're going to do something a little bit out of the ordinary, but this technique can really help you out when you are interested in trying to create layouts and when you want to create those layouts to be displayed in other places other than physical or tangible prints. Well, what we're going to be doing is looking at how we can use the print module in a non-traditional way. Rather than using this module in order to create a layout which is going to be printed, we're going to use this module in order to create a layout which we can then convert to a JPEG so that that JPEG could be posted, say, on our blog or our web site--or perhaps on Facebook or another social media site.

Well, how can we do that? We'll be working with these last few images here, and before we get to the print module, what we have to do is go to Photoshop. So here, I am going to go ahead and navigate to Photoshop. And in Photoshop I'm going to create a new document by going to File and then clicking on New. One of the things that you have to know about this technique is that you have to know the dimensions that you want. The inventions that I want are 800 by 533, these are the dimensions that I use when I am posting to my blog.

So because I know those, I can type those in, and I want to add a specific resolution as well. The resolution isn't really important except that you need to know one and you need to remember it. You will see why in a second. Well, here let's click OK in order to create this document. Next, if we go to our image size dialog-- by going to image and then image size--we can see something which will help us out. Here, what we can see here are the pixel dimensions. Well, unfortunately the Lightroom print module, it does not have pixel dimensions. We can't create a page size that are pixels, but we can create a page size which are inches. Well, down below this just gave us the key.

This is the key to being able to do this technique: our width is 3.3 inches, our height, well, it is 2.2, resolution 240 pixels per inch. So we want to write these numbers down, or we want to remember them, all right? Let's remember those and then go back to Lightroom. Well, once we're back in Lightroom, we're going to go to the page setup dialog, and in the page setup for a paper size, we're going to choose manage custom sizes. Well, what we are going to is create a custom size that's based on those pixel dimensions, remember our pixel dimensions of 800x533, well, the paper size is going to be that width and the height that we've seen before, 3.3 and 2.2.

What actual values you will be using will be dependent upon what pixel dimensions you want, and that is why we went to Photoshop. Photoshop helped us find these numbers, otherwise it would have been impossible to guess. Next, we want this to extend all the way to the edge, so I'll go ahead and remove those values and then click OK. We can change the orientation if we want this to be horizontal or vertical really easily. Let's do a vertical layout, so I'll click this one, and you'll see what I mean as we click OK.

So now here, I have this new layout. What I need to do with this layout is I need to start making a few changes. One of things I want to is I want to go to my layout settings. Here, in the layouts I'm going to go ahead and I want to have two rows and also two columns. Well, currently my margins are all out of whack. I'm going to remove all of those. So just decrease these values here. I also want to increase the overall image size. So I'll go ahead and increase the cell size here so that we can start to see how this image will fit into this layout.

Okay. Well, now that we have that, let's add a few more pictures. Hold down Command or Ctrl and then click on those pictures in the filmstrip. These are the photographs that I want to post on my blog. And I want to create this grid. Keep in mind you can create any sort of a type of grid or layout. Really, the sky's the limit if we do not want to use single image, or you could always go to custom package and customize this, dragging images into that space. Let me show you that briefly. You just would need to click on custom package, and then here we could do something which was a bit more freeform. You can see how I tried to position these photographs, and I can create a blog post which had a layout, perhaps like this. And you can see how this is a different type of a layout, but perhaps it could be interesting for the type of post you're going to do.

So really the sky's the limit. Well, here I'll press Command or Ctrl+Z in order to undo those steps and to go back to that single image layout that we had previously. I just want to do something which is a little bit more based on a grid, so we'll step back to that. We can also go back to that by clicking on the single image or contact sheet layout style. Here, let's go ahead and re-add those photographs so that we can have these in this grid. What's great about this is that now that I have this I can then use this. I can export this is as a JPEG file and I can save this and then post that JPEG to my blog.

In order to do that what we need to do is we need to go down to our Print Job settings. In Print Job, we're going to print to a JPEG file. You can make that selection here. The resolution, well, we need to match whatever resolution we choose in Photoshop. So here, we'll choose this, 240 pixels per inch. We can determine a certain amount of print sharpening, also our JPEG quality. Well, here, because this JPEG is going to be displayed online, I'm going to decrease this to around 70. The next step is choosing color management. sRGB is a great color space for blog posts.

And then print adjustment, well, I'll turn that off because this isn't going to be printed with a traditional printer. The last step here is to simply click print to file. This gives us the ability to choose a location, perhaps our desktop, and we can then save this file out, and I'll go ahead and call this blog post and then press Save. This will create this layout and export this JPEG to those dimensions. Now won't be exactly right, but it will be really close. And what I can do is I can then post this JPEG on my site.

So here, really, the intent of this movie is to get you think about how you might use the print module in those situations when you want to create layouts which are specific to pixel dimensions, not really to paper sizes. Well, you can do this workaround and you can do this in order to create these layouts and take advantage of all of these really easy layout controls so that you can do all of this right inside of Lightroom, rather than having to navigate to Photoshop to make these type of adjustments or layouts.

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Lightroom Workflow Strategies

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  1. 2m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 5s
  2. 44m 20s
    1. Importing images on-site
      7m 30s
    2. Creating a slideshow template
      7m 37s
    3. Selecting photos for a slideshow
      7m 26s
    4. Setting up for quick and easy batch processing
      7m 38s
    5. Finishing the batch processing
      3m 36s
    6. Launching the event slideshow
      5m 34s
    7. Uploading photos to Facebook during the event
      4m 59s
  3. 39m 47s
    1. Grouping photos into general collections
      5m 25s
    2. Using collections to sort out the keepers
      8m 30s
    3. Organizing collections based on subject matter
      4m 54s
    4. Batch processing color and black-and-white images
      4m 56s
    5. Exporting photos for lab printing
      4m 47s
    6. Exporting high-resolution photos for DVD or drives
      5m 35s
    7. Compressing and archiving the images
      5m 40s
  4. 23m 58s
    1. Getting started with travel collections
      3m 9s
    2. Labeling the photos
      5m 25s
    3. Adding travel-specific keywords and captions
      5m 28s
    4. Adding locations to the Map module
      3m 49s
    5. Processing the images
      6m 7s
  5. 32m 38s
    1. Combining multiple catalogs
      2m 49s
    2. Exporting images and merging laptop and desktop catalogs
      7m 37s
    3. Designing a Blurb book
      5m 53s
    4. Customizing the interior of the book
      2m 31s
    5. Customizing the book cover
      5m 6s
    6. Sending the book to Blurb
      2m 36s
    7. Creating multiple-image print layouts
      6m 6s
  6. 19m 35s
    1. Processing the images
      5m 57s
    2. Emailing low-resolution photos for client review
      4m 49s
    3. Creating a web gallery for client review
      5m 11s
    4. Exporting and sending full-resolution photos
      3m 38s
  7. 30m 32s
    1. Evaluating and processing the photos
      7m 3s
    2. Working with virtual copies
      6m 13s
    3. Exploring creative black-and-white processes
      5m 34s
    4. Removing and adding color
      5m 13s
    5. Using the Print module for virtual layouts
      6m 29s
  8. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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