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Using guides and cell controls

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 03 Creating Prints and Books

Video: Using guides and cell controls

Let's take a look at how we can work with the guides in the Cell panels. We'll go ahead and click on one of our spreads here, or images, how about this one. And then we'll go to the view which allows me just to focus in on that spread by clicking on the icon in the toolbar. Next, I'll click off of the image so that this layout is just really clean and simple. Now why would you want to work with these guides? Well if we turn these guides on, they can actually help us with some really valuable elements of our design and also as we seek to customize our design.

Using guides and cell controls

Let's take a look at how we can work with the guides in the Cell panels. We'll go ahead and click on one of our spreads here, or images, how about this one. And then we'll go to the view which allows me just to focus in on that spread by clicking on the icon in the toolbar. Next, I'll click off of the image so that this layout is just really clean and simple. Now why would you want to work with these guides? Well if we turn these guides on, they can actually help us with some really valuable elements of our design and also as we seek to customize our design.

Let's look at these one at a time. I'll go ahead and turn these options off. Well currently let's turn on Page Bleed. This is going to show us the area which potentially will be trimmed when the book is printed and trimmed. With a layout like this, it doesn't really matter but let's say, that we click on this page here and we change the layout to one we've seen before, one photo, go up to the top here. Well click on the option, the layout here where the image goes to the entirety of the screen. Here we can see that what's going to happen is that part of that image, well, it'll be cropped off.

With a photograph like this, no big deal, but with certain pictures that may make you decide to move the picture around a little bit or move its edge so that it fits right inside of that area. So Page Bleed again, helpful guide. Next we have Text Safe Area. This is a gray box that we can see here. You want to have all your captions, titles and information inside of that area. Next we have Photo Cells. Photo Cells is especially helpful when you have a layout which is made up of multiple images.

Let me show you what I mean, I'll click on this page and then click on the icon to open up the Modify Page menu. And let's choose something like 3 Photos and then choose one of these options here that are kind of creative. Let's see if I can find one which should work well for our demo. I'll scroll down here until I can get a good one. Maybe we want four photos even. All right, this will be perfect, I'll choose this option. Well now I have this layout and by having this Photo Cells option turned on, I can see the other Image Cells.

With this turned off, well those are invisible. If I want to add images to those cells by clicking and dragging, I would hover over them. Once I do that, I can see the cell but it's a little bit like you're almost kind of blind. And so by having that Photo Cells option turned on, well, it's just pretty helpful. The other option is Filler Text. If you turn Filler Text on, what that will do is it will show filler text, let's go to the cover in order to see this.

Here I'll go back to my view, where I view all the spreads. Go to the Front and Back cover here and then press Command or Ctrl plus. And you can see that there's some filler text there on the spine. So I could then use that again and so it'll show or hide that to remind me that, yeah, that's a Text Field. That's an area where I need to add some copy. Again, as I've mentioned previously, the Filler Text will never be exported with the book project or printed. It's just there to kind of tell you that this is indeed a Text Field.

Okay, well let's go ahead and then turn all these options on, and go back to our layouts here. And let's go that layout that we are working on, or that spread we are working on. And here in this spread, let's talk a little bit about padding. If we click off of everything, the Padding panel, it's disabled. The moment we click on one of the Image Cells, well it lights up, it turns on. And this is true regardless of the cell that we're working with. So once we do that, what we can do then is change the Padding around the edges.

Currently, these options are all lit up, in other words, they're linked. As I move one, I move all and here you can see I can change the Padding. With this turned on, I can also hover over one of these edges and I can click and drag to increase or decrease this. I can also customize this by unlinking these and then just choosing one option. And here I can choose this option so the Padding goes from the top to the bottom. If I want the image to be lower, so that I can include some copy, perhaps above it, we can also go to smaller cells like these cells here and again, you can see how I'm changing that size of the image, how it's displayed inside of that cell.

This might be nice perhaps if we want to have this a little bit smaller here so that it just sits to the left of the image and doesn't overlap on top of it. All right, well speaking of cells, you may look at this layout and decide that these two cells down here, they're kind of distracting. You want to delete them. You want to get rid of them. Well you actually don't need to. What's distracting is that these cells are filled with this gray area, you can simply remove that if you don't like that look by clicking this Guide Option off, those won't be included.

They're just again, placeholders to kind of show you how the images might appear if you include them in that cell area. So again, as you're working with customizing your layout, you may want to turn this option on and off. All right, well here I've kind of messed things up a little bit. I have created some layouts which aren't that cohesive with the rest of the book. And this will happen as you start to get creative. How can we bring everything back to normal? We will click on the page and then just go back to your Modify Page option here, and then choose the option which fits what you want to do.

In this case, it's Clean and I'll go ahead and choose that there for that page. And then I also want to choose it over here for this page and I'll chose Clean and then once again, just make that selection. This one looks good and now everything is back to normal. Just to confirm that, I want to go to my view where I can see this layout within the spectrum or in comparison to the other layouts and that looks really good.

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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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