Lightroom 5: 05 Printing
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Using guides


Lightroom 5: 05 Printing

with Tim Grey

Video: Using guides

As you're adjusting your overall print layout

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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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Using guides

As you're adjusting your overall print layout in preparation to print an image, you might notice that there are some lines and boxes that appear on the print preview. Those are print guides and they are non-printing. In other words, we will not actually see these lines appearing in the final print. Instead, they're there for your convenience, essentially just providing a little bit more information about how this image will print. Let's go ahead and take a look at those various options. I'll scroll down to the Guides section of the right panel in the Print module, and you'll see that I have the Show Guides check box turned on and a few of the check boxes below that turned on as well.

The Show Guides check box is essentially a master switch enabling me to turn off or on all of the available options based on the current configuration with a single check box. But I can also specify which individual elements of those guides I'd like to include, so I can turn off or on the rulers that appear at the top and left edge of the Preview area. Those rulers obviously can be helpful in terms of getting a better sense of what size paper we're printing to, and therefore what size image I'll end up with. I can also determine whether or not I want to see the Page Bleed option.

And with that check box turned on, we'll see a faint shaded area indicating the non-printable area of the page based on the current margin settings. The Margins and Gutters check box will determine whether or not lines will show the extent of the margins that have been defined, and the Image Cells check box determines whether or not we will see a black box identifying the edge of the image cell. So in this case, for example, I can see that I have an eight by ten inch cell for my image but because I have turned off the option to zoom the image to fill the available space, I have an image that's a little bit smaller than that available space.

And speaking of that smaller image, I can see the dimensions of the actual image as it will be printed by turning on the Dimensions check box. So again, while I have an eight by ten inch cell here, you can see that the image itself will be printed at about six and two-thirds inches by ten inches because again, I have not zoomed the image to fill the available space. So it's going to print just a little bit smaller than the image cell that was defined with this template. Of course, those non-printable details can be very helpful as we're setting up a print layout, but we can also interact with the guides that define the image cell.

For example, I can work directly on the image and adjust the size of that cell. Notice that as I adjust the right edge, for example, by dragging the guide in the Preview area, that the actual width value under Cell Size is being updated. So, I can interact with the cell directly within the Preview area. And obviously, if I have the Show Guide check box turn off, that would be a little bit more difficult because while I'm able to interact with that guide, I can't actually see it. So, in most cases, I'd like to have the Show Guides check box turned on and some or even all of the available options turn on below.

But when you want to get a better sense of how the image is actually going to look on the printed page, you can simply turn off the Show Guides check box and turn it on again as needed. And again, the key thing to keep in mind is that those guides, while very helpful, are not printable. They're just there to help you get a better sense of your overall print layout and they will not appear in the final print.

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