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Creating Prints and Books is part of author Chris Orwig's investigation of Adobe Lightroom 5, and focuses on the Print and Books modules, which can be used to create high-quality prints and proofs and design custom layouts for books. Chris briefly reviews how to correct and paint away gamut issues and other problems in the Develop module and shows how to take advantage of templates and collections. The course also shows how to adjust print job settings for contact sheets, single image prints, and print packages, and the final chapters guide photographers through the step-by-step process of building and printing a book from Lightroom.
A bonus chapter introduces a quick condensed workflow for experienced designers who want to learn about changes to the process in Lightroom 5.
Let's take a look at how we can start to work with the print module. And in particular, let's look at how we can work with the print module layout templates. Well, here I am in the Library module. How can I navigate to the print module? Well, we've already seen that what we can do is go to one of our collections and click on the arrow, it would jump to the print module. What about those situations where we're not using a print collection, we're just clicking on a folder of images. How can we navigate to the print module? Well, in these situations, you can either click on the Print button, up here in the module picker, or you can press a shortcut.
The shortcut's really handy. On a Mac, that's Cmd+P. On Windows, it's Ctrl+P. And once we navigate into this print module, what we're going to do is open up a few panels. I want you to open up the Layout Style panel and also the Template Browser. Next, open up the Lightroom templates folder, and then click on the first template. When you do this, you'll see your image inside of this view. Now, in order to change the image, all that we need to do is to click on a different image, down here, in our film strip, and we can see how that's updated above.
This particular template, well this one is a single image, or contact sheet layout style. What about the next one? Well, the next one's completely different. This one is picture package. Picture package is designed to allow you to print one image in multiple sizes. In this way, you can kind of save paper by including this image in different sizes on one page. Well, what about the next option, the next Layout Style custom package, what's that all about? Well, if we scroll down in our Template Browser, you'll see that you'll have some custom layouts here.
I'll click on one which is custom 1 over 2. Next, I want to add an image to this layout, so I'm going to drag and then drop to add an image to one of these cells. To add another image to another cell, again, it's just as simple as drag and drop. Okay, well, what's the big deal? What's custom package all about? Well, custom package, as you can see, allows you to have more than one image on one page. Where picture package limited it. It was the same image repeated over and over again.
And then, we had single image or contact sheet. Well, single image or contact sheet, it was nice. We could have one image there, yet it was a little bit locked down, we couldn't move that. With custom package what you can do is click on one of the cells and simply click and drag in order to change its size. And you can see that I'm' doing that here and I can reposition this in any way that I see fitting in order to create a different type of a layout with these photographs. It's really free-form. It's really flexible. Okay, well, what are some other options that we have here? If you scroll down to the bottom, you'll have a few options, which are actually pretty simple. What I want to do is I want to select a few images, and I want to include those images in one of these Template layouts.
So, here I'll go ahead and click on one image in my filmstrip. Hold down Cmd or Ctrl, click on another and then hold down Cmd or Ctrl and click on a third. I now have three images targeted in the filmstrip below. Next step, I'm going to click on thisTriptych template here. When I do that, we can see that we now have those three images visible on the screen. The problem, of course, is that this Tryptich, it doesn't really make sense in a vertical orientation. It's kind of awkward.
What I need to do is to change my overall page orientation. We can do that by clicking on Page Setup. Go ahead and click on Page Setup, and we'll talk more about this dialogue later, but for now I'm just going to flip my orientation so that it's horizontal and click OK. And you can see now that this makes much more sense for these photographs. In order to change the view here or change the crop of these pictures, just click in that window and I can drag this, and you can see how we drag these around in order to change this. To change a little bit of the layout, or the feel, of this Triptych. There also are some really simple layouts, let's say like Fine Art Mat. Well, here with Fine Art Mat, you can see I have this image, just in the center of the page.
It's a nice layout, it looks really elegant and clean. You also may have picked up, that I still have my three images selected. Well, down below, it shows me I'm on page 1 of 3. I can also navigate to those other pages using these navigational buttons. Now, if ever you want to try the previous orientation that we had, the horizontal, just go back to your Page Setup, really simple. Click on the other option here, and then click OK, and you can try this template out in this orientation. And again, what I'm trying to illustrate here is how you can start to have some flexibility with working with these templates.
What you want to do if you're new to working with the templates is hover over them so that you can start to preview what they might look like. If you see one that you think might be interesting, well click on it. As you click on it, pay attention to what layout style it is, and as you do that it will tell you if you can move things around a little bit. You can see that as I choose these different options, it's highlighting my layout style, reminding me that, oh yeah, picture package? That's about one image, lay it out on a page one or more times.
And again, as you make those selections you'll start to teach yourself about how you can access these templates in order to speed up your overall layout and printing workflow.
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