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Creating Prints and Books is part of author Chris Orwig's investigation of Lightroom 4, the image management and editing tool from Adobe, 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 and other print projects. 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.
For more training on Lightroom, watch Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module and Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Enhancing Photos with the Develop Module.
This movie is going to be a little bit more creative and conceptual. And here I want to share with you a little bit of my thought process when it comes to working with language and thinking about your photographs. And my hope is that these will help you evaluate your own pictures and come up with some interesting ways to work with language and your photographs. As I start to think about these pictures, I reflect upon why I took them. I took these pictures about a week ago. I was visiting a friend who plays at the L.A. Philharmonic.
And the L.A. Phil, well their home is the Disney Concert Hall. And my friend who's a musician, he said you know many people say you can't take a bad picture of the Disney Concert Hall. And people say that about all sorts of subjects, sometimes they say it about celebrities or about the Golden Gate Bridge or about the Brooklyn Bridge, or about these iconic places like the Grand Canyon. You can't take a bad picture there. Well for some photographers, those comments are a little bit stifling.
Well the photographs have been made, what can I contribute? It's kind of easy, why would I even take those pictures? Well I found in my own experience, I take pictures so that I change. Not just to create something new, not to create something that hasn't been created before. But to change who I am. And that's why I capture these photographs. Taking them made me reflect upon this building, upon my life, upon color, upon light, upon form. So that's the raw material that I have to work with when I'm thinking about the title for these photographs.
Well the next thing that I do is, after I start thinking, I jot down some ideas. And then I go straight to this web site. It's called The Visual Thesaurus. I want to open that up for you here. And this is a site that you have to pay for, although you can use it on a trial basis as well. I start to type in words here like the word title, and then I'll just click LOOK IT UP and it will open up this window. Here you can see it defines the word title. It's a noun and there are words that are associated with it. We can look at synonyms or antonyms.
And then I'll go and look for other words. What are these photographs about? Well they were about color. And here you can see this Visual Thesaurus of all of these different colors. What kind of color was it? What was vivid? I can click on other words and it will lead me to other places. I'll also type out other words like these pictures while they were about light. I'll get ideas about light, luminosity, buoyancy, all these words they kind of are leading me in some sort of a direction.
Then I'll think about the structure, how it was shining. It was a light reflecting off of that. And here, I see a word that kind of catches my eye. At least for me reflect. Yeah, that's what these photographs were about. It was about how light was reflecting on the structure. But also, how it was reflecting on, how I create photographs and how and why I make pictures. As I see this word it makes me think of these quote that I read recently by Joseph Pierce, "seen within changes one's outer vision." In other words reflecting internally would affect what you see externally.
That's the perfect title for these set of pictures. So again, now that I arrived at that, I'll go back to Lightroom. Now here in Lightroom I'm done with my conceptual creative work at least in regards to thinking of the idea. Now I need to figure out how to implement this. So here's where we go back to our cover and we'll zoom in on that. And I know that I have some Type tools. Yet these Type tools they're a little bit rudimentary. If we go to Caption, well I could add a photo caption say to these page here, but it's going to be really small.
I'll type out the word Reflect. Well I know how to change that. I can press Command+A or Control+A in order to highlight that text field. Next, I can go to the Type panel. In the Type panel, I'm going to increase the size of this font. All right, now we're talking, we're getting closer. I'll change the color here, I want to go to white, I want these to be really vivid. Next what I can do is I can change its position. I'll go back to my Caption panel. Do you remember how we can offset things? Well here, I'm going to go ahead and change my offset.
Well rather than having this on the left, I want it on the right, so back down to the Type panel. Basically you're going to ping-pong or bounce back and forth between these two panels. In this case I'll go down and I'll right-justify this. Okay well I think that's pretty cool, but it's a little bit too close to the line. Let's zoom in. When we zoom in on this, what we see is -- let's zoom in even further perhaps, and then move over here to the right, is that it's really close to my text safe area. So what I might want to do is I might want to click inside of this field here and change that.
So we could go ahead and click inside of there and move it over a little bit by adding a little bit of kerning here. So I'll go ahead and increase that and just push that over to the left a little bit. All right, perfect. So while I'm using some tools which may be say, a little bit crude, in other words I can't just click and create a Type field. I've been able to create a title which is getting close to working. If we go to a one-to-one view or Fit in View. I am kind of liking that, I like how that fits on the page, I like how stark it is and I think it works up there.
Well, next I need to add some more typography here. I need to add some more information, not just one word but perhaps other words, perhaps my name. Well let's take a look at how we can continue to work with this cover and let's do that in the next movie.
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