Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

A creative approach to selecting a book title

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 03 Creating Prints and Books

Video: A creative approach to selecting a book title

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.

A creative approach to selecting a book title

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.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Lightroom 4 Essentials: 03 Creating Prints and Books
Lightroom 4 Essentials: 03 Creating Prints and Books

57 video lessons · 6842 viewers

Chris Orwig
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  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

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now "Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Lightroom 4 Essentials: 03 Creating Prints and Books.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.