Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Changing the layout, part of Lightroom 5 Essential Training: 5 Creating Prints & Books.
So far in this course, we've been focusing our attention on the interior of our book project, and that's typically the best place to start. You want to begin with the interior so you can get that right, and then next you want to shift your focus to the exterior. Here we'll look at how we can begin to design the front and the back cover. Go ahead a click on to either one of those pages and then click on the icon that allows us to zoom in on this particular spread, where we have the front and the back cover photographs. Now these particular photographs were selected for us because we performed Auto-Layout at the beginning of the project.
So obviously, we need to select some other pictures. Now when it comes to choosing photographs for the front or the back cover, what I like to think about is to try to choose an image where there's some negative space or the image isn't very complicated because. We're going to need to include some typography on the cover and also on the back page. So what you'll want to do is scroll through your photographs until you find one which might work. In this case, I found one here, so I'll drag and drop that on to the page, and then I'll also bring this one over as well, so that the front and the back cover have a similar color palette, and look, and feel. They just have distinct or different images.
And so again as you start to look for those photographs that might work, just keep in mind that you will be needing to add some typography to these pages as well. Also keep in mind that you can get a little bit creative here, and so what I want to do next is share with you an advanced technique. And this is a technique that you might consider using if you want to have tow images which are mirrored on the front, in the back cover. Let me show you how this would work. Let's select this image which is on the cover, and what I'm going to do is create a virtual copy, which is flip-flop, so that we can kind of have this interesting mirror version of this photograph, in two places.
So again, select the cover photo then navigate to the develop module. Once we're in the develop module, one of the things that we can do here is create a virtual copy so that we can then process this copy in a different way. And that's exactly what I want to do. To create a virtual copy, you press Cmd+Apostrophe on a Mac, or Ctrl+Apostrophe on Windows. Notice that in the film strip below, we now have two versions of the same exact photograph. Well on the virtual copy version, I want to transform the image.
I want to flip flop this horizontally. To do that you can Right Click or Control Click on the image. Next, in this menu, you're looking for the action of transform. So again, right click, or control click on the image, select transform, and then choose, flip horizontal. This is just an interesting way to flip flop one of your photographs. Here you can see, I now have a newer version of the original image. Well now that we've created this here in the developed module, we are going to navigate back to the book module. In the book module what we can do, is we can change our bat cover photograph to the virtual copy.
Let's go ahead and click and drag and drop that into this area, and here you can see how we have these interesting lines, which almost connect here on the spine. Then this way we kind of have a mirror image or an image that is wrapping around the entire book project. Now you don't necessarily need to do this, but I just wanted to show you this technique to get you to begin to think creatively about how you might use images as you start to design the cover of your book project. In other situations, you may want to go for something which is more simple. Again, how you design the cover is completely up to you, and it's also all about your vision for the project.
With this particular project, I'm going to go ahead and bring back the other image which we had, because I think that actually worked a little bit better. Especially because this book will be folded closed and I want people to have a similar experience, but yet to see two different images here, on the front and the back. Well either way, now that we've designed or added some photographs to the front and the back, our next focus is to begin to think about the title of this book project. And what I want to do in the next movie, is talk about a creative approach to selecting a book title, for your project.
A bonus chapter introduces a quick condensed workflow for experienced designers who want to learn about changes to the process in Lightroom 5.
- Creating better prints by soft proofing
- Choosing a soft proof rendering input
- Creating a custom template
- Customizing the print layout style
- Adjusting print to JPG settings
- Reviewing prints
- Creating collections for a book project
- Using Auto Layout
- Using guides and cell controls
- Swapping image position in a book
- Changing the book background
- Working with typography
- Adding captions
- Designing a book cover
- Exporting to PDF
- Ordering a printed copy of your book from Blurb