Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating collections for your book project, part of Lightroom 5 Essential Training: 5 Creating Prints & Books.
You know, for me the whole process of designing a custom book is a ton of fun, and it's really rewarding. You know, one of the first steps that you want to take in this process, is to select and then group together the photographs that you want to work on in a book project. One of the ways that you can do that in Lightroom, is by using collections. Here in this movie, I want to focus in on how we can create collection sets. And also on how we can create collections, in order to group our photographs together so that later we can use those photographs in a few different projects. Let's begin by working in the Collections panel.
Here, in the collections panel, we'll click on the plus icon and choose, Create a Collection Set, create our first creation set. Let go and name this one, Book-Projects. In this way we can have all our books organized in one area. Click Create. In order to create that empty collection set, and don't worry while it's empty now, we'll be filling it up later. Next, let's click on the plus icon and let's create another set. This time, let's create a set for a print project, so that we can separate these two. Here we'll go ahead and name this one Print-Projects.
And then click Create. And once you've created a set, you can add collections to it, by simply clicking and dragging and dropping. Notice how I can bring those other print collections into this set here. And then we can close this in order to tuck those away. All right. Well, now that we've started to organize things here a little bit here in the Collections panel. Let's work on our book projects. Here we'll begin by clicking on the folder, Concert Hall. Now, I want to use each and everyone of these photographs in this folder. To select all of those, press Cmd+A on a Mac or Ctrl+A on Windows. Think A for all.
Once we've selected all of those, we have two options for how we can create a collection. You can either click on the plus icon. And choose Create Collection, or if you prefer to use shortcuts press Cmd+N on a Mac or Ctrl+N on Windows. Think N for new collection. Here we'll go ahead and click on this menu item, and this will open our Create Collection dialogue. In this case, I'm going to go ahead and name this one Concert Hall. I want this one to be inside of a collection set, Book Projects, because this will be a book project. Next, what we can do is include the selected photos, the ones that we've selected there in the background.
And then no need to make virtual copies with this one or to set this as a target collection. So leave those two options turned off or unchecked. Next, we'll click the Create button, and what this will do, is it will create this collection here for us. Now, let's say that we know that we're going to create a few other book projects as well. Well, while we're here, we might as well do our organizational work of selecting those photographs in creating those collections. So here, let's go back to the folder which is titles Family Book. These are some pictures that were captured by one of my former students of myself and my family. And I want to include all of these in a book project. Again, Cmd+A on a Mac or Ctrl+A on Windows to select those photographs. Then, let's click on the plus icon here and choose Create Collection. You know, sometimes as you create collections you may forget to rename the collection here.
And just for the sake of demo, I'm going to leave this on the default name, and then look at how we can rename this later. So, let's go ahead and leave the name as is. We want this one to be inside of the collection set Book Projects, and include these selected photos once again. Here we'll click on the Create button. Well, if you ever you realize that you forgot to name a collection or if you have a typo in the name, you can always right-click it or Ctrl+click it. This will open up the contectual menu, choose from this menu, Rename. I'll go ahead and name this one, Family-Book, and then click Rename.
This then will allow me to have this collection here, as you can see in our collection set. Well, these particular photographs, they're color or they're sepia tone, well let's say that we want to create another book project. Or we're interested in possibly creating another book project, where we have all of these photographs, except they are black and white and grayscale. Well, in order to do that, we want to select the photographs. Notice that they're already selected here. If they weren't, we could go back to the folder, press Cmd+A on a Mac or Ctrl+A on Windows. And then, click on the plus icon and choose Create Collection.
When you're creating a collection where you want to have a little bit of variety or you want something which is different, what you want to do is make sure you give it a different name, family book, black and white. You can save it in the same location, but now what we want to do, is we want to turn the option to make new virtual copies. And the reason why I want to do this, is so I can have all of the color photographs in this project here. Then, so that we can have these virtual copies, which we can process in a different way. In this case, so that these photographs are black and white. This might be helpful especially, say if you're a wedding photographer, and you're creating a book project, or you want one book in color and one in black and white, or if you just want to experiment with in different ways and process your photographs.
All right. Well either way, here, we'll rename this family book black and white inside of our collection set and then turn on these two check boxes and then click Create. After having done that, what it will do is build virtual copies for us, which are now located here in this collection. Next, what I need to do is process these images in a new way. To do that, we'll navigate to the develop module. Tap the D key or click on the develop module button in order to navigate to that module. And what I want to do, is quickly convert all of these images to black and white.
One easy way to do that is to press Cmd+A on a Mac, Ctrl+A on Windows, to select all of those photographs. Then we can click on the Sync button. In the Sync button, what I want to do is make sure that I'm going to synchronize the settings across all of these files. Now, if we know that we're going to synchronize just perhaps the color or whatever it is, we could choose any of those options, or we can choose Check All to synchronize all of these settings. Here, I'll go ahead and do that, and then click Synchronize. Now after having done that, I'm going to click on the flip switch to turn the Auto-sync option on and then go to the Basic panel.
In the Basic panel we have a Color Treatment button. Let's choose Black and White. This will allow me to convert all of these images to black and white. As you can see in the film strip down below. As we scroll through these photo's, you can see how it's updating all of these new pictures with these processing settings. Then, if we navigate back to the library module. What we'll see is we now have a collection here, which includes black and white photographs. The same photographs that we have in a different collection, Family Book, which are color and also have some sepia tone in them.
And so really, what I'm trying to highlight here is that, what you want to do before you begin to work in the book project, is you want to group and organize your images together. That may mean working in the Collections panel and creating some sets and also some collections. It also may mean working in the develop module, in order to develop and process your photographs, so that they are ready, so that they are good to go. Well, after you've done all of this organizational work, you're now ready to head to the next step. So let's go ahead and wrap this movie up here, and then we'll pick up where we're leaving off in the next movie.
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