Join Colin Smith for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating custom identity plates and using logos for end markers, part of Lightroom 1.3 for Digital Photographers.
Have you ever noticed that when you move into a new house, it doesn't really feel like your home until you move in some of your furniture? Well, in this lesson I am going to show you how to customize and personalize your copy of Lightroom so you can feel truly at home. There are two different things we're going to change. The first one, if you look at the top here in the top left, you see where it says Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and then the version number. We can change this. This area is actually called the Identity Plate. And then the second thing is if you look at the bottom of these panels-- let's twirl up the other panel here, so you can see at the bottom of each panel. We have got this little flourish, this little ornament, and we can change these ornaments, we can customize them, and we can even put in our own personal logos. I am going to show you how to do that right now.
Let's go under Edit, and then we're going to go to the Identity Plate setup. Now that we're in the Identity Plate setup, you will notice here it has an option that says Enable Identity Plate. Currently, that's turned off, and when it's off, it shows the Lightroom logo. So let's turn it on. Now, when we turn it on, currently it's set to Custom. And you can see that we have got this text here which says Lightroom. We can change that, we can put our own name in there. Let me select that first, and now I can put my own name in there, and notice that it appears up there, Colin Smith. I can select it.
There are different things we can do with this. We can change the typeface. For example, let's change it to a Papyrus, and that looks very interesting. We can change the size of it, let's drop it down a little bit, say to 24. We can make it bold. We can even change the Color. So let's grab a yellowish color, and we'll just click OK to apply that, notice that it's changed. Another thing we could do if we wanted, we could even select the second letter, and we can change it independently.
We could use a different color on there and notice that there we can change that. So there are a lot of interesting things you can do just with this text. At the same time if we look on the other side here, here is the text that marks the different modules, we can change these too. These are the module picker buttons. If you'll notice here, we can change the font. We can change the typeface, the size of it, and you notice here that there are two different colors here, the first one is the selected color and the second one is the inactive color.
So let's choose the white, and why don't we change this to like an orange color? Let's select a nice orange. There, so there is an orange there, and then we're going to click OK. And notice now that the selected module is now going to appear in orange. In fact, we'll leave it like this, because this is quite useful. It makes it a lot easier to see which one is the active module. Now that we have set this up, we can actually save this as a preset. So if we choose, under Custom, when we choose Save As, we can call it Colins setup and click Save.
So now we could do different types of setups, and at any time we could change, I could go back to the default, and that's actually one that I saved earlier on, it goes back to how it was, or I can go back to Colins setup. So we can quickly change out different identity plates. Let's take this a little bit further. For the identity plate, we can actually use our logo. So in this case, let's choose a graphical identity plate, and now we want to locate our file. We click here, and we're going to locate our file, and here I have a file here.
I have my logo, and this is saved out as a PNG file, and you can see the files here, it could be a JPEG, a PNG, it could be a Bitmap, BMP, a GIF, or a TIF, and if you're on the Mac, it could also be an Illustrator file--or actually you want to save it out though it was an EPS, on Windows though, that's not supported, and then we'll click Open, and notice there we can apply our logo. So we can save this as another setup here. We'll save this as Colin logo and then click Save.
So now I can change this at anytime. I just can go here to the Colins setup, and I can have my name, or I can have my logo. Let's keep the logo in there and click OK. Now, whenever we launch Lightroom, we're going to see this, we're going to see our logo at the top here, and then as we go into the different panels here, you will see that those are now going to appear in orange. So that's the first thing, and that's a lot of fun. The next thing we want to do, let's look at changing these little flourishes here, and let's--what we're going to do is we're going to go under Edit > Preferences, and this is something that was added later on into some of the newer builds, the original build of Lightroom didn't enable you to do this, and this is the Panel End Mark.
We can actually change this now from a Flourish to a Small Flourish, we can change it to a Box. As you can see, it will be very small there, a Leaf, different types of ornaments. One of my favorites here is the Tattoo, it's kind of nice looking, and you will notice on both sides that that's changed. But we can take that a step further, and what we're going to do is if we go to the very end here, it says Go to Panel End Marks Folder, and what that does is it actually launches the folder in your Lightroom directory, we'll double-click it there, and currently there is nothing in there.
What we're going to do though is we're actually going to drag in a PNG image. So what I need to do is I need to go in here, I want to minimize this, so we'll just click OK for now, and now I am just going to minimize Lightroom. Now, what I am going to do is I am going to take an image here, I've got my logo here, and this is saved as a PNG file, and I am just going to drag that in here, I can copy it in actually. So that's a PNG with a transparent background.
Now, let's go back to Lightroom and then if we go under Edit again, and we go to Preferences, now if we go to the End Mark, notice that our custom PNG is showing. So whatever you drop into that folder will appear automatically in this menu. So let's click it, and there we go. You can see my personal logo there and then click OK. So now we have customized, fully customized and personalized our copy of Lightroom. We've got the colors, how we like them at the top, we have got our logo in there, and we have even got our logos in there as the Panel End Markers.
There's nothing more frustrating than having hundreds of digital pictures clogging up one's hard drive. Photoshop Lightroom 1.3 for Digital Photographers teaches picture-takers how to import, organize, develop, and output images with ease. Instructor Colin Smith breaks down even the most complex tasks into quick and easy-to-understand techniques, and demonstrates multiple methods that work in real-world situations. He teaches photographers how to work efficiently with metadata; create custom keyword sets; and understand Lightroom's ratings, flags, and labels. Colin also shares some of his secret tips!
- Importing images from a hard drive
- Working with the panels efficiently
- Understanding and managing catalogs
- Customizing the HTML galleries
- Adding music to slideshow presentations
- Converting grayscale images