Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Customizing the layout of a single image, part of Lightroom 4 Essential Training: 3 Creating Prints & Books.
Let's dig in to customizing the Print Layout Style, and let's start off by looking at a Single Image Layout Style. Here I've selected this image, jared_01, and I clicked on the very first Lightroom Template, (1)4 x 6. Next, let's go over to our Layout Style panel. Here you can see we have different Layout Styles. You may have noticed that as we click on these Layout Styles, the panels below change; Custom and Picture Package have the same set of panels while Single Image, it has a few different options or panels here.
One of the first places you want to go is the Guides. Here we want to turn on these guides. This shows us the ruler, the page bleed, the margins and gutters, also the image cell itself and the dimensions. If any of this information is distracting, you can turn it off by simply clicking on the check boxes here, or you can turn on the options which you find to be most valuable or helpful. The great thing about all of this information or all of this view, all of these guides, is that it can kind of help us figure out how to position an image in the page.
It also can show us where to position our cursor to make changes. Hover over one of those guides, your cursor changes and you can click and drag up and down or left and right. All right, well now that we've talked about our Guides, let's go ahead and close that for a moment and open up Image Settings. Well currently we have our Image Settings to Zoom to Fill. Turn that off and the image -- well, it will just fit inside of that window, it won't fill up the cell entirely. Click Zoom to Fill, and it will fill it up completely.
Next, Rotate to Fit. This is fascinating. Let's say that I make this cell much more tall. Well what happen eventually is the image will automatically rotate or flip. It will flip to fit inside of this space so that it fits most effectively in that and it will do that if we have Rotate to Fit turned on. All right, well, what about Repeat One Photo per Page? In order to see that, we need to go to a different Template. Let's go down to one of our Contact Sheet templates. If we have that selected and then click on Repeat One Photo per Page, you can see it's going to repeat that photo and the photo will fill up all of the cells on that page. Okay, well now that we've seen that, let's go back to our basic template here, 4 x 6.
Well here what I want to do is I want to rotate the image. So we'll click and drag up as we've seen before, so that that fits inside of this little window area. Next, let's look at our Layout options. We'll go ahead and open up the Layout panel. And in the Layout panel, the first option we have is Ruler Units. Here is our ruler up top. It's 8.5 x 11; telling us the size of our paper. We can change this to other dimensions like Centimeters, Millimeters, etc. We also have the ability to change our Margins and Page Grid, Cell Size and Cell Spacing.
Let's take a look at those. Well margins, what they do is they push in. They limit where the image can be displayed. As I increase my margin, I have less space for my image. I'll exaggerate this so we can see that we've only left a little bit of space for the image there. Increase this, well, it just opens up the space for that image cell. And that's how those margins work. Page Grid, we've already talked about that. Here I can add more cells. And again, we can have one or more here depending on the intent for the print.
If we have more than one Row or Column, well then Cell Spacing; Vertical or Horizontal shows up. And we can customize that as we've seen previously. All right, well here, I'm going to go back just to one because that's all I want on this page. Next, we have the Cell Size. We can use these sliders to increase or decrease the cell size. This is the same thing that we did when we hovered over those guides. If you move the guide, you also will notice it will move the slider here. The last option in Layout is to Keep Square.
What that will do is as we make these changes, well both Height and Width, they'll move at the same time. If you want to make this change, let's say we make this big here and the image isn't in the right spot, well click on it. Here we can move it and reposition that image so that it fits inside of this square. All right! Well we have a little bit more to talk about in regards to the Single Image Layout Style. Let's continue to work with this image and this layout and let's do that in the next movie.
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.
- 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 from Blurb