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- What is Lightroom used for?
- Importing photos and videos
- Organizing your library with collections
- Adding keywords and ratings to photos
- Cropping and straightening photos
- Adjusting color and white balance
- Reducing digital noise
- Working with video
- Making changes with the Adjustment Brush and Graduated Filter tools
- Sharing photos on Facebook
- Printing photos
Skill Level Beginner
In the last movie I showed you how to create a photo book in Lightroom 4's book module. Using the Book settings to choose the size, the cover, and the paper and then moving to Auto Layout to automatically create an initial layout for the book. In this movie I'll introduce some ways that you can customize that initial preset layout to make it your own. For one thing I'm not wedded to the initial sequence of the photos in this layout. I can swap photos between pages by clicking on a photo on a page and dragging it on top of a photo on another page like that and that swaps the two photos.
Or if I want to replace a photo with another photo from my source folder, I'll go down to the film strip at the bottom of the screen. I'll click on its top border and I'll drag it up to make it larger and then I'm going to scroll and find a photo. I'll select a photo in the film strip and I'll drag it up and I'm going to drop this on my front cover and that replaces the photo that was on the front cover. I'm going to scroll up again to the top of my screen. I also can delete a photo altogether so if I didn't want this photo on the back cover I could select it and press the Backspace or Delete key on my keyboard.
I'm going to scroll down so that you can see that all of the double-page spreads in this layout are the same. Each spread has a photo on the right hand page and then has a blank page on the left. And that's due to the preset design that Auto Layout applied in the last movie but I'm not stuck to that payout on every page. You can change the layout of individual pages. For example I'd like to change the layout of this page so I'll select it and then for a closer view I'll come down and click the spread view icon here and now we can see just that one double page spread with the page that I want to change selected.
The yellow frame around the page means that it is selected. I'll click the arrow at the bottom right of that yellow frame and this brings up a menu of lots of different page templates that I can choose from for this page. The templates are organized into categories so these are all one photo templates. The grey boxes in these templates represent the photo place holders and the lines represent areas for text. I'm going to click on the 2 Photos category and then I'm going to scroll down here and I'll choose this page layout. I'll click it and that replaces the page layout on just this one page.
The photo that was here is now in the top photo place holder and I have room for another photo here. So, I'll come down to my film strip, I'll find a photo that I want, and I'll drag it up and drop it on that place holder. And as before I can swap these photos by dragging from one photo place holder on top of the other. I can also customize the size and placement of a photo inside its photo place holder. To show you that, I'm going to add another page layout over here on the left page, the one that's currently blank. By clicking on that page and then clicking the arrow at the bottom right of its frame, this time I'll go to the 1 Photo category and I'm going to select this first layout.
Then I'll come down to my film strip, I'll find a photo and I'll drag it on top of that photo place holder. This photo is actually being cropped by its place holder because it's a different aspect ratio than the place holder. So to change the size of this photo in the place holder I'll click on it to bring up the Zoom slider and then I can drag right or left. If I were to drag right, that would zoom in on the photo. And by the way, if you do this and you see an exclamation mark like this it means that the photo doesn't have enough information or pixels in it to print well at this size, so what you want to do is back off on the Zoom slider in the other direction until the exclamation mark disappears. But what I want to do is see the entire photo on this page, so I'm going to keep dragging the Zoom slider to the left until I can see my whole photo.
And then I can click on the photo and I can reposition it inside of this place holder if I want to by just dragging and then I'll click off. By the way if you're wondering what this grey line is, this is the text-safe area or the area within which I want to be sure to place any text because sometimes during printing or binding the area outside of this can be compromised. So let's say that I do want to add some text to this page which is another way to make this book my own. I'm going to click and select that photo place holder and then I'll come over to the column on the right and I'll scroll down, and I'll go to the Caption panel.
Here, I'll check photo caption and that brings up this narrow yellow box. This is a text area. I can click in that box and type some text. And then if I want to change the style and the size of the text, I'll highlight it by clicking and dragging over it and then I'll go down to the Type panel here. There are lots of controls here in the Type panel to do everything from changing the font to changing the font size, to all kinds of options if I click this triangle to the right of Character. But for now I'm just going to change the size of this text.
Clicking and dragging the size slider and notice when I do, that yellow frame expands to fit the larger bit of text. And by the way, you are not limited to just captions on photos, you can type multiple lines of text on this pages too, if you wish. Now, I'm going to go back and click on the multi-page view. That will show me all the spreads in the book and I'll scroll back up to the top. Now, lets' say that at this point, I'm happy with the way that the book is shaping up. I haven't saved the book yet so at this point, it's important that I save the work that I've done so far.
To set that up I'm going to open the column of panels on the far left by clicking on the left side of my screen. In here I can see my Collections panel. I'm going to save this book as a kind of collection. I could do that by clicking the plus symbol here on the Collections panel and choosing create book or alternatively I could press the Backslash key on my keyboard and that it brings up this bar, if it's not already showing, and from here I can click create saved book. Both of those methods do the same thing.
They open this Create Book dialog. Here, I'll type a name for a book. I'll call this Italy Book. I'll leave all the other settings at their defaults and I'll click Create. And now here in the Collections panel you can see my new Italy Book. If you're wondering what this book is it's just a book that I created previously on my computer. It's important to remember that from now on, every change that I make to this book in the Book module is going to be automatically saved as part of this Italy book. So for example, if I come in to the Image window and I click on this photo of a tree and drag it over to this page, just swap photos, that change is automatically saved in the Italy Book that you see here on my Collections panel.
So if I like the book as it is right now, and I want to keep it like this, but yet, I also want to experiment with some other changes, then what I should do is duplicate the Italy Book and experiment on the Duplicate book. So I'm going to right click on the Italy Book in my Collections panel and choose Duplicate book. Here is my Italy Book copy and with that one selected, I can come in and make changes without disturbing the original Italy Book. For example let's say that I want to delete this photo altogether, I'll select it and then I'll press the Delete or Backspace key on my keyboard.
Now that change has been made in the Italy Book copy, but if I go back to the original Italy book you can see that, that photo is still there. Now let's say that I'm all done creating my book. I have two options, I can either send the book up to Blurb for printing and binding by coming over and clicking this button, Send Book to Blurb. I'm not going to do that right now because I want to show you that there's another option. And that is, to click this button, Export Book to PDF. I actually often do both, even when I'm sending a book to Blurb for printing and binding, I like to have a reference copy on my computer as a PDF, and I can even share that PDF online.
So, as you've seen, starting with the Preset Design using Auto Layout in the Book module can save you lots of time but then there are many ways that you can customize your Photo Book Layout to make it your own. Lightroom 4 gives you the design tools and the direct path to printing and binding at Blurb that makes creating a photo book in Lightroom 4 a project that you definitely should try.