Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Customizing type: Part one, part of Lightroom 5 Essentials: 05 Creating Prints and Books.
In the previous movie we looked at how we can begin to work with the Text panel in order to add Photo Text and Page Text. In this movie, I want to take things a bit further. And here we'll look at how we can customize the way that the text appears by working with the type panel. So let's go ahead and open up the Type panel and then scroll down a little bit. One of the first things that you'll notice is that we have a lot of different type controls. We'll be talking about these various controls. You'll also notice that all of these controls are grayed out. Well they're grayed out because we haven't selected a photograph or a text field.
Here if we click into a text field like the Demo Page Text, you can notice that all of these controls are now illuminated. Well you can highlight this text field by Clicking and Dragging, when you do that you can then change some of the characteristics. Let's start up here at the top, we can choose a different font. I'll select a different font from this pull-down menu. And we can also choose if this is Italic or Bold. I'll select bold for my title text here which we have on this page. Then we can increase the size if we want to change it's Opacity.
We can use this slider which will allow us to have text which has less Opacity. Now this just looks like it's creating a light gray tone. Yet if we position this over the images, and then use the Opacity slider. You notice how it allows us to have text which is transparent and sometimes for certain projects that can be helpful. Alright, well after we've customized this text, what I want to do is take a look at how we can work with these other fields. In order to really highlight that we need to choose a different layout. So here, let's go scroll back to our area where we can customize what text is displayed Now I'm going to turn off the Page Text for a moment.
What I want to do then is change the layout, so that we can have a layout where we can focus in on how these different text options actually work. Here let's click on the icon which allows us to access the different layout options. And let's select the option for One photo and then scroll down, until you find an option where you have one photo and some copy. How about this one here? Let's go ahead and click on that item. You can see that we have the image here, and I'm going to go ahead and change its zoom rate. So we can see a little bit more of this photograph, I think it's fun to have more of this picture here, in the frame.
Then we have the caption below, then we have another area where we can add some more copy. Well let's begin with the caption. Click into the caption area and then Click and Drag to highlight it. Now most captions are typically really small and they're also often very faint. So what I want to do is change this to a grey tone. I also want to change its size. To make those changes we'll work with the Type panel. Here I'll go ahead and Click the Drag and Size slider to the left. Now keep in mind that while this font may be impossible for you to read, it still is an 11 point font.
It's just that because we're zoomed pretty far out on this page it looks really small. What you want to do is pay attention to your font size and think about how that will relate to the final printed page. Here we can click on the Color Chip. In the Color Chip we can choose various colors as you can see here. Or we can choose something, maybe a nice light gray, and that would then allow us to have a really subtle caption underneath the photograph. Well next I want to add some copy to this right hand side. And I'm going to type out a few words. You can type out whatever you want. I'm going to go ahead and type out, color, line, shape, and form.
And I'm going to type out these words because in a sense this is what this photograph is about. Here I'm actually going to copy these by highlighting them, and then by pressing Cmd+C on a Mac Ctrl+C on Windows. And then by pasting by pressing Cmd+V on a Mac or Ctrl+V on Windows. And I'm just going to do this so that I have a few lines of copy here. Most importantly I want to have some demo copies so that I can begin to customize it so that I can show you how all of our type controls actually work.
Well to begin to change this area, we'll go ahead and highlight whatever copy you have added in that area on your project. Let's begin by changing the size. Sometimes if you have a larger size you can better understand how the other controls work. We've already talked about Opacity, so I'll skip that, so let's jump straight to tracking. Tracking allows us to do is to change the space between all of the letters, notice how we can add more or less space between these letters. Baseline really depends upon our alignment.
Here at Baseline, we can Click and Drag right to move this up or we can click and drag down to move this down. Now I mentioned alignment. You'll notice that there are a number of different alignment buttons here. We can change the alignment, say to the bottom of the page and then as I use the baseline sider, you can see how we can move that or change that from that area. We can also chose options which will change the justification of this or we can have the copy, Right Justified or Centered or left justified as well. All right, well after having customizing these controls, I actually want to reset them.
Just double-click the slider and that will reset it to the default settings. We can change the lead in here as we do that, it will change the space between the lines that we have in this text field. Or if we click off of the highlighted text what we can do is click between letters. That will then allow us to change the Kerning or the space between individual letters as you can see here. Now so far we've been making adjustments to this entire group of text. Yet we can also highlight a single word. Here I'll highlight the word color and I will increase the Size of that word, so that you can see how I'd have a really big version of that particular word. I can also change other characteristics here as well. I'll click on the Color Chip and I'll add some color to this, and perhaps what I want to do is try to find a nice blue for that.
I'll go ahead and close that and you can see that we now have this particular color showing up in that word. While you can select the entire text field, you can also select individual letters or individual words, and then customize those further. As you start to make changes with these areas, if you notice that you make some changes perhaps by highlighting a few areas. And just modifying things a little bit, and if things get a little bit messy in regards to some of these changes. You can use this auto leading button which will then bring some of those back to normal.
And you can also double click your sliders. An addition, which will also bring those values back to normal. Now when you have text, like we have here. You'll notice that some of the text extends past this little box. If I were to highlight all of this, and change the size of this text, what would happen is I would be able to change the size of all of the text. Except for this last word which was outside of that text area. Well, if ever that happens just decrease the size until you can see everything and then re-select all of those values.
Here we'll click on Auto Leading and Auto Kerning to bring that back to normal. And then we'll change the size. Notice that as I made that next size change it brought all of these values back to normal. And here I simply wanted to highlight how you can reset some of these values in case you make a mistake. Another way obviously to do this is to simply delete the text and then o re ad it again and that way it will give you a fresh start. Well either way, now we've started to see how we can customize the text that appears in this area to the right of the photograph.
In this case, rather than having this color in this, what I want to do is change this a little bit more. So I'll go ahead and bring this back to a nice perhaps a dark gray. And I'm going to decrease the size, so that this text field is a little bit smaller. So that we have a caption underneath the photograph, and then some copy to the right explaining perhaps a bit about this particular photograph. Then click off of the image, in order to be able to evaluate how the Typography is integrating into your overall design. And yet, there is a little bit more that I want to talk about in regards to Typography, and the Type panel.
So let's go ahead, and leave this Page Layout open. As we'll continue to work with it 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