Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Essential Print shortcuts, part of Exploring Lightroom: Power Shortcuts.
- Here we're going to highlight a few helpful shortcuts when we're interested in working in the print module. Well here I am in the develop module and often what happens is we'll be working on photographs, and we'll come across an image and we'll decide, you know what I want to create a print. This is a photograph of my daughter with one of her best buds. In order to jump over to the print module press cmd + p on a Mac or ctrl + p on Windows. That will bring you over to this module where you can start to create your own custom print layout. When it comes to working with prints and saving the print layout, you have a couple of options.
Here I'm just going to turn on my guides for a moment, and I'm just going to change the way this appears. Perhaps I want the image to be a little bit smaller on the page. You can see how I'm customizing the overall look that we have here in this layout. Now, next I'll turn off my guides and if I want to save this, let me make this a little bit more accurate so it looks a little bit better. Maybe something like that looks pretty good. Alright, right in there. And then I'll turn the guides off. If I want to save this out as a template, I'm going to press cmd + n on a Mac, think n for new template.
Ctrl + n on Windows. And I'll just go ahead and CO, I'll name this one CO for my initials, and Demo. And I'll click create, and you can see how that will save that here for me as a template. The reason why you want to create templates is you can reuse them and so you can print other images in the same way. Now often what may happen is you may work to create a print which has a lot of images in it and you want to save that. So for example, if we go up to our templates here, what I'm going to do is choose an option where I have multiple images, and I'm going to create an option like this, where I have a contact sheet and then I'll select all of these photos here.
You can see all of these images, and what we might want to do is perhaps change the layout a little bit. I'm going to go ahead and diminish the number, or reduce the number of rows and columns that we have here. And you can see how we have this all on one page. Now if ever we want to save this out, and we want to save this as a collection, to do that we're going to press cmd + s on a Mac, or ctrl + s on Windows. And I'll go ahead and just name this CO - Demo - Collection. So again, we'll click Create here. The shortcuts for working with templates are cmd + n on a Mac, ctrl + n on Windows.
The shortcuts for creating a collection are cmd + s on a Mac, or ctrl + s on Windows. Alright, well next, what about actually printing the image? Well before we print, often what we need to do is to kind of go through our page setup properties here. To open that field up, or that dialogue up, press shift + cmd + p, that's for the Mac, or shift + ctrl + p for the Windows. Here we can select our paper and also the printer. Next I'll click Okay. So that's a shortcut for Page Setup, cmd + shift + p on a Mac, ctrl + shift + p on Windows.
Now to go to our Print Settings dialogue, we're going to add another keyboard shortcut to that combo, this time it's going to be cmd + opt + shift + p on a Mac, or ctrl + alt + shift + p. This will open up our print dialogue here, we can choose our printer, and again dial in all of our settings in this dialogue here, as well. Alright, well there you have a few shortcuts which are helpful when working inside of the print module. If you didn't catch any of those because I was going pretty quick here, may be worthwhile to go back and rewatch this brief movie in order to pick up those shortcuts.