Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Making print collections, part of Lightroom 5 Essentials: 05 Creating Prints and Books.
You can use collections in order to group or organize your pictures. And the beauty of collections is that you can group images together from different folders. In other words, collections are not contingent or dependent upon file or folder location. You can have an image or multiple images and collections, and these images can live on different hard drives or in different folders. And we've talked at length about collections when we talked about the library module, in another one of the trainee courses, yet here I want to focus in on print collections. .
Why would you want to create a print collection? What you need to do first is you need to select an image and then navigate to the print module. Well, here in the print module, we have this image and I want to add this to a collection. You may want to create a print collection to kind of ear mark or set aside those pictures that you want to create prints of. In this case I'll go ahead and click on the Plus icon and select Create Print. This will create a print collection. I'm going to name this one Print, just to keep things simple, and I want to include only this photo, only the photo I have selected.
Here I'll click Create. I now have a print collection with one image in it. The great thing about working with collections which are specific to modules like collections for print, slideshow, for web, etc., is that they'll have different icons. The Print icon is a little printer there. So, when I go back to the library module, I'll be able to know that his collection, well this one was a set of images that I earmarked for the print module. I can add more pictures to this collection, say go to the photos folder, and here I could scroll down and choose another picture like this one here. Simply click and drag it to the collection.
Now it's part of that set, or that group, or collection. Another way we can work with collections, just to highlight, is we can have images from multiple folders. For example, I have some pictures here in this folder, Mason Family, and also some pictures in this folder, Narrative Photography. I want both of these folders to become one print collection. How do we do that? Well you can target one folder by clicking on it, then hold down Cmd on Mac, Ctrl on Windows, and click on the other folder.
So now I have all of these images visible in the film strip down below. Next step, head over to the print module, in the print module you're going to create a new collection, click on your plus icon, click on Create Print, and this time I'm going to name this one Mason because these photographs are all of different family members of the Mason family. In this case I want to turn this option off, I want to include every photo, every photo that I have in my film strip And I'll click on Create. Now here you can see I have a print collection which has all of these pictures in it.
And again the beauty of this is that I'm able to kind of group or earmark these pictures for printing. Let's go back to the Library Module to see one more thing we can do with print collections. Alright, click on the Library button up there. You may have noticed that when you hover over these collections, if they were created in a specific module like the print module, there'll be an era which will show up next to that collection on that collection line there. If you click on that era what it will do is it will take you to that collection and to that module. This is a really quick way to navigate to this module and to do the work that you want to do here.
In this case, the work of printing.
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