Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Making print collections, part of Lightroom 4 Essential Training: 3 Creating Prints & 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 in collections and these images can live on different hard drives or in different folders. We've talked at length about collections when we talked about the Library module in another one of the training 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. 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 earmark, 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 prints, slide show, or web, et cetera, is that they will 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 this collection, this was a set of images that I earmarked for the Print module. I can add more pictures to this collection, say go to Photos folder, and here I could scroll down and choose another picture like this one here.
Simply click and drag it to the Collection, and now it's part of that set or that group or collection. Another way that we can work with collections, just to highlight, is that 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 Command on Mac, Ctrl on Windows, and click on the other folder.
Now I have all of these images visible in the filmstrip 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. This time, I'm going to name this one, Mason, because these photographs are all of different family members from 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 filmstrip, and I'll click on Create.
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 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. 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 arrow which will show up next to that collection, on that Collection line there.
If you click on that arrow, what it will do is it will take that collection into 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.
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