Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Modifying a book layout, part of Lightroom 5: 7 Making Photo Books.
If you're anything like me, part of the process of designing your book layout in Lightroom involves trial and error. You've test out various images and various page layouts and from time to time you might not be all that happy with the particular results you ended up with. In which case, you may want to change the layout for a given page or spread or perhaps multiple pages. Fortunately, it's very easy to change your mind when it comes to laying out your book in Light Room. For example, let's assume that I've decided this image should be included as a single image on the page rather than one of two images on the page.
At the moment, I have a two image layout selected for this page, but I can change that layout at anytime. All I need to do is select that page and then choose a new layout, either from the pop-up in the page section over on the right panel or from the pop-up that appears directly below that page in the spread. I'll go ahead and click the pop-up there and then I can choose a different option. I have some clean pages, some creative pages, a variety of different layouts that I can choose from. In this case though, I think I would like a single photo option.
And in fact, I think I would like this image fill the overall page, so I think I'll choose this layout. I can then get a sense for how that's working. If I felt I needed to see the entire image I could certainly choose a different layout that does not crop the image to fill the page. But, in this case I think it works just fine so I'll leave that option set as my page layout. Then I might decide that if I have one image over on the left, maybe I don't want to have four images over on the right and so I could change the layout for that particular page, perhaps I want to include one photo there as well.
Maybe I'll feature a vertical image that we have a little bit of whitespace there and so then I can drag an image into that page. It's worth noting by the way that we can also have full spread displays of the images. I'll go ahead and add a page here and then I'll click the pop-up and I will choose the two page spreads option and I'll go ahead and choose the option that includes a single image, filling the overall spread. I can then find an image that I think will work well in that context, maybe this image for example.
Just a little bit of an abstract so that we see a bit more of that particular image, but more detail because it is spread across two pages rather than fitting that image inside of a single page. But as you can see, it's very simple to change the layouts for any given page or even a spread of two pages so that you can fine tune the appearance of your book and obviously the way that the individual photos are presented within that book.
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