Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Printing photos, part of Learning Lightroom 5.
There are several ways that you can print photos that you've edited in Lightroom. You can use Lightroom's Print Module, which we'll look at in this movie, where you have complete control over the Print Layout style. From there, you can can send your photos in their print layouts to your desktop printer, or you can create JPGs to send to a print service bureau for printing. Another way to print is to export an edited photo, as I showed you how to do earlier when we were talking about exporting. And then, you could use that exported photo to print from another program like Photoshop. Now, before we get started looking at the details of the Print Module, a caveat.
The Print settings that you'll see on your computer may look different than those you see here on my computer, and that's because print setting depend on a number of variables. Including what platform you're using, Mac or Windows; what operating system you're using on that platform; what brand printer you have; and what printer drivers you have. So, although your settings may look different than mine, you can apply the general principles that I'll share with you here. I usually start my print work flow in the library module, selecting a source of photos. That could be all the photographs in my catalogue.
It could be a collection of photos that I've pulled together from various folders, or it can be a folder, here in the Folders panel. So I've selected this folder. And I'm going to take these photos into the Print module by going up to the module picker at the top of the screen, and if your's isn't showing, click the top bar in the Library module. And there, I'll go over and click on the Print module label. You can see that the Print module is set up a lot like the Library module. There are panels of controls on the right and on the left, and in the center is a preview window; under that is a tool bar and under that is a filmstrip.
If your filmstrip isn't showing, then click the bar at the bottom of your Print module to bring it up. A good place to start in the Print module is to choose the paper size and orientation in which you're going to print, which is represented by this white rectangle in the Print Preview area. To access your page orientation and size settings, go to the Page Set-up button at the bottom of the column on the left. Here, I can choose the paper size, and I can set this to Portrait Orientation or Landscape Orientation. I'm going to go with portrait. Now, this is one of the places where what you see in Windows is going to look quite different.
Your Page Set-up window will probably have a different layout and different settings than you see here. If you don't see settings for paper size and orientation but you do have a Properties button there, click the Properties button and then try to find your paper size and orientation settings, and choose the ones you want there. I'm going to close this Dialogue box by clicking OK. Next, if I wanted to create a page layout from scratch, I would come over to the column on the right and start working my way through the many panels and settings found over here. But there are so many Options here, that I think is easier and more efficient to start with one of the many templates that come with the Print module.
And those are located over here in the Template browser. As I hover over different templates in this list, keep your eye on the Preview panel above, and you'll see a preview of what each template looks like. If I click on a template like this one or this one, it changes the appearance of the print preview. And over here in the Layout Style panel, I can see what kind of a template this is. So this happens to be a single image template, which means that I'll get a single image from among those in my filmstrip, each printed on a separate page.
And if I use this arrow on the toolbar to cycle through these photos, you can see how each is going to print. Now, if I didn't want to print all five of these, I could just select the one or the ones that I do want to print and change the Use menu in the toolbar to Selected Photos. Nnd now I'll only get this one photo printed on one page. There are other kinds of templates, too. If I click on this template for example, I get a picture package style template, which gives me the same photo, printed in multiple sizes, on a single page. And, if I scroll down in the Template browser, and go to one of the contact sheet templates, I get a traditional contact sheet. Now, in this case I'm going to use all of the film strip photos, by changing the Use menu in the toolbar, so you can start to see what a contact sheet would look like.
That isn't the only kind of contact sheet, though. This is also a contact sheet, it just has different size cells. And this is a contact sheet too. Now let's scroll down in the Template browser, to take a look at another kind of page layout. One of these Custom page layouts. I'll go with this Custom Overlap times three. And what you'll see is, when I go to this kind of layout, the Custom Package layout, that no photos show up in the print preview. That's because the Custom packages offer place holders into which you have to drag photos.
So I'll go down to my filmstrip. I'm going to deselect all the photos by clicking in a blank area there, and then I'll select one of these photos and I'll drag it up and into a placeholder. And I'll take another photo for this place holder and another one here. There is even a place holder into which I could put a photo behind all of these, but I think that's to much pattern for these particular photos. There is a lot you can do to customize any of these templates, and the Options that you have over in the columns on the right, depend on what kind of template you're working with. So, these happen to be the Options that I get when I'm working with a Custom Package template. It's just an example of the kinds of settings that you can vary. Here, I could check Photo Border to add a border around all of my photos, and I can change the width of that border.
If I want to add an inner stroke, a stroke right against the photos. I could check inner stroke. I could change the color of the inner stroke. I'll get a black inner stroke, and I could change the width of that inner stroke too. So, it could be wide like this or narrow like this. And there are many other Options, that I have access to as I work my way down through these panels. An these Options are different depending on which kind of template you're working with. So I'm not going to go through each of these with you; I'll let you experiment with them. I do want to show you that you can also make changes to a Custom package here in the Print preview.
So, let's say I want to make this selected place holder and this photo larger. I'll hold the Shift key and I'll click on one of the corner anchor points, and I'll drag to make that photo larger. And maybe I'll make this photo smaller, selecting it and then dragging down. I can also change the position of each placeholder and it's photo by clicking inside of the placeholder and dragging. And I can change the arrangement of the placeholders and their photos from front to back. So, if I wanted to bring this placeholder forward, then I would right click and choose Send Forwards.
So, there's a lot you can do to customize these layouts. When you are done getting your layout just the way you want it, then go over to the column on the right and scroll down to the Print Job panel. In the Print Job panel, if you're printing to your own desktop printer, then leave the print to field set to printer. JPG is for if you're going to send your photo and its layout to a print service bureau for printing. Make sure to set the print resolution to the appropriate number for your particular printer. Most desktop inkjet printers do well with a print resolution of 300 pixels per inch, so you can come in here and type 300.
Many photos can benefit from a little sharpening when they go to print. So, I usually will go to the Print Sharpening area and change it to standard. And, after I print, if I find that that's too much or too little sharpening, I can change this setting and print again. The amount of sharpening depends on the kind of paper you're printing to. So from here, choose Matte or Glossy, depending on your paper type. Next, I'm going to go down to the color management area. I'm going to click Manage By Printer and go to other, and that opens this Choose Profiles dialogue box.
Now, in my case, I happen to have installed some profiles that represent the particular printer I'm using, the apps in Artisan, the ink set and the kind of paper that I'll be using for this print job. So, I can choose that here and then click OK. But, if you haven't installed printer profiles, and sometimes they are installed with your printer driver. Or, if you don't really understand what printer profiles do, then I suggest that you leave this set to Manage By Printer. And in that case, the color management settings in you printer driver will control color management. If you do choose a particular printer profile as I've done here, then you want to be sure to go into your printer driver settings and turn off color management there, or your printer driver colors management might compete with the color management settings in Lightroom.
You also have the Option to set the rendering intent here, which controls the way that colors outside the color space will be handled. In most cases, you can just leave this at its default. Now, if you find that all of the prints from your printer are coming out too bright or too dark, or have too much or too little contrast, then you can turn on this check box, and you can adjust the brightness and contrast to taste. I usually leave this off, at least for the first print. So, now I'm done setting up my layout and my print Options, and I'm ready to print.
I'll come down and click the Print button here to make that happen. So that's a general approach to printing directly from Lightroom. Do take some time to explore the many options here and in your Printer Driver settings.
Then you'll learn key ways to manage your photos in Lightroom, from reviewing photos after a shoot to working with Smart Previews when your photos are offline. This part of the course covers making collections, adding keywords, and much more.
Next, the course introduces the Lightroom Develop module and its features for improving a photo's appearance, including adjusting tone and color, cropping and fixing perspective, converting to black and white, reducing noise, and sharpening. It explores how to make local adjustments with the Adjustment Brush, Radial Filter, Graduated Filter, and Spot Removal tools. The course ends with a look at the most commonly used Lightroom features for sharing photos: exporting, printing, and sharing online.
- Importing photos
- Viewing, sorting, and selecting photos
- Reviewing and rating photos
- Finding photos with keywords and filters
- Cropping and straightening photos
- Fixing perspective with Upright
- Adjusting color and tone
- Targeting edits with the Adjustment Brush
- Sharing photos on Facebook
- Exporting and printing photos