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- Understanding Lightroom catalogs
- Importing photos from multiple sources
- Organizing photos with ratings, keywords, and collections
- Working with virtual copies
- Making basic corrections to photo color and tone
- Making local photo edits with the Adjustment Brush and Graduated Filter tools
- Removing spots from multiple photos at once
- Reducing digital noise and sharpening
- Cropping and straightening
- Printing and exporting edited photos
Skill Level Beginner
There are so many options in Lightroom's Print module that it's not feasible to cover them all here. But I do want to give you a taste of what's available, so that you can experiment with these options to make some great prints. I started by selecting some photos in the Library module, and then I clicked on Print in the module picker in the Library module, and that brought me here to the Print module. Another way to do this would have been to make a collection of these photos and then to come over to the Print module and click on the Collection here in the Collections panel on the left side of the Print module.
The general layout of the Print module is the same as the Develop module and the Library module that we have seen. There is a main window with the photo, and we've seen that there is a filmstrip down here on the bottom. There is the module picker bar on the top, and groups of panels on the left and on the right. There are really a lot of panels here, so the question is where to start. Well, I think the best place to start is over here with the Template Browser, which offers a long list of interesting print templates, everything from single photo templates to multiple photo layouts, like contact sheets and picture packages and more.
So I am going to click on the Template Browser header, and I will make sure I have clicked on this arrow, which opens this long list of templates. Because I have those photo selected in the filmstrip, I can just go through this list, getting a flavor of how my photos are going to look in each one of these layouts. So there is a picture package layout in which the same photo is repeated over and over again in different sizes on the same paper. You can see down here at the bottom right that this is one of four pages, so if I use the arrow keys on my keyboard to go through, each one of my photos gets a separate page using the same template.
You may find similar information in an overlay, right up here. And that's because by default Show Info Overlay is usually on, like this. I like to turn it off, so I can see my layouts better by toggling it off here in the view menu. And so I'll just continue on down through these layouts until I see one that suits my purposes. Here's one that I think looks particularly good with these photos. So, once I have decided to start with one of these templates, the next step is to go over here to the right and start customizing the templates.
I'm not going to go through all of the panels over here. There are a lot of them, and they change, and have different options depending on the template that you have selected. One of the first things that I do, even before I go through the options for whichever template I've chosen, is to set my page size and orientation, because that will change the way the template looks. So I'll come down to the bottom left of the screen, and I'll click Page Setup. And in this dialog box from my printer, I will select the paper size and the orientation of the paper and click OK.
So as you have seen, doing just that much has changed the appearance of this layout. A couple of things that I will show you from the panels on the left that I think are interesting. One is in the Image Settings panel, you often have the option Zoom to Fill. Sometimes it's checked by a template and sometimes it isn't. What this does is to zoom each photo into the area that it's displayed in. Those are called cells. So if I uncheck Zoom to Fill, in this case, the template looks very different. When you do check Zoom to Fill, the layouts will usually end up cropping away some of your photo.
Down here in the Layout panel, there are more options for spacing the photos, for changing the number of rows in the layout, and for changing the size of each cell in which the photos appear. Here's a place where I can turn the guides on and off. By default, the guides are on like this. I had turned them off in advance. You can use the guides to help you to set up your layout. They show rulers, margins, gutters and where the cells are, and more. I am going to turn them off for now, so that we can see the layout better.
Here's something new in Lightroom 0.3, and that is that you can change the background color of the page. If you want to do that, you will check here, you'll click in this box to open the color picker, move this elevator over on the right, and you have the choice of colors. You can click on a color to change your page background. And here's something I really like. If you click inside of the color picker and you keep your mouse held down and then drag outside the color picker, you can move over the image and sample colors from the image. That's a nice way to match the background to the colors that are in your photos.
I am going to set this back to white by clicking here, and then I'll close the color picker. This particular template that I chose has an identity plate on it, this little bit of text down here. And that's controlled by this Identity Plate section of the Page panel. The identity plate is a workaround that some people use to add text to photos without having to go into Photoshop. So let's say I want to edit this identity plate to use my name. I will click this arrow on the bottom-right. I'll choose Edit. In this box, I'll type my name and I could change other options here, like font and color and so forth.
I'll just leave those the same. And I've changed the identity plate down here. There are options here for watermarking, also new in Lightroom 0.3, options for adding page numbers to pages. If you want to have information about each photo in the layout, you can check here, and then you can choose the kind of information, everything from file names to captions to custom text, so you can basically type anything you want under a photo. And when you are all through doing all of that customizing to a print layout, whether it's for something a little bit fancy like this, or just a single photo, you are ready to come to the last stop, and that is the Print Job panel.
Now, if you happen to be printing just a contact sheet which contains thumbnails that are records of photos in a catalog or in a collection, then I suggest that you check Draft Mode Printing because it will just make printing go faster. But if you are going to make final prints on your own, you'll probably want to go through these options to get the correct resolution for your printer to do some output sharpening and to deal with color management. Those are all big topics that are outside the scope of this particular course, but you can find more about them in other courses in the lynda.com Online Training Library.
Finally, when you're all done here, you'll click Print, and you'll see some other dialog boxes thrown up by your printer driver. So that's an overlay of the Print module and what it offers. I hope that you'll explore some of these options to make some great- looking prints of your own.