Learn how to create prints worth sharing and selling with Lightroom's Print module.
(xylophone plays) - [Voiceover] For many photographers, myself included, the preferred method of sharing a digital photo is through a print. In some respects, this probably comes from a simple form of nostalgia. After all, I got my start working in a wet dark room producing prints as essentially the only method for actually being able to share my images but the bottom line is that when we think of a photographic image, we tend to think of a photographic print and so it makes sense that we want to share our images as prints.
And Lightroom makes it very easy to create prints of your photographic images in a variety of different layouts. Let's take a look at a quick overview of the basic process involved in creating photographic prints from within Lightroom. The first step is to make sure that the film strip down at the bottom of the Lightroom interface is populated with the images that you would like to actually print. That might mean navigating to a particular folder, for example, or perhaps to a collection. You could also filter and sort your images in a variety of ways so that you have the images that you would like to print available on the film strip.
Once you have those images on the film strip, you can then switch to the print module using the module picker up on the top panel and that will take you to the print module where you can specify the layout, the overall appearance of the final printed image. In this case, for example, I have a single image that will be printed as an 8x10 on a single sheet of paper. Very simple and that is achieved essentially in most cases by simply choosing a template over on the template browser and then printing.
In other words, the template browser contains templates that store the information about how images should be printed. So for example, if I wanted to print a couple of 5x7s, I could choose the (2) 5x7 option here. In this case, that creates a picture package where we have the same image printed multiple times on the same page but we could also change that. I'll go ahead and choose a template that has a single image and then I will change the number of rows so that we get two 5x7s and right now I have the option set to print selected photos and so if I want to add a different image onto this printed sheet, all I need to do is select an additional image on the film strip.
So again that basic process of printing from within Lightroom is rather straightforward. We select the various images we want to print on the film strip, we choose a particular template from the template browser, and maybe adjust any settings we need to over on the right panel and then we're ready to print. The process really can be just that easy. Of course, there are a variety of settings that you'll want to consider but in general, once you've figured out what those settings are and you save a template so that you can gain easy access to those settings, printing is a simple matter of selecting images, selecting a template and printing.
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