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- Importing and managing photos and video clips
- Improving efficiency with enhanced collections
- Applying sharpening and noise reduction
- Mastering the enhanced adjustment brush, graduated filter, and vignette features
- Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
- Adding audio to slideshows
- Creating custom print packages
- Importing on-the-fly with tethered shooting
- Publishing photos to Flickr
- Publishing to a smart folder and smart photoset
- Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs and working with legacy images
- Making and working with creative watermarks
Skill Level Intermediate
Now that we know a little bit about this new feature, which is the Custom Package layout style, that will be helpful to dig a little bit deeper. Now one of the things that you typically do when you first come to the Print module is you decide do I want to use Single Image or Picture Package or Custom Package? Now in this particular Custom Package layout we can see that it's a blank slate. Well, how do I actually start with this? One of the things that we might want to do is navigate to the Cells panel. Now here's where I can add some different cells. Let's say I want something that's 3 x 7, or I want something that's 4 x 6.
Now what's going to happen if I add another cell that's larger than this page size? What it will do for me is it will actually create a new page. Now if I don't want this page or if I don't want this cell for that matter, I can hit the Delete key or delete the entire page. So we can add cells simply by using some of these preset aspect ratios or we can simply click and drag. Now once we have some images there, we can go ahead and drag our photographs into those little cells there. And one of the things that we can do is we can define these images based on changing these little dimensions.
Now if we don't like this new crop, we want to bring this back to the original Aspect Ratio, that's pretty easy. Just simply lock it to the Aspect Ratio of the photograph. Let's turn that off and make this a little bit smaller. We can also rotate that cell and we will go ahead and make this really small so we can see how that works and you can see that I'm rotating this from tall to wide, using that same Aspect Ratio and just flipping my width and height there. Well, let's jump back up to the top for a moment. We will delete these so we are back to normal and let's just bring out a single image onto the stage and make this nice and big so we can actually see it.
Well one of the things that we might want to do in regards to our Image Settings is take a look at how we can rotate to fit an image. Now, if we extend this one way or another it's going to say, well, how can I get most of the image on the page and fit that in the cell? Now why would you want to do that? Well, you'd want to do that if your goal is to try to fit as many images on a layout as possible for printing. So I'll go ahead and add a number of these images here, so I am trying to save paper. Now when that's the case a lot of times you want to try to align things pretty well.
Also, what you are going to need to do is to go down to some of your other panels down here. What I am going to do is go into my cells and just make sure those are all good. Geat! I am going to into my Cut Guides, and with my Cut Guides change that to Crop Marks. Those Crop Marks will give me little guides where I can then see where I need to trim the page. So, one of things that you're discovering here is that you can use this particular layout for real creative endeavors or simply to be functional, to save paper, to get a lot of images on one page, and to do so in a pretty free-form manner.
Well let's go ahead and navigate back up to the top where we have these Ruler, Grid and Guides. One of the reasons why I went here is because you may want to turn all of this information off, and a lot of times it's just distracting to have all of that information in addition to the layout. Although there is a time when I find it helpful. That's in determining my page size, 8.5 x 1. Let's say I don't want that page size. No problem. Navigate to Page Setup. I could change the orientation, and for that matter I could change the overall size, and we can see here it's now 8.5 x 14.
Now again I can always turn that on and off. It depends on what I'm trying to accomplish. Well, let's go ahead and navigate back down here. We have seen how we can work with some of these different things here. I am going to delete all these cells except for one. There is another way that we can modify our cells. We can change its overall height and its width simply by using these sliders. Although I find those a little bit awkward and I typically tend to like to simply drag the corners out. Now if I am going to do something that's creative, i.e. I'm not really concerned with cropping or cutting this page, I am going to go ahead and turn off my Cut Guides.
Now scrolling back up, one of the things I want to do is I want to create three cells that are identical. One way to do that is to hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC, and then Option+click and drag or Alt+click and drag. So now I have three identical cells. Again, this could be helpful for functional reasons or for that matter it could be helpful if you're trying to print three different photographs or you want to create a kind of engaging layout. Currently what's happening here with this image is it's rotating it to fit in that size.
I don't want that. I want to change that so that it looks a little bit better and so that I have this layout. I can print this triptych of photos for my mom and dad. Let's scroll back down as we get familiar with how this works. We are going to add our Identity Plate. We have seen that before. Let's choose this Identity Plate here and we can reposition that. If you want to change it, double- click it, and we can delete part of it or change part of it, click OK, and that will automatically update there and just make that a little smaller. Use your arrow keys up or down to change the position of that.
If you need to include watermarks on your photographs, which you typically don't, you can do so here. So we can go ahead and click on Watermarking. We can add one of those copyrights we've seen before or one of the small ones which goes in the lower corner. The one thing to keep in mind is if you are including this, these images have been cropped. So it's not showing that lower corner, right. So we are going to need to modify your watermarks in order to fit or to work with a particular type of layout that you are actually working with. So you may need to customize or create your own watermarks as you're doing that.
So we'll go ahead and navigate into Edit Watermarks and what I'm interested in doing here is I am going to go ahead and center this Watermark and I am going to make it size much, much smaller, and then I'll save that one out and I'll call this one copyright Chris Orwig - big 3 and then we will save that. You can see that that now fits on those images. Although that being said, this particular one is bigger than these just because of the Aspect Ratio of the original image. So all I want to do here is just point out that you may need to customize your watermarks if you end up using those.
Finally, once you have come up with a layout, if you like that go ahead and save it as a template. Click on the plus icon, and I will go ahead and name this one 3 - happy anniversary and Create. Now if I want to change that in any way, let's say I want to have a background color that's black. Well, I could create another template, and this one I'll just call 3 - happy anniversary black, and now I have these two different templates that I can choose between and then populate with various images.
That's going to remember how I have set this up previously so that this will work most effectively in regards to the images that I have and the images that I'm using for this particular layout. So in closing, one of the things that you can see in regards to digging deeper into this new feature is that you can use this for real functional purposes, meaning fitting as many images as you can on a sheet of paper in order to save time, in order to save ink, and in order to save paper, or on the other hand you can use this new feature to come up with some real creative comparisons and juxtapositions of your photographs and to come up with some interesting layouts.
So what you are going to want to do is to begin to experiment with this new layout setting to see what you can come up with in your own print workflow and with your own photographs.