After my 2-day class on creativeLIVE, I had a number of great questions that I wanted to answer. Well, I’ve finally had some time to sit down and answer the questions regarding printing (both in the Print and Book modules).
1) phylbyrdy: can we use the LR format and page templates to create book pages to use with another publisher?
JK: Yes and no. In the Book Module, there are three different options under Book Settings: Blurb, PDF and JPEG. So, if the other publisher will use PDF or JPEG files then yes, you can use the book module to create pages to use with another publisher. One thing to be aware of though: if you are printing to JPEG from the Book module, you will notice that the width of the JPEG files will be smaller than the selected book size as those dimensions are calculated with the assumption of a gutter. Therefore you might have to do some resizing of the images in Photoshop. You might also want to try using the Print module (especially the Custom Package Layout Style) to print to JPEG files - to create additional custom layouts.
2) mquinteiro: I have a question about changing the colour of the background. On LR it’s not possible though we can do it on blurb booksmart. Will that be possible in the future or do we have to import a coloured background?
JK: In the Background panel in the Book module, you can check Background Color and then click the color swatch to change the background color – but this is a global setting. You are correct, it’s not possible to set the background color differently for each page – unless you wanted to make some solid color “images” in a program like Photoshop, and use them as the background image – because individual images can be added on a per page basis.
3) jozibel: Does filmstrip hide photos you have used in the layout?
JK: If you want to hide the photos that you have used in the layout, use the Filter options to choose to view the files that are “Used” or “Unused”. The illustration below is a bit misleading because you don’t actually want to click on the word “Filter” you want to click on the pop-up menu to the right where, by default it says “Filters Off”. As soon as you select it, as you can see in the illustration below, it hides where I’m telling you to click.
In addition, the filmstrip will display a count of how many times an image is used in the Book.
Photography1001: Is there any option for different size for blurb? Because in original Blurb book creating software there are several sizes available.
JK: Lightroom only includes the 5 different options for book sizes that you can select in the Book Settings panel.
4) eddytheteddy: Q (Oslo, Norway) Can you save custom templates in the Book Module?
JK: Yes, and this video (Lightroom 5 – Improved Book Creation Experience) will show you how. This post on Creating Custom Pages might also help.
5) How do I create a PDF file with previews of all the photos that you can send to a client?
JK: You can use the Print module to create a PDF file using the “Single Image / Contact Sheet” option found in the Layout Style panel. This video (Print the Perfect Image) will help layout the contact sheet that you want, but you will need to set up your Printer Settings to “Save as PDF” instead of printing to a printer.