Posts tagged "The Book Module"

August 22, 2018

Lightroom Classic Updates – Book Module, Presets & Profiles, and HEIC Support

I’m excited to announce several updates to Lightroom Classic including several enhancements to the Book module, support for importing profiles and presets as ZIP files, and HEIC support on Windows.

Enhancements to the Book Module

For customers who have requested additional Blurb book options, you’ll be happy to know that the Book module now supports Blurb Magazine, Blurb Trade Books, and Layflat paper:

  • Magazines provide a high-end look with semigloss cover and velvet finish paper.  
  • Blurb Trade Books are affordable books ideal for distribution. 
  • Layflat paper for Blurb Photo Books make unique layouts possible, thanks to its seamless spreads.  

In addition, you can now customize the layout  – create any number of photos, at any size and place them anywhere on the page!

  • Reposition any cell (Text or Photo) anywhere on the page by dragging the center anchor point.

  • Change the size of a cell by dragging any of the eight resize buttons (anchor points) surrounding the cell. Note: as in earlier releases, dragging within the cell will change the cell padding.

  • Right -click on a page and choose Add Cell > Photo or Photo Description to add new cells to a page.
  • Right -click on a page and choose Remove Selected Cell to delete an unwanted cell. 

Use the new Page Grid and Guide Lines in the Guides panel for easier alignment of photos and descriptions.

Page Grid lines.


Page Guide Lines (visible when a cell (or multiple cells) is selected).

  • Nudge cells into position using Option + left/right/up/down arrow keys (Mac) | Alt + left/right/up/down) arrow keys (Win).

If cells overlap, change the stacking order (z-plane) by right -clicking in the cell and choosing one of the following:

  • Send To Back – sends the cell to the lowest level in the stacking order.
  • Send Backward – sends the cell one level down in the stacking order.
  • Bring To Front – sends the cell to the highest level in the stacking order.
  • Bring Forward – sends the cell one level up in the stacking order.

Save Custom Layouts as Template.  

  • Right click on a page and choose Save as Custom Page to save the Layout. Then, select it at any time using the Page panel’s page picker.

New Page Numbering Options:

  • In the Page Panel, choose to display page numbers on only the left or right page (instead of on both pages). 

Change Cell Border Size and Color

  • In the Cell panel, add a border of any size and color to a cell.

Pause (and Resume) during Upload:

  • Use the Activities Center to pause/resume the upload of cover and pages with in a session while uploading to Blurb.

Import and automatically install presets and profiles   

This release also adds in the ability to import a zip archive full of presets and profiles. Select Import from either the Preset panel or Profile browser, select the zip file, and Lightroom will automatically install the presets and profiles in the correct location.

  • From the Presets panel, click the ‘+’ icon and select Import Presets. Select the desired ZIP file and click OK.

From the Profile Browser, click the ‘+’ icon and select Import Profiles. Select the desired ZIP file and click OK.

Note: both Presets and Profiles will be imported with either of the above methods (XMP presets, XMP profiles, DCP profiles, and LCP profiles). Legacy “lrtemplate” files will not be imported (even if contained inside the ZIP).

  • In addition, legacy Presets and Profiles are now hidden by default. To reveal them, right -click on any profile group, choose Manage Profiles, and enable Legacy profiles.

HEIC Support on Windows

HEIC files are now supported on Windows and macOS High Sierra and later.  

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April 3, 2017

Lightroom Classic – Shortcuts and Quick Reference Guide (PDF)!

Although I really appreciate that you can search my blog for Lightroom tips and shortcuts, several customers have requested that I create a single, condensed document that contains the Lightroom CC shortcuts that I use most often. So, click here to view/download the document.

The PDF file is 20+ pages long, and still doesn’t contain every shortcut… If you run across any mistakes/typos, please let me know and I’ll update the document.

And, if you’re looking for more information about my Lightroom workflow, be sure to check out my book Passenger Seat: Creating a Photographic Project from Conception through Execution in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom”.

Have a great week!

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July 17, 2015

Quick Tip – Setting Text Over a Background Image in Lightroom.

In this quick tip, you’ll learn how to make text stand out from a background photo using the Book module in Lightroom.

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July 16, 2015

Lightroom CC – Working with Text in The Book Module

Learn the most efficient way to work with type in this third part of a three-part series on the Book module in Lightroom.

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July 14, 2015

Quick Tip – Customizing Page Templates in Lightroom

In this quick tip, you’ll find out how to modify and save custom page templates in Lightroom’s Book module.

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Lightroom CC – Modifying Book Layouts

Discover how to modify page layouts when working with photos and text in the second of a three-part series on the Book module in Lightroom.

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July 13, 2015

Lightroom CC – Book Module Basics

Learn the basics of book creation in the first of a three-part series on the Book module in Lightroom.

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April 8, 2015

Outputting JPEG files from the Book Module in Lightroom

In this Quick Tip, Julieanne will show you how to output JPEG files from the Book module in Lightroom.

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January 31, 2014

Adding Additional Images to a Saved Book Project

Once you have started creating and have saved a book project in Lightroom (by clicking the Create Saved Book button), I find it easiest to add additional images by returning to the Library module, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -clicking (Win) on the Saved Book Project and selecting Set as Target Collection. Then, I navigate to the image(s) that I want to add, select them, and tap the “B” key to add them to the targeted collection. Once they are part of the Saved Book Collection, return to the Book module and drag and drop them into your book layout. Note: if you are sorting by User Order, Lightroom will add the image(s) at the end of the collection.

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January 29, 2014

Centering Text on the Spine of a Book in Lightroom

When creating a book in Lightroom, I prefer to have text that appears on the spine to be vertically centered. To have Lightroom automate this process, enter your text, then in the Type panel, click the Vertical Align Center icon. This is much easier than trying to use the Padding options in the Cell panel. 


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December 11, 2013

Spine Text for Soft-Cover Books in Lightroom 5

When creating soft-cover books using the Book module in Lightroom 5, you need to have a certain thickness to the book before you can add text to the spine. The limit differs based on the paper type:

– Premium Lustre paper – 84 pages

-Premium Matte paper – 84 pages

-ProLine Uncoated paper – 70 pages

-ProLine Pearl Photo paper – 70 pages

-Standard paper – 114 pages

For NON-softcover books (Hardcover Dust Jacket and Hardcover Image Wrap), you can have spine text even with a 1 page book.  So you’ll always be able to input spine text on a hardcover book.

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November 27, 2013

Printing Questions from creativeLIVE

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 Imagewill 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. 



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November 25, 2013

Develop Module Questions from creativeLIVE Lightroom 5 Course

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 them so that’s what I’llbe concentrating on this week. Today we’ll look at the questions about the Develop Module:

1) Guest6550: I created a folder for presets but couldn’t make another folder within that… is it possible?

JK: Unfortunately, no – you cannot “nest” a folder of presets within another folder of presets in Lightroom.

2) lizj: can Julieanne show us how to install a preset we download from her blog (or from somewhere else)?  Thanks.

JK: The easiest way to download the presets on my blog would be to do a search (in the upper right corner) for .zip. Look through the search results for the presets you desire – the instructions on how to install will be listed with each blog that has presets.

3) SSchwarz: Is there a way to auto-balance several flash images? For example, when the flash’s power differs and thus brightness. In Photoshop, I could manually check histogram info average brightness and change one picture until it’s the same as another. Can this be done in Lightroom automatically?

JK: Select all of the desired images in the Grid view and choose Photo > Develop Settings > Match Total Exposures. Each image might still need a bit of refinement (using Quick Develop or in the Develop Module), but this might allow you to automate some of the process.

4) peter-minneapolis: regarding post-crop vignetting: if you perform one vignette with color priority on one virtual copy and create another virtual copy  with highlight priority, can you mask out the color-distorted highlights or shadows then merge the two images like HDR? Would you need to export the images first, then re-import them to merge like HDR?

JK:There isn’t an automated way to do this (like the Merge to HDR Pro command) but you could open both files in Photoshop and use layer masks to hide and show the areas that you prefer. 

5) Spencer:  Is there -any- possible way to create a preset that rotates an image a set amount or set cropping?

JK: Presets can’t contain cropping information, but you can modify one image and then copy and paste and/or synchronize the crop setting between images. 

6) BKlock: I have another Preset question: does the version of lightroom matter?  Understanding they are just starting points for further tweaking.

JK: Yes, the version of Lightroom can matter. If Lightroom makes changes to the slider between versions ,it would change the preset. This is why it might be a good idea, when saving presets, to include the Process Version. 

7) Cosmo: Q: If you make a bunch of edits to a photo then discover that you accidentally auto-sync’d it to several other photos, how can you undo the sync’d changes without undoing the first photo’s edits?

JK: There isn’t an easy answer for this one. If you use the Undo command (multiple times if necessary), it will undo all of the changes to all of the images – but that means that you are also Undo-ing the changes made to the primary image that you wanted to keep. If it’s more important to you to keep the changes to the primary image, then it becomes a manial process of Undo-ing all of the other images (disable auto sync, click on each of the other images that were changed and use the History panel to move back in time – unfortunately specific History states can’t be synced).

So, your decision will probably be based on whether it will take you more time to reset the images you didn’t mean to change, or redo the changes you made to the primary image.

9) WheresMyTiara: Would like to know where the “brightness” and “fill” sliders went from the develop module?? They are very important to my style of editing. Please help!

JK: In Lightroom 5, the process version was updated in the Develop Module in order to raise the quality of raw processing. In a nutshell, the “brightness” and “fill” sliders were greatly improved and as a result the sliders were renamed the “highlights” and “shadows” – they had to be unique because their behavior was changed). If you want to revert back to the older technology, you can change the process version for an image by selecting Settings > Process > 2010 but I wouldn’t recommend it as the new process version (2012 technology) is better. This video (Lightroom 4 Develop Module), might help explain in more detail the changes that were made to the process version. Note: you can skip the intro on how to upgrade your catalog and go directly to 2:00.

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November 7, 2013

Entering Text on a Cover Spine in Lightroom’s Book Module

If the font size is too large, you will not be able to enter in text on the spine (on the cover) of your book. However, I was able to fix this by reducing the point size in the Text panel. Note: Another cause might be because the cell padding has accidentally been reduced so that the text won’t fit. In order to change this, reduce the padding values in the Cell panel.

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August 13, 2013

Video Tutorial – Creating & Publishing a Book in Lightroom 5

In this video Tutorial (Creating and Publishing a Book in Lightroom 5), Julieanne will demonstrate how to quickly add text and images, change layouts, and customize templates in order to create and publish a book using the Book module in Lightroom.

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