by Julieanne Kost

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March 13, 2012

In the first tutorial of a three-part series, Julieanne provides a complete overview of the bookmaking process using the new Lightroom 4 Book module.


  • By Stein - 6:39 AM on March 14, 2012  

    I didn’t know this was possible with Lightroom. Thanks for this tutorial, it looks very easy and flexible.

  • By roger barone - 7:56 AM on March 16, 2012  

    I’ve just watched your tutorial about the Lightroom Book Module and have a question regarding the resolution. You’ve said you printed the book even though the “low res” recommended using a minimum 200 ppi file size. Your image was at 155 ppi and you were pleased with the result.

    1. How low of a resolution can you use and still get a good quality printed page?

    2. Where do you make the resolution changes? Is there a preset for the book module? In the book panel you have 300 ppi selected, but why did your final image export at 155?

    I would appreciate any advice you could offer regarding the resolution issue.

  • By Ola Rockberg - 12:17 PM on March 18, 2012  

    I have seen most of your tutorials on LR4 and they are great! I have just prepared my own book in LR 4 but I can’t find anywhere to sharpen the images before I send to Blurb. You can sharpen the images if you choose to save the book as a pdf and you can sharpen the images if you simply export them from LR. Can you sharpen the images before you send them to Blurb?

  • By pete schramm - 7:29 AM on March 19, 2012  

    is there a way to past text from another document so that the pasted text will flow into the next page?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 8:19 AM on March 19, 2012  

      No, there is not a way to have text flow between pages.

  • By ted - 12:45 PM on March 19, 2012  

    Enjoyed your tutorials Julieanne. Is there a way to to modify, for example,a 3 photo page and make one photo larger, one photo smaller and have the photos overlap each other? Thanks.
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    • By Julieanne Kost - 5:09 PM on March 19, 2012  

      You can not modify the templates, however you can use the print module to create your overlapping images (using the Custom Package option under Layout Style) and export that as a JPEG file. them import the JPEG as an image in your book.

      • By Cathy - 7:23 AM on March 6, 2013  

        If I wanted to export a spread for a 10×10 book I could place two single 10×10 pages in a custom template here and export as a spread?
        I want to use LR for creating spreads but my book company requires jpeg not PDF for print.thanks for your help

  • By Ola Rockberg - 1:55 PM on March 19, 2012  

    I just tried to export a book from LR 4 to Blurb but it doesn’t want to go through … I have tried twice. I already have an account with Blurb and have ordered books before so I don’t understand what has happened?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 6:14 PM on March 19, 2012  

      Lightroom does apply sharpening on the way to Blurb, but there aren’t any controls exposed for us to change. Here is a good thread on the topic:
      I would post any requests there, or here:

    • By Perlevennen - 11:36 AM on April 28, 2013  

      I have the same problem. It will not og through. I am also unable to export PDFs and JEPGs. Have I missed a setting?

  • By Shane Baker - 1:21 AM on March 31, 2012  

    I have a problem. I’m creating a book in LR4.1, and have saved the book. I now find I can’t import additional images.

    Clearly, I’m missing something. Can anyone help?


    • By Paolo - 6:37 AM on June 11, 2012  

      Shane, I am having the same problem: book saved, and no way to add extra images. What’s worse is that if I go back to the collection I was working from, pictures are there but all book formatting is lost…

  • By Paul Marsh - 11:00 AM on May 27, 2012  

    After creating a portion of a book, I am trying to save it. All references say to click on the “Create Saved Book” button at top of Preview area. At one time, that button did appear, but for some reason, it no longer exists on my Lightroom.

    How do I get it back, so I can save a Book?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 6:04 PM on May 28, 2012  

      Paul, after you save the book the first time you will notice that it becomes a saved “Book Project” and you can view it in the Collections panel. After the initial creation of the Saved book, every time change made to that book is automatically saved.

  • By John McCosh - 1:25 PM on May 30, 2012  

    The latest version of Lightroom 4.1 says you can export from the book module as individual JPEG files. Great I love this. But where do you do this, for the life of me I can’t find how to do this.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 10:41 AM on May 31, 2012  

      In the Book Module, go to the Book Settings and then Choose JPEG from the BOOK options.

  • By Danielle de Reeder - 5:50 AM on June 9, 2012  

    Do I first need to convert my photos into JPEG before I use them in the book module? All my photos in Lightroom are in RAW, and I want to make sure that the colors are correct in the book printed by Blurb. To avoid unpleasant surprises….. There is almost no information on the website of Blurb about creating books from Lightroom.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 8:41 AM on June 9, 2012  

      No, you don’t need to convert your files to jpeg befor working in the book module. When you send a book from Lightroom, the images are optimized for Blurb when you send the book.

  • By Page Bertelsen - 7:01 PM on June 11, 2012  

    I just made a book, about 38 pages, and saved it by clicking on “Create a Saved Book” and saved it in the collections area. When I click on it (it has the book icon and everything) but no filled in layouts show up. The images are there but there are only a few blank layouts. Can someone help me? Thanks so much! I am using 4.1.

  • By Patricia Murrell - 5:37 AM on August 28, 2012  

    I have a 7×7 book prepared of newborn and family images.

    Should I sharpen in lightroom? How much does LR sharpen on export to Blurb?

    Or should I do both, for example, sharpen in NIK and at what resolution????

    I appreciate you and your wonderful instruction!

    • By Julieanne Kost - 11:34 AM on August 28, 2012  

      Lightroom adds sharpening automatically when exporting books to Blurb. The amount of sharpening is based on many factors such as the size of the original image and the output size and resolution. You can not preview this output sharpening in LR.

  • By Merrill Mack - 9:32 PM on May 15, 2013  

    I have adjusted a page. I put the photo at the top of the cell and I added a caption using the offset for where I want the caption to appear in the cell which is slightly below the image and have centered the caption.

    How can I get all the pages to have these placements.

    I would appreciate your advice