Posts tagged "The Print Module"

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.

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In addition, the filmstrip will display a count of how many times an image is used in the Book.

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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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August 20, 2013

Video Tutorial – Print the Perfect Image in Lightroom 5

In this video tutorial (Print the Perfect Image in Lightroom 5), Julieanne demonstrates how to use the Print module to bring your images into the spotlight and share with clients, friends or family.

 

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July 5, 2012

Video Tutorial – What’s the Point of Identity Plates?

I have had several questions lately regrading Identity Plates so I thought I should repost this video tutorial on how to create an Identity Plate to personalize your own copy of Lightroom as well as brand your images when outputting them to slideshow, print and web. Creating Your Own Identity Plates in Lightroom.

 

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April 5, 2012

Video Tutorial – Lightroom 4 – Print the Perfect Image

In this video tutorial (Print the Perfect Image), you will learn how to use the Print module to bring your images into the spotlight and share with clients, friends or family. Also, see the new tools for making custom contact sheets and print packages.

 

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November 1, 2011

LR3 – Changing Modules

I’m constantly reminded that different people use different shortcuts to accomplish the same tasks. For example, I typically tap “G” to go to the Grid view and “D” to move to the Develop module, However, each module also has its own shortcut:

• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + 1  moves to the Library module.

• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + 2  moves to the Develop module.

• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + 3  moves to the Slideshow module.

• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + 4  moves to the Print module.

• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + 5  moves to the Web module.

• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + Up arrow moves to the previous module.

• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + left/right arrow moves back/forward through the recently viewed modules.

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October 7, 2011

LR3 – Print One Copy

Saved print templates include page setup and printer specific settings allowing the Print One feature to simply print with the saved template settings.

Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + P will print one copy.

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October 6, 2011

LR3 – The Custom Package Layout Engine in the Print Module

When using the Custom Package Layout Engine:

•  Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -drag to make a duplicate cell.

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -drag  an image to reposition within cell if the aspect ratio of the cell doesn’t match the image.

•  Control (Mac) / Right Mouse (Win) -click in a cell to change the stacking order or two overlapping cells (Send to Back, Send Backwards, Send Forwards, Send to Front)

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October 4, 2011

LR3 – Hide and Show Options in the Print Module

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift+ H will show/hide all selected options in the Guides Panel.

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + R Show/hide rulers.

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + J Show/hide page bleed.

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + M Show/hide margins and gutters.

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + K Show/hide image cells.

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + U Show/hide dimensions.

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October 3, 2011

LR3 – Print Module Shortcuts

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + P takes you to the Print module.

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + P will open Page Setup dialog box.

•  Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + Shift + P will Open Print Settings dialog box.

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September 27, 2011

LR3 – Selecting Folders, Collections and Files in Lightroom’s Output Modules

If you find that you’re in one of Lightroom’s output modules but don’t have the correct images to work with, instead of returning to the Library Module, you can:

•  Choose a different collection using the Collections panel.

•  Use the Go Back and Go Forward navigation icons to view recently viewed folders (located above the Filmstrip on the left-hand side, in the little black strip)

•  Click the downward pointing triangle to the right of the path (above the Filmstrip, on the left-hand side, in that little black strip) and choose from Recent and Favorite Sources.

You can also refine the selection using the Content Selector in the tool bar – choosing between All Filmstrip Photos, Selected Photos or Flagged Photos.

And don’t forget, you don’t have to return to the library to reorder images either. Simply drag to reposition the images in the Filmstrip (be sure you have to click and drag in the thumbnail area – not the gray area surrounding the thumbnail to reposition). Note, there are certain circumstances when you can not drag to create a custom sort order. Click here to watch the short video on Custom Sort Orders.

 

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September 26, 2011

LR3 – Creating New Templates and New Folders

In any of the output modules in Lightroom:

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + N  creates a new template.

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + N creates a new folder for templates.

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June 29, 2011

Video Tutorial – Watermarking Images in Lightroom

In this Episode of The Complete Picture (Watermarking Images in Lightroom), I will show you how to quickly save your vector and raster logos in Photoshop to be applied to photographs in Lightroom  as watermarks in the Slideshow, Print and Web modules as well as Publish Services).

 

 

 

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April 21, 2011

Video Tutorial – Print a Book from a Single Sheet of Paper

In this Episode of the Complete Picture, I demonstrate how to quickly create a print template in Lightroom to layout a simple 8 page book from a single sheet of paper. Click here to view the episode…

 

 

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September 13, 2010

Video Tutorial – The Top 10 ways to Automate Lightroom (Part 1)

In part 1 of this 2-part episode I will demonstrate how streamline Lightroom 3 by taking advantage of presets, templates, collections, virtual copies (and more) in order to eliminate much of the repetitive post-capture tasks such as importing, tagging, developing, exporting and sharing photographs. Watch the video here…

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