Print and Web Modules
The print module is equally as simple. Again over on the left hand side if you do something that you like, you change all your settings here. On the left hand side you go in and just create, right up here, create a template. Just hit plus. Save the template. And once you save the template it will forever be available so then I can go over and say, well I want a four by six on a Canon printer. And there it is. So all of the settings are set up the way I set them for my four by six prints on a Canon printer. And they're ready to go. So just utilize these template browsers when you come over here and make something. But really, all you need to do in the print module is go in and change the page setup. Choose the size of paper. In this case it's the four by six print. Once you've chosen a type of paper, go ahead and go to your printer dialog box, and choose all the printer settings that you need for it, for that particular printer. And then once you've done all of that, then come over here...
and tell it, you know, I want certain margins. So you can, you know, you can change all your margins to whatever you'd like. You can add rows and columns of different photos. If you're gonna print a whole bunch of photos on one piece of paper. It's all really, really self-explanatory. You can add an identity plate, which puts a print of your name. Or you can do the same thing that you did in slideshow and put your logo in here as well. Whatever you'd like to do. You can add watermarks to all of the images, so that every single image on the page has some kind of a watermark on it. And it uses the same system. You just click on edit watermark. And when you're in here you can use a graphic. And once you do that, you choose whatever graphic you wanna use and it will upload that as an identity. You could just put a circle c there if you want too. Whatever you want as a watermark. All of that stuff is available. And then the last thing you need to do, and this is the most important thing to do in the print module, is that you need to choose the correct printer.
A lot of people are asking about Bridge and LightRoom. And using those together. Or, once you have made all of your organization back into LightRoom, do you need to use Bridge? Continue to use Bridge?
No. I would never use Bridge again. I can count on like one hand how many times I've used it in the last 10 years. So, Bridge really isn't something that's necessary to use if you're using LightRoom heavily. What Bridge is best at doing is being a great file browser. So if you're looking for something that's, 'cause Bridge can see everything. It doesn't just see photos. It can see Word documents and PDFs and what. It just sees all of it. And so, if you're looking for something and you don't know where it is, Bridge is great at finding stuff. You can search an entire, every drive that's attached, you can search it and find it. And if you're using the XMP, if you're adding the XMPs to everything, by doing that, then Bridge will actually see what you did in LightRoom too. So if you're like, "Where in the heck is that thing?" You can search everything that's on any drive anywhere. And see it. And find it. And then you can be like, oh it's there. Then go to LightRoom and help LightRoom find it or whatever. So it's, Bridge is a useful tool once in a great while. Okay. So I'm gonna use this as a learning opportunity. If LightRoom does crash, notice that LightRoom is closed right now, but those two catalog files are still there. Those white ones. That tells me that LightRoom didn't shut down properly. And so if LightRoom doesn't shut down properly, I just come in and double click that catalog again, and it's going to, see it's opening up that catalog again. But it had to find all of those images. There. So now it's all back. It had to look at all the stuff that we were doing. And then it opens it all back up. Right? So it just saves all that stuff. Okay. So where were we. We were in the print module. And we were looking at images. So I'm just gonna click on this image. So let's just say that we wanted to have two by two. So we have four images up on this page. Whatever size page it happens to be. So then I can create a margin on that so in the, instead of having a margin on the paper, which we'd probably want a margin on the paper anyway. So we would just say, let's do a .25 margin. .25. .25. And .25. So we have a margin all the way around the paper. We could also have a margin on the cell spacing. So these are called cells right here. So if we do a cell vertically and horizontally, see how it separates them from the other picture? And then if I want to add a key line border around it, like this person's asking, I can go and stroke this photograph. So I stroke the photograph. And I can choose whether it's gonna be a black. Or a white. Or whatever it's gonna be. Let's just make it a dark gray so we can see it. And let's make it pretty wide. See that? So I can change the size of that stroke. And so that will be my key line white border around the edge of the photograph itself. But if i want to just put spacing, I use the cell spacing. And if I want to do margins on the paper, then I put it on the margins here. So there's a lot of different controls. This is for the photo. This is for the cell that the photo's in. And this is for the margin of the paper. And then once I've done that. If that's, I really want it to be that way. And I want all of these images to look like that. Then what I do is I say, I like that. I'm gonna go over here. And I'm gonna click on the plus button. And I'm gonna save this as a template so that I never have to do that again. I'm just like, I like my gray border four up print. So I'm just gonna go and click on it. And it'll do it. Right? Okay. And then, once you're done, you can either send it directly to the printer and have it print. Or you can go down to the bottom. And instead of sending it to the printer, you can send it to a JPEG file. So you can print out some kind of a large, thing of print as a JPEG file. And then you'll just see a JPEG and then you can take it down to whatever printer and they can print it up for you. All right? And there's not just, it's not just a contact sheet that you can do. At the very top here you can also do a custom package. And now you can just grab an image and drag it on there. And you can re-size that image to this. And then you can grab this picture over here and drag it right there. And then you can take that down to whatever size you want it to be there. And, so you have a lot of control over that printed page. Which also becomes very useful if for some reason the book module doesn't offer a page that you like you can design a page in here, and then import it into the book module. So there's a lot of, the print module is useful. Less useful in this day and age than it used to be. But, because nowadays there's so many great printers that can do it for you. But, it is a tool that you need to know. And then of course the web module here is a tool for creating websites. It's a really, really simple type of tool. And I absolutely hate it. It hasn't advanced since LightRoom two. So it's pretty much nothing. There are so many better tools. In fact, LightRoom Mobile creates a far better cool website than the web module creates. So. I'm just saying hands off. This is a tool you don't need to know about. Okay. Any questions? 'Cause then we're gonna go onto the develop module.
Well I was just thinking that that was a good time to talk about Adobe Spark Page.
And the bonus video that comes along with this class. Because in fact you're going to teach in that bonus video how to create Adobe Spark Page.
Right. And so tied into the whole LightRoom Mobile ecosystem is a program that's available on your iPad, as well as online is Adobe Spark Page. Which creates amazing little webpages to tell stories. And you don't need the web module for that at all. So, there's so many better ways to make web sites than the web module. And so, if you don't have a solution already available to you for web proofing to your client, just use LightRoom Mobile and it will be better. So. And we'll talk really heavily about that in the sharing area. But I really wanted to just give people a tour of the tools that are available. So that when we start talking about these you see how they all fit in. Because, again, we are introducing LightRoom to you. We're trying to get you started in LightRoom. And so I just thought you needed to know where things were. That is LightRoom in a nutshell.
Can I ask you another q about if you're making a book in InDesign, would you need to export the images out of LightRoom and place them in InDesign first? Or how do you?
That is a good question. So, InDesign is Adobe's professional layout program. And we use that all the time for magazine design, book design, all that kind of stuff. Although you do have a really powerful book editor right here inside of LightRoom, InDesign is a far more robust way to design a book or a magazine. So it operates differently because it's not directly tied into LightRoom. So what you do is you export your JPEGs or TIFs or PSDs or whatever it is you want to design with. Most of the time I just export a JPEG because I'm not gonna edit it anymore after it gets out of LightRoom. And I export that JPEG to a folder. And then that folder becomes the place where LightRoom, or InDesign, looks to get the photos. And InDesign is kind of like a catalog system on its own. So every single design file that you make in InDesign is a catalog of what images you're using. It knows where they are. And it can be coming from all over the place. But it knows where the folder is that those images are from and then it knows where it placed them on the page and what page it placed them on and what text it put over them. And so, really it's a cataloging kind of system. It's a database of page placement and photo placements. So, what you do for that, is you just export your images, and this true for any program. For instance, there's an album design company that I use called Smart Albums, which makes some, is really fast at making albums. And so, that is a really good tool that does the same thing. You export to a certain place. And then it watches that folder. And it uses that folder for designing the album. So InDesign and Smart Albums are both using that same system where they're looking at a folder. And so I can go into LightRoom and work on images. Export them. And then I can design something with InDesign. And then later on, when I finally go back and retouch the images all I have to do is export them again to that same location and overwrite the old ones. And then InDesign or Smart Albums will look and go, oh, these have changed. And they'll bring in the changes. And then you can go ahead and go to press. So it's just a matter of exporting to a specific area. Or sharing to your hard drive. So once we're done with adjusting images, we'll talk a little bit about exporting images. 'Cause we talked about importing. But we have to export them to share them. And a lot of the times we'll use things like publish services that automatically make the export happen. But if we wanna share them ourselves to either another program like InDesign, or if we wanna share them to someone on email, we have to actually export a JPEG. And then that JPEG is gonna go to wherever we send it. So, so yes. You have to export it to InDesign. But it's a very seamless process.