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Lesson 2 from: Book Printing in Adobe Lightroom Classic

Jared Platt

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2. Designing

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let me show you how you re negotiate this book. So if I want to take the book and I want to change the way it looks, um, I'm gonna scroll through and find the images that I want to put on the cover because I want to start with the cover. So I'm just scrolling through looking for and you can scroll through here to and look for the cover image. So let's say that that's gonna be my cover image. Actually, this is gonna be my cover image when I click on a page and a photo, and it shows me in down here in the filmstrip where that photo is. So then I can click on that photo and go up to the pit the cover and grab that photo and drag it in. And now it's being used twice, and you can see that there's a badge that says this image is being used twice. The other ones are being used once, So now I have a cover and I can right click that cover and say, Phil, zoom to for fill the cell. So now the cover is fully covered with that. So let's go into the cover down here in the book module, there is grid ...

view and there's a spread view and then a single page view. Let's look at the spread view. So this is what our cover is going to look like. I can re negotiate how the images crops. So I'm gonna do that. And then I'm going Teoh, I can add photo text, so I'm just going to say, uh, travel images. Okay, so that's gonna be the name of my book. Actually, I'm gonna say travel images by Jared. Uh, Platt, Except I don't want it to be all capitalized by Jared Platt. Okay, so now I'm gonna highlight all of those. I can actually move this anywhere I like. I'm gonna put it right up here in the sky and I'm gonna go scroll down. And this is where we start to get all into our information. So, like the padding on the cells, I have left and right on padding here. And so if I take the left in, I could move that. So it's renegotiating the padding on the left hand side and the right at the same time. If I click on these little white things here. I can unlinked the two. So now there's no linkage between them. So now I can just do the left side, and I could move it all the way to their Or I could come down here into the text options and Aiken center it. So here's all the justifications here, so I can just click on that center it I don't want to center. I think I like better doing the left padding and bring it into about their I can change the size of the characters. And then I'm gonna highlight my name and bring those down like that. And then here, um, I actually that's fine. Um, so now what I want to do is I want to, um, change the color of these. I'm gonna dio click on the character color here, and I'm going to change that to something in. So look how I'm selecting inside of the color picker. But I can also go outside and just look for a color outside here. So I'm just looking for something like maybe the blue here up in this mountain. I like that. So I'm just gonna go for, like, a bluish gray kind of there. I like that. And then I'm just gonna increase. But actually, it's a little purple e. I don't like it that much purple. I'm gonna go a little bit more blue on it, and I'm going to go a little bit darker like that. Okay, so I like that color. That's gonna be the color at the top. Then I'm also going to copy that, and I'm gonna go to the spine. Oh, it might. It might be that the spine is too thin and so I won't be able to put attacks there. If the spine is thick enough, it will give you a place to put text. So let's let's play with the spine, though, because I want the spine not to be white. So at the very bottom, we have the ability to add a background. And so our background for this image is going to be simply actually could be interesting. So I don't want to apply this globally at all, but I can change the background color, click on this and just do this again. I can change the background color so that it s'more like to cover itself like that. But I think I might be able to also change the background to be this. Yeah, and then, unfortunately, that might change. Hold on. Let's look. No, it's fine. Okay. If you applied it to a page and sit apply globally, it would put it on every background page. But since we are just doing it on the cover now, I can put a spine on the cover, and then I can just, ah, change the background color in the opacity so that I could, you know, like, do something like that. More interesting, I guess. Um, so anyway, that's my spine now and then I can take another image on Let's just do say, this image as my background image for this one, right? Click it fill of the cell and there we go. So there's my cover to my book, and now I can just go and re negotiate the pages. So inside the pages, you can right click any page and add a blank page or add another page. If you had a blank page, it just does a blink. She and so I'm gonna grab it and move this to here. So you just grabbed the yellow thing below. And then I can also add another. So I'm gonna just keep adding to I had to blank pages. So add another blank page. That way, you gotta add two pages at a time. Otherwise, you're right. Left thing gets messed up. So now I've got these two added, This one's gonna be my title page. I can change any page and style just simply by clicking on this little arrow down below the page and then choosing what I want for the style of the design. So if I want three photos, I look this way. But I want tohave, um, just text. So I'm gonna click on the text pages, click on this page. And so now I have texts here, and I'm just gonna call it the same thing travel images, and I'm going to center it, and I'm gonna center on the page itself. Um, travel images. So now it's going to open with travel images as a page, and then it's going to start here. I could start writing stuff on this page on, and then any time I want to add pages or move things like, for instance, if I'm like I don't need three of these. So I'm going to actually take this image and move it over to here. I like that image better. And then this one, I'm just gonna delete that entire cell. I don't I don't even need the cell at all. So I'm gonna remove this cell, and I can turn this one into a text page, and then I can start writing something on here. So I'm just going to say, writing Bob above a global blah, blah, blah so I can add riding on that page, and then I can center it And do you know whatever I want to do to that? Um, so that could be a text page if I want to delete a photo and just keep scrolling through and looking for imagery that I don't necessarily want to keep in the book or that need its own page like this one needs its own page. So I'm going to right click here and add a blank page, and then I'm gonna right click again and add another blank page there. And now this one I'm gonna change into a double page, spreads a two page spread. I want to fill the whole thing. So now I've got a double page spread here. Ah, the whole photo fills everything. And then here, I need to remove one of these pages. So let me just remove this page there. So now I can take this, move it over this side. And now I've got a page over here that I can ride on. So negotiating these things is really quite simple. And if I want to, I can always zoom this photo up until it becomes square and then move it within their there. I like that. That's a good square photo. So it's really easy to negotiate and play around with the images. Just kind of scan through your book and change things. And then remember, I had those logos in there. There they are right there. So I'm gonna right click Armenia shift click. All of these, and I'm gonna remove those pages like that. And then I just need to add a blank page here so that the two helicopters air together and then this one can actually become a full Ah, two page spread. Do that again. Still need I keep having to remove that page there Okay, So now fill this one, Uh, there. So you can see how easy it is to start designing a book. The one thing that I would suggest is that if you're gonna do any writing, make sure that you write a document and have the document to the side and then just copy and paste because there's not like a spell check in here, and it's not really easy to type stuff in. You can always type stuff in by clicking on an image and going like this. You have a full page spread, but it's still a little, you know, slow to do so. Like I can take this and move this up, move the whole thing to there. And then I could just add some text so I can either add page text or I can right click, and I can say, add a cell photo description and see out comes in with a number that's because of that, that setting that we set in the preferences, but all I have to do is go in and double click it, delete it, and then I can start adding text here below the photo. So and then of course, I can change that text to be anything that I like, so that those are the tools that you have in creating a book inside of blurb, And it's a fantastic way to work. The great thing about working inside of blurb or inside of the book module and sending to blurb is that you're actually designing a raw book, the images that you're working on, a completely raw. You can always click on an image and say, Oh, I need toe re edit that image because it looks wrong in association to this image. So if I just go to this image right here and I go to the develop module, that image shows up. So I'm looking at the image that I was just working on. And then when I go back to the book module after changing it, then it's I'm right back on that page, and I can re negotiate that specific image on that page. So it's a fantastic way to work. I would much rather design a book right here in the in the book module than anywhere simply because of the raw capability. So you can't even do this. An in design because in design doesn't accept raw images. So you have tow export images, then you design your book, and then you have to re export the images and overwrite those images and then synchronize the changes between the images. So this is just so much easier to work. So a book is a fantastic toe way to share. It's not that expensive, especially if you use a magazine or a, um, or a trade book. So magazines and trade books are really inexpensive, still beautiful quality printing. And then, of course, you could go to the photo books. And in the photo books, you can choose either a lay flat or a normal photo book. And they're really, really high quality, beautiful ways to show your work and very quick and easy to make inside of light room. So that is the book module. Once you're done, all you have to do is just send that book toe blurb by clicking this little button at the very bottom. But I can't do that because I don't have the original files available to me right now, all I have to do is go home, plug it into the drive that has those files on it and hit Send trade book toe blurb. And then when it's done sending it will open up the Web page and ask me how many books I want to order. I can order one or I can order 50. And as a bonus, when you're ordering your first book, you can also choose to order a pdf. A copy of that book and blurb will put it together as a digital book copy that you can send anywhere It flips open. And it's a really nice looking book that someone could put into their IPad or something like that. So that is the book module. I hope you use it because fantastic way to share a physical product with someone, and it's really easy, really fast, great quality.

Class Materials

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Workflow in Adobe Lightroom
Adobe Lightroom Mobile Cloud
Adobe Lightroom Image Pipeline System
Black & White Preset Collection
Color Art Pro Profiles

Ratings and Reviews

Christopher Hansen

This was a great set of tips for how to organize a book in Lightroom as well as a bunch of tips on how to print a regular single-sheet print and do color profiles for the paper.

Søren Nielsen

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