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Lesson 22 from: From Capture Through Edit Using Lightroom

Jared Platt

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22. Printing

Learn how to print images from Lightroom even if Lightroom doesn’t have a print button yet.

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one of the ways that you are going to share your images is through print. And, of course, there are many options for printing. There's exporting a J peg and then sending it to a printer or exporting through the connections Area toe, White House custom color blurb. There's there's ways to send out a print through those methods, which is it's a digital transfer to someone who's gonna print it for you. But there are those of you who have a photo printer in your office, in your studio, at home. Wherever you print, you need to be able to connect to it and one of the ways that you would be sharing those images through a local printer. Mine is a Canon Pro 1000 printer, and I use it. I use it mostly for immediate prints, prints that I need to do right now. Andi. I make gift prints and greeting cards and things like that, but they're just kind of one off stuff and stuff I need right now, and it's an excellent, excellent printer. But light room is different than light room classic. So those of y...

ou who know light room classic know that there's a print module in it that is solely dedicated, the idea of printing, whereas in light room, the new version of Light Room. As of the very beginning of 2021 there's no print button in it. And so if you are looking at light room and there's still no print button in it, and you might be looking at this later on down the road and there is a print button, great. But if not, if you're still waiting for the print button, let me show you how to print from light room without the print button. So we're going to go into an album called Card Option. So I created this album specifically because I wanted to make a greeting card and I was just collecting ideas for this greeting card. And so I have quite a few. But this one right here is the one that sticks out to me. So I want to print this one as a greeting card, and it's just a one off the media. I want a greeting card to send to someone right now, and so I click on this. I'm going to right click it and I'm going toe edit in Photoshop. So that's what I'm going to choose is toe edit in Photoshop. So it's asking me if I want to use the smart preview because the original is not available at the moment, and the reason it's not available is because this image actually came from light room. Classic and Light Room Classic doesn't send the full original files to the cloud, not like light room and light room on your IMac. I mean, on your IPad and on your IPhone and on your mobile devices. It doesn't send it, so it sends on Lee the smart previews. So I'm going to click on Use Smart Preview. Now it's opened it in Photoshop. So we're inside of Photoshop, and I'm going to go to file print, and it's gonna open up the print dialog box. Now I'm gonna show you the settings inside of the print dialog box here inside of Photoshop. First off, you're going to choose the printer you want to use, and then secondly, you're going to choose the print settings from that printer, and this is very important that you go through the print settings here inside of this menu and what we want to go to is quality and media, and we want to choose the proper paper. So you see that I'm choosing photo paper pro premium map. So that is a specific paper. I'm choosing that specific paper from the cannon manufacturer. And that media type is what we call a profile, and that profile is installed when you install the printer. So when you install the printer driver all of the papers that can and makes their gonna be put in to your system and then your system will be able to access them. You can also install third party paper print profiles. But that's front of the lesson. Just suffice it to say, when you get a printer, make sure that you install the printer driver so that all the papers that go with that printer are installed as well. So we choose the media type, and then we have to choose a specific. So now, because this type of paper is a little thicker, it wants me to put it towards the back. So instead of in the top feed, it has to go in the manual feed, and then I want to choose the highest quality print, so I'm gonna hit. Okay, so notice I'm not using Black Point are black and white photo print. But if you are going to use black and white on the pro 1000 printer if you click on this black and white photo print, it's going to then shift everything to just black and white inks so that you get a true black and white. You don't get like these weird color shifts like a little bit blue or a little bit warmer, a little bit magenta. So choose that if you're going to do a black and white, but we're not gonna do black and white. We're doing color. I'm going to save. So I've just saved the settings for the printer, and now I'm going to go into the actual Photoshop print settings down below color management. Make sure that I'm saying that Photoshop is managing these colors. I don't want the printer to manage them, and then I'm going to make sure that I'm choosing the same paper that I chose in the printer dialog box. So now I've got the right paper, and then I'm going to choose relative color metric. The reason I'm choosing That is because it is the best possible way to print an image to make it look like what you're seeing. I know perceptual seems like that would be the right choice because it's perceptual, but perceptual is based on what you're seeing on your monitor. It's trying to print that, but if something goes out a gamut, meaning like a sunset like there's a really hot spot in the sunset and it goes beyond the printable area, then it has tried has trouble like actually, uh, converting that into a printable color so relative color metric deals with that. So if something goes out of gamut, which means it goes out of the principal universe of colors, it then reconfigures that to the nearest possible printable color. That's enough said about that. But use relative color metric. I'm not going to do Black Point compensation and then I'm going to come down here, and this is what's gonna help me set up my greeting card. So I want to do a greeting card, and I want that greeting card to be five inches by seven inches. Now notice that I've got five by 7.49 That means that I'm I'm a little bit longer than a five by seven. That's OK, because I'm gonna end up cropping it by cutting the paper in anyway. So I'm just five inches tall by seven. And whatever it turns out to be, because I'm gonna end up cutting it, and then I'm going thio, make sure that there are no other things happening, So I don't want any crop marks and I don't want any. Uh, I don't want any borders, so I click on border just to make sure Is there any kind of like a a white border of black border being printed? There isn't. So that's good. So I'm just making sure that I've got the right settings for when I printed. And then I'm just gonna go over to the left hand side where my example print is, and I'm gonna move that print around the printable page. So all I need to do is just come down here to the bottom, putting it at the bottom so that the hinge will be at the top for my foldable greeting card, and that's all I need to do. That's exactly the position I want. I've already set up all the print dialog settings here. I set up the color information here, like what? My settings were in my paper type, and then I set all of the size down here and just moved it into its position. And then I hit print and that's it. That's how easy it is to make a print. I know that it's annoying that you have to go to Photoshop to do that. And hopefully in the future, maybe the sooner future than later future, we're gonna have a print button inside of light room. But for now, if you don't have one, you can simply go to Photoshop and hit print. Now, if you don't have a copy of Photoshop. If you are on Lee leasing light room and you're not leasing the light room slash Photoshop option, then you're gonna have toe export JPEG and open that JPEG in a software of some sort to print. It could be Max Preview program. If you want, it could be some other basic photo program that happens to be on your computer and then print from there. But in the absence of a print button inside of light room, you just have to open it in Photoshop or some other photo program toe actually printed on your printer. Now, for those of you have Canon or Epson, they have printer software that comes with it that they suggest you use, and so you can certainly just export JPEG and open it inside of cannons. Resident printer programas Well, that's perfectly acceptable. And now I have a print, and that print looks just like my print that I see on the monitor inside of Photoshop. And the reason it looks exactly the same is because I chose the proper paper profile. Say that 13 times really fast. But those paper profiles air critical to making sure that what you see on your monitor is also what you see in your print. So make sure that when you install a printer, you install the printer drivers because that gives you the paper profiles for every paper that you might buy for your canon printer or your Epson printer or whatever kind of print do you have on def you buying third party papers? Make sure you install those profiles as well, and then you get exact Prince that you don't have to worry about. And that's how you print through Photoshop from light Room

Class Materials

1. Lightroom Presets and Profiles

JP Color Pro

2. RAW Images To Follow Along With


3. Lightroom Creative Cloud Schematic

Lightroom Creative Cloud

Ratings and Reviews

Teresa Piccioni

Great great great class: Jarett explains the Lightroom workflow clearly and thoroughly. I am not a native English person and my English is quite poor but Jarett explains in a very simply and clearly way everything and I understand all chapters perfectly. Thanks guys, great job. I highly recommend this lesson to everybody,


I have watched each and everyone of Jared's classes on Creative Live and they are first class. I've waited a long time for a new one and now we have it and it's another gem. This is a wonderful overview of Lightroom and will repay watching sections (or all of it) several times to absorb the wealth of information presented. For anyone new to Lightroom, this is just what the doctor ordered.


Really in depth, so helpful! Thanks

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