Using the Print Module in your Workflow


Lightroom 101


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Using the Print Module in your Workflow

We're in the print module and we're going to discuss all that we can do in the print module we already talked about the uh presets on the left which are called templates when you're dealing with prince and and to make one it's much simpler than making a preset so making a pre set you have to hit plus and then you have to choose all of the options making a template inside of the print module is azizi is hitting the plus button naming it and putting it in the folder you wanted to be in that's it so because it's going to look at all of the options that you choose over here and it's going to put them in here and then from then on out whatever size you want you just simply click on the size you want so if you have if you want a horizontal letter sized image you click on that one if you want to do something like in a a on a cannon that see there so I want a four up letter sized image well now I've got you know that that size and aiken drag these guys into it set out so I can just try draggin...

g these guys into that so so it's just it's azizi is clicking on any of your presets so that you don't have to keep doing the same thing over and over again so on most of us on ly need five or six templates it's really all we need because we're not making all sorts of different options, so just just make your presets, and then once you have your temple it's all set up, then you're going to use those templates, so I when they purchase the course that download has some of my templates in there and the templates that has is for blurb and and everybody knows, I hope everybody knows that inside of light room for is the book module in the book module, which will talk about tomorrow. You can actually create books and send him to blurb and global print the books, and they're good books, but you can't make a proof book inside of the the book module because the book module on ly allows you to it doesn't allow you to put the photo name, which is weird, but it doesn't allow you to put the the actual file named to the photo under the photo automatically so you can't make a proof book until they fix that issue. You can't make a proof book inside of the book module, so you have to actually make it inside of the print module, so I have come up with a siri's of templates that will allow you to make proof book from the print module and then send it to blur. So that's included in that download, so when you get there, you'll see those. These templates will be blurb ten by a blue room seven by seven blurb away eight by ten and blurb eleven by fourteen books. So all right, so let's talk about the options here inside of the print module first, and then we'll talk about making that blurb proof book, so we already talked about the layout styles you have single contact sheets, style that's basically to show contact seats for, you know, like you would and photo shop or something like that. A picture package is meant to be able to like a prom picture package or something like that. That's what that's meant for us to be able to grab one image and repeated in different sizes and then print it and send it off to the printer or printed directly, you know, at the event or whatever so that's an option, and then the custom packages really meant for you to be able to create your own set of customized picture packages on did in in the custom picture are the custom package. You can actually create extra pages, so I'll show you that in a minute as well, so let's start with single contact sheet because that will give us the basic information, so here we have the ability to zoom to fill a space or we can rotate to fit. So if we have a space that's tall, so like in this in this space, if I change the space to be kind of a different size so you can see what the print looks like over on the left in the preview, see those guidelines. So if I make the space for this image tall, see how the images is squished down and it's squished down because the width of the image I can on ly reach these guidelines and weaken turn on the guidelines here, show guides see that, so we've created a square and the print module is based on these squares, so we've created a square in which the print can fit. If I were to turn on this rotate to fit, it will rotate to get the best sighs out of that fit, so if I rotate to fit, it goes, oh, I can get a bigger print if I go that way time and zoomed to phil will fill this whole box so if I zoom to fill now it's a long, skinny one, right? And if I want to, I can reverse these two so let's, take the height down on let's, take the width over, and so now I've got this that's kind of a cool look. All right long skinny thing and any time I've created some kind of frame and I've got an image in it that's bigger than the frame but I'm zooming to fill aiken reframe it okay and if I happen to have a siri's of of things here especially if I was in like say the custom picture package I could go into so if I were to drag one of these in like that and I would change actually on the custom picture package it's always going to stay like that but if we were in the picture package and I had something that was outside of the, um purview of that size let's go there so then if I were to do that it doesn't even allow me to drag that that's too bad ok, so on lee in the single picture package does that allow us to do this? I don't actually use the picture package or the custom picture picture package at all because I don't create picture packages but basically you're you're going to be assuming that you've got the right size actually no wait hold on wait there we go it's the command key there we go hold the command key down and that allows us to move the framing so if you have a frame anywhere you frame and you hold the command key down you can move the images within the frame it's just in the contact it's just automatically assumes that you want to do that because there's no reason for you to be moving the frame around. All right, so issue solved. Okay, so and and that's, you know, let that be a lesson to you everywhere in light room. If you can't do something, try hitting the option or the command key because the command came the option key, or what kind of toggle things so settings or changed that way. So inside of the layout area, there's several things to be aware of. The first thing is margins, and your margins are dictated by your printer, so if you go to the page set up and you look at the size of the print, so if I look at the u s letter and I managed the size, you can see that I've got no margins, so you have to set up pages that don't have margins. If you're using a page size for a specific printer that's based on a printer's like size, it will have a margin because your printer might not be able to print to the margins, but when you're when you want to export it, j peg to be printed somewhere else, you've got to have it bleed all the way to the edge, and so we want we want zero margin. So it depends on where you're going. If you're going to a printer, make sure that you know that that printer khun bleed all the way to the edges or not, and it can't, then it'll force you into a certain parameters so that there is a bit of a margin. So in this case, we have no margins on this, but we've but light room has instituted margins, so if you take this and just type in zero tabs there, just zero this out o c it's tryingto force us into a margin, so it thinks that we're using a specific paper sides so let's go in and manage that paper size, and we're going to call it, um let's, let's, make a new one and we're gonna call this uh eight by ten and we're going to do the with is going to be eight are no let's say that with his ten that's eight zero zero zero zero k now we have a true eight by ten there we go and in on that eight by ten, we're going over notice see how the paper sizes also tilted you have to click on orientation up right there, so now we've got the right paper size scene now I should be able to go zero c that now I can take those was down to zero because it it was looking at a paper size that was forcing me to have some kind of a margin, so now we have no margin, which means we could bleed all the way to the edge if we'd like. Then we can we can add rows of images so I can highlight a bunch images like this, and now it fills those in, but most of the time you'll find yourself doing one print and you'll be creating a page for one print. My favorite way to make a page is to create a cell size that looks right, say like that, and notice how it puts it in the center, then I'll take the bottom and add a little bit of bottom weight to it by grabbing this and increasing the bottom see that so now got a margin at the bottom, which forces it to be up towards the top, then I can take so that's how you work on this, right once, once you're done here, and of course, if you have multiple cells like this, you can then choose cell spacing to kind of space out those cells so that you have some space between them, but in our case, we're going to do none of those, and we're going to increase the size of our cell there, and then we're going tio we've got the bottom wait okay, so now the guidelines are useful tio design a page, but once you've designed a page I prefer to just leave it like that so they see what the page looks like, but we'll leave him on for now then you can change the background color just by choosing that or by clicking on it and again dragging off the page you can choose whatever color you want from the actual print came and and this is a useful option for showing someone how anime it will look like in like a frame with a matted print you know is are we going to do a a map with, you know, a blue matter, whatever kind of color matt and if you want to, you can also turn off the show the guide see how we've got that black key line border if you wanted to show something to someone there's a really good web of proofing the idea of how it will hang in the in the house so you could go back up here to your stroke, change the stroke toe white and then you could take the border up a bit so that it shows so that it looks kind of like a bevel so you could see ok, this is what it looks like with a bevel into the print okay, so just f y either's there's more to the print module than just printing something out a lot of the times it's a matter of proving something and showing something someone the way something will look without spending a lot of time doing it and once you set it up you can then say ok, any time I want to show someone what a print will look like on the you know as a wall print or whatever this this is how I would do it so I can just drag it in and say, ok, this what your print would look like the identity plate draws from the identity plate that khun go up here so you can put an identity play up here instead of white room for it khun say jared platt well, the identity play allows you to move it anywhere on the print so I can just set that identity plate right there and now you can see that I've got you know my credit down below the image or I could put it on the image itself and if you're going to do an identity plate, you have options you can click on this edit the identity play and there's two ways to make one you can either make one as text or you can use a graphic I didn't play if use graphic you locate a png so remember how we used p and g's on monday to do the overlays when we were doing the tethered shooting well now we can use a png to be a logo because it's clear png has transparency to it and so you can stick a logo on any of your prints and it just automatically stick it in the place that you want it so in our case we're using a graphic identity plate I mean a text identity plate because my logo's actually aren't logo's they're just written texas's platt photography doesn't say jared be platts is left are so I can then override the color and change whatever color I want so again I can click drag I could find you know whatever color I want out here or I could choose the color from in here so now I have my graphic identity plate there and I can change the opacity of that so it's just lite or very big and aiken scale it up too so I could put it all the way across you know the image like this you know I love it when people are so worried about protecting their image that they ruin it so here we go so there I have protected my image and people won't enjoy looking at it okay um so anyway that that's a possibility as well but let's let's actually take this down put it right over here okay so you can also tell it to render on every image or on every behind every image so those air options for you khun watermark as well so if you want to put an identity played out here you could double click the identity play and rename it say the kids and that becomes a title for the page and then you can turn on water marking and choose one of your water marking presets and we haven't talked about water marking presets but if you edit the watermark here is the water marking preset inside of water marking you get to choose again whether it's text or graphic if it's graphic you import a png its text you just type in the text right here and it will put it right there so if I put in a plat photography is my and so now I'm going to come in here and choose different things like first all I'm going to change the text of vendetta because that's the that's the fault I use for it and then I'm going tio the capacity we can keep it normal I don't need a shadow on it um and then I can change the proportion of a based on the size of the print and there's different ways to do it you can either fit to the size of it you can fill it like that or you can do to proportional size and the reason proportional size allows it to scale based on the size you're out putting so that the always looks the same, regardless of what size you're printing, it always looks the same to that image. So proportional sizing is awesome, and then we're going to do anchoring, so we anchor it to the bottom left hand corner, and then we we just do a little bit of in setting so that it it's not on the edge of the print it's a little further, so four is where I generally keep it. So at four incentive it's anchored to the bottom left, and of course, you can make a preset for the bottom left on a pre set for the bottom, right? So that, depending on what side it would look better on and then and then, of course, if you if you want to add shadow to it, that helps sometimes when it over, when it goes over something white or whatever, so you get out a little shadow to it. But I prefer no shadow if I can get away with it because I kind of look at shadow like hovering shadow text as like nineteen, eighty and ninety like that seemed really cool, then I just don't see it is cool anymore, so I try to avoid that sometimes you have to do it. And then you come up to the top left hand corner and you are going to save this current setting as a new pre set and it's going to be platt photo uh left white and create and then hit done so now see how that's there on the image itself and it's on the image based on the settings that I made in the water mark I can't move it off of there I could move them print but I can't move that I can move the graphic identity plate I can I could move that I can't move this it's stuck on the print itself ok paige options you can create page numbers page info crop marks things like that um the page info itself you can determine see how that page info is telling you the the the image number right below it which is going to help you on the proof book but you can also you could also do the caption so if you did caption than if you went back to the library module and you went down to the metadata and you typed in caption uh these kids are so cute and then I go back to the print module see how these kids are so cute came in because it's just automatically drawing from the caption so this is I it's very helpful when you're making books or when you're making like a little prince or whatever you could actually create um, things that you can quickly type the stuff that you want to type into the caption and you can synchronize that across all of them so you can do that quickly and then utilize it whenever you're using the images. So just something to keep in mind on dh then, of course, your font size. So those are the things that you could do with individual images. Now when you get into picture packages, they're extra options. So let's go to the custom package because those are more fun. Picture packages are a little bit more specific, and you don't get as many options on him, but you would, you know, basically picture factors. They're pretty good for making blawg posts, by the way. So let's do a custom blawg post picture package. Okay, so if you wanted to do that and we wanted it to be a long, skinny one that sits at the top of your blawg post, the first thing you do is going to the page set up and you would create a new custom size. But this one would be like let's do it. Ah sixteen by nine so it's really long and skinny it looks very cinematic, right? Everything else is the same oh, hold on let's, change this to sixteen by nine sixteen by nine and go all right, good, so there's our sixteen by nine page and so now what we're going to do is we're going to go in and we're going, and by the way, if you're making multiples, you can actually go in and create new page, new page, new page, new page page so you can create as many pages as you want, ok? And then you can just drag images onto there so I can take this image and put it on this page and this image and put on that page and this image and put it on that page, and I used to actually use this this is this is a way to make a book inside of light room before the book module existed, you could do this, but there's, you know, you could drag this wherever you want it's completely customizable to you. Um, so but what we're going to do instead of doing all these pages were going to do one and we're going to create a template for us so let's do all vertical templates, so let's, just grab this image and drag it in several times and we're going to go like that, and then we're going to do it again see what snaps so it's snapping to its neighbor oh, we gotta go smaller with these guys so let's let's go smaller, smaller they're so now I think we can fit them all so we're going to do all of them like this there we go good ok, so now we've created our basic layout once we've created our basic layout and we like the way those general things look now we're going to go over here and create a log well hold on let's do a couple more things before we actually create that so let's let's put in the identity plate and the identity plate we want to be right here and we'll make it smaller put it right at the edge there and we're going to change that so that it is platte photography there we go flat top graffiti it's got to be my specific and because it doesn't allow me to do that the turning between the the letters I'm going to put spaces between them there we go because I like to have my letter spaced out a little bit and okay, so there's the platte photography logo right there and I'm going to override the color on that so that it's black they're so now you see my platform biography logo might want to be a little bit bigger than that so let's just center under that one okay? So now that I'm done with that, I'm going to scan around oh for blogged posting we want to turn it to seventy two d p I and we want to give it a little bit of print sharpening so that it's nice and sharp on the so we've used print sharpening lo and I just do it for a matte paper type and then I'm going to change this from printer so instead of printing it out, going to change it to a j peg and in the j peg we've got seventy two d p I print sharpening quality image quality we can go all the way to one hundred or we can go ninety year whatever but we want to use a custom filed dimension now we have to do math which are really hate doing it exhausts me but we have to do it. You have to know at seventy two d p I how many inches do you need your print to be in order for it to match this? Because think about seventy two e p I at one inch equals what seventy two dots, right seventy two pixels my my particular blogger is six hundred eighty pixels wide, so I have to do the math to figure out how many pixels I get six hundred eighty how do we get six hundred eighty pixels out of how many in joe just to get seventy to some make sense? And so I have to do that math to figure out that problem and it's like it's like nine nine point three three or four four or something like that I don't remember exactly what it is and and then you have to figure out what the pixel dimension is for the for the height as well. So we have to do the math and I'm now I have to I'm not going to figure it out right now, so I'm going to put it a sixteen by nine just so that we don't have to worry about the math and see how destroyed my all of my work nine point four four four say I was I'm like rain man or something, okay, so is so I would it would be nine point four, four, four and then whatever the height is for nine inch, you know you have to figure out that height to to match it. Now I will say this it's much easier and light room for army five I'm just saying so it's easier and we'll go over that but it's come back tomorrow so come back tomorrow when we go over it, this will be a little easier to deal with it's the same issue you still have to do the math, but it doesn't like do what it just did so and I just be aware that you can do this easier in light room for an or and by the way, light room four has when you use this and you put text in it, it doesn't print out well on the web, the text here on the on the identity play actually comes out a little bit it's not clear it's it's a little soft, a little pixley, but in light room five they've added the same text engines that run in design and so it is crisp, sharp text, so you get a much more pleasing in fact, out of it, so we'll talk about that, but so you're gonna get along amore just quality out of enlightened five ok, so that's it so we just fix all that make sure it's an s rgb because that's our gb is whatthe web sees and then once we've done that were going to come over and create a template, and we're going to call this our sixteen by nine webb uh, images three up and then hit, and then we're going to put it into our screen so I have different folders and one of them is for screen, so things that I'm using for screen hit create. Now if I go to that screen folder here and I click on my sixteen by nine web three up, it gives me squares so now in order for me to create a block post, I simply go in and sort by my favorite say, three two star, one star, two star, one star images so one star images and I grab this one and dragging into that one dragged this one into that one, and drag this one into that one there, and then I would post that of course we would have adjusted him also that they were all perfect, but but there's your log post, and then you just go down and hit print to file choose where you want to save that file. We'll put that on the desktop, and we'll say test blawg and it's printing out those as a j peg, so that when we're finished, we will get a j peg on here that we can just upload to our to our blawg pretty cool. Now the same issues apply if you want to create a proof book, it's not much different than what we've just done. If I go to the blurb eight ten by and click on a four up proof book, and then I highlight a set of images, they shop a cz proofs, and so you get this little page after page, so let's pull the tool bar so we can go page after page, you see the proof book, so those are the pages, and we've set up all the pages exactly according toe what blurb needs to print. And you'll see all the page information here so you can reverse engineer this when you look at him just go and see what's going on in there and then you'll understand how to make it but we've we've designed it so that it's the right size for the bookmaker that we're going to which is blurb and then we hit print to file and it's going to print all of these to a folder it's more than one page it's going to print it to a folder so if I call that folder one it's going to print it's going to make a folder called folder one and then inside that folder it's going to make page one is going to be one dash one page two is going to be one dash to page three is one dash three right so I had saved and now it's going to let's say there is one photo in the print job which is missing its source file we'll just continue so apparently one of life images is missing the source file do you understand what the source file is? What is the source file it's the original file right it's the one that's on the disc somewhere so somehow it's missing it I don't really believe it's missing it but way could investigate that ok, so now you can see there's a one folder here here's our test blawg that's what that looks like and here is the number one folder and you can see that one dash one is coming in and that's what that page looks like and one dash two is coming in and that's that page looks like so what you do when you're creating a ah blurb proof book as you come in and you you you do all your fora pages so the whole shoot is four up and each one has the image number underneath it and then you make a cover so there's your cover and you can move the book name anywhere you want that's just the identity plate so all I'm doing is I'm using this identity plate here but instead of a logo or something I'm just using it as a book name and I can move this guy around until he fits move this guy around until he's in the right place let's put it there and then I can override the color and choose a specific color out here so there we've got that that's the book name if I double click that aiken change the book named to uh salty uh picnic picnics it's really lame to be this bad at spelling lamb I always doubt myself salty that you have one flop I do have a maid it's of flaws it's really big so um okay so salty picnic is the name of the book and then I print that to file so I hit print and I'm going to send it out to the same place but I'll call it zero because the cover is always going to go before the the other so you put a zero and it's safe and notice the difference though if it's on if it's if it's multiple pages it goes into a folder called one if it's oh, I just made a cover for every single picture in the whole book I should I should have been selecting on lee won so see, I should have selected that but I had the whole thing select that's what printed out nineteen covers, right? So each cover was you know that cover was obviously not a very good cover, so but that's the right cover. So anyway I would choose chosen one and if I had done that it would have sent out instead of a folder it would have sent out a page called page it would have looked like this zero so that's what I would have is I would have there's my cover and there's all of my pages. If you want to do something really fun and special for the the client at the beginning of the proof book before all the gridded pages with just numbers, you create a very special section of your favorite images and they look like this one up and then what happens is your client opens up what's supposed to be a proof book, and they see these big photographs, and when they see really huge photographs, they will fall in love with those. And so you maybe put ten or twenty or thirty or forty, depending on how many one put in there, and they it becomes an album experience for them, even though it's just approved book, so that when they go back to the back and start looking for the prince, they're going to choose they've already fallen in love with one is that you've suggested because they were big, so which ones will they choose the big ones? So you're training your clients how to see so, anyway, but that's the that's, the philosophy behind the proof book, but the the way to make the proof book and if you have a album maker or whatever that you want to start sending stuff too even certainly create prints inside of here and then just automate him. So a lot of people do a on album that is literally just one picture per page. If that's the kind of album you're doing, you can make the exact print size in here for whatever you know if you're going to kiss wedding books or if you're goingto graphics studios or if you're going to the leather craftsman doesn't matter who you're going to just get their paper size change that paper size in the page set up and then go in here and change all the dimensions and just knock out the you know choose the thirty pictures and knock it out be done and it will spit out all the j pegs and you send the j pegs off and they printed up so that's how you would use the proof are the printing module for either making a proof book or for using it for blogged purposes and again I'm light room five is a much higher quality uh print module so the text that's coming out of there is far greater quality so I'm thrilled about that so so look look for that as an advancement andi we'll cover all those advances in the fourth section of tomorrow so the very end of the day at two fifteen we'll go over all of the cool things that are in like five so cool on I'm sorry if I missed it well it also exports a pdf not the not the print module the module exports on ly too a j peg thank you but the the the book module exports to blurb j peg or pdf so if you want to go to a pdf you go to the book module and we'll talk about the book a book module tomorrow perfect and redhead that seventeen s ah, they were curious if making these folder options are the same on a pc do you know how it carries over um making them for making that making the full directions for the book pages and exporting yeah, so on the pc it's light arms going to still export if it's more than one image it's going to export a folder and then put the images inside it is that what they're saying? Yeah and it's the same yeah should operate exactly the same. Okay, um a few other questions while we're in this model is this a good time? Yeah. Um g j v h studio asked is it possible to have the photographers signature as a p and g and the copyright in the text at the same time? Um well you could mean in the print module you have the ability to add two different things you can add a identity plate which is this thing that you can move around and you can add a watermark and that water mark can also also be a signature on then you have the ability to also add photo info which you can change from file name too caption custom taxed date all of these various items now one of them is not copyright but you could certainly put the copyright in one of these areas and then you would be fine so you would edit that hallway no, I think you could hold on hold on one second. Let me see if exit data on see if it's in there. If you see it before I see it, let me know. But there it is. Copyright. Yes. So the answer is yes, but it's going to be in the image it's going to be in the photo info so it's going to sit right here it's going to be right below the photo in the center if you want the copyright information there it's just it's just where it's going to be. So thank you. And we have a question from a student yesterday. Ass. If you could give a quick explanation of png, just how you create a png is a it's, a j peg that can have transparency eso it's kind of like the photo shopped document of j pegs so it just has more ability to it. It's a cleaner like you're going to have. I think you can also have, uh, transparency and a gift g f but it's their horrible file types. So the png is a pretty good file type that has the ability to have transparent. Nc. And so what you do is you go into photo shop, you use a photoshopped document. Tio, do all of your work on your whatever it is you're doing, whether it's a logo or whatever and preserve the transparency, and then so you have, like the checkerboard behind it. And when you export that, or when you say that, save it as a saving is the photo shop document, and save a copy as a png, and you just say that straight out, and it will. It will preserve that transparency. Everything above the checkerboard will be flattened, but everything on the checkerboard will just be considered clear. And then you, khun, pop it in tow light room, and it will become a floating logo.

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