Lightroom Essentials

Lesson 37 of 40

Adding your Logo to Books

 

Lightroom Essentials

Lesson 37 of 40

Adding your Logo to Books

 

Lesson Info

Adding your Logo to Books

So when we left off, we have the question about if you, uh, if you're creating a book project, is it saved? Is it not saved? Should you save it? So when we were creating this, we did have a save button up here at the top prize, so we did give that a click once we do that, then that project appears over here in your collections panel because that's what it really is a collection, but you can tell what kind of collection it is because it has a little icon, it looks like a book now, the important thing about that why I wanted to mention it again is that once you create the saved project like this, you don't ever have to re save it, ethan, then saving happens automatically so you don't have to keep pressing, you know, command s or control is to save the project, and that holds true for slide shows, webb galleries and print projects. So anytime you create, if you save the project once, you don't have to save it again because you're changes are automatically captured, which is a nice thing. ...

So when we left off before the question, we were talking about customizing the print layouts and we talked a little bit about zooming, so just click a photo and you'll get that zoom bar and you can use that teo do a little in project cropping, if you will, and remember that you can create virtual copies if you need to crop in different ways for perhaps different projects, but also you've got that seem control here's what makes kind of in book cropping very simple. Once you have used the zoom slider here, then you get the opportunity to reposition your page and I'll just make that a little bit larger I person commander control t so now once I was zoomed in a little bit, I can position the photo exactly where I want on the paint, which is really, really nice and again, the little triangle at the bottom right of the page itself is you can think of that as your template picker, and you are not limited to just one photo per page thes air all categories, so we have multiple photo categories look at all of these templates that we have available for multiple photos so you can make your own photo mosaic so here's a nice template for six up full bleed here's some nice two page spread templates, and we also talked about how to customize the spacing here, so I'll just go ahead and add another will go back to one photo will customize one of those or two photos rather so let's say I'd like to photos on this page instead of one that's great so I've got a photo here I can take the zoom percentage down position that the way I want let's go ahead and drag another photo looks like we have used all of them that will drive this abstract here to customize these pages you're going to go back to the sale panel this is very important to remember and you're not going to remember it the first few times you go in here and you're going to try everything in the world to click and drag those photo cells around and resize them and you're not gonna be able to do it at all. You cannot do that. The only way to effect spacing is through this cell panel here by default light room wants to lock them together so if you change the left cell padding then it's going to change it on there right in the top in the bottom this is how you change size so that maybe the look that you're after for your book just know that you can do that so not only do you have zoom control but you have cell padding and if you uh turn off the link all option over here in the cell panel then you can begin to control that cell padding individually so you could even create something like that if you wanted teo so all kinds of artistic possibilities but this is the way that you would control okay, well now that I've got you know what looks like a smaller photo cell how can I re position that around within that spot? You can also click and drag these and I thought you couldn't move that maybe there's an alignment control that we can use but anyway it's going to take some some manipulation to try to customize those as you want let's see maybe I can change the right padding then we could even create little squares if we wanted to so there's all kinds of options but it is a little bit limiting if you don't want to use these controls over here then you can click and drag these guides so if I wanted this image to end up on the left I'd have to drag that left patting guide way over to the left and then come back over here and drag the right pad and guide over to the right over to the left rather so it is a it's exciting to customize these pages so probably easier to have a go with thes guides and it is you know, messing with this control over here but you do want to come over here and to be able to create a stuff like this you're gonna have to turn that link all button off and there is a guide's panel down here I believe there is somewhere where you can toggle those guys to be on end off there it is there's the guy's panel. So so that's the guides for the outside nevertheless there's the photo cells guys right there. So if you don't see those for whatever, whatever reason, just make sure all of those guys are turned on. Okay, now, let's, talk a little bit about because we could spend all day customizing all this stuff and dragging pages in and out, but I want to show you how to add, uh, a logo to these pages because you might want to do that. So let's, go ahead and view all of our pages by pressing command e there we go, that's kind of interesting, that little sliver that we made. Ok, so back up here, it's, the very top let's say you don't want to have the blurb logo on you want to use your own logo there, so you would come up here to the book settings panel and you would turn that logo page poppet menu would change it to none. Now you're going to come down here to the page panel and you're gonna click at a page or you're going to right click and existing page and she's ad page from there and blurred was going to add or light room rather is going to add, however many number of pages needs teo end up with the appropriate number for the cover so here's the page where we would want at our own logo, we'll tow add your logo it's a simple as adding it to the collection and dragging it onto that pages if it were a regular old image, because it is an image, so all it really requires you to do is to import your lego in the light room, so I'm done that, so we're going to track back to the library module and let me show you what I did. So we're going to come up here in my catalog panel and I'm going to choose all photographs, then I'm we're going to use a library filter to find my logo so command f or control f cheated a minute, I keyword my logo's with the word logo so I can find the darn things in the vast library of imagery. I can't be bothered to make a logo collection, which I get it done, because this is easy for me at this point, just tow key word the logo when I bring it in and you bring it in my choosing file import and navigating door that logo, liz and it doesn't matter if it's a png or if it's a j peg or if it's ah psd or what have you I tend to stick with p angie's in light room because when I do that I have transparency around my logo so theoretically I could let it atop of an image in it would be fine that's not what we're going to use it for in this case but you also get opacity control here in light room so what you might be tempted to do if you're a photo shop jockey is to think you well I want to add my load of the page but I wanted to be really small and I wanted to be a little bit screens back so I want to drop the opacity on it don't do that in photo shop because you actually have that control here in light room which is pretty amazing so I've already got my logo here how do I get it into that project well we're going tio click and drag onto the project collection the project collection or the saved project since we've already created the safe project if you hadn't yet created the same project then you just drag it into the collection folder so let's drag it into the book project and now let's use that tiny little arrow that appears to their right of their project and again we got that project by clicking the safe button at the top right of the book module once we started creating pages if we just click that little error there we go straight to the book module in into that book so we'll do that then I drag it into the wrong but our open the wrong book okay so now we see that additional image so adding your logos to the project like this is exactly the same as adding another image to the project because your logo is an image so now since we created that blank page a simple matter of clicking and dragging to drop the logo on top of the page the only problem is it's honking big so let's go ahead and reduce our page view here so let's press remember our keyboard shortcuts commander control e r t so he's multi page ours double page spread t is individual page so commander control t so now how am I going to make this thing smaller? Well it's click it and let's lower the zoom now how would we make it smaller still cell padding I wish wish wish wish wish this said something other than sail I understand that that's what it is but it's just it doesn't seem intuitive to me that that's where you would go to resize zoom anything okay so now we can if we leave all of the cell padding linked that's fine in this case so we would just click and drag it to the right now your next question is going to be how do we get to the bottom of the page then we would probably have tto unlike dragged that guy down drag this guy down and now we have our logo on that page. Okay, let's, do that again. I deleted the photo. I want to try to get another blank page so I can show you all of that again. So I'm just gonna add another blank page at a blank page. Here we go. So let's, drop the logo in. Now we're going to click it, get the zoom slider, zoom in all the way down. Now we can come over here to our cell padding and if you want to leave them all in together to kind of get the size that you want and then turn off the link all tried the bottom guy down and then the guy just on top of it down and that's how you can manage positioning, it works. Okay, so now let's, talk about adding your logo to every page. This is a little bit trickier. So let's, go back to multi page view, which is commander control e and let's. Go ahead and delete that from that page to some. We're not seeing it now. Let's, come in here and look at some of the other options that we've got here. We've already talked about the type panel we have a background panel. This is where you can add your logo to every page but the trick here is the positioning because you've only got one set of guides per page, those cell padding guides and those were being used to position your photos, so we can't do what we just did to position the logo on the page, because we've only got one set of cell padding guides there, so the fix is to go over in photo shop and create your logo at the placement. You wants to create a blank page that is the size of one page of a book. How do you know what size the book is? Try to appear to the book settings panel and click the size poppet menu. So right now we're dealing with a ten by eight inch book and what did I say? That resolution was two hundred and forty something like that will just go ahead and make it three hundred. So let's, come over here to photo shop, choose file new document or press commander control in now we're going to call this one low go for ten by eight photo book, and we're gonna change the dimensions two inches, ten by eight when we can either leave it at two forty or go to three hundred if we're scared e remember the higher the number, the smaller the pixels are, so go ahead and click, okay. Now you want to bring in your logo so we're gonna choose file place and I'm gonna navigate toe where my logo lives on my hard drive it happens to be right here click place the shop's going to bring it in as a smart object that means it's got that protective wrapper around it which in this case allows photoshopped to remember that hey, this is an illustration this is a vector piece of art so I retain all the superpowers of whatever file format I put that protective wrapper around. So if it's raw, you get the ability to double click the thumbnail on open camera. If it's a vector, you get infinite scalability forever. So any superpower that's inherent to the file format photoshopped knows that when you put that protective smart object wrapper around it, when you choose file place, you are automatically creating a smart object and in doing such photoshopped gives you the opportunity to resize the piece of art so it gives you these automatic re sizing handles so let's, go ahead and press and hold the shift key so that we constrain the aspect ratio so we don't squish and squash that pretty little logo that dc comics artist made for me, so we'll hold down the shift key and then teo make the re sizing happen from the inside out, so it affects all sides at once we're gonna hold on another modifier key and that is option on a mac or a halt on the pc and now we're going to size the logo to how we want it to appear on the page now think about this what do you want your logo toe look like if it's going to appear on every single dad gum page, I kind of think it's a little over the top to require logo on every page, but if you're somebody's making you do it, then be artistic with it. So what I would do is I would leave the logo kind of big press return when you're finished, grab the move tool, I'd hang sucker off the edge of the page and then in light room, drop the opacity so that it's on every page is somebody's forcing you at gun point to do that, but it's not in your face and it doesn't feel so ego riddled and gross, so this is what I do and it really is a nice look and this is the technique you would use for creating your own custom background. So think about this beyond just a logo opportunity it could be anything it could be a texture you could create your own custom texture that appeared behind your photos in your photo books, it could be anything it could be an ornamental hoo ha that you made in adobe illustrator little frilly little thing just to add another level of detail to the pages of these books so it could be anything the only caveat with having it on every single page like this, they're actually if you do that, you could just say that as a graphic and you could just import that you know whenever you want and add that to whatever paige uh that you wanted but having it as a background, you get the choice to have it on every page or just certain pages, so I don't know that I'd have a texture on every page or ornamental element on every page, but you might throw some in there here and there it is this going to take a little experimentation for you to get it just right but in so far as the background image, you don't really have control over placement in light room that's why we're in photo shop and we're creating a new document the size of our book page so we can with the move to ll handle the positioning of the graphical element ourself and then over in light room we can change opacity of its kind of straight back a little bit because if you change the capacity over here and photo shot than in light room what you said the opacity too in photo shop is your hundred percent capacity over in light room so let's say this is good so let's go ahead and safe I'll save as and I would go ahead and tuesday peg her paying you the one thing's going to be a tiny bit probably tiny bit higher quality and I like to save all my latte room graphics in one folder so now click save look okay now let's, come back overto light room and we need to import that you can also drag and drop if you're in the library module, you can drag and drop right into light room so we've got the photo lisa folder here I've got a photo lisa art folder and inside that I have my light room graphics so if we grab our logo that we just did see how when I drag it over into the light room and face, I get the little plus time that only happens in the library module but that key shoes from having to use that import dialogue toe root around so light room is showing me much more than just the one page that I want to import. Why? Because it's seeing everything else that's in this folder why is it great out like that? Because those have already been imported so it since we have don't import suspected duplicates turned on it wants to try to keep me from importing those again it's trying to be helpful so close that folder so now we can just click okay here's where I would add my keyword logo and click import so there's my file now I can click and drag it into my project and click the right facing arrow on the correct project this time and now I've got that new page file right there so now let's come down here I'm actually going to leave those pages because they're ugly so right click remove page you know sweet that when they're okay now let's come down here on the right hand side and scroll down to the background panel so if you want to add the background to one page you would turn off, apply background globally so if I do that and I just click and drag it to this one page then it only shows on that one page but I messed around with our guides so I'll go ahead and set those back zoom in and see hats hanging off the page and I can control I should be able to control opacity honestly that should work nevertheless we're not going to spend a lot of time with it. Okay, so now if I wanted to apply that to every page then we would click right here and when we go back to multi page view she had appears on every page. Now I wonder how it's going to give me opacity control okay so now let's go to another page so I zoomed in my pressing commander control t we can also use your arrow case to navigate between the pages once you're zoomed in so see how we're seeing are logan and me close the photo been to give us a little bit more screen real estate and hide the panels with the tiki there the tacky rather so that's one way of adding a little good every page without it looking just totally score me in perhaps perhaps that opacity control doesn't work on a background graphic if you only let it add it toe one page is somebody in the studio audience happened to see why I think the first time you drug the image you were dragging it into a cell in a page rather than treating it as a background well it looked like when you dragged it up into the background panel that's when it started to treat it as a background that might have been it absolutely um the question I have is in in a lot of page layout programs you're able to control if you've got a right aligned an element like you do here you can flip it and have it be the reverse on facing pages is there a way with background within? Okay that's a really excellent question though yeah the question is since we've added this lego algo backs where you can see like a two page spread since we've added this is there a way to flip it between left and right pages? There's not no, but maybe what you could do is create two versions of it but but see that's a great segway into this next thing that I want to say is that if you find yourself really working hard to trick light room into doing things that it doesn't want to do that is a great indication that perhaps you should be in another program like in design and design is a fabulous a photo book creator you will have infinite flexibility and I believe is it kara or keira that has care play picnic quickness way we've got another really talented and structure here a creative life which I believe did if not one class more than one class on creating gorgeous portfolio books in light room and my I'm not sure we can look into it okay, I'm pretty sure she did but so in design would be a better place toe at that level of customization but you know by all means give it a try but if you find yourself just really spent in hours and banging your head against the wall then there's probably another program that's more suited to do what you want but that's a really, really excellent question another quick question lisa before you leave the logo section a few people were asking if the quality was impacted by um changing the padding around the logos does the quality stay the same where or doesn't change well that's a good question so the cell padding is really your manipulation of zoom and placement so it depends on how what quality the graphic was when you brought it in, but if you ever do anything that uh causes light room to think that that image may not print well at the size and resolution that it wants to use and you're going to get that little exclamation point if you've got blurb chosen up here at the top and I don't care what you want to do if you want to exporters pia for export you know, as a j peg start out with blur build the darn thing that why you get those little exclamation points if you do enter a resolution question great question, okay, so let's talk just a couple of more minutes about some things that you might want to do. We'll go ahead and view our a photo strip here I'm gonna go ahead and change the template on this one to something a little bit more attractive, so we'll go back up here don't forget about these categories also we've got some themes down here this one is called clean, so it's not gonna have any text boxes anywhere, any of that stuff very, very, very clean we've got creative which has some shadows and borders going on and you can control all of that as well to customize that this one has actually well just choose one of these to show you the edge these have some custom edges look test matches you can create those yourself and import them the key is to create him just like we did with that background graphic and photo shop and then you're going to do your little painterly affect your whatever kind of edge you want you just want that center bit to be transparent you could bring him in and do that far beyond the scope of this here class but that's how you can do that so let's just dragon image in and now you can see that creative edge all way around so that's neat so do experiment with those other templates so let's go back to multi page view I just want to spend a second telling you about how you can rearrange things. This is a good patient show that on if I want to flip flop these images it's just a matter of clicking and drying really super easy if you've ever built a photo book and I photo it's very, very similar now let's go back to multi page of you and let's say that I want this page double page spread which is really pages for in five I want it to be pages two and three click it if it's a double page spreads and both pages are locked together and they will move together, click and drag from this orange bar underneath and just release your mouse button when you get in the right spot near you, you can rearrange single pages as well. Click the page see how now the orange border is only appearing on one page so now if I click and drag that paige over here is going to replace page one so that's how you can rearrange pages after you've already laid amount so what I typically do is I lay out each paint first, and then I'll go back and I'll start rearranging the pages so that's, what you could do that if you don't want if you want to delete a page it's this simple as, uh, right clicking and saying remove page that doesn't remove anything from your collection rearranging pages here does not rearrange photos in your collection. If you had the wherewithal to know kind of the order that you wanted your photos to be in in the book before you created the book, then while you're in your collection and we'll just go back over here to the library of you lou library view, you can scoot photos around and a collection you can order them, see how that dark black line is appearing there as I skipped my photos around so I'll go down and zoom size by tapping the hyphen key so you could if you wanted to you before you started making your book put your photos in the order you want them to appear however if you've made a smart collection so that's ah analogue um that automatically populates we talked about those on day one on monday you can't you can't order those in a custom way because it's an auto populating album so you can't drag to reorder so it's come back over here to our sunset book let's go to the ones that I the ria when that I may cause it's a bit prettier so we talked about oh let's say you want to find where photo is used in the book let's say I wantto find that photo right there see how light room automatically moved the filmstrip toe highlight it for me now what if I want to make an adjustment to this photo press d to go to the develop module make your change let's add a dark edge of and yet so we really see it now we can go back to our book module and that changes there so if you see something that you want to change in the developed module while you're here go ahead have at it one more thing that I want to show you is that you can add text to any page by turning on a photo text her page text right here. Casey, just turn on those check boxes. Activate the page, and if you turn on ad photo text, then you get a text box and you can determine where that text appears by clicking and drag in the box. You don't have a whole lot of options, but you've got a few so that's how you would add text. All right, let me see there's. Anything else I want to show you about that we talked about dragging to rearrange, finding where a photo is removing pages, backgrounds and branding one thing to know light room cannot import a pdf. So for whatever reason, your logo is in pdf form. You can't import it, but the fix for that would just if you have photoshopped, will be to bring in a photo shop. Save it is a j peg or a pmg refused to fall for that matter and bringing in that way. All right, we talked about saving and custom template, which you have made some changes to a page. Just control, click or right click. And this is noone light room five and then save. Ask custom page the books are a lot of fun you really will have a a lot of fun creating those.

Class Description

Ready to take control of your photo library and actually enjoy image processing? Join best-selling author and image-editing/stock expert Lesa Snider for a comprehensive three-day immersion into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Lesa will cover everything you need to know about importing, managing, and correcting images using Lightroom's non-destructive workspace. You'll learn how to apply global changes to photos, how to target specific areas for more selective changes, and how to apply changes to multiple photos en masse. You'll also learn how to fix skies, retouch portraits, remove sensor spots and other objects, as well as when and how to switch over to Photoshop (or Elements) for more difficult tasks. Lesa will also show you how to sharpen like a pro (with nods to specific settings for submitting stock imagery), export your photos, apply a wide variety of practical effects, share images via social media networks, add location data, build photo books, create sizzling slideshows, customize print layouts, create gorgeous web galleries, and much more.

By the end of this course, you'll be in love with Photoshop Lightroom and you'll have mastered the art of photo management and non-destructive editing.


Software Used: Adobe Lightroom 5

Reviews