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Using the Lightroom Book Module - Part 2

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)


Keywords: adobe, lightroom, book

Part 1 of this article covered the basics of getting started with the LrC Book Module. Part 2 presents additional information on using the module.

One of the things that makes it easy and convenient to create a book using LrC is that there is no need to convert images to the JPEG format and then export them.  The LrC software does that as it sends the images to Blurb.  Additionally, if you don’t want to use Blurb for printing your book, you can use the Export to JPG command and then use the resultant JPG digital file to print the book elsewhere.  One of the benefits to building a book in LrC is that you can easily continue to add images as needed once you begin to build the book.  The book used in this example was created using the filter bar to sort the images, which resided in several different folders, then using the Create Saved Book button at the top right of the viewing window once the book was completed. Even after saving the book I could add images as needed to the book if I wanted to change something.  If I had created a temporary collection, then used the Save button to create a saved book, I would have deleted the temporary collection and used the Saved book to make any changes I wanted.   

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When I create a book I do not use Auto Layout, but that is an option and, depending on what type of book you are creating, it could work to at least provide a start to the book.  Leaving the Show Guides box checked is a good practice, although I turn it off and on as needed.  You also get to decide if you want the image to snap to the cells, the computer grid, or be turned off.  I generally use the choice of “cells.” Additionally, as you work, you may want to zoom in on a page by using the single page icon at the bottom left of the viewing screen. You can also choose to view all pages or only two attached pages.  It’s a good practice to view each page at a large size, scanning for any errors.

Almost everything in the Book Module can be altered to some degree.  If you’ve chosen a page, popped in an image, and want to make it smaller you can do that with Cell Padding.  In that same panel you can add a border, in your choice of colors, to an image.  To use a color from an image to create a border, click on the image itself, then check the Photo Border Color box, click on the color box icon and then click again on the actual color picker box that pops up, then still holding down the color picker move to the image and click on the color in the image you want to use to make your border. 

If you want to add photo text click on the photo text box for the image.  I have my software set to put in placeholder text, this is done in the Book Preferences section of the toolbar.  I always need to make sure that I click on the text to type over it.  I can then type in whatever I want, using any of the options in the Text panel.  I can also pick up the text template and move it up and down as needed, just be sure the hand tool appears before you try to move the text bar. Once I’ve chosen the text bar the Type options panel will allow me to choose various type fonts, colors, size, and opacity, among others. The text must be highlighted or chosen before you can make these changes.  Tracking allows you to space out the text letters across a space, while leading allows you to create more space between lines of text, which works well with large headline text.  Baseline will move text up or down in a defined text area. Using text effectively takes some practice and acquired skill and experimentation will allow you to understand the differences.  Also, you may not be aware of this but the Adobe Photography package includes access to many different fonts through the Adobe dashboard.  This allows you to find and download a variety of font types.  

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