Having Fun with the Print Module in Lightroom 3 or 4

Oh my goodness,  I was having some fun in Lightroom with the Print layouts after watching a Behind the Scenes video with Kim Klassen and went back into it to see what I could come up with.

I have always used this module for actual printing but it is awesome to use as a tool for building photo layouts for your blog too!!

I haven’t spent enough time looking through my files to pick and choose what to bring into my Blog folder yet … it’s on my LIST of ‘To Dos’ believe me so I just used what I had there already which was a couple of my blog headers and my Vancouver watercolour pano.

So while there I figure what the heck, post it to my blog.  YOU can do this too with Lightroom 3 and 4 in the PRINT module. It’s very cool and easy peasy.

You can use one of the custom layouts to drag your pictures up to or you can clear the layout, start with a blank page, drag your pictures up onto it and by holding the shift key to constrain proportions while you resize them on the page, you can then move them around to where you want them to sit.

Once you have them laid out to your liking, save it by choosing PRINT TO FILE and it will automatically save it to a jpeg bringing up a dialogue as to where you want it to live for a moment. Remember to choose at least 150 resolution which will still give you good quality for the blog. Also I choose high for sharpening in output.  I just save to my desktop until I finished it in Photoshop unless of course a folder is set up for all the practice stuff in it already.

When you then bring it into Photoshop you can crop, add text, put it into another layout if you like and then save it to WEB which will bring up the web dialogue in relation to the size for your blog etc.

Here is my random layout for today reminding you that I didn’t pre program the sizes of the panoramas because they were already in my system.  There are lots of ideas for future layouts using this system. Kim has Lightroom 4 and I want to get that very soon, but I have Lightroom 3 and it works exactly the same in that version.

Layout using Adobe Lightroom3

Please feel free to email me with questions. This is quite easy to do and the main thing is to practice and have some fun. Added note: Place your images on the page size you want to use, where you want them to live. Once you have done this in Lightroom you cannot change their position in PS so if you are making something where you want to add text such as a small story, leave room for it while you make the template in Lightroom first.

Enjoy and have fun with this!!

Until the next thought …

xo Joy

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5 Fact Friday – Behind the Scenes Inspiration

Hello Lovelies … yes I know it’s now Saturday, actually Sunday by the time I publish this, but I couldn’t get to this until now and didn’t want to miss out on this fun assignment. I plan on getting next Friday’s in on time.

First and foremost I wanted to create something special for it.  I laughed and giggled at Kim and Xanthe’s antics … oh my gosh so funny!  Of course then my mind went blank. You’d think I’d have something more interesting to share for our first ever 5 Fact Friday wouldn’t you?

Here is my Creation.  The original is a combination of the Moon shot from this past week’s full moon and Pt. Wilson Light at Port Townsend WA in the USA

Happy BC Day in … BC of course, and the rest of the provinces that are celebrating a great long weekend! Hope you’re all having a safe and happy summer.

I was outside shooting the full moon a couple of nights ago. I wish I could get closer, I don’t have any doubler or tube extensions. Only my 75 – 300 mm Nikkor which with digital makes it a 450mm so that’s not too bad. I have painstakingly tried to get sharp shots for years. These were not too bad.  SEE CAMERA SETTINGS BELOW for Shooting the MOON

Thanks to Kim Klassen and her extraordinary textures. I used kk confusion over the whole piece twice and masked out the moon. This image had so many layers that I ended up saving then making a jpeg before I even got to the five facts section. Then I added the stars, the lights in the windows and on the lighthouse. I was having trouble with some of my layers on the first concoction to the point of frustration. Better to save and change things than to risk losing it all.

5 Fact Friday – Pt Wilson Light, Port Townsend, WA

Moonrise over Point Wilson

August Moon

The settings for shooting the moon with my DSLR Nikon D2x using a Nikon Nikkor Zoom 75mm to 300mm 1:4.5-5.6 Lens  (which ends up being 450mm on a digital camera)

MANUAL Settings – Exposure 1/60 Sec, at F8 , Daylight or Sun White Balance, Manual focus set to infinity, on a tripod and using a cable release or remote if you have it.

Wouldn’t ya know, I trekked way out back of my house in the dark, set it all up only to realize I had forgotten my cable release back at the house. Oh well, … held my breath and the tripod steady as I could.

Much more detail can be achieved with a larger lens of course but also with Extension Tubes or Doubler both of which I do now have =0(

I have always wanted to get those cool shots we see where every crater is visable practically … so awesome. Maybe one day I’ll have the opportunity to use them or learn how to achieve an even sharper image with what I have.

Moonbeams and Starlight Dreams

Thanks for indulging me dear friends.

Until the next thought …

xo Joy