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3 - Print Module Panels on the Right Side

Layout Style Panel

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Layout Style Panel

The Layout Style panel displays the layout style of the template that you've selected.

There are three layout styles.

You don't need to select one of these layout styles.

Rather, the layout style is determined by the template that you've selected.

Click on different templates to see how the layout style changes according to the template.

Again, this panel just displays the layout style of a template.

You don't have to do anything in this panel.

If you do click on one of the layout styles, the template you lasted used with that layout style is displayed.

Here are the three layout styles.

Layout Style #1 - Single Image/Contact Sheet

The Single Image/Contact Sheet layout style lets you print one or more photographs at the same size.

Layout Style #2 - Picture Package

The Picture Package layout style lets you print one photograph with different sizes.

School and wedding photographers use this style to provide different sizes for the same photograph.

Layout Style #3 - Custom Package

The Custom Package layout style lets you print more than one photograph with different sizes.

 

Single Image/

Contact Sheet

Picture
Package

Custom

Package

One Photograph

   

One or More Photographs

 

One Size

   

Different Sizes

 

Template Structure

Before going to the next panel, let's look at the structure of the templates.

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Adobe

A: Vertical Cell Spacing, B: Cell Width, C: Margin,

D: Cell Height, E: Horizontal Cell Spacing

Your photograph appears inside a window on the template called a cell.

If there's just one photograph, the cell is separated from the edge of the paper by margins.

If there are several cells:

• The cells are separated from each other by horizontal and vertical spacing between the cells.

Spacing is between cells.

• The grid of cells is separated from the edge of the paper by margins.

Margins are between a cell or cells and the edge of the print.

Now, let's look at the Image Settings panel.

Image Settings Panel

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Image Settings Panel

The Image Settings panel is used to determine how to fill the cell or cells.

Let's use pancake making as an analogy.

The Image Settings panel is how the batter, the photograph, is poured on the griddle, the cell.

The options in the Image Settings panel will vary depending on the layout style of a the selected template.

Zoom To Fill

Single Image/

Contact Sheet

Picture
Package

Custom

Package

 

When Zoom To Fill is selected, the cell is filled completely.

If necessary, the photograph is cropped.

You can reposition the cropped photograph within the cell.

Press and hold Ctrl (Windows) or Cmd (Mac), and drag.

If Zoom To Fill is not selected, blank spaces fill the areas where the aspect ratios of the photograph and the cell don't match.

Rotate To Fit

Single Image/

Contact Sheet

Picture
Package

Custom

Package

 

When Rotate To Fit is selected, the photograph is rotated to produce the largest image that fits in the cell.

Repeat One Photo Per Page

Single Image/

Contact Sheet

Picture
Package

Custom

Package

   

If you select Repeat One Photo Per Page, a single photograph is repeated in each cell on a multi-cell template.

Stroke Border

Single Image/

Contact Sheet

Picture
Package

Custom

Package

   

Stroke Border adds a border of the specified width and color inside the cell.

The photograph is reduced in size to make space for the border.

The size of the cell doesn't change.

Photo Border

Single Image/

Contact Sheet

Picture
Package

Custom

Package

 

Photo Border adds a border of the chosen width inside each cell.

The photograph is reduced in size to make space for the border.

The size of the cell doesn't change.

Inner Stroke

Single Image/

Contact Sheet

Picture
Package

Custom

Package

 

Inner Stroke is similar to Stroke Border.

It adds a border of the specified width and color inside the cell.

The photograph is reduced in size to make space for the border.

The size of the cell doesn't change.

The Panels Change, Too

Above, the options in the Image Settings panel change depending on which of three layout styles is being used by a template.

Similarly:

• When the layout style is Single Image/Contact Sheet, the Layout and Guides panels appear.

• When the layout styles are Picture Package or Custom Package, the Rulers, Grids & Guides panel and the Cells panel appear.

 

Single Image/

Contact Sheet

Picture
Package

Custom

Package

Layouts Panel

   

Guides Panel

   

Rulers, Grids & Guides Panel

 

Cells Panel

 

Layout Panel

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Layout Panel

When using a template with the layout style of Single Image/Contact Sheet, you can specify the following.

Margins = Borders

The margins are the borders around the photograph.

Rows & Columns

These two settings determine the number of photographs displayed, and their positions.

Cell Size = Your Photograph

The cell is the photograph.

The dimensions of the cell are those of the photograph.

Persnickety Value Entry

The above values affect each other.

When you change one of the values in the Layout panel, it may affect the other values.

Therefore, you may not be able to set one of the values properly.

If so, continue setting the other values.

Then, return to the recalcitrant value.

You should be able to set it now.

Full Frame Values for 8.5" x 11" Paper

Full frame means the entire photograph is seen.

The borders won't be even, all-the-way-around.

Here are the values when using:

• 8.5" x 11" paper.

• A digital SLR camera or a typical point-and-shoot camera.

Digital SLR: Landscape Orientation

Left

.25

Right

.25

Top

.75

Bottom

.75

Cell Height

7

Cell Width

10.5

Digital SLR: Portrait Orientation

Left

.75

Right

.75

Top

.25

Bottom

.25

Cell Height

10.5

Cell Width

7

Point-and-shoot: Landscape Orientation

Left

.25

Right

.25

Top

.31

Bottom

.31

Cell Height

7.88

Cell Width

10.5

Point-and-shoot: Portrait Orientation

Left

.31

Right

.31

Top

.25

Bottom

.25

Cell Height

10.5

Cell Width

7.88

Determining Margins & Cell Dimensions

You can use the Layout Panel Values Calculator to determine the above values.

It's an Excel spreadsheet.

Excel is part of Microsoft Office (Windows), iWork (Mac), and can also be opened with OpenOffice.

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Layout Panel Values Calculator

Guides Panel

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Guides Panel

If you're using a template with the layout style of Single Image/Contact Sheet, you can show the following guides:

• Rulers

• Page bleeds

• Margins and gutters

• Image cells

• Dimensions

Rulers, Grid & Guides Panel

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Rulers, Grid & Guides Panel

When using a template with the layout styles of Picture Package or Custom Package, you can use the Rulers, Grid & Guides panel to set the:

• Ruler units.

• Snap feature.

• Guides.

Cells Panel

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Cells Panel

When using a template with the layout styles of Picture Package or Custom Package, you can use the Cells panel to add:

• Cells.

• Pages.

• Guides.

Page Panel

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Page Panel

The Page panel is always present.

You can specify the background color and other items to be printed with the photograph.

Print Job Panel

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Print Job Panel

The Print Job panel is always present.

You use the Print Job panel to set five features.

Feature #1 - Print To

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Print Job Panel: Print To

You can select:

• Print to Printer.

• Print to JPEG File.

Use the Print to JPEG File option to create JPEG files to send to a lab.

Do the following.

1) Create a folder in My Pictures or Pictures, or on your Desktop, for the files that will be sent to a lab.

2) Select Print to JPEG File.

3) Make any needed adjustments in the Print Job panel.

The Print button has changed to Print to File.

5) Click the Print to File button in the lower-right corner of your screen.

6) Choose the destination folder for the JPEG files that you created above.

7) Click Save.

Feature #2 - Draft Mode Printing

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Print Job Panel: Draft Mode Printing

Select Draft Mode Printing for contact sheets and low-quality work prints.

The previews cached by Lightroom are used for printing.

If previews have not been created, the previews are used for printing, resulting in even lower quality prints.

Some options in the Print Job panel are not available when using Draft Mode Printing.

Features #3 & #4 - Resolution & Sharpening

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Print Job Panel: Resolution & Sharpening

You can set the resolution and sharpening.

The default print resolution and sharpening settings are often the best.

Go Resolution.

Go to Sharpening.

Feature #5 - Color Management

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Print Job Panel: Color Management

You can adjust the color management.

For a complete discussion of color management, go to Color Management.

Printer Profiles

Use the Profile menu to select the profile for the paper that you're using.

Go to Printer Profiles.

Rendering Intent

Your printer can print most colors.

The colors that it can print are called in-gamut colors.

Your printer can't print some colors.

The colors that your printer can't print are out-of-gamut colors.

Colors That CAN Be Printed

In-gamut Colors

Colors That CAN'T Be Printed

Out-of-gamut colors

Rendering intents manipulate the out-of-gamut colors to make them become "in-gamut."

Use the Rendering Intent menu to select either Perceptual or Relative.

Perceptual Rendering Intent

The perceptual rendering intent is the default option.

Use it when printing a photograph with many out-of-gamut colors.

The perceptual rendering intent attempts to preserve the relationship between all of the colors in your photograph.

Out-of-gamut colors are shifted into the in-gamut color range.

The in-gamut colors are also shifted.

Therefore, the colors in your photograph are changed slightly.

While the colors change, their relationship to each other is maintained.

Relative Rendering Intent

Use the relative rendering intent when there are few out-of-gamut colors.

The relative rendering intent preserves all in-gamut colors.

They do not change.

The out-of gamut colors do change.

The relative rendering intent changes them to the closest in-gamut color.

Summary

  In-gamut Colors Out-of-gamut Colors Best If There Are . . .
Percpetual Shifted Shifted into In-gamut Colors Many Out-of-gamut Colors
Relative Preserved Changed to Nearest In-gamut Color Few Out-of-gamut Colors

Try Both

If you're not certain which rendering intent is the best for a photograph, print it with both rendering intents.

Then, compare the prints.

Go to Rendering Intents.