Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output

A Workshop on Video with Laura Shoe
Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output

Lightroom 4: The Fundamentals & Beyond
Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output

Produce great prints, photo books, slideshows and web galleries with Lightroom 4!

Master Lightroom’s output modules — Book, Slideshow, Print and Web — and finally conquer critical output concepts that confuse and frustrate photographers, but are important to getting high quality consistent results.

Almost 12 hours of training on 55 videos; for MAC or PC; playable with Quick Time, iTunes and other media players on your computer. iPad compatible (MP4 videos)!

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Next best thing to having a great expert at your side
…a great value.”

— Photo Source International

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  • Finally master output concepts that confuse and frustrate photographers!
    • Understand why what you see in Lightroom isn’t always what you get in output, and what you can do about it. Learn about color management, color spaces, printing with profiles, calibrating your monitor, and more.
    • Learn to make decisions on JPEG quality and output sharpening.
    • Understand when you do and don’t need to crop in order to get the output proportions you want.
    • Understand what size and resolution mean for printed and screen-based output, and how to make optimal decisions. Learn how large you can print without losing quality.
  • Learn to create great single and multi-photo layouts, then print to your printer or save to JPEG so someone else can do the printing.
  • Design and order beautiful photo books, or create e-books for your mobile devices.
  • Design web galleries showcasing your work and upload them to your website or other webspace. Discover where you may have personal webspace to use that you didn’t know about.
  • 55 high resolution (1024×768) mp4 videos.

Introduction (13 min)
  • Series Introduction
  • Overview of the Output Modules
Output Concepts (2 hrs, 30 min)
  • Introduction to Color Management (why what you see in Lightroom may not be what you get in output, and what you can do to compensate)
  • Calibrating Your Monitor
  • Printer Profiles
  • Color Spaces and Soft Proofing
  • Output Proportions
  • Size and Resolution – Printing
  • Size and Resolution – Monitor/Screen-Based Output
  • JPEG Quality and Compression
  • Output Sharpening
Getting Started (22 min)
  • Workflow (Preparing for Your Output Project)
  • Watermarking Your Photos
Book Module (2 hrs, 54 min)
  • Book Options
  • Workflow and Preferences
  • Getting Started
  • Saving Book Work
  • Basic Layout Skills
  • Changing Page Layouts
  • Text Basics
  • More Text Skills
  • Page Backgrounds
  • Designing a Cover
  • Auto Layout Presets
  • Reviewing Your Book
  • Uploading or Exporting Your Book
  • Reusing Your Book Designs
Slideshow Module (1 hr, 42 min)
  • Overview / Previewing and Playing
  • Background, Layout and Options
  • Adding Text, Part 1
  • Adding Text, Part 2 – Custom Text
  • Adding Title Slides
  • Saving Your Work
  • Exporting
Print Module (2 hrs, 34 min)
  • Print Module Overview
  • Saving Your Work: Print Collections
  • Saving Your Design: Templates
  • Setting Output Size and Destination
  • Making Contact Sheets
  • Contact Sheets, Part 2 (triptychs and more)
  • Single Photo Layouts
  • Picture Package
  • Custom Package, Part 1
  • Custom Package, Part 2
  • Print Job Panel
  • Printer Settings
  • Keys to Printing Success
Web Module (1 hr, 35 min)
  • Uses for the Web Module
  • Introduction to Working with the Web Module
  • Designing a Lightroom HTML Gallery, Part 1
  • Designing a Lightroom HTML Gallery, Part 2
  • Exporting and Uploading
  • Saving Your Work
  • Designing a Lightroom Flash Gallery
  • Designing Airtight Galleries

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Generally speaking: Begin with Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond, and then proceed to Lightroom 5: Producing Great Output.

In Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond I teach what I consider to be the core of Lightroom – the Library and Develop modules (plus the Map module.) You’ll learn how to import, organize and manage, and edit your photos, and how to share them by exporting copies, emailing from Lightroom, and using Publish Services to upload to social media and photo sharing sites. If you are a beginner, you should start with The Fundamentals & Beyond. If you are an experienced user who wants to fill in gaps in your knowledge or learn to work more efficiently, you can also benefit greatly from Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond.

Lightroom 5: Producing Great Output is a companion series that assumes some foundation in the fundamentals of importing, organizing and editing. It specifically covers how to use Lightroom’s output modules (Book, Slideshow, Web, Print) to create photo books, slideshows and web galleries, and to design single and multi-photo print layouts and print to your own printer or export to send out to print. I also spend 2 ½ hours on important output concepts that are critical to getting great output, and that I believe all photographers need a solid foundation in. This section is very valuable even if you don’t use Lightroom’s Print, Book, Slideshow or Web modules. You’ll learn why sometimes you don’t get in print or other output what you see in Lightroom, and what you can do about it (the big and sometimes unnecessarily intimidating topic of color management), and how to set output settings like JPEG quality and sharpening.

Lightroom is an excellent program for both serious amateurs and professional photographers. If you are an amateur and you are managing a large collection of photographs or you want to take the time to make the most of your photos, and you don’t mind the time investment to learn Lightroom, then you qualify as a “serious” amateur in this sense. Read more in this article of mine, Should I Learn Lightroom or Photoshop or Both or Neither?

For minor releases, such as from Lightroom 5.0 to Lightroom 5.2, Laura provides free downloadable updates. (Note that Adobe generally only adds new features in the first minor update, which with Lightroom 5 was Lightroom 5.2)

No question there is a lot of content out there – and some of it is quite good! However, some of it is not of the highest quality, and moreover, it is difficult to construct comprehensive education for yourself from piecemeal free content. I am often surprised at how many cool things or critical skills in Lightroom even users with many years of experience don’t know about. I provide comprehensive, consistently high quality education that builds your skills as you go along.

I have seen many short videos on the web as well as in-person “crash courses” that show off cool Lightroom tools or techniques that leave folks excited to try them, but don’t go into sufficient detail to actually enable you to use the tools successfully, or to understand how to get unstuck when you get stuck. I have taught Lightroom in-person for many years, so I understand where users get stuck and what things are difficult to grasp, and I guide you through these.

No. Your DVD purchase does entitle you to a free download of the series so that you can get started right away if you choose. However, it is an exact copy of what is on the DVD, so there is no need to download it if you prefer not to.

Your purchase entitles you to copy the videos on up to three computers and/or mobile devices, exclusively for your personal use. For more extensive usage requirements, contact Laura.

For an iPad or iPhone: On your computer, add the videos to iTunes by going to File > Add Folder. Plug in your iPad or iPhone and select it in iTunes. Go to the Movies tab, select the videos you want to copy, and click on Sync or Apply. Once the videos have been synced to your device, open the Videos app to view the videos.

For other mobile devices: Check with your device manufacturer for instructions on how to transfer and view .MP4 video files.

You will double-click on each video to play it with your computer’s default media player. Media players include QuickTime, Windows Media Player, and iTunes.

The series also includes PDF’s containing descriptions of each video and my favorite Lightroom shortcuts.

Most television DVD players will not play .MP4 videos directly. Alternatives include using Apple TV, or connecting your iPad or laptop to your TV.

If you’re not fully satisfied with Laura’s Lightroom video tutorials, you can contact us within 60 days of purchase for a full refund.

Sample Videos From This Series
Complete Video Descriptions (pdf)

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Customer Review Quotes

Really great videos by Laura Shoe
I find Laura Shoe’s videos to be of the HIGHEST quality. She leaves nothing out – yet is very understandable. She has that rare ability to make complex subjects understandable to the rest of us. Most recently I completed her Lightroom “Producing Great Output” series of videos. The Book Module videos are a piece of the larger set. The book module videos are 14 in number and each deal with a specific part of the book-making project. Very detailed – yet very understandable and clear. I highly recommend Laura Shoe’s videos.
Ronald MacKenzie (Amazon review)

Laura Shoe is great.
Laura definitely knows her stuff when it comes to Photoshop & Lightroom products. I would buy any book with her name on it.
PhotoFXusa (Amazon review)

Highly recommended Lightroom 4 DVD
Laura Shoe’s Lightroom 4 Producing Great Output DVD is excellent. Whether you are a Lightroom novice or an experienced user, it’s all here — everything you’ll need to make your Lightroom 4 experience a positive one. She’s covered each output module in depth and has anticipated all my questions. Video format is the way I learn best. I can re-watch the tricky bits until I have a full understanding. It has taken me a long time to make the switch from using Photoshop exclusively to incorporating Lightroom into my workflow. I only wish I had found out about Laura and her Lightroom DVDs sooner.
Linda Kamholz (Amazon review)

Fantastic resource
Each topic in this DVD is detailed, specific, and clear. The pace is perfect for me, and it’s easy to jump to or return to particular chapters. I was delighted with Laura’s The Fundamentals and Beyond, and this new DVD is equally excellent. I’ve used various books and online training, and I have to say nothing compares to these DVDs. You can’t go wrong!
William K. Doak (Amazon review)

Laura Shoe opens up a whole new LR4 world!
Laura Shoe’s Lightroom4 tutorials are excellent, practical and fun. You can try out basic Lightroom functions on your own, but the Laura Shoe tutorials are a superb guide to maximizing your Lightroom4 experience–she opens up a whole new photographic world. Well worth the cost.
D. W. Marston (Amazon review)

Fantastic resource
Elegantly produced and clearly presented, this series of videos is an invaluable resource. Laura Shoe’s a wonderful teacher, and all skill levels will benefit from her training. I’m a fine art printer and an Adobe ACE certified expert in Photoshop Lightroom, but I still picked up some great tips and techniques. I highly recommend it!
Erin Patricia Quigley (Amazon review)

If you’re not fully satisfied with Laura’s Lightroom video tutorials, you can contact us within 60 days of purchase for a full refund.

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  21 Responses to “Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output”

  1. I would like to attend the free Output Module Workshop. Is it filled up yet?

    • Unfortunately it is, Vance. You can join my mailing list on my website to hear about more as I schedule them. Thank you for your interest!

  2. Laura,

    I’m hoping you will be selling your output DVDs separately for each module. Two of them would be a waste for me and I would assume there are other people that would want maybe only one.

    Think about it. More money for you and less for us.


    • Thank you for the suggestion, Bill. There are points to be made on both sides of this — I haven’t made a decision yet.

  3. When will you’re output modules be released? I have the fundaments and beyond and it is excellent, thank you.

  4. Any date for The Output Modules DVD to be released?

  5. It’s ready, everyone!

  6. Hi Laura !

    I bought one month ago from “Lightroom 4 : fundamentals and beyond”. It’s an excellent tool to learn Lightroom !
    It’s easy to buy on Amazon (no PayPal account needed), especially that for my country (Lebanon) Paypal is not available. When will be “Producing Great Output Series” available on ?

    Thank you very much !

    Best regards,


  7. You are my Lightroom favorite expert Laura. I got inspired of you and LR through the course you had on CreativeLive. Have a great day 🙂

  8. I have a google Chrome ( not a pc or mac ), will I be able to stream the videos on my laptop??..

    • Hi Luis, no, the videos can’t be streamed from the internet. They are MP4 video files that either come on a DVD, or that can be downloaded to your computer and then synced to mobile devices.

  9. Hi Laura, I upgraded to Lightroom 5. I have Fundamentals and Beyond for LR 4. I would like to purchase Producing Great Output. Will there be a LR 5 edition of this? If so, is there an ETA?

    I love your training videos! You have a clear and concise method of teaching.

    Thank you,

    • Hi Donna, yes, there will be a LR 5 PGO. I hope to have it done this month, but I am not great at estimating this. If you want to get started in the meantime, if you purchase LR 4 PGO, you will get the LR 5 version for free when it comes out. There really aren’t any significant changes in Print, Slideshow or Web (or in my section on output concepts.) The Book module has a few changes, but I don’t think they would hold you back (and I can refer you to a video that goes through those changes.)

      Thank you for your interest and support!

  10. Hi Laura,

    Just starting out with Lightroom 4, I was watching a Youtube video “How to upgrade to Lightroom 5..and just uploaded all my photo from HD to Lightroom, your Catalog setting are different my Catalog Settings says; Location: /Users/bernienormand /Pictures/AllPhotos Mirror IMG and the File Name: All Photos Mirror IMG-2.Ircat.

    Catalog does not say or point to HD folder and File name is not Lightroom, do I need to change settings?

    Second question, if I’m using Lightroom 4 and download your course on 4 will I miss any topic from the earlier sessions?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Bernie, your catalog file name and location are indeed different. If you want to rename them, close LR, rename the folder using Mac Finder or Windows Explorer/My Computer. (I suggest calling it “Main Lightroom Catalog”) Then rename the .lrcat file to be the same, and the Previews file, the same, with ” Previews” and the file extension on the end. Then double-click on the .lrcat file to launch LR with it. Finally, go into Edit (Lightroom on Mac) > Preferences, General tab, and choose this renamed catalog as the one to always load on startup.

      My Lightroom 4 Fundamentals & Beyond series contains everything the LR 3 series does and substantially more – so no need to purchase the earlier one first.


  11. I purchased your Creative Live – Lightroom Output class. I was watching your bonus video Monitor Calibration and noticed the pdfs you taught off of were not included and the information looked helpful.

    • Thank you for your purchase, Patricia. I’m afraid I’m not organized enough to come up with materials from a class I taught four years ago!

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