Feb 282013

Lightroom Book Page LayoutHere’s an idea for a cool Book photo layout in Lightroom — choose a multi-photo page layout, and use different parts of the same photo in each cell!


  • Select your page by clicking on it, click on the downward triangle and choose a multi-photo layout:


  • Drag your single photo from the Filmstrip up into each of the photo cells on the page:


  • At this point each photo fits entirely within each frame. To get just a portion of the photo to show, click inside the photo cell, and enlarge it by increasing the Zoom percentage.



  • Then click and drag within the photo to choose which part of the photo should show in the cell.  Figuring out what Zoom percentage works and positioning the pieces so that the lines in your photo match up is the part that takes a a little bit — or sometimes a lot — of fiddling with — but it works!

Here’s another example, with a page caption also added (black border not included):

Lightroom book page with caption


Related Posts:

Lightroom 4 Book Module Video Tutorial: Basic Skills

Lightroom 4 Book Module Video Tutorial: Changing and Refining Page Layouts


Feb 122013

Lightroom Book Module Two Page SpreadIn this Lightroom video tutorial, I’ll show you how to change and refine your page layouts. After an overview of page layout options, you’ll learn how to choose a page layout and refine it with cell padding, add two page spreads, and select and change layouts of multiple pages at once. I then cover flagging layouts as favorites (for easy access, and to use in Auto Layout) and copying and pasting layouts.

For those not familiar with the Book module in Lightroom 4, it allows you to design and order photo books from Blurb.com, and to create PDFs and JPEGs to share electronically or to print.

When I don’t have time to write new tutorials for you, I find sharing videos to be a great quick alternative! This video is another excerpt from my Producing Great Output series — 12 1/2 hours on 55 videos, on understanding output concepts and creating great books, prints, slideshows and web galleries.

As usual, to view at highest quality, after hitting Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.

Click here to read more about Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output.

Related Post: Lightroom 4 Book Module Tutorial: Basic Skills

Feb 042013

Lightroom Book ModuleI haven’t written many tutorials about Lightroom 4’s Book module on this blog, so I thought I’d share a video tutorial on some basic  skills: swapping and replacing photos,  usage badges,  adding more photos to your book collection, removing photos,  selecting and moving one or more pages, adding and removing pages, zooming a photo to fill, and a discussion of resolution.  This is the 5th of 14 videos (3 hours) on the Book module from my Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output series.

For better quality, once you hit Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.

Find out more about Lightroom 4 Producing Great Output here.

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