Mar 032013
 

creativeLIVEJoin me for this free, live, worldwide online workshop with creativeLIVE on Lightroom’s Output Modules — March 18-20, 2013.

Learn how to make beautiful prints, photo books, slideshows and web galleries in Lightroom. In addition to teaching you how to use Lightroom’s output modules, I’ll demystify critical output concepts that often confuse and intimidate photographers: color management (monitor calibration, color spaces, printer profiles, soft proofing), resolution and how large you can print your photo, what JPEG quality means, and more. In the Print module you’ll learn not only how to do your own printing, but also how to export your layouts so that someone else can print them for you or to share electronically. In Book, you’ll learn how to create not only photo books, but also beautiful PDFs that you can share electronically.

This course will be taught with Lightroom 4; all except the Book module section is applicable to Lightroom 3 as well!

Live 9 am-4 pm Pacific Daylight Time / Los Angeles. Recorded rewatch starts at 5 pm.

 Click here to ENROLL TODAY!

 

Lightroom Book Module Lightroom Print Module Lightroom Slideshow Module Lightroom Web Module

 

Workshop Sponsors and Prize Donors: X-Rite, Craft & Vision, The Lightroom Queen, The Turning Gate, Mosaic, LRB Plugins, and more to come!

 

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Jan 172013
 

My favorite layout style in Lightroom’s Print module is the Custom Package, which allows us to layout multiple photos on the page. These can be laid out on top of each other, they can overlap, text can be added, etc..  Here are a couple examples — a tryptic that I designed to print, and a collage that I started working on, sized for my computer monitor to use as a desktop background:

Lightroom tryptic custom package print

lightroom desktop background custom package












My video series available for sale on DVD or by download, LLightroom CC/6 and 5: Producing Great Output, consists of over 12 hours of training on 57+ videos, on everything you need to know to make great prints, photo books, slideshows and web galleries — including not just “the how-to” of Lightroom’s output modules, but also conceptual topics such as color management and size and resolution.

Here is a video that came from the Lightroom 4 version of this series, on the basics of using the Custom Package layout style in the Print module. Everything in this video is also applicable to Lightroom 5, 6 and CC.

For best quality, after you hit Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right, and choose 720HD.
(Note that the videos for sale are of much higher quality and resolution.)

The next video in Producing Great Output shows how to use Custom Package to do single-photo printing, and also to size and design a desktop background. Other videos discuss how to print to your printer, print to jpeg, etc.

Read more about Producing Great Output.


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Aug 122012
 

I’m very happy to announce that I have finished this new video tutorial series, on producing great output with Lightroom 4!  For those of you who have been waiting, I appreciate your patience.  My goal with this series is not only to teach you the how-to of the Book, Slideshow, Print and Web modules, but also to give you a strong foundation in output concepts that are critical to your success in producing high quality consistent output.

Lightroom 4: Producing Great OutputLightroom 4: Producing Great Output

Almost  12 hours of training on 55 videos, for Mac and PC (and iPad compatible!)

Section                                                 # Videos              Duration (h:m)
Introduction                                               2                                    0:13
Output Concepts                                       9                                    2:28
Getting Started                                          2                                    0:22
Book                                                         14                                   2:54
Slideshow                                                  7                                    1:40
Print                                                          13                                   2:34
Web                                                            8                                   1:35

 

While I recommend that you purchase the whole series, you can choose to purchase just Book or Print (both of which include the Introduction, Output Concepts and Getting Started sections.)

Note that other than the Book module portion and the section on soft-proofing in the Develop module, this series is also applicable to Lightroom 3.

Between Lightroom 4: The Fundamentals & Beyond, and now Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output, you can now get over 22 hours of high quality training on all the modules of Lightroom! And if you purchase both together, you can save 10%!

Click here for more information and to purchase.

 

 

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Jun 172012
 

“How large can I print my photo?” is a question I get from Lightroom users all the time. The ultimate answer of course is – it depends. In the end you will need to do your own tests and find out what you are satisfied with. Below is some information that should help you with that process. It applies whether you do your own printing, or send your photos out to be printed.

Your photo has a limited number of pixels, or squares of information, in it, based on what your camera captured or what you cropped your photo down to.  For example, a capture from an old 6 megapixel camera is 3,000 pixels wide x 2,000 pixels high.  (There are various ways to display this information for a photo in Lightroom — try typing “I” once or twice in Library or Develop. Type I again to turn off the information display.)

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When you decide on a print size, those available pixels get spread out to fit that print size. Here are some examples from that 6 MP camera:

4″x6″ print:  2,000 pixels / 4″ = 3000 / 6″ = 500 pixels per inch (ppi)

8″x12″ print: 2,000 pixels / 8″ = 250 ppi

16″x24″ print: 2,000 pixels /16″ = 125 ppi

This ppi is called the native resolution of your photo, at the given print size. It is what is inherently, or natively, available to you at the size you plan to print.

But guess what — your printer (or Shutterfly’s or Costco’s or anyone’s) doesn’t print at your photo’s native resolution!! It prints at what it likes to print at — i.e. at its own native resolution. Generally this is 360 ppi for Epson printers, and 300 ppi for HP, Canon and other printers. Continue reading »

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