While I don’t have any indication that things won’t go smoothly, it’s not a bad idea to wait a week or two before updating to 7.5 to see if others experience issues, unless you need the update urgently. If I hear of serious issues with this release I will post them here in this section – please check here rather than emailing me. You can check for reported issues and/or report your own issues on the Adobe Lightroom Classic bug and feedback site.
UPDATE August 27, 2018: What I’m seeing when I review the Adobe Lightroom Classic bug and feedback site is that:
Given this I would say that it’s generally safe to update (though there will always be someone somewhere who has a problem.) If you use the Map module and experience the Map issue above, you can revert to Lightroom Classic 7.4.
To update to Lightroom Classic 7.5, go to Help>Updates, and in the CC app that opens, click on Update next to “Lightroom Classic CC” (NOT Lightroom CC or Lightroom CC 2015.) If the update is not listed in the CC app, click on the three dots in the top right and choose Check for App Updates. If it’s still not there and it’s the day of release, then try later. Otherwise try signing out and signing in again. Read here to learn how, in the CC app, to display only apps you use.
With Lightroom’s Book module you can design photo books that you can have published by Blurb.com and PDFs and JPEGs that you can share electronically. New in Lightroom Classic CC 7.5 you can:
- Choose new less-expensive magazine and trade book options
- Layout photos and text free-form on a page (hooray!)
- Add borders of any width and color to one or more photos
- Choose to add page numbers to just left or just right pages (or both as before)
- Pause and resume upload to Blurb.com.
Watch my video tutorial below for full details on all of these enhancements, or read on below the video.
For best quality, after hitting Play click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.To learn the Book module in depth, get my Lightroom CC/6 and 5: Producing Great Output video series!
I spend three hours on the Book module, and I also cover Print, Slideshow, Web, and important output concepts that every photographer should learn. Despite the title, it is applicable to Lightroom Classic CC v. 7 (as well as Lightroom 5, 6 and CC 2015), and soon 2018 purchasers will receive downloadable updates for the new features added today.
Lay Out Photos and Text Free-Form on a Page
Start your page design with any page format, and then modify from there:
- Photo cells now have square handles on the edges – drag on these to resize the cell. (Dragging elsewhere on the edge will adjust cell padding, as before.) Note that the handles are at the edges of the cell, not the photo – you’ll notice the difference if you have Zoom to Fit on so that none of your photo gets cropped off.
- To move a cell elsewhere on the page, drag on the center square – see screenshot above. (Dragging elsewhere inside the photo will move the photo within the cell if it is zoomed in, or it will do nothing if zoomed to fit.)
- To make small changes in cell position, select the cell, then hold down Alt/Opt and use your arrow keys.
- Turn on Guide Lines in the Guides panel to aid in lining up photos with other cells. Turning on the Page Grid can also help. There’s currently no option to snap to grid or cells, and no option to duplicate a cell. Remember that you can zoom in with the Preview panel!
- To add a new cell, select the page, then right-click and choose Add Cell > Photo Cell.
- If your photos overlap, to change the order displayed from top to bottom, right-click in the selected cell and choose Send to Back or Bring to Front.
- Add text anywhere on the page with the new Photo Description field: right-click on the page, choose Cell>Photo Description, and then type in your text. Resize and move the Photo Description cell as desired.
- As before, you can save your page layout for use elsewhere in your current book and in future books: right-click on the page and choose Save Custom Page. You’ll find it in a Custom Pages section in the page formats list in the Page panel.
Less Expensive Book and Magazine Formats
In the Books Settings panel, you can now choose to make a Blurb photo book, which was available in earlier versions as “Blurb”, or one of the new formats: a Blurb trade book or a Blurb magazine.
As before, Blurb photo books are printed on your choice of several premium photo papers. However, they are expensive – sometimes prohibitively so if your goal is to sell your books. Trade books are substantially less expensive, as are magazines. Read more about these book formats on the Blurb website. With trade books you can choose from one of three sizes starting at 5″x8″, as well as hardcover or softcover. Note that the website lists two paper types – standard and economy. Lightroom will use standard.
My impressions of trade book and magazine quality: I ordered and received a swatch kit with the photo book, trade book and magazine papers, with printed photos and text on them. The magazine quality is comparable to photo book quality – very good. Trade book quality is not as good – there is more washout of color and contrast. Nevertheless, trade book prices are much lower than photo book prices. Do order a swatch kit before making your decision. For advanced users, Blurb has a printer profile for their photo books, that you can soft proof with in Photoshop. There is not one for trade books, as print quality is not consistent enough to be represented by a single profile.
Photo Book Layflat Option
For Blurb photo books, you can now choose Blurb’s LayFlat option. This option is very expensive, but it’s great to be able to have your book open and have the pages lay flat.
Here are the maximum number of pages by book type:
- Photo book with Standard paper: 440
- Photo book with Layflat paper: 110
- Photo book with any other paper type: 240
- Trade book: 480
- Magazine: 240
- PDFs, JPEGs: 480
To add a photo border, select one or more photo cells (or to select all, go to Edit>Select All Photo Cells), then in the Cell panel, check “Photo Border Color”. Change the width with the Width slider; change color by clicking on the color square. Note that you won’t see the border if your photos go to the edges of the page!
The border will be on the edges of the photo cell. If you want it to be on the edges of your photo, either resize the cell to be the same size as the photo, or right-click on the photo and choose Zoom to Fill to have the photo fill the cell. (This will crop off part of your photo. Drag in the photo, but not on the square handle in the center, to reposition the photo in the cell.)
Now choose to have page numbers printed on just lefthand pages or just righthand pages rather than on both: