Print pics at mu­ti­ple sizes

Ge­orge Cairns shows you how to use the Tem­plate browser to cre­ate a range of print lay­outs, or cre­ate one from scratch by mod­i­fy­ing cells

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Learn how to set up tem­plates so you can print pic­tures at dif­fer­ent sizes in Light­room

The Print mod­ule’s Tem­plate browser is packed with pre­set tem­plates that en­able you to du­pli­cate and re­size a photo (or a se­lec­tion of images) so that you can pro­duce a Pic­ture Pack­age con­tain­ing prints with a range of sizes. You can also print a col­lec­tion of pho­tos in the Film­strip as a se­ries of thumb­nails, cour­tesy of one of Light­room’s Con­tact Sheet pre­sets. In the Lay­out Style panel you also have the op­tion to cre­ate a Cus­tom Lay­out, which is handy if you need to print a range of sizes that aren’t avail­able in the Tem­plate browser.

Light­room’s lay­out tem­plates place your pho­tos in cells. These cells can be man­u­ally dragged into any po­si­tion on the page so you can eas­ily change the lay­out of a Pic­ture Pack­age. You can also man­u­ally re­size in­di­vid­ual cells and set the en­closed photo to zoom to fill the cell or shrink to pre­serve the orig­i­nal com­po­si­tion of the im­age. You can also ro­tate cells to suit a photo’s as­pect ra­tio.

We’ll show you how to use the Cells panel to cre­ate a cus­tom tem­plate from scratch and pro­duce a unique print lay­out con­tain­ing dif­fer­ent-sized and -shaped prints. You can save your cus­tom­ized lay­out as a new tem­plate so that you can print it at any time with­out hav­ing to tinker with the size, shape and po­si­tion of the cells in the lay­out.

The mis­sion ● Set up a re­us­able tem­plate for cus­tom print sizes Time ● 15 min­utes Skill level ● Be­gin­ner ● In­ter­me­di­ate ● Ad­vanced Kit needed ● Light­room

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