By now you have been scrolling through the templates you have, decided what works for you and which ones you can’t get how you want them! So I’m going to show you just a few tricks to tweak your templates to make them your own!A while back, I sent a set of templates to a friend to try…Kathleen Clipper. She is a Senior photographer in Mobile, Alabama. I love her work. She does some fashion shoots for local retailers, and I especially love on her blog when she does whole sessions with a theme…like this session she called Sequins & Glitter.This template is an example of customizing the photo boxes. This is the 11up-White-2P3L6S-Spacers template, but on the top row there were 2 square photo windows that she combined to make the small skinny portrait window. Then, she did the same on the bottom row, making this a 9up template.
How to customize Photo Windows in your templates
Open up your template in the Print module. To change the size of a photo window…a “cell”…go down to the Cells section in the right column. To make the change in this 11up template like Kathleens example, delete the square box under the top one. You will see in the Cells section that each box was 1×1. So now just highlight the top square cell and change the “height” to 2.0 (see screenshot below). Then do the same for the two square cells on the bottom row.
How to customize Logos in your templates
Some of the templates I build include a bar at the bottom for logo placement, which is customizable. Kathleen says that the 10up-White-2P2L6S-Spacers is one of her favorites and she uses it in her blog a lot. She liked the template without the bottom bar, so she customized the template and removed it.
So above on the left you will see the original template, and Kathleen’s customized example on the right.
First, you should probably remove the bar from your template before you load it. To remove the bottom logo and bar, first go to the Page section and un-click “Identity Plate”. This will remove the logo. If you want to remove the bar but just put the logo somewhere else…just click the logo and move it wherever you like it (Kathleen moved hers in the above example and put it over one of the images). Then scroll down to the Print Job section, and under “Custom File Dimensions” just lower the height of the template by small increments until you get the bar to disappear. If you go too far, the photo cells will start to overlap, and you will see that happen. If it does, just click the template in the left column again and start over.
Save your new template as your own!
Finally, if you think you would use your new layout again, save it as a new template. Go up to the top menu. Choose Print/New Template and name your new template. After naming it, it will show up in your left column as a template you can use over and over!
This Lightroom Print Module Tutorial was inspired by Kathleen Clipper…so be sure to head over to her page to give her some FB likes!
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