Lightroom’s Book Module

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Albert Pedrosa
Photo mania

DID you know that you can make a Photobook in Lightroom?

I’m a fan of Photobook using iPhoto and now there’s Lightroom. It’s a good reason to encourage you to start printing your photos again. The typical 4R or 5R from photo labs lacks that impact nowadays, and the solution is to make it more exciting through a Photobook.

Lightroom introduced the “Book” module in version 4. It is bundled through “Blurb” online printing site so you can automatically send it online. Contrary to what a lot of photographer’s belief, that you can only print online, nope, you can export it to PDF and send it to your preferred printer.

Here are five reasons why you want to make a book in Lightroom:

Layout

You don’t have to crack your brain to make a page design and distribution of photos in a page. Lightroom offers a lot of professionally pre-designed pages based on the number of photos you intend to place in a page. Text boxes are also available in some of the pre-designed pages or you can attach a caption to a certain photo.

Ease of use

From the film strip at the bottom, you can just drag the photos to the pages. You can even enlarge or reduce the image and pan it to fit the allocated box in the page by just moving a few sliders. I personally find this a very convenient experience. To avoid duplicates, Lightroom labels every photo if it’s already picked in one of the pages.

Backgrounds

To put more kick into your pages, Lightroom offers ready background choices for Travel and Wedding. You can also use one of the photos or create your own graphic and use it as background. Under these settings, you can adjust the opacity of the background to fit your taste.

Page Size

You can choose between landscape or portrait format. It’s quite amusing to see choices that resemble the good old photo album sizes. Lightroom offers 8x10 for both formats and extra large sizes at 11x13 and 12x12 to mimic the coffee table book size.

All in one application

One thing I really like about Lightroom is the power to organize your photos in the same application where you edit your photos. With the new Book module, this expands the user’s experience and convenience. You can actually do your entire workflow in one application. If you’re into Web, there’s another module for Web and for Slideshow as well.

Lightroom is built for photographers whether you’re a professional or a hobbyist. If you’re a photographer and you haven’t tried Lightroom, better give it a try or you’ll wonder how other photographers are doing it with ease.
Keep on shooting, everyone!

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