Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Creating a Poster Print Template in Lightroom

With just a few simple mouse clicks, you can produce an attractive poster layout right within Lightroom.  Here's how:
  1. Select your desired image and click into the Print Module.
  2. Use the "Page Setup" button in the lower left to select your paper size and page orientation.
  3. Select the "1 Large With Stroke" print template from the Template Browser panel.  In my above example I modified the Stroke color to a medium gray from the Image Settings panel.
  4. In the Layout panel, adjust the margins to your liking.  Typically you'll want to leave a larger margin on the bottom to allow room for your title.
  5. To add a title to your poster, you will need to create a new Identity Plate containing the text you want to appear.  Once you've selected your new Identity Plate, be sure the "Identity Plate" option is checked.  Now you can click/drag and reposition the title under your photo.  Tip: The "handles" on the box surrounding your Identity Plate are located on its center.  By turning on the "Show Rulers" and "Show Guides" options you can click immediately next to the handle and see it's corresponding position on the horizontal or vertical ruler.  You can use this tip to be sure your title is appropriately centered beneath your photo.
That's it!  A few simple mouse clicks and you're now producing posters of your very own photos!

If you're a PC user like me and you're struggling with producing 2 lines of text for your poster title within Lightroom's Identity Plate editor, you aren't alone.  Stop back next week and I'll show you how I was able to produce a 2 line Identity Plate.

Lastly, don't forget to save your new layout as a User Template (click the "+" symbol to the right of the Template Browser).  Now you have your own poster template just a mouse click away.

Until next time, keep click'n.


sheng said...

This is a nice poster design, most especially for environmental concepts. It is also a realistic photography, making it more pleasing to the eyes.


Kent McFarland said...

Nice post. Thanks. What fonts are you using here?

Unknown said...

I believe that font is Trojan Pro. Thanks for reading and for the comments, Kent.

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