Laying out photos in a print template
Templates contain layouts for printing your photos, including any text overlays and print job settings. The Lightroom Template Browser in the Print module contains premade templates for common tasks, such as making contact sheets. The Template Browser also lists custom templates you have saved. Moving the pointer over a name in the Template Browser displays its page layout in the Preview panel at the top of the left column. Clicking a template name displays a preview of selected photos in the work area. The preview updates when you choose a different template or specify different print options, such as add text overlays.
Lightroom offers three types of layout templates:
Single Image/Contact Sheet templates let you print one or more photos all at the same size in various configurations, such as in a 2-up greeting card.
Picture Package templates let you print one photo in various sizes, such as for school photos and wedding portraiture.
Custom Package templates let you print various photos at various sizes, in any configuration.
All templates have image cells for containing photos and margin information. If you specify overlay options, a template can also contain text areas. The image cells and margins in a template scale to accommodate the paper size you specify.
Print job settings, including the paper size and printer, are also saved in a print template.
You can create new templates by modifying the settings of existing templates. Select a template, use the controls in the right panels, specify the paper size and printer settings in the toolbar, and then add a custom template. You can also modify the image cells in a template by dragging the margin guides or cell boundaries. Layout setting modifications, overlays, and print job specifications can be saved as a custom template.
You can specify photos to scale and rotate so that their entire image fits within an image cell. Blank spaces fill the areas where the aspect ratio of the photos and the image cells don’t match. You can also set an option so that photos completely fill the space within an image cell. When this option is selected, portions of the photos (especially vertical images) might be cropped to fill the aspect ratio of the image cells.
- In the Image Settings panel of the Print module, select any of the following options, depending on which layout you’re using:
Zoom To Fill
(Single Image/Contact Sheet and Picture Package layouts) Fills the entire image cell with a photo, cropping the edges of the image as necessary.
Rotate To Fit
(Single Image/Contact Sheet and Picture Package layouts) Rotates images if necessary to produce the largest image that fits in each image cell.Image settings
A. Photos with no image settings applied B. Zoom To Fill C. Rotate To Fit
Tip: If an image cell doesn’t display the portion of a photo you want, drag the photo in the cell to reposition it. In a Picture Package layout, Ctrl-drag (Windows) or Command-drag (Mac OS).Dragging a photo in an image cell to reposition it.
Repeat One Photo Per Page
(Single Image/Contact Sheet layouts) Repeats the selected in every image cell on the page in a Grid template layout.
(Picture Package and Custom Package layouts) Adds a border of the specified width to the photo in each image cell.
- (Single Image/Contact Sheet layout) In the Guides panel of the Print module, select or deselect Show Guides. Specify whether you want to show or hide rulers, page bleed guides, margins and gutters, and image cells.
- (Picture Package and Custom Package layouts) In the Rulers, Grid & Guides panel, select whether you want to view a page ruler, a layout grid, or page bleed guides. Specify a unit of measure for the ruler, snap behavior for the grid, and whether to display image dimensions with the bleed layout.
You can add as many image cells as you like to a Picture Package or Custom Package layout, and arrange them on the page automatically or manually. Lightroom offers six standard photo cell sizes. If you add more photos than fit on a page, Lightroom automatically adds pages to the layout.
Printing overlay text and graphics
- (Optional) To choose or create a different identity plate, click the triangle on the lower-right of the identity plate preview window, and choose from the pop-up menu. See Personalizing identity plates and module buttons.
You can print information about photos, such as the filename, title, caption, and keywords, on Single Image/Contact Sheet photo layouts. The information is taken from the metadata that you enter in the Library module. The information prints below each photo. See also Viewing and editing metadata.
- In the Page panel, select Photo Info and then click Custom Settings and choose one of the following:
Prints different sequential numbers on the photos based on how many photos you’re printing. For example, if you’ve selected nine photos to print, the sequential numbers would be 1/9, 2/9, 3/9, and so forth.
You can add page numbers, printing information, and crop marks to the bottom of a Single Image/Contact Sheet layout.
Work with custom print templates
Saving a custom template preserves any modifications you’ve made to the image cells and margins, as well as any overlays and print settings you’ve specified. After it is saved, the custom template is listed in the Template Browser for reuse. You can create new folders in the Template Browser to help organize your templates.
If you drag a Lightroom preset template to a different folder, the template is copied to that folder.
You can export templates you’ve created to share with colleagues or to use on a different computer. Templates are saved with an .lrtemplate extension.
- To export a template, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) a template and choose Export. Type the name of the template file and click Save.
- To import a template, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the area where you want the template to appear and choose Import. Double-click the template file.