Templates contain layouts for printing your photos, including any text overlays and print job settings. The Lightroom Classic 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 Classic 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.
Single Image/Contact Sheet
Allows you to print one or more photos at the same size on a page.
Allows you to print one photo in various sizes on a page.
Allows you to print one or more photos, in any configuration of sizes, on a page, and allows multiple page layouts.
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.
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.
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).
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.
(All layouts) Adds an inner stroke of the specified width and color to the photo in each image cell.
Drag a guide in the work area to modify a cell or margin.
Use the sliders or enter values in the Layout panel.
Select Keep Square to make the cell shape of the image square.
Sets the ruler measurement units used in the work area.
Sets the page margins. All cells fit within the margins. Move the slider, enter a margin value, or drag the margin indicators in the work area.
Defines the number of image cell rows and columns on a page.
Defines the space between cells for rows and columns.
Defines the size of the image cells.
A. Vertical cell spacing B. Cell width C. Margin D. Cell height E. Horizontal cell spacing
The photos can be put into the Quick Collection, or you can create a collection to save the photo selection for reuse.
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 Classic offers six standard photo cell sizes. If you add more photos than fit on a page, Lightroom Classic automatically adds pages to the layout.
In the Cells panel, click to add cells in the desired size or sizes to the layout. Lightroom Classic optimizes their placement on the page for the fewest cuts.
Alt-drag (Windows) or Option-drag (Mac OS) to duplicate a cell.
Adds a page to the layout.
(Picture Package layouts) Optimizes the arrangement of the photos on the page for the fewest cuts.
Erases the page layout.
To delete a page, click the red X in the upper-left corner of the page in the work area.
You can save custom picture package layouts as a custom print template.
You can also scale the identity plate by clicking the identity plate text in the work area and dragging a slide or corner of the bounding box.
Make sure the template layout lets enough of the identity plate show from behind the photos.
To change the border color, click the color swatch and select a color in the color pop-up window that opens.
To adjust the width of the border, drag the Width slider.
To change the inner stroke color, click the color swatch and select a color in the pop-up window that opens.
To adjust the width of the stroke, drag the Width slider.
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.
Prints the photo caption.
Prints the text that you type into the Custom Text box.
Prints the creation date of the photo.
Prints information about the camera and lens used to take the photo.
Prints the shutter speed and f/stop information.
Prints the name of the photo file.
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.
Prints the photo title.
Shows the photo information that you specify using the Text Template Editor dialog box.
You can add page numbers, printing information, and crop marks to the bottom of a Single Image/Contact Sheet layout.
Prints page numbers on the lower-right of each page.
Prints the Print Sharpening setting, Profile setting, and the printer name at the bottom of each page.
Prints crop marks around each photo to use as cutting guides after printing.
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 Classic preset template to a different folder, the template is copied to that folder.
You cannot delete Lightroom Classic preset templates.
Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) a template in the Template Browser and choose Delete from the context menu.
Select a template in the Template Browser and click the Minus (-) icon.
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.