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Note: These ideas apply to older versions of Lightroom such as Lightroom 5 and Lightroom 6, but not the newer Lightroom app for desktop, which doesn’t have a Print module.
What if I don’t own a printer?
Believe it or not you can use the Print module even if you don’t own a printer! That’s because you can turn the print layout into a JPEG file that you can use anywhere. Here are some of the ways you can put it to use.
• Send it to an online printing service to make your prints. This is a cost efficient way of working if you only need a few prints, or if you need extra large prints.
• Add it to a photo book.
• Use an online printing service to create postcards, flyers or business cards using your designs.
Create amazing layouts in the Print module
With a little imagination and know-how you can use the Print module to create amazing layouts. These examples should give you plenty of inspiration.
Contact sheets in the Print module
Does the sight of contact sheets make you feel all nostalgic? Then you’ll love Lightroom Classic’s Print module.
Contact sheet type designs work best when all the photos have the same orientation and aspect ratio. You can also add text.
Family photos in the Print module
Putting family portraits on the wall is a great reason to use the Print module. You can get super-creative with your layouts. As a result your prints will look sleek and modern.
Here’s another example.
Get arty in the Print module
You know those arty layouts with black borders you see in the shops? Guess what…they’re easy to put together in the Print module as well.
Here’s a version with five photos. This is an effective approach when used with a sequence of photos of similar subjects (I photographed these doors in South America).
Postcards and flyers in the Print module
Would you like to make some postcards or flyers to promote your business or your photography? That’s easy in the Print module. Even better you can save the layout as a template and use it again with different photos.
Here’s another layout displaying only part of each photo. It’s highly effective with artwork and fine art photos. The black background gives it a sophisticated feel.
Make your own calendars in the Print module
You can also make your own calendars in the Print module. You’ll need a little help, and you get in the form of Ed Weaver’s calendar graphics and templates.
This screenshot shows one of Ed’s calendar templates. If you don’t like the design you can tinker with the JPEG files in Photoshop, or use them as a guide for creating your own.
Funky multi-photo layouts
As your confidence grows you can try funky multi-photo layouts like the ones below. These are an easy way of fitting more than one photo into the same frame. You could also export JPEG files to use in the Book module, which doesn’t have these layouts.
That’s a wrap on our Get The Best From Lightroom Classic mini course. If you’ve read all four tutorials you should be fired up to turn your best photos into creative projects! You’ll also understand the importance of editing (as in selecting the best ones) your photos and organizing them in synced Collections. It lets you access your photos in Adobe Portfolio, Spark Post and Spark Page as well as the Book and Print modules.
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