Free Lightroom Video – 5 Tips for Custom Print Templates

Today I’m taking a different spin and giving you 5 mini tips in one video instead of just one big video. This week I thought I’d go through the custom print templates in Lightroom 3. It’s such a cool feature in that it frees you to lay out a print any way you want. Techniques and layouts that would take 10 layers in Photoshop are, basically, just drag-and-drop with the Custom Package feature. But there’s lots of little tips that help make it easier so I figured I’d put them all in one video. Enjoy!

Author: Matt K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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7 Comments

  1. Thanks Matt,

    after all the time I’m using LR (LR1 Beta2) I couldn’t get warm with the Print Module. I use it often to do “normal” prints but nothing really eye-catching.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Nice tips, thanks Matt.

    When a photo is in a frame with a different aspect ratio, so that it gets cropped in one direction, is there a way to drag it around within the frame to control the balance of how each end of the photo gets cropped out of the frame?

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  3. Hey, Matt. Great tips. Printing from Lightroom has great potential.

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  4. I’ve often wished that LR Print module would allow more than one graphic – which is the limit with the identity plate. Your idea of importing the graphics as an image into LR solves that. So simple. I can’t believe I didn’t think of that. Great tip!

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  5. You have the best tips EVER!!! Love your blog and I love using LR. Great tip with Print Module…! Thank you

    ~Alvida

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  6. Related question that you might like to follow up sometime

    If I print out a set of photos for an event I can use a sequence number to automatically identify the picture, but I would also like to make an order form
    with those sequence numbers. I would also like to do similarly for quiz questions…

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