Presets – Standard Print Sizes

On the heels of a few related printing questions lately, I realized its actually not quite as intuitive to set up a print for say a standard 8×10 or even 5×7. I’m not talking about photos in a picture package, but just one 8×10 photo per page. So I went ahead and created a few presets for some of them. Its not all of them but its a start and I’ll be updating them over the coming weeks. Right now I’ve included print presets for an 8×10, 5×7, and 4×6.

To install:
1) Unzip the preset zip file on to your desktop
2) Go to the PRINT module. NOTE: YOU MUST BE THE PRINT MODULE
3) Go to the Templates panel on the left. Right click anywhere in it and choose Import.
4) Select the .lrtemplate files you unzipped in Step 1 and click Import NOTE: DO NOT IMPORT THE ZIP FILE

Click here to download the presets

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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27 Comments

  1. Thank you, thank you for doing the dirty work. LR is not at all intuitive in the print mode.

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  2. Thanks for your work. I installed your templates, I can see them on preview, but on picture I have only one portrait size 8 x 10.861 in. regardless which size I chose.

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  3. Are these presets Mac only? I was able to install them on my PC but they don’t seem to do anything once you click on them in Lightroom. Anyone else on a PC get this to work?

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  4. Thank you so much for making printing standard print sizes soooo much easier.

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  5. I have no idea why LR didn’t have that from the beginning. Thank you for taking the time to make these presets. They are so obvious, but forgotten.

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  6. I´ve loaded them as well on a pc,but when I select a horizontal photo to go into the horizontal frame it for some reason goes into portrait mode! when I tick fit to size it flips the everything the wrong way! or maybe it should be like that,but it makes my neck hurt!!

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  7. Not sure what is happening, they’re not working on my PC.

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  8. I am having trouble as well. They loaded fine, but nothing changes when I click on the names.

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  9. Ditto on the not working on PC.

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  10. I figured out that you have to set the paper size and orientation for your individual printer(s). (I’m on a PC)

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  11. I’m on a PC. I figured out that you have to set the paper size and orientation for your individual printer, then do a right click to on the setting name to “update with current settings” to make them stay.

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  12. I came on here to post what Kathy has already done, but just to confirm – you need to go into page setup and into the printer’s own settings and change the page size & orientation to match the template

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  13. Matt,

    I imported the templates, and when I click on them they appear in the preview mode, but will not properly size when I try to print. I tried to adjust the cell size – it didn’t work. My other templates from you work fine.

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  14. Thanks to Kathy and Brian. It works like a charm.

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  15. Matt
    Thanks for all the work in developing presets. You have made my photographic life much easier.

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  16. I would appreciate if someone could give futher clarifications–I cannot get this to work on my computer. I am following Kathy & Brian’s directions, but I think I am missing some detail. I am on a PC–using LR2.5 and have a CanoniP6700D. Thanks in advance for your help.

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  17. Hey folks. I think there’s a problem with these presets on a PC. I’m still trying to figure it out but that would explain the issues. I’ll let you know if/when I get them working on the PC.

    Thanks,
    – Matt K

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  18. Hi Matt,

    Thanks for the message/update. Glad to know it’s not just me. I have been watching your videos on kelbytraining and I am trying to be a good student! Ha!

    Many thanks again.

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  19. Matt,

    I too am confused by how Print Presets work. But i think I solved it.

    The key seems to be the Page Setup. I selected each Preset then went to Page Setup… and set the parameters correctly. After exiting the Page Setup Dialog I right-clicked on the Preset and selected Update with Current Settings. Now they seem to work< they definitely didn’t when you just Import them. Strange.

    I would have thought that your Presets would have come initialized correctly. Maybe it is dependent on the printer the user has. I have a Canon MP610 printer attached to a Windows XP PC running Lightroom 2.4.

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  20. Hi Matt,
    Thank you for many great tips. I am looking for help on how to print 8×10 without loosing any part of photo. I know there is aspect ratio differences but I wish some how we can print without loosing part of photos.

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  21. Matt,

    Thank you for creating these print templates. Printing in Lightroom has been one of the most frustrating things for me. These templates are wonderful.

    You are the man!

    Tom

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  22. Yes, Matt, thank you for trying to do this, but my problem still remains. I don’t have a 4×6 option for my installed printer, so I cannot setup a print preset as 4×6. Nothing changes when I choose your different templates.

    The advice to go to page setup, set your paper, and then update would only work if I had 4×6 or 8×10 paper as an option. My printer doesn’t.

    The trick seems to be that you have to install a printer that has an option to print on a particular sized paper. Even then, you have to choose a printer that can print edge-to-edge with no margin otherwise your print template will include the default printer margins.

    I almost never print out of Lightroom, but typically want to setup some decent layouts to “print” a JPG. Forcing the margins and forcing me to a paper size that exists for a printer that I happen to have installed are frustrating. It would be helpful if Lightroom had an option to forego the printer settings and let you choose options like paper size and margin manually. I’d love to just set the paper size to 8×10 with no margin. Then I can “print” a JPG and upload to a service provider for professional printing.

    Geoff

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  23. Matt
    Thanks for the print presets, would it be possible to have a tutorial how to set up paper sizes in Lightroom?

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  24. i had the same problem and landed this page thinking i found a solution. unfortunately the the killer tip has killed PC users. i will look elsewhere since there has been no update.

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  25. Lightroom 3 need to improve its way of setting up custom templates…. or at least improve their instructions. Many of use need better presets for sending image to the labs. MUCHO THANKS for these presets

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  26. Hi,
    download link is broken

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  27. Matt, thanks for these presets! I have to agree with other posters here, the print process in Lightroom is not the most intuitive thing that Adobe has ever produced. These presets are very helpful!

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