Tip – Changing the Picture Package Photo Crop

Woo hoo! It’s Friday which means it’s Tip day. Here’s one on the heels of yesterday’s post about the Picture Package layouts in the print module. I saw a few people posted a question in the comments area that I should have answered while recording the video (but I didn’t). So the question was how to change the crop of the photo inside of the picture package frame. For instance, when I put a photo into a picture package, a person’s head may appear to be cut off because of the way the frame crops it. While not immediately apparent, you can indeed change that. Just hold down the Cmd key on the Mac or the Ctrl key on the PC and click-and-drag to readjust your photo inside the frame. See, I told you it was easy.

Well folks, thanks for following along with me for another week. I hope you have a great weekend!

Author: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog, LightroomKillerTips.com, where he's built up a massive library of Lightroom videos, presets and tips. In addition to teaching Photoshop, Lightroom and photography seminars around the world, he's an instructor at Photoshop World and one of the full-time staff writers for Photoshop User Magazine.

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18 Comments

  1. no if we could only change the background color. or am i missing another simple step? Thanks for all of the tips.

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  2. SWEET! This is the one things I felt was missing.

    I’ve already added some free layout presets on Seim Effects. This opens up whole new possibilities.

    Jason as for background color there’s no straight up way to do it, but you can use the method of making a solid color image and rendering it as an identity plate behind the images (from the overlay panel) Matt has a video about making black background somewhere on here.

    Also many may know this, but some seem confused by it. While you can’t export the result directly you can use select the printer as “JPEG” and then print to file. that way to have a JPEG to send to printer ect. (at least in LR2 you can)

    So cool. Thanks Matt… Gav

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  3. Hey great idea, I was actually looking how to do this. But my question is, I cant create a custom page size like 10×10. When I go to page size is does not give me custom option. Am I missing something, it is driving me crazy.

    thanks for the help and I love your site.

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  4. I can’t get the picture to resize in windows pressing the cntrl key and clicking and dragging only resizes the blue box???

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  5. Just watched the video. Enzo is the man! And your the man for showing it to the world! That has got to be probably one of the most exciting things in Lightroom I found out about since it’s incarnation. Don’t get me wrong the brushes and tat were sweet but this is awesome! More reason to love the print panel!!!!! Keep up the great work!

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  6. As a Wedding photographer i never bothered much with the print package as it was so restrictive. Now I’m able to compose my shots with no transfer to specialised album software. Enzo ?? is to be congratulated.This software just keeps getting better. Now if i could save my slide show as a video or DVD format i would be set. Although the free software link to pro shot heps. Loving the tips keep up the good work.

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  7. Fabulous tip! Now these print package layouts REALLY ROCK!

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  8. This will really open up a whole new area of creative layouts especially for people like my wife. She is really into scrapbooking and is currently doing a couple of projects for our son and then our grandson. I expect a lot of Lightroom 2 users to start coming up with nifty new layouts. I can’t wait to show these to my Lightroom Class that I’m teaching at the local camera store.

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  9. This is brilliant. Two years of banging my head against the wall because of how Adobe crippled the picture packages. The possibilities are endless. You can make custom pages for Blurb books straight from LR, be able to print 9 up 4x6s on 13×19 paper with different photo in each space. So many times I have wanted this simple yet so overlooked feature. Huge thanks to you and Enzo!

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  10. WOW! Great feature.
    How many times have I tried to do something like this???

    One quick question–there is a yellow warning triangle on the top right of the package when displayed. What does that mean and how can I get rid of that?
    Thanks much!

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  11. Wow, you really have an answer to everything!

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  12. Hello Matt, I have been following your tips alot and speaking to Becky Sowada when stuck and she has been brilliant, my major problem has been how to directly ask a question on Lightroom without finally (as today) finding this spot on the comments on Picture Package resolution (brilliant by the way).? Is there an easier way? I would love to have more information on managing Metadata and remember last year a very good video tutorial by Julienne Kost but can’t seem to find it. Are you able to help? Many thaks Chrissy

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  13. See my comment on the previous post for a good way to color the background.

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  14. Hi, well, that was a great tip, Thanks!!!! I have a new small problem; when I move the image within the cropmarks. It moves on screen, but not in print or preview. This is something that has just started happening, I don’t think I have altered anything major, but something is going wrong somewhere. Please can you help me!!!!

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  15. Hi there, I’d like to ask, how do you change the Page Size? For example, I need to print it on a 6×4 paper and not a full 8.5×11.
    Thanks.

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