Video – Multi Photo Picture Packages

I have the absolute coolest trick to share for those of you who like Print module templates and want to do something more with them. First I have to give credit where credit is due. The tip came from Enzo in Italy last week in the Q&A post that I did. I had answered a question about putting multiple photos into a picture package layout and said that it couldn’t be done. Well, thanks to this tip from Enzo, that’s not necessarily true. Enjoy the video and please post any links or ideas you may have for your own ideas on how to use this kind of template.

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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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  1. Matt,

    I think it worked brilliantly. I am sure it will take some getting used to in order to get layouts that are stunning and flawless, but I look forward to playing around with it.

    Like you said, I hope people will be willing to share their own templates. Perhaps you could even post a blog entry with others’ entries if they link them for you.

    Thanks for the great tip to you and Enzo!

    Eric
    Madison, WI

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  2. Matt,

    It works great! I don’t even get that strange box coming up after selecting the photos that occurred in your video. I am looking forward to the potential development with this new technique!

    Thanks alot for showing us!
    Lee
    London, Ontario, Canada

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  3. WOW “Enzo from Italy”

    HUGE THANKS, and also to Matt for showing this in a video format. You don’t realize how long I have been searching for this. That will be another very useful tips that will save me time.

    Cheers,
    GT

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  4. UPLOAD YOUR TEMPLETS,DEVELOP PRESETS, WEB TEMPLETS AND SLIDE SHOW TEMPLETS.. TO THE ADOBE EXCHANGE AND SHARE WITH EVERYONE. ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS CREATE AN ADOBE ACCOUNT AND YOUR IN.

    YOU CAN EVEN DOWNLOAD OTHER COOL STUFF WHILE YOUR THERE.

    RON

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  5. Super cool tut Matt. It’s amazing what you can sometimes accomplish by getting inside the code a LR presets.

    I’m gonna work with this and see what kind of set I can make.

    Gav

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  6. Thanks Matt ! Thanks Enzo!!
    this will save tons of time for book layout preparation.
    Thanks!
    luca

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  7. OK here’s some pre-made templates to start with.

    It’s a little crazy, but after I watched this vid I went nuts and started making them. Then a figured I might as well post a pack to Seim Effects. It’s almost 3AM but their loaded and ready to roll.

    For now there’s 6 layouts, that will output square pages for press books etc. Their FREE and your welcome to download and play with them.

    If there’s any issues just leave it in my comments and I’ll do a version update. I tried to think everything out but it’s late and I’m soooo tired. Thanks again for posting this Matt ;)

    Here’s the link… Gav

    http://tinyurl.com/seim-layouts1

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  8. Very neat idea. Just a little change in the file is all it needs. Thanks Enzo for sharing your idea.

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  9. This is great – really useful. I wonder if Enzo and Matt can solve a similar problem. It’s not multiple images but multiple bits of text/identity plates. I do theatre photography. So when I create my prints for the theatre, in addition to my Identity Plate/Credit, I have to title the the image with the name of the production and the author, and also caption it with the theatre and the dates of the show. Any suggestions?

    Ian.

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  10. Cool!!!! Thanks Enzio and Matt. Any chance of you making this a downloadable video Matt (to save on the PC) as it’s going to take a bit of getting used to and a few more views. Thanks and keep up the great work. :-)

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  11. This is what I have been waiting for! Fantastic. A big use of Photoshop for me was preparing prints with different sized pictures together now I will not have to do that!

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  12. Hi Matt,

    I can’t open the video. All I get is a page full of little black hearts, then it locks up my computer … of course I’m using a PC not a Mac. Anyone else having this problem? I’ve never had it before now.

    Thanks

    Dennis

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  13. Hey Matt,
    you sound like a schoolboy with his first model airplane.

    This is a wicked tip, along the lines of my first ‘borders in Ligthroom’ tip.

    Excellent work!

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  14. Matt and Enzo thanks for a great tip. What about if I would like to have more than one Identity Plate? This would be useful adding text into the print.

    Chris

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  15. This is great! Thank you Matt and Enzo!
    I too would like to know if there is any way to create multiple Identity Plates.
    Thanks again! Michelle – St Louis Photographer

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  16. Matt, Enzo,
    since this morning i’ve started playing with this and it’s great.
    of course some questions come up:
    1: is there any way to add the identity plate in every page and not just in one ?
    2:is there a way to zoom the photo within the frame ?

    That’s it by now
    Thanks
    Luca

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  17. Matt,
    Another great video. Thanks.

    I am not sure if you done it in the past, but I really would like to know the differences between editing an image in photoshop and editing it as a smart object. Because lightroom gives me these two choices and I still haven’t figure out the smart object deal… =)

    More tips on how to use lightroom and photoshop together would be great too.

    One thing that I do a lot is to create two virtual copies of one image in lightroom and tweak one to get the best background and then the other to optimize the subject. Than I open then both in layers in photoshop and use a mask to create an image with a perfect background and subject.

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  18. Wow, this is definitely useful. I’ve been dragging my feet on my 2008 YIP book because I was dreading opening PS for all 365 images. (Yes I missed a day!) Thanks to Enzo for digging deep into the files!

    The one question I do have is the same as Ian’s. Is there a way to add the caption/title for each image?

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  19. Hi Matt, & Enzo.

    Great! :) You’ve justy made Lightroom 100% more useful:) Many thanks both.

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  20. Matt,
    This is awesome. I have been trying to figure this out for quite awhile. Enzo from Italy, you rock.

    This is going to save me so much time in creating collages for my blog.

    Thanks.

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  21. Ok, first of all, this is so great that I would like to kiss Enzo full on the mouth for figuring this out and give Matt a big hug for posting this. But is anyone else kind of PO’d at Adobe for deliberately turning this off out of the box? The setting is there and works, but it is off by default with no corresponding GUI. Was this seen as a big differentiator for Photoshop and they were worried about cannibalizing PS sales or something? Was the random selection box that appears a bug they couldn’t fix before ship so they took it out of the GUI? Or maybe some enterprising engineer was upset that LR Picture Package was “crippled” so they added this “workaround” on their own (yes, it happens). Just curious as this would have been nice to have in the GUI.

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  22. This is awesome! What a great tip! Thanks Enzo and Matt!

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  23. Thanks to Enzio and Matt for sharing this neat tip. Now it will be even easier to make photobooks with extra impact.

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  24. This video is also available (free) in the iTunes store in Matt’s video series Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips. If you don’t subscribe, you should!

    Janine

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  25. Great post! I think this really opens up some possibilities with Lightroom.

    unrelated question: I noticed that Lightroom 2.3 has recently popped up on the Adobe Labs site. Any thoughts on this?

    Thanks

    chris

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  26. One more question, is there any way to change the opacity of each image and, can you change the page color? Oops, those are 2 questions.
    Michelle – St Louis Photographer

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  27. Thanks to both Enzo and Matt for sharing this tip! I am not a wedding photographer but can see that this would be a great and FAST way of compiling a photo album to print for gifts.

    A couple of things I noticed, when placing the images, they are not always cropped the way I would like. How can I move the images within the image box to show what I want to show?

    Also, when first selecting images and then choosing this new preset, it seems that LR will decide where each image goes. I guess there is no easy way to do this other than to input each photo in the place you want?

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  28. OK here’s some pre-made templates to start with.

    (sorry id this is double, but the 1st has bot posted)
    It’s a little crazy, but after I watched this vid I went nuts and started making them. Then a figured I might as well post a pack to Seim Effects. It’s almost 3AM but their loaded and ready to roll.

    For now there’s 6 layouts, that will output square pages for press books etc. Their FREE and your welcome to download and play with them.

    If there’s any issues just leave it in my comments and I’ll do a version update. I tried to think everything out but it’s late and I’m soooo tired. Thanks again for posting this Matt ;)

    Here’s the link… Gav

    http://tinyurl.com/seim-layouts1

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  29. Awesome! Only having one photo per page has been hugely frustrating – means I still needed to use Photoshop for printing. This rocks!

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  30. I have not seen the video yet but this will be great! I often use the normal print module to get multiple up images, and then export to JPG. One thing I wish were that there be an option to maintain the EXIF information. I manually use a tool (jhead) to copy the EXIF from, arbitrarily, the first image, to the new composite image, just so the date and time (and at least settings from the first image) are in the composite. I can’t wait to go to town on what promises to be a whopper of a tip!! Thanks!! This will have to go into the LR classes that I teach!

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  31. I am new to lightroom. Is there any way to export these as jpg’s for lab?

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  32. Thats amazing tip! I just ran across this problem today and what a coincidence that you posted this killer tip today!

    I have another request:

    Is it possible to have multi photo picture package in which I can repeat the same photo?

    for example, I have two pictures that I want to place them in one page and have them printed 2×2.

    thanks

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  33. This is a fantastic tip. The fact that I couldn’t do multiple images per page was SOOOO frustrating. Thank you again Enzo and Matt.

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  34. Hi,
    maybe there is such a smart way to go further with identity plate, I mean to add more then one customisable text fields (for title, copyright, print info)
    regards
    Jacek

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  35. this is getting even kewler,

    i changed the identity plate to use a graphical identity plate. with some quick crops in photoshop, i cropped some images to 10×10 and used them as a background to my layout. you just need to check render behind in the options. it opens up the endless possibilities th use an image from the wedding or any texture or even making your own backgrounds. you can even adjust the opacity of the background image to get different looks.

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  36. Ron,
    The issue is it’s hard to make the background image stick in the background. I’ve been trying to make it happen, but no joy.

    There’s no opacity control, but lightening the image might make it look that way.

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  37. This is VERY useful – exactly the type of tip I’ve been looking for. Now to make some PRINTS! Thank you.

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  38. It’s unbelievable to me that Adobe didn’t make this a default option. I know that I’m just one among a huge number of people that searched all over the web trying to figure out how to do this… Thanks for sharing it!

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  39. Great! I used to work as a programmer for years and it seems to me that this may actually have been a bug – at the least it’s poor coding practice to have a variable hard coded to a different constant in two different places, rather than using a global symbolic constant. I wonder how Enzo stumbled on it! I’ll bet this is something Adobe was working on and for whatever reason didn’t finish enabling it. Very useful!! Thanks, Matt and Enzo!

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  40. This is almost impossible to get working for many people. Possibly it is easier on a Mac than under Windows but with Windows XP you cannot create a custom page size that your printer does not support. Even the Adobe PDF driver wont allow you to create a custom size like 10″ x 10″ which is a very common album size. If you load a 10×10 file that someone else made, it will revert back to one of the standard paper sizes. Its a very cool thing IF you can make it work but don’t get your hopes up, with Windows XP and Epson, Adobe, and Cute PDF drivers I cannot get the custom size to be ANY of the standard album sizes I use.
    -Kerry

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  41. TO LINDA (HOW TO CHANGE THE CROP WITHIN A FRAME)
    just hold the ctrl (PC) commandMAC) on the frame and you can move the photo within the frame.
    i’ve not reached out yet the way to zoom the photo within a frame withour resizing the frame

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  42. Great idea and I’ll try it today. But it would even be greater when you can save this as a high quality jpeg to bring to your album software. Because just a few will print wedding albums themselves I guess. I make them via the good Phototools.nl but it would be great to make complete pages in Lightroom the-Enzo-way en bring them as a page filling photo to the Phototools software.

    Second. I allways deliver a wedding DVD as an extra to the album. Did anyone figure out a way to print DVD stickers and DVD case covers via Lightroom?

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  43. Kerry – This works fine on Windows OS. Your printer must be capable of 10” x 10” paper. If not then you cannot set it up for anything larger than your printer is capable of. So “IF” your printer is capable of 10″ x 10″ or larger printing and you printer is capable of custom sizes (as most printers are if not all) then after you select Page Setup… in Lightroom then you select the correct printer and then select Properties for the selected printer and depending upon the printer driver for your printer you can select Custom under the paper settings area. I have a printer that can print on 11” x 17” paper and the maximum I can choose for paper size is you guessed it 11” x 17”. So I just now created a custom page of the size 10” x 10” and it worked perfectly :)

    Mike

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  44. Yeahhhhhhh Enzo!!! Thank you, and thank you Matt for posting this!

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  45. Outstanding. This has been one of my only gripes with printing from Lightroom

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  46. I still don’t see why the Adobe PDF printer driver won’t support 10×10 or 12×12, it shouldn’t have an issue with it. The biggest problem is that this just isn’t really acceptable in my opinion for creating wedding albums. You are far to limited by not being able to change opacity, moving and resizing images is very kludgy, you can’t do drop shadows (sure you could use yet another image of a drop shadow, thats a poor workaround). I certainly think everyone needs to go to the Adobe site and ask for this “feature” to be improved and made workable in the next version.

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  47. @ Jaap:

    1. That *is* possible: make the layout of your page and add your photos in the Print Module of LR, then simply go to the Print Job panel and choose Print to: JPEG File… piece of cake…

    2. About printing DVD stickers, sleeves and covers: I’d say there is other software out there that is more “appropriate” for such purposes.

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  48. I was just looking for a way to do this yesterday. What great timing that I pulled up the video from iTunes today. Thanks so much. I’ll put this to great use right away.

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  49. Matt,
    I’m unable to download the video also. All I see are black hearts and numbers etc. Using a Mac and have never had trouble before.
    Thanks for any help.

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  50. @Dilip Barman JPEG export (Print To JPEG) quality will be based on the paper size you have set, and the DPI you export as.

    Gav

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  51. Wow! This is freakin’ awesome! I love workarounds like this….

    One other idea – have one of the “photos” be additional text beyond what the identity plate will do – multi-line, for example – and you’ll have even more control. I don’t know if you’ll get transparency with a PNG or whatever, but it’s worth a try!

    Great work, Enzo and Matt! Thanks again.
    Andi

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  52. You can print captions with your photos in the print module. On the Overlays portion of the print section for Contact sheets, there is a box marked photo info. If you mark it checked, you can then change the photo info to date, caption, custom comment, etc. Then it pulls the information and adds it to the photo. This is the way I add a caption to each of my photos. Unfortunately, this option is only available in contact sheets, but it is useful.

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  53. Hi Matt,

    It has been a very pleasurable surprise for me to be able to see the video, and I would like to thank you and thanks also all the people who have post their comments.

    Unfortunately the template has a lot of limitations, just because it is only a “work-around”.

    Following is a lit of things that can’t be done with it:

    It is not possible add the “identity Plate” on each page, because the new pages hasn’t the same structure of the template

    It is not possible to add caption just because the Photo info option is not available

    It is possible to add only 6 (Six) new pages,

    The “Zoom to fill” isn’t working properly

    But it is possible to have more copy of the same photo on the same page, where the first one is the original photo, the others are just virtual copy,

    I hope that in the near future Adobe would be kind enough to develop all the functions in one single layout engine.

    I am not a professional Photographer, I am just an advance hobbyist, and you can find me at http://www.pbase.com/enzopriore

    Best regards,
    Ciao
    Enzo

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  54. Big thanks Matt & Enzo for sharing this tip. This became an eye opener for me. Just a question, not completely disregarding photoshop but would we be able to come-up with a Wedding Album by just Photoshop Lightroom I mean is Lightroom powerful or capable of outputting trusted JPEG to be sent out for printing for a wedding album? I would be very delighted if LR can as I’m observing I’m speeding things up in LR which PS slowing me down. I’m sounding silly here.

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  55. @Patrick: great, did’t now that option, thanx. And together with Erick Belen I wonder if that quality is sufficient for making wedding album pages. I’ll try.

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  56. Hello,

    I seem to have trouble loading your videos by clicking on the heading of each tip. The page cycles but no video loads.
    I have tried this on both FireFox and Safari. I’m using a MacBook Pro Version OS X 10.5.6
    Thanks!
    AJ

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  57. Seems to work! Many wedding albums have black pages. How can we manage within Lightroom. The background color doesn’t seem to be an option, even not in in the text file.

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  58. Thank’s a lot you both!!!! It’s totally usefull. Great!!!

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  59. Thank you!!!! Very usefull!

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  60. That is so great. I wanted to print two different 5X7 pics on one page and after looking around lighroom for an hour found this page. Thanks so much.

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  61. A tip of the hat to Matt and Enzo for sharing this tip. After watching the video, I am left wondering why the ability to print pages with different images hasn’t been built into Lightroom before this. It seems like it is rather easy to do.

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  62. Wow! One of the best tips yet! Thank you and Enzo!!!

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  63. Thanks to Enzo and to you Matt. it`s simply and PERFECT, can i show this tip in my courses with your permission?. see my tutorials in spanish.

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  64. I’m not sure if others are experiencing this issue…I am running the PC version, and when choosing photos for the multiphoto layout, the photos snap to fill the frames in the order the frames were inserted on the template. In other words, lets say I create a template similar to yours from the how-to video; I’ll start with a blank template (modified for multiple photos) and insert the center frame first, the top-left frame second, and the bottom-right frame last. If the template is empty, and I try to drag a photo into the bottom-right frame, the photo fills the center (first) frame.

    Any workarounds for this?

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  65. on the panel at your left. i have just an option to do my page setup. instead of both options like on the video (page setup and print settings) and not just that! when i apply my “page setup” i get the print settings window. i tried to do also my shortcuts for both actions…but nahh!! does not work. some body know hoe to fix this? thanx!

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  66. Great tip Matt,

    Unless I missed it, you may want add that to move and image withing a cell for better placement Ctrl click or Cmd Click on the cell and you can reposition an images location within cell.

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  67. I have the same dilema as Diego’s comment on march 1….my left panel at the bottom only has a “page setup” tab , which when clicked leads to printer settings…there are not 2 tabs (page setup and print settings) like in the video..comments??

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  68. There is another way to use a black or some other image as the background. When you setup your page, make the first window the same size as your paper. Then, since you can overlap you can add your other frames on top of that. This way the first image you select will be the background. I am going to setup a collection for printing and keep some different backgrounds saved there. When I am ready to use them, I will send all the images I am going to use to that collection. That way I will have everything right there ready to print without ever leaving LR.

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  69. Hi Matt… had great fun creating the three photo template and I have even tried using it with photos I took of a friends wedding. I did run into a problem though. Being new to Lightroom I tried to export the three photo template to a folder so I could email it to Walmart to have it printed and only the central photo was exported. The two outside photos didn’t get exported with it. Am I doing something wrong? If you have any suggestions I would sure appreciate the help. At the moment I am stuck. I prefer this style of multi photo layouts to the Element layout. I will check back to se if you or anyone else can make a suggestion for me so I can get the bride and groom some multi photo layouts.
    Thanks
    Orest Witiw

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  70. I tried successfully to make a 2x pic template for printing 2 different images for greetings cards on A4
    Only problem was that using the identity plate to write title and copyright info, on what would become the rear of the two card layout, I was unable to repeat use it for the second card/ i.e. I cannot find a way to duplicate the info, not can i rotate it. Do you know if this is possible. I am so nearly there in being able to run off two cards at once!
    many thanks Petrina
    P.S. I have tried to do different images on same page so often, I am indebted to you both for sharing this wheeze. I have never understood the inflexibility of only the same image in all the PShop CS packages

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  71. is there a way to put file names to the picture package?

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  72. Matt This saved be big time. Thanks for this.

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  73. Very cool! This is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks! :-)

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  74. Excellent – really helped me out today. Added this RSS to my must-read now.

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  75. doesn’t appear to work in LR (not LR2) as there is no second line of code saying “oneimagePerPage=true” I just ordered LR2 so I guess I’ll try it when that arrives ;-(

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  76. Bloody brilliant – Have been looking for ages. Thanks a million.

    Works great!!!

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  77. So cool, thank you so much!!! Same question as Erik W, is there a way to include the file names to the picture package?? What a lifesaver this is!

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  78. thank you; this template creation editing was perfect for me and well
    appreciated.

    John

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  79. Fantastic find!!! The only issue I had following the instructions was that I was unable to select a custom page size in the Page Setup dialogue box. I’m running LR on Windows Vista. Any suggestions on how I can get around this?
    Stacey

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  80. That was terrific. Thanx

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  81. Please delete my previoys coment.

    This is what I wasnted to say:

    This is great. I wanted to to do a Triptych panel of a caber toss. The LR triptych will put them in the sequence taken, but it runs from top to bottom of the page, the sequence of the pics was reversed (would read like Aribic). Right to left. With this it runs left to right.

    Thanks

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  82. Amazing really how such a simple thing could be left out of LR as standard particularly how they did so much work to it. I just wanted to be able to print 2 (different ) 7×5’s on one sheet of A4 and couldn’t find it ANYWHERE. I thought i was being dumb until I saw this. Thanks for a great tip !

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  83. Incredibly helpful – haven’t tried it yet, but this is “fixing” one of the major shortfalls of LR2

    Thanks

    Jan-Dieter

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  84. Thanks you save me hours of frustration!

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  85. You’re a lifesaver, this is the greatest tip EVER!!!!!

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  86. Cool! I see a lot of good uses for this.

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  87. Wow this is great! Thanks! I’ve been doing templates on photoshop all this time.. now I don’t need to open anything else but lightroom.

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  88. I’m so close but still no cigar! I’ve gotten as far as the text edit page but don’t have the “true” line because I have LR 1.2. Any help (besides the obvious of upgrading to LR 2)

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  89. Thanks for this. Very great tutorial. Wonderful! Now lightroom is even better!!!

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  90. @Bob:

    Lightroom fills the frames with images in the order they show up in the film strip.

    Workaround: change sort order to “label text”, and set labels to control order: 1,2,3… If you are using label text for something else, label color or rating would probably also work.

    Tait

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  91. Fantastic tweak to allow multiple pics to be placed on a template.
    I use pre and post operative pictures and need the ability to place the photos in the exact correct temporal position to compare the surgical results.
    This simple text edit solved my problems..
    Thanks so much.
    Sincerely
    Dr Wolin

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  92. Thank you, this is truly worthwhile! I’m going to give it a try. Wow, how great to make my own storyboard within LR.

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  93. Brilliant, i spent a few hours trying a way to print different sizes on one sheet, until i found this and did it in 10 minutes.

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  94. One of the best videos, information was perfectly presented and I would have been very frustrated by this adobe default without being able to fix.

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  95. I was getting very frustrated too that I could not get multiple photos with different sizes on one page using LR Contact Sheet and Picture Package and was about to post a request to Adobe for LR3 new features request list when I saw this post. Thanks Enzo and Matt for this brilliant work around, not exactly smooth flowing but gets the job done within LR. I have done a layout with eight photos that exported with no problem to a JPEG file and printed out with no missing parts. Lets hope that Adobe will include and improve on this feature in their next release. For now I am very happy with this work around.

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  96. Matt I watched your video on how to make multiple images on page in LR. I really want to be able to do this but just don’t feel comfortable making such a change. Afraid I will do something wrong and mess up LR.

    Are you suggesting to Adobe as an update for LR2.

    That would be great if they would update LR2.

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  97. Jim,
    I Totally understand. However, you can rest assured you won’t mess up LR by doing this. Its a preset file. You’re not changing any of the core files that run LR, just a preset file. If you don’t like it, just delete it. As you can see from the comments, this works just fine.

    Good luck!
    – Matt K

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  98. Thanks Enzo/Matt! This solves the problem. Now if Adobe will just realize this is a very common need and incorporate it into future releases…

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  99. Enzo/Matt – This is the best thing EVER for Lightroom. I plan to do more exploring to see what else can be done! Awesome!

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  100. Hi Matt,

    Boy did this fill the bill! I was just looking for a way to knock out three different 4 x 6 prints on a single page. This modification allowed me to do it perfectly, and the amazing thing is I found this quickly enough to avoid a melt-down of frustration :-) Thank you, and Enzo!

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  101. I like what the above info does, however, I could not get e.g. 3 photos of the same image & 2 photos of another image on the same page.
    thanks for any comments-jim

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  102. I just found this and thank you! It was so helpfull.

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  103. Thats what I would like to be able to do also, like 9 wallets on a page with 4 of one photo and 5 of another

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  104. Thanks! Fantastic tip. I was just trying to figure out how to do this when a google search found this blog entry.

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  105. Having now gone through this process, it does work.

    However one tricky aspect is that the photos from the filmstrap are placed in the order the boxes were added to the layout.

    This can make modifications tricky, and on 2 occasions I managed to “loose” all the photo selections I’d made and had to restart.

    Still a useful workaround, just need to be aware of this (I am for next time!)

    Hopefully this will be in LR3 beta (not tried yet!)

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  106. already tried this and it does just what I needed. thanks so much. And since you are building version 3, why not fix this quirk and make it part of the picture package anyway?

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  107. Enzo and Matt thank your so much…this is such a treat..I am still having trouble with some of the templates..It seems I cannot get it to work on the 5×7 I created or LIghtroom templates..but working on some of the others.
    I will keep trying.
    thanks
    connie paxman

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  108. Great tip – there are clearly some limitations, but it is a huge improvement over nothing!!

    This does not work with the LR3 Beta!! Help Adobe – please don’t kill this. In fact, i should be supported and enhanced. I would love to see a version of these templates with presets for Shutterfly or other album layouts!!

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  109. Oops!! This fix does not work in LR3 beta, But, there is a new custom package category (which I overlooked the first time) that allows this to be done without the edit of the text file. Thanks to those who saw to this!

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  110. very helpful very cool Matt and Enzo

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  111. A good *** damned killer tip. Man It does save my day, was looking for it, did find it there waiting for me. Reaaaally cool. Thanks a lot. Thumbs AND toes up to enzo !

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  112. This is so helpful, it saved me multiple printings, or (gasp) making a layout in CS3, then trying to make sure all the photos were the right size. Thank you so much!

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  113. Dumb question maybe. Can you export from print, once you have made a multi image template or can you do that somewhere else?

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  114. Great Tip
    Had been driven mad trying to print 2 photos on one page, could not believe it could not be done

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  115. You just saved my bacon with this!!
    This just spared me an afternoon of headache.

    Going to the bar to celebrate!!

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  116. AWESOME!!!! Thanks to you and to Enzo…

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  117. Hey I would love to know the secret! However somehow the video would not download. All I got was the awesome intro of pictures flying around. Yeah I should update my internet speed, but is there anywhere the directions are written down? Thanks

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  118. This is great, but how do you ‘order’ the photos if they are overlapping? It seems like what ever one is dragged in just sits on top of previous photos and I can’t see how to change that.

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  119. Too cool. We’d just been talking about this the other night.

    I swore I was able to print numerous photos on one 8.5×11, but couldn’t find it in this latest version.

    Work-around has solved the bug.

    THANKS!

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  120. Awesome Thank You very much! Roman

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  121. This is awesome! I want to use this for my projection viewing to create my canvas wrap collections. My only problem is I am not able to drag and drop the picture I want into the correct square. It will put it into a different square. How can I fix this? Does anyone else have this problem?

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  122. Thanks Matt, it’s really a great tip. Good luck to you.
    (From Vietnam)

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  123. Lightroom 3 is not allowing the multi photo package edit, unless im doing something wrong it wont work. Any thoughts?

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  124. This doesn’t seem to be working in Lightroom 3. Does anyone have a solution or am I doing something wrong? Thanks!

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    • I tried in LR 3 and this doesn’t seem to work anymore. Has anyone tried it in LR3 ?

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  125. most likely fixed this “bug” in lightroom 3. cant seem to make it work anymore. any other ways to do this?

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    • JD,
      You don’t have to work around it anymore. It’s actually a feature in LR3. Just select Custom Package in the top right panels and drag photos where ever you want.

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      • yeah, just figured that out…

        anyway, great job with the website. i’ll definitely be coming back for lightroom tips.

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  126. scratch that previous comment. they made it easier on lightroom 3 with the custom settings. my bad for not exploring first.

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  127. This is an excellent idea and a time saver.

    Thanks Matt. I have your book Layers. An excellent book.

    Jennifer Boone

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  128. Thanks for sharing this “tutorial” video. I just recently got LR2 (I didn’t own LR1 before). For someone with a severe learning curve (but determined to learn), your video was very useful and easy to follow along. I’m so excited to try it out and I can’t wait!

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  129. Now that I played around in lightroom, how do I save the template/collage onto my computer so that I can share my creation on a blog/facebook/etc?

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  130. firstly thanks to enzo and thank you so much for making tht into a wonderful video tuutorial…..its more than kool its awesome.

    LIGHTROOM does need this feature. Thanks again.

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  131. Does this still work with the newest version of LR?

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