Lightroom Presets

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

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27 comments

  1. Mark Lesch 23 November, 2010 at 00:37 Reply

    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!

  2. zenracer 22 July, 2010 at 19:50 Reply

    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

  3. Shadi 17 October, 2009 at 06:28 Reply

    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.

  4. Geoff Faulkner 24 September, 2009 at 00:37 Reply

    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

  5. Tom 21 September, 2009 at 21:49 Reply

    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

  6. Reza 18 September, 2009 at 22:45 Reply

    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.

  7. Ian Fuller 18 September, 2009 at 12:17 Reply

    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.

  8. Lori 17 September, 2009 at 23:44 Reply

    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.

  9. Matt Kloskowski 17 September, 2009 at 14:23 Reply

    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

  10. Lori 17 September, 2009 at 14:11 Reply

    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.

  11. Jerry 16 September, 2009 at 11:18 Reply

    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.

  12. Brian 16 September, 2009 at 01:35 Reply

    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

  13. Kathy 15 September, 2009 at 21:18 Reply

    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.

  14. James Arendell 15 September, 2009 at 12:30 Reply

    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!!

  15. Scott 15 September, 2009 at 11:36 Reply

    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?

  16. Bob 15 September, 2009 at 11:22 Reply

    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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