Lightroom Tips

TIP: Saving Prints and an Awesome Printing Deal for This Weekend

Hey everyone and Happy Friday! My friends over at Mpix.com have an incredible 20% off (site wide) deal this weekend (see bottom of post for more details) and I thought I’d pass along a cool printing tip that goes along with Lightroom if you’re printing from a Photo Lab. See, the Print module in Lightroom is by far one of the easiest places to lay out a print. The layers, and masks, etc… that you’d need in Photoshop would take much longer than doing it in Lightroom. In Lightroom it’s basically drag-and-drop.

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But the question always pops up after people see this: What if I’m not printing myself, but sending off to a photo lab instead? No sweat. In the bottom right of the Print module in Lightroom is the Print Job panel. By default the top option Print To, usually says Printer. But you can change it to JPEG File which means you can save the print you’ve laid out as a JPEG and send it off to get printed.

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Pretty cool if you still want to use Lightroom for your prints, but aren’t printing yourself. Okay, here’s the details for the Mpix.com deal I mentioned earlier.

First head over to Mpix.com and upload your photos on October 4th and 5th ONLY. Place your order on those two days and you’ll get 20% off sitewide with promo code kelbympix2014.

Note: When checking out with multiple orders the promo code will only apply to one order. Cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid through ROES and does not apply to orders placed prior to the sale. Offer ends October 5th, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (Central).

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4 comments

  1. Sue 26 October, 2014 at 15:17 Reply

    I haven’t been able to find the Mpix profiles so I can soft proof. Does anyone know where I can find them and how to install them for Lightroom?

  2. Matt 3 October, 2014 at 16:11 Reply

    Can you built a template in Photoshop with opening for images and drop it into Lightroom? For example I do Memory Mates for Team Sports and spend hours in Photoshop. It would be so much easier in LR.

    • lyle 8 October, 2014 at 16:38 Reply

      how-to-add-a-photo-border-in-lightroom

      if you search the net for that, you’ll find a tutorial that may do what you want. it’s not all that hard, but somewhat limited if you want to put multiple sizes on one sheet. give it a try.

  3. Jorge Gomez 3 October, 2014 at 15:44 Reply

    Hi Matt,
    I have a question, If I do not check the “Custom File Dimensions:” Checkbox Lightroom will print to the jpeg at the maximum possible resolution? or 300ppi?. How it relates with the size that I want to print from the fotolab?
    Thanks,
    Jorge.

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