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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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  1. emz 4 May, 2017 at 19:41 Reply

    So I thought I’d take a minute to, not only go over the settings but also show you a couple of ways that you can have Lightroom automatically apply those settings to your photos so that you’re not left doing it manually each time.

  2. Kharthik 18 August, 2011 at 04:53 Reply

    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.

  3. Anastasia 6 July, 2011 at 18:15 Reply

    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?

  4. Anastasia 6 July, 2011 at 01:08 Reply

    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!

  5. Jennifer Boone 1 March, 2011 at 01:41 Reply

    This is an excellent idea and a time saver.

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

    Jennifer Boone

  6. jd 1 August, 2010 at 10:18 Reply

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

      • jd 1 August, 2010 at 10:30 Reply

        yeah, just figured that out…

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

  7. April 18 May, 2010 at 17:14 Reply

    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?

  8. Susan 7 May, 2010 at 15:42 Reply

    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.


  9. Lavache 12 April, 2010 at 10:45 Reply

    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.

  10. Amanda 13 March, 2010 at 00:20 Reply

    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

  11. Hazard 11 March, 2010 at 21:15 Reply

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

    Going to the bar to celebrate!!

  12. DMD 5 March, 2010 at 11:29 Reply

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

  13. Luke 20 February, 2010 at 04:33 Reply

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

  14. Lisa 15 February, 2010 at 17:38 Reply

    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!

  15. Alexis 9 February, 2010 at 09:06 Reply

    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 !

  16. curtvt 25 January, 2010 at 01:23 Reply

    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!

  17. curtvt 25 January, 2010 at 01:15 Reply

    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!!

  18. Connie Paxman 24 January, 2010 at 14:06 Reply

    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.
    connie paxman

  19. Gil Lybrook 10 January, 2010 at 22:33 Reply

    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?

  20. Nigel Jones 23 December, 2009 at 18:44 Reply

    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!)

  21. Dave Williams 6 December, 2009 at 13:10 Reply

    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

  22. Jim Theis 20 October, 2009 at 18:16 Reply

    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

  23. Jay 29 September, 2009 at 13:01 Reply

    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!

  24. JWP 24 September, 2009 at 19:19 Reply

    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…

  25. mattk 22 September, 2009 at 09:05 Reply

    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

  26. Jim 22 September, 2009 at 00:14 Reply

    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.

  27. Ben Yee 20 September, 2009 at 05:59 Reply

    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.

  28. Mike 1 September, 2009 at 20:56 Reply

    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.

  29. Craig 1 September, 2009 at 15:28 Reply

    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.

  30. andy wolin 21 August, 2009 at 16:34 Reply

    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.
    Dr Wolin

  31. Tait 17 August, 2009 at 08:41 Reply


    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.


  32. MHC 27 July, 2009 at 13:21 Reply

    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)

  33. Kevin 5 July, 2009 at 05:36 Reply

    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.

  34. Jan-Dieter 13 June, 2009 at 20:19 Reply

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



  35. Stuart Jukes 30 May, 2009 at 05:24 Reply

    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 !

  36. Rick Pulliam 25 May, 2009 at 15:42 Reply

    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.


  37. Stacey F 21 May, 2009 at 14:00 Reply

    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?

  38. John Parmentier 9 May, 2009 at 21:48 Reply

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


  39. Karen Moore 9 May, 2009 at 10:24 Reply

    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!

  40. rick olivier 7 May, 2009 at 18:07 Reply

    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 ;-(

  41. Petrina 16 April, 2009 at 04:36 Reply

    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

  42. Orest W 25 March, 2009 at 15:03 Reply

    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.
    Orest Witiw

  43. Mike J. 24 March, 2009 at 00:08 Reply

    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.

  44. Steve 22 March, 2009 at 16:24 Reply

    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??

  45. Peter 4 March, 2009 at 20:53 Reply

    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.

  46. Diego 1 March, 2009 at 00:35 Reply

    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!

  47. Bob 28 February, 2009 at 08:54 Reply

    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?

  48. Joseph 22 February, 2009 at 08:59 Reply

    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.

  49. Pete 20 February, 2009 at 01:32 Reply

    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.

  50. jaap 17 February, 2009 at 14:42 Reply

    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.

  51. AJ Pumphrey 16 February, 2009 at 21:48 Reply


    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

  52. Jaap 16 February, 2009 at 14:54 Reply

    @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.

  53. Erick Belen 15 February, 2009 at 15:28 Reply

    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.

  54. Enzo, Italy 15 February, 2009 at 06:33 Reply

    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

    Best regards,

  55. Dorothy 14 February, 2009 at 11:23 Reply

    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.

  56. Andi 13 February, 2009 at 20:15 Reply

    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.

  57. Mark Hoyle 13 February, 2009 at 14:07 Reply

    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.

  58. Phil Peck 13 February, 2009 at 14:01 Reply

    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.

  59. Patrick De Smet 13 February, 2009 at 11:33 Reply

    @ 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.

  60. Kerry Garrison 13 February, 2009 at 11:15 Reply

    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.

  61. Mike 13 February, 2009 at 10:25 Reply

    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 🙂


  62. jaap 13 February, 2009 at 05:10 Reply

    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 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?

  63. Luca 13 February, 2009 at 04:46 Reply

    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

  64. Kerry Garrison 13 February, 2009 at 03:05 Reply

    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.

  65. Dilip Barman 13 February, 2009 at 02:38 Reply

    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!

  66. Sean Phillips 13 February, 2009 at 02:35 Reply

    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!

  67. Sean McCormack 12 February, 2009 at 19:40 Reply

    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.

  68. RON 12 February, 2009 at 18:57 Reply

    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.

  69. Jacek Luc 12 February, 2009 at 18:35 Reply

    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)

  70. rashed al ben ali 12 February, 2009 at 15:31 Reply

    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.


  71. Dilip Barman 12 February, 2009 at 14:21 Reply

    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!

  72. Cory 12 February, 2009 at 14:13 Reply

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

  73. Gavin Seim 12 February, 2009 at 14:11 Reply

    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

  74. Linda 12 February, 2009 at 14:09 Reply

    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?

  75. Michelle 12 February, 2009 at 14:06 Reply

    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

  76. Chris 12 February, 2009 at 14:05 Reply

    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?



  77. James 12 February, 2009 at 13:09 Reply

    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.

  78. Kortney 12 February, 2009 at 12:14 Reply

    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.


  79. Marcene 12 February, 2009 at 11:45 Reply

    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?

  80. Lirou 12 February, 2009 at 11:42 Reply

    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.

  81. Luca 12 February, 2009 at 10:59 Reply

    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

  82. Dennis Zito 12 February, 2009 at 09:51 Reply

    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.



  83. Randal Jaffe 12 February, 2009 at 09:46 Reply

    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!

  84. ElliR 12 February, 2009 at 08:18 Reply

    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. 🙂

  85. Ian M Butterfield 12 February, 2009 at 07:47 Reply

    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?


  86. Seim Studios 12 February, 2009 at 06:48 Reply

    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

  87. Seim Studios 12 February, 2009 at 04:06 Reply

    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.


  88. RON 12 February, 2009 at 03:44 Reply




  89. GT 12 February, 2009 at 03:12 Reply

    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.


  90. Lee Mann 12 February, 2009 at 02:54 Reply


    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!
    London, Ontario, Canada

  91. Eric Lovelin 12 February, 2009 at 02:04 Reply


    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!

    Madison, WI

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