Lightroom 4 In-Depth – Printing and Photo Books, with Matt Kloskowski

In this course, Matt focuses on the print features we have in Lightroom.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is the key to what industry experts are calling the new digital workflow. Now you can learn exactly how to get started, and see how it can help you achieve the quickest, easiest workflow imaginable! Matt Kloskowski, NAPP Education and Curriculum Developer and host of the popular Lightroom Killer Tips podcast, walks you through the entire process and shows you how to get the best possible images in record time. In this course, Matt focusses on the print features we have in Lightroom. From the industry-leading Print module and Custom Layout tools to the brand new Photo Book module that’s included right inside Lightroom. If you want to make your books and prints stand head and shoulders apart from everyone else’s, this is the class you’ll need.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 01:10)

Join Matt for a quick introduction to the material that will be covered in this class.

Lesson 2: Printing - Basic Layout (Duration 03:27)

Printing starts with choosing the printer, the paper orientation, and the size of the paper you will be printing on. From there you can start working on your layout.

Lesson 3: Printing - One Photo Per Page (Duration 07:32)

There are three different types of layouts in the Layout Style panel. We'll start with the Single Image / Contact Sheet layout style, which is great when you want to print one photo, or multiple photos all with the same exact print size.

Lesson 4: Printing - Picture Package layouts (Duration 03:35)

The Picture Package layout style is for when you want to print the same photo in a variety of sizes (think school photo packages).

Lesson 5: Printing - Custom Print Layouts (Duration 11:27)

The Custom Package layout style gives you the ability to print different photos at different print sizes on the same layout.

Lesson 6: Printing - Saving your layout as a JPEG (Duration 04:37)

You don't have to use your own printer to create your prints. You can save your print layouts as a JPG image that can then be uploaded to an online print service or even taken to a local print company.

Lesson 7: Printing - Soft Proofing (Duration 07:53)

Softproofing is a brand new feature in Lightroom 4. The purpose of softproofing is to get a simulation on screen of what the print output will look like before ink hits paper. The softproofing function is located in the Develop module so that you can make any necessary adjustments for the specific output color profile.

Lesson 8: Printing - If Your Prints Are Too Dark (Duration 03:02)

Another brand new feature in Lightroom 4 is the Print Adjustment feature in the Print Job panel of the Print module. Print Adjustment allows you to tweak the brightness of your output to compensate for prints that come out too dark.

Lesson 9: Printing - Printing to a printer (Duration 07:21)

Once your layout is ready to go, it is time to send the data on its way to the printer. Matt walks you through the settings you need to use to get the best results.

Lesson 10: Printing - Creating Calendars (Duration 04:20)

Here's a cool trick for printing a calendar right from Lightroom.

Lesson 11: Printing - Frames and Borders (Duration 03:46)

Another creative use of the Lightroom Print module is to add an interesting border to the edges of your photos.

Lesson 12: Books - Before making Your First Book (Duration 02:08)

The Book module is a brand new module in Lightroom 4. Get started on the right foot by setting up your book preferences.

Lesson 13: Books - Starting Your Book (Duration 03:53)

Starting a book with photos already in a collection is a great way to enter the Book module. From there you are ready to make the important choices in the Book Settings panel and get your book started!

Lesson 14: Books - Viewing Options for Your Books (Duration 02:45)

There are a number of ways to view your book in the Book module that will help you refine your layout choices and preview the layout of your book.

Lesson 15: Books - Adding Preset Layouts (Duration 03:16)

Learn how you can add your own layout presets in the Auto Layout panel.

Lesson 16: Books - Changing Backgrounds (Duration 02:42)

Another way to customize the look of your book is to change the page's background.

Lesson 17: Books - Adding Text and Captions (Duration 02:47)

While your photos are the most important part of your book, there will be times when you want to add text to pages and captions with your photos.

Lesson 18: Books - Making a Two-Page Spread (Duration 01:44)

A dramatic addition to your book is to spread a single photo across two pages.

Lesson 19: Books - Saving and Printing Your Book (Duration 02:54)

Once you are satisfied with your layout, you'll want to save your book and prepare for output to have it printed.

Meet Your Instructor: 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…


  1. I have been a LR user for about 2 years, doing all the stuff you do with this software. You know what? After watching these tutorials I have to rethink my processing. I did use the software, yes, but now I understand, what it really is capable of doing! Great Video! Cannot wait to try for my self, what I have seen.

  2. Good job, Matt. It is certainly a good start having a book module in LR4. However, for those of us who have been using Blurb for a while, there are things missing from the Book Module that you have at hand with Blurb's software. In particular, page numbering is missing. You could do this using page captions, but since there is now global application of it for page numbering, you would have to go through page by page to add consecutive page numbers. Also, Blurb software allows you to modify a page layout by adding elements and/or positioning and resizing elements to customize your own page. This is a great feature in Blurb and I will miss it if I decide to produce a book via LR4. Another drawback which I feel could be addressed in later versions is that it is difficult to add photos to the book once you have made a certain selection. So if you have 100 photos but have decided to add or substitute more, it is difficult to find out how to do that. Blurb also allows you to select from a wide variety of borders and apply them individually or globally. The LR4 version limits what you can do to pre-set page styles. If Adobe can work some of the functionality into the Book Module that exists in the Blurb software we would have a truly great book making experience. I like the way LR4 lets you select page options, format text, drag and drop photos. These features certainly streamline the work flow. Since this is essentially a 1.0 versions (of the Book Module) I am assuming that upgrades of LR4 will continue to add functionality to this part of the application. Just my two cents! Keep up the good work.

  3. Great, loved most of the video on the new books module in LR4. However, since Blurb requires jpg or png / srgb, shouldn't you mention or show that before one selects photos from a library or collection set? Many people like myself, shoot raw format. Books now requires creating jpg and making those available to the lr4 catalog creating more space used. Am I missing a shortcut on this?

  4. Matt, it's really a joy watching your videos. You have a real knack as an educator. I can say that about the others too. I learn so much from all of you.

  5. Matt. Absolutely outstanding tutorial! Thank you for sharing so much in such a short space of time. Cannot recommend this highly enough to anyone wanting to know just the most important parts of this highly complex product.

  6. Matt continues his dynamic and clear teaching. Add his natural and down to earth personality to his awesome knowledge base and organizing talent and you have a superstar. Nothing needs to be improved just more of Matt! Marvin D.

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