|Four images combined into one using |
Lightroom's Print to JPEG File
Start your combination by selecting the images you want to use in the Library module. It is easiest if all the photos are the same orientation (vertical or horizontal) but not a requirement. Optionally, you may want to add your selections to the Quick Collection (type b). This allows you to easily rearrange the order of the pictures, which affects how they appear in your layout.
Switch to the Print module to create the layout. Click the Page Setup button first. (A Mac has two buttons, a Windows machine only one.) The window will look different depending on the brand of your printer and whether you are using Mac or Windows. The printer model doesn't matter because you are not using paper. And the paper size doesn't matter either; you will set a custom size in a different menu. What's important is selecting the orientation of your paper. I chose Portrait because I had selected all vertical images for my combination.
- Portrait (vertical) or Landscape (horizontal)
|Page Setup Window for Portrait Orientation|
Next, below the preview in the center, click the Use drop-down menu and choose "Selected Photos." The default is All Filmstrip Photos. If you don't change this, you will get multiple files!
Use: Selected Photos
Now switch to the Print Job panel on the bottom of the right side. Here is where you tell Lightroom to create a JPEG file instead of a paper print and set the size of your final combination. Make the following choices in the panel.
Print Job Panel
- Print to: JPEG File
- Draft Mode Printing: off
- File Resolution: 100 ppi
- Print Sharpening: off or low; Media Type: Glossy
- JPEG Quality: 80-90
- Custom File Dimensions: on
The Color Management section makes sure that your colors look good on the web as well as your monitor.
- Profile: sRGB
- Intent: Relative
|Layout choices in Lightroom's Print Module|
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Now you are ready to customize the layout of your images. Be sure they are selected in the Filmstrip so you can see the effects of your choices.
In the Layout panel you set the number of rows and columns for your images, the size of the pictures (cells), the amount of space between them and any margins on the outer edge. In my example, I have 2 rows and 2 columns with margins of 0.15 inches on all sides, and vertical and horizontal spacing both of 0.3 inches (double the margin amount). I made the cells as large as possible by dragging the sliders all the way to the right.
- Margins: zero or optional number, usually the same for all sides
- Page Grid: Number of rows and columns
- Cell Spacing: as desired
- Cell Size: set to maximum
- Keep Square: optional
Image Settings panel (optional)
- Zoom to Fill: optional
- Makes all the pictures the same size.
- Adjust the photo position slightly by dragging it.
- Stroke Border: optional
- Change the color by clicking on the color swatch.
- Adjust the width with the slider.
- Page Background Color: optional
- Default is white.
- Click the color swatch to change it.
|Saving a layout as a template|
Now that your combination of pictures is finished, click the Print to File button. Lightroom opens a Save window where you can tell it a location and give your final combination a name.
|Saving the finished combination image|
To create a horizontal strip of multiple images, see this video by Julieanne Kost of Adobe.
Using Lightroom's Print to JPEG File capability, you are ready to make colorful combinations of many of your photos.