Lightroom color adjustment
I have seen several posts recently around the web talking about how people use third party apps like Blog Stomp to create the images that they feature on their blogs and social media. To me this seems like an extra step that I don’t want to deal with and so I just do it from Lightroom (something that apparently not a lot of you knew that you could do).
I think that the reason many of you do not know about the ability to do this from Lightroom because it is not built into the standard export feature that you normally use to export your images. In order to export these blog ready duos and collages you need to click on the Print module, a place I am sure many of you hardly use.
Creating a simple “Duo” layout is really quite easy and you can take what you learn here to create your own templates for different layouts. Basically however you get this all to figure is by tricking Light room into thinking that you just are fitting a layout to be written, but instead of printing you export to jpg that you’ll be able to then transfer to the net.
1: Open Lightroom and navigate to the “Print” module
2: If it is not activated by Default Select “Custom Package” as the Layout Style
3: If checked, un-check the Rotate to Fit, Photo Border and Inner Stroke Options
4: Set the Ruler units to “Inches” and the Grid Snap to “Off”
5: choose Print to “JPEG File” and enter a resolution of “100 ppi”
6: Enter the size you want for your template, in my case I wanted the final image to be 624px by 463px, so I entered 6.24 x 4.63. Basically mentally remove the period between the numbers and you have your px size. So for example if I want something to be sized for Facebook I would create it at 9.20in wide (or 920px).
7: Add your Image Sections to the Template. In this case since we tend to ar making a pair we want 2 portrait sized slots.
8: Adjust the Cell size to 4.63 x 3.09 (if you are wanting to go with the 624px wide design that I am talking about).
9: Move the new Cell to the left half of your layout.
10: Repeat Steps 7, 8 and 9 (except with 9 move the cell to the right half of your layout)
11: (Optional) I like to stick my logo in the bottom right side of the images when I upload it online. To do this Check the “Identity Plate” option and then place the logo on the images wherever you prefer it.
12: Save your Template
Once you have the images placed as you would like them to then all you need to do is export the image. To do this just click on the “Print To File” button in the bottom right.
It is that simple. The image will be exported to whatever location that you select after clicking “Print to File”. Once you are done with the blog images you want to post simply navigate to that location and upload them to your blog or social media.
It takes a very little time to set up these templates however you want them but once you saved your templates, you never have to make them again. The process is so much faster than exporting the images and then importing them into some third party application. Save your time and do it in lightroom.
An added benefit is that since you are exporting these layouts directly from lightroom they will be in higher quality than the ones from a third party app which has to re-compress your already exported Jpg. The images from lightroom are only being compressed once and so they will likely look better when they are uploaded online.