Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Project Life | Page Planning Using Lightroom

I came up with a method to plan my Project Life pages last year using Adobe Lightroom. I process all my photos inside Lightroom. AND I organize and tag my photos in Lightroom. So it made total sense for me to create some templates inside Lightroom so I could see what my photos looked like together on a 2-page spread.

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Then a couple of weeks ago, my friend Liz (Paislee Press) blogged about some things she’s doing differently this year for Project Life. One of the things she’s doing is a mock-up of her 2-page spread using Photoshop. So I commented on how I do the same thing, but I use Lightroom because it’s easy to drag and drop the photos. That led to me doing a video tutorial on how I do my Project Life page planning in Lightroom.

You can watch it slightly bigger at Youtube

And as a bonus, you can download my Lightroom print template here if you don’t want to create it yourself!

Download: Listgirl’s Lightroom Print Template for Project Life Design A.

After you download it, here is how you import it into Lightroom.
  1. Save the file somewhere on your hard drive where you can find it.
  2. Open Lightroom. Click on the Print module in the upper right hand corner.
  3. Go to the left side of the module and you will find a section called “User Templates”. Right click on that and click on “Import”.
  4. Find the folder where you saved the Lightroom template. Select the template and click “Open” at the bottom of the window.
  5. The template should import into your User Templates and you should be able to see it on the left side in Lightroom.
  6. Click on the “Listgirl | PL Design A Spread” template on the left side of Lightroom. Start dragging your photos into each slot.
Make sure you watch the end of the video on how to save your print template as jpeg files so that you can look at it for reference when you’ve printed out your photos and ready to put your page spread together.

Let me know if you have any questions. Happy Project Life page planning! :)
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