Making Photo Books in Lightroom! (San Francisco)

This month's meetup will be in San Francisco, and we'll discuss the new Book module in Lightroom 4. We'll go through the complete process of making a book in Lightroom, from start to finish. The presentation will include a description of how to use Auto Layout Presets, which are a powerful tool for quickly and easily making the book you want in as few clicks as possible.

If any of you have made a photo book using Lightroom (or any other photo book making tool), please bring it to the meeting to show to others!

And lastly, we'll be having a raffle for prizes, so don't miss it!

See you there,
Ben

 

P.S. Limited parking will be available in the Adobe garage. In addition, there is no Giants game that night, so street parking should be easy. Also, if you RSVP more than 24 hours before the start of the meeting, and if your Meetup profile contains your full name, then a visitor's badge will be waiting for you when you arrive. If you RSVP late, or your name on Meetup is something like "RiotGurl123" then you'll need to get a badge from security when you arrive.

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  • Sarita G.

    When I press either Export Book to PDF or Send Book to Blurb buttons nothing happens! Why? Has anyone had the same problem? I see others have on the internet, I have updated to 4.1, still doesn't work {: |

    July 31, 2012

    • bryan f.

      Sarita, I thought the same thing happened to me. We may have had a different experience, but when LR exported to Blurb, there was not a large notification. If I remember correctly, LR exported similar to a photo, but without the dialogue box.

      August 1, 2012

  • Sharad M.

    Hi Art,

    The rendered PDF that Lightroom sends to Blurb is not something that can be easily ingested and transformed into their ebook format. Its something that we're working on closely with Blurb, but we don't have an ETA on when it will be available.

    July 8, 2012

  • Art B.

    Tom,
    Thanks for the tip, but my upset comes from the fact that I have checked with blurb and they have specifically told that ebooks are NOT an option if I created my book in lr. It is ONLY an option if you create the book in their software. They (blurb) did tell me they are working on something that will enable other software created books to be transformed into ebooks, but they have no idea where or when. I guess I should have read more carefully, but I didn't.

    July 5, 2012

  • Tom O.

    @Art B. While this response is yet untested, for the sake of expediency: Have you looked at the Blurb site? I have had an account there well before the LR4 integration and noticed that they DO have an eBook option. If there is some profile relationship/login between LR4 and your Blurb account, I would suspect that importing into the eBook format would be just a few clicks away. Again, I apologize as this is theory not researched or tested but may send you in a better direction. Good luck,

    July 5, 2012

  • Art B.

    Fellow LR 4 users. Just wanted to follow up and let you know that I have not heard back from Adobe or Blurb, and basically I am being told that if I want to have e-book versions, which personally at this point I feel are pretty much expected are to be a standard option, that I have to start all over again and recreate my book with a different software. I don't know about anyone else, but personally I think this sucks big time. I think this is something that should have been told us up front.

    July 3, 2012

  • bryan f.

    really good demonstration. had the experts. perhaps you could have had more users (photographers) to discuss creating books instead from LR. and not everyone eats pizza. maybe provide fruit or something that is non-dairy and gluten free. everything seems closed in the neighborhood friday evening.

    otherwise, awesome event.

    July 1, 2012

  • Art B.

    Fellow Lightroom users I just found something I find quite upsetting. I got lightroom4 specifically to do a book for my friends wedding. The plan was for me to get 1 hard copy as a gift and then for them to be able to download ebook versions or have family and friends get ebook versions online. Well after spending hours putting a book together and ordering the hard copy i just found out if you do your book in the LR module you CAN"T get an ebook version. You have to start all over again.

    June 29, 2012

  • Benjamin W.

    @Bryan, You'll need to import the photos into Lightroom of course, though there's no need to copy them off the external drive if you don't want to. You can just connect the external drive and then import the photos in place using the "Add" option in the Import dialog.

    June 29, 2012

  • Walker

    Mee toooo

    June 29, 2012

  • bryan f.

    I have a question about creating a book using LR and photos on an external hard drive. I have old photos stored from when before I started using LR (and I started with LR2). What do you suggest?

    June 29, 2012

  • bryan f.

    @Walker, My first books seemed dark also, so I try to print a practice copy. I almost always have some inconsistencies. Last Friday, we were also in a darker space, so the books may have looked darker than normal, but you are wise to notice this can be a problem. My color is fine, but my light is almost always off in at least one photo.

    June 29, 2012

  • Sarita G.

    I'm so excited about this new module, looks easy. I can't wait to show off to family and friends.

    June 28, 2012

  • Walker

    Thank you so much for your encouraging workshop. By monday I will be ready to upload my first book,
    Walker

    June 27, 2012

  • Benjamin W.

    It's also very paper-dependent. I thought my book was a bit dark, but I had it printed on the ProLine Luster paper, which is higher contrast. You can see that pretty clearly if you look at the swatch set you got at the meetup. If I'd chosen another paper, my results might have been spot on. If you're concerned, print a test book. And if you get something you feel is unacceptable, Blurb tends to be very good about reprinting without any hassle.

    June 27, 2012

  • Benjamin W.

    @Walker: Yes: bump up the exposure on your photos. :-) A truly color managed workflow between Lightroom and Blurb is not currently possible. In most cases you'll find you get good results without doing anything special at all. "Too dark" is the most common issue, in part because of perceptual differences between viewing a paper page vs. a back-lit computer monitor. (Continued in next comment.)

    June 27, 2012

  • Walker

    The sample books including yours seemed a little dark, do you have a remidy for that?

    June 26, 2012

  • jane c.

    great meeting-thanks ben, sharad, and blurb folks for coming out on friday night to show us the latest Lightroom function!
    i was hoping for a raffle chance to win LR4 :)
    look forward to make books when i get my upgrade-i love LR and these meetings provide so much support ops-thanks for yummy salads and pizza of course, too

    June 26, 2012

  • Benjamin W.

    Lightroom handles all color conversions, you don't need to worry
    about it. Everything is rendered out as sRGB automatically before upload to Blurb.

    June 26, 2012

  • Tyler H.

    While text can't flow from one box to another you can have up to 3 columns in a text box. Column gutters and bumpers can be adjust within the box as desired.

    June 25, 2012

  • Art B.

    It was mentioned that the best format for photos to be sent to blurd is srgb. I did a shoot that was done if prorgb. Is there some easy way to transform these photos within lightroom? If not is there an easy way to do it and not have to start all over with my setting my pages in the book module?
    thanks
    art b

    June 25, 2012

  • Benjamin W.

    Q: How do you control the orientation of text on the spine of the book? A: The text should always be oriented so that it goes up and down the spine. When it went sideways across the spine in the demo, that was a bug. It's already in our bug database, so I expect it will be fixed at some point. If you encounter this bug, change the cover to a different layout, and then change it back to the layout you want. The spine text should then be oriented correctly.

    June 25, 2012

  • Tom O.

    I was unclear about additional templates for layout and design. (e.g. Travel related using geotagged image POI's on a map, and other travel theme related backgrounds/ layouts. Coming? Downloadable? There and I missed them?.. Thanks!!

    June 25, 2012

  • Benjamin W.

    Q: Can you have text automatically flow from one text box to another? A: No.

    June 25, 2012

  • Benjamin W.

    Q: How do you optimize the photo resolution for output with Blurb? A: You don't need to do anything special. Lightroom automatically renders all the photos to 300ppi (optimal resolution), before sending them to Blurb.

    June 25, 2012

  • Benjamin W.

    Hi All,

    There were three questions asked after the meeting that I didn't have definitive answers for, so I wanted to follow up here. I'll post one comment per question, since this comment field has a pretty low character limit.

    June 25, 2012

  • Art B.

    This was a terrific meetup. Was wanting to use photo book and this was a great introduction to the software. The only disappointment for me was that I wish they had more options for output. The blurb books were ok, but they weren't as good as I hoped they would be. Considering how much time and expense we put in to getting good images I wish the quality of the prints were a bit better. The b&w were considerably better, but the color prints were just so so. I understand that there will always be a relationship between cost and quality, and perhaps blurb is a good deal, but I wish Adobe had some kind of tiered set up with a number of vendors, and at least one that offered a higher quality print. My 2 cents.

    June 24, 2012

  • Kate J B.

    Great info well presented. Some sound issues but overall very good. Looking forward to the additional info Ben said he'd post.

    June 23, 2012

  • Walker

    really great introduction

    June 23, 2012

  • Brian F.

    Great group of people, professional and thorough presentations, great meeting space. I Just can't say enough good things about this meetup.

    June 23, 2012

  • William Palank P.

    I thought I knew Lightroom but had no idea about the usability and enhancements of the Photo Book Module. Outstanding stuff!

    June 23, 2012

  • Lanette

    What a great talk last night! It made want to go and make my own photo book- so easy to do in Lightroom. Enjoyed being able to speak with the printing company spokesperson, and get paper samples to take home with me.

    June 23, 2012

  • fletcher o.

    I thought it was good. A good presentation. Not a module I'm particularly interested in, but still interesting.

    June 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would diffidently use this service in Lightroom. Awesome presentation.

    June 23, 2012

  • George H.

    I think the presenter, Benjamin, did a good job of covering the capabilities and limitations of the new book making feature of Lightroom 4. It was also helpful to have representatives and samples from Blurb to see what the result could be. The added capability integrates Blurb book setup very nicely into LR4, moving it closer to the content generation for a more coordinated publication preparation. Thanks to whoever provided the pizza and salad, too!

    June 23, 2012

  • Steve

    I have a conflict and can't make it this time. Will there be a video recording of the session available later?

    June 21, 2012

  • Mauricio C.

    I think Friday in general is not the ideal day of the week for these seminars. Mon-Thurs after 630pm are in my opinion better options. I of course understand that it will be impossible to find a day for everyone, but weekends in general tend to have too many conflicts. Just my 2 cents. Hope I can make it to the next one.

    June 18, 2012

  • stacy

    Oh darn ..this conflicts with my son's baseball award party. Thank you for the quick response, @Benjamin, and the link!

    June 18, 2012

  • Benjamin W.

    @stacy: Absolutely! And if you'd like a good overview of Lightroom, watch the recording of our first meeting. In one hour you'll learn everything you need to know to start using Lightroom productively. https://seminars.adobeconnect.co...­

    1 · June 18, 2012

  • stacy

    I'm interested in this;however I have not used LR. Is it possible to still participate?

    June 18, 2012

  • Judy S.

    Can't wait!

    June 16, 2012

  • Akemi K.

    Looking forward to it.

    June 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please tell me this will be broadcast live online. Would love to "attend" this, as the new Book feature looks very cool!

    1 · June 8, 2012

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