sravan_nerella's profile

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2.6K Points

Fri, Jan 13, 2012 2:56 PM

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Lightroom: Ability to create custom book templates/sizes from scratch

Provide a way to create new pages completely from scratch by laying out the position of the picture frames and text frames instead of using just the provided templates. I like to do my own layouts that match the text.

Also can we have double page layouts where they are linked and cannot be broken apart.

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62 Messages

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1.8K Points

9 y ago

Even though the LR Book Module has 180 or so templates, it never seems to have the one I want. Prior to LR 4, I used Blurb's BookSmart SW to create Blurb books and was hoping LR would at least have all the templates that ship with BookSmart. However it seems they do not. For example I can't find a LR template for a 3 photo page with 2 landscape and 1 portrait which is a mainstay of my books. So, here is my requst:

1) At a minumum include in LR all the templates that come with Blurb's BookSmart SW.

2) Allow us to create our own templates from scratch

3) Allow us to create our won templates by modifying a pre-exisitng template.

Perhaps allow LR to import templates from BookSmart including both those that shipped with BookSmart or were created by the use using BookSmart (thus avoiding the need for Adobe to build a template editor from scratch right away). As the BookSmart SW is free to end users this is a similar concept to using Google Maps in LR3 while the Adobe folks built their own mapping SW that showed up in LR4.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Need more LR Book module templates as well as ability to create/edit them.

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242 Points

9 y ago

In the Book module of LR4, using option PDF, one is supposed to be able to "PDF Export options include size, resolution, color profile and output sharpening" but I cannot find any of these either on the LR4 'page' or during 'export book to PDF'. In particular I want to use a page size that is not specific to Blurb (I want US letter in landscape format). Is this feature not yet working or what?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: Page size when exporting book to PDF in LR4.

7 Messages

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242 Points

9 y ago

I gave up on the LR4 book module and went over to using LR4's publish function which links to Blurb's Booksmart. And, until LR4 fixes its Book module I shall have to give up on using any printer other than Blurb. This means I also have to give on on printing books that are US-letter sized. Its seems Adobe and Blurb are a little too close for comfort. Too bad, since LR is so brilliant in most other ways.

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8K Points

9 y ago

I wanted to chime in on this since I do a ton of book layout. I currently use Fotofusion but it's a huge mess especially their port to Mac. Not only do they need to make the layouts flexible, they need to allow other features such as custom logo watermarking placement, size, rotation and alpha per page. In addition to JPEG quality, there needs to be an alternate option for max file size.

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272 Points

9 y ago

When LR 4 was released we were told we would be able to edit/create book templates using one of several other apps. (Illustrator and InDesign come to mind.) That still hasn't happened months later. I had to give up on LR for making books. I guess if I wanted an alternative to creating books in iPhoto LR4 would be it, but I want a much more robust/flexible product. LR has so much potential for this. Why waste time and code adding stuff like Twitter and Flicker integration and give us a crippled book module?

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60 Points

9 y ago

I fully agree!
This is one of the things that decrease my confidence in Adobe (BTW, how they communicated their change in FLASH strategy is another such thing)

93 Messages

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3K Points

9 y ago

I have completely given up on this. I put a lot of effort trying to find a workable solution.

As bad as the book module is ... a promise to deliver a workable alternative ....... and NOT deliver .....is in-excusable.

I give up.

322 Messages

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7.5K Points

9 y ago

I received this response to another question concerning customizing book pages/templates ... Apparently we won't see any addition or improvement on this for the foreseeable future ... sad really ...

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

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62 Points

9 y ago

Lightroom 4 Book Warum kann ich das Seitenläyout nicht selbst gestallten und muss auf vorgefertigte Vorlagen zurückgreifen? Im Programm von Blurb kann ich das Seitenlayout selbst gestallten.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom Book Layout gestallten.

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174 Points

9 y ago

Hey, ditto to this. I just posted a very specific request to add two full-spread layout options, but of course totally customizable layouts would be awesome.

I also agree that the pages should stay linked as spreads -- because who designs books one side at a time?? They GO TOGETHER :)

Please thumbs-up my suggestion as well!
http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

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828 Points

9 y ago

I am just trying out the new book module and really like it very much. there are nice templates and graphics. however, i hope to see proper layouting options added in the final version.

For example the possibility to:
- freely arrange and rotate pictures and text on the pages.
- include simple layout options from your other popular products like indesign (magnetic guide lines, center elements in page or against each other, resize and rotate cells, etc.)

For clear voting i opened separate, additional Feature requests close to this topic

cheers, Aron

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom 4 beta, Book Module, include proper layout features 1, arranging.

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60 Points

9 y ago

Why would you make your life harder while there are websites like shutterfly.com, snapfish.com andhttp://www.snaptoshop.com ?

Just saying (:

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102 Points

9 y ago

I have to say, I am really disappointed:
One of the reasons I bought LR was not to have to use the often annoying software from specific vendors to do photobooks. While I knew that LR was coupled to Blurb, I read that you could also export to pdf, which was enough for me. Allowing the export only in the blurb formats now prevents me from using the whole module, as the formats are not suited for my purposes. Together with the layout restrictions this leaves the impression of an utterly unprofessional module, in an otherwise great software. Actually, I didn't even think to check for these possibilities, as it seemed obvious to me that they must be included.
To top my frustration, there even was one thing at blurb I wanted to order, which was the pocket calendar - turns out, this is not included in LR.
Sorry for adding nothing constructive (other than ADD THESE FEATURES! (the first two, anyway)), just wanted to share my frustration.

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8K Points

9 y ago

I really hope that Adobe doesn't abandon this module. I currently do not use it because of the limitaitons, but let me tell you that I would if I could freely draw frames and drop in images, set borders for one or all images on a spread and build template (full-album and single page or spread). I currently am using $300 software to do this and it's not working well. I'd gladly pay $300 to Adobe for this feature that's so sorely implemented in this industry of wedding and event album layout design.

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148 Points

9 y ago

I fully agree with all the statements about the frustration with the limited formats and locking us to Blurb as only option.
But: being able to create PDF files is helpful. This can be used to create digital books in a fast way, making use of all the design support the book function offers.

This option is demonstrated in a youtube video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMkY_miWkOc

Not an alternative to what we all are asking for, but a way to make use of the book feature 'as is'.