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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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104 Points

6 y ago

It's been several years that this subject is on discussion... My personal opinion is that it should not be to Adobe to improve the book module. Instead, companies (such as Blurb or Cewe in Europe, or other photobook publisher) should develop plugins that enable us to create photobooks directly from Lightroom in the right format of the publisher. Does this sound possible?

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134 Points

6 y ago

After scouring the net, the only solution I found to create custom template is to use slynn1324's Lightroom Book template editor which can be found at :
https://bitbucket.org/slynn1324/light...

and it's being discussed here: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1254145

Quite a rough app but I managed to create quite a few custom templates for my own use.

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276 Points

6 y ago

I have used LRBE several times over the last month and been pleased with it.
It allows me to create new templates and to edit old ones.
Is it perfect? No. It crashes with some layouts, but I've learned what they are and am able to use it well.
Also, it has a text window that shows the commands for each image-box in a given template. I've been using my own script code (Matlab) to generate more complicated template layouts. I can then copy-paste those into the text window and LRBE will then use those templates. Nice. Example:

<rect fill="#cccccc" stroke="#000000" x="36" y="36" width="1368" height="720" id="svg_0"/>
<rect fill="#cccccc" stroke="#000000" x="1422.36" y="360" width="360" height="396" id="svg_1"/>

I highly recommend it.
Many thanks to Slynn1324 for creating it!

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134 Points

6 y ago

I can't however create the template below which is a mirror image of LR's. The 3 small inline image didn't appear when used in LR CC. Any idea why?

The code is as below...

DB8D5FAD-0739-4D82-BFCF-E6C6516FC021

I'm sorry if this is not the proper place to post this.

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134 Points

6 y ago

I can't however create the template below which is a mirror image of LR's. The 3 small inline image didn't appear when used in LR CC. Any idea why?



Sorry if this is not the proper place to post this.

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80 Points

6 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom Book Module - Custom Page Size.

Despite the many requests for this feature it appears to fall on deaf ears. Many users have the capacity and ability to print their own books using commercially available paper and covers.

The default page sizes in the Lightroom book module are very limited. Surely it would make sense to allow users to create page sizes as there are other books available. I realise that you can output to a PDF and reset the page size but it would be nice to create the entire book within Lightroom.

One of the issues is that very few, if any, paper manufacturers sell photo quality paper in 12" x 12". Most manufacturers sell paper either in regular ISO, 8x10 or rolls. There are very few other formats available.

Not everyone wants to pay Blurb to produce a book or in my case a small portfolio.

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108 Points

6 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Book Module Lightroom fully customize layout.

I am needing a new photo solution moving from Apple Aperture.  I am a heavy user of the Book module.  The Aperture book module met all of my needs, and the lightroom one is sadly lacking a few key elements that will keep me from using this software.  What I would like to see, which is available in so many of the book software is this:

Fully customizable templates.   Currently in LR, I am only able to increase or decrease the padding around a picture but I can't change the actual size of a photo cell.  I need to be able to completely customize the size of a photo box and add or subtract photo boxes as needed.   I also would like to be able to put a photo box on an angle, and add a border. 

Please let me know if there are any current workarounds to these concerns, or plans to change the current software with these accommodations. 

I realize that InDesign (though far more robust than what I need) could accommodate these wishes,   it is just SO MUCH BETTER to have the book module in the same software.  That way, once you have your layout, it is far easier to make any photo adjustments within the same environment and not have to export, and mess around outside of the photo environment.  

Thanks,
lisa

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462 Points

5 y ago

Given they do tie in with Blurb, I can't quite fathom why a standard Blurb/Mag Cloud  magazine template  format/size is not available in Lightroom? I'd love to be able to make magazines easily using the book module.

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84 Points

5 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Two requests: PDF with music, custom page size in Books..

1. I dream of exporting to PDF slideshows with music.
2. I very much hope that BOOK module will have a user custom page size

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82 Points

5 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled LIGHTROOM - Allow the Book module to be able to design book sizes larger than 12 ....

It'd be good if we can get larger book layout sizes such as 12 x 16" and 16 x 16" as 12 x 12" as the maximum size is a little restrictive :)

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7.5K Points

5 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Where is the ability to create custom page sizes for Lr Book module?.

It's been nine months now since Kevin Tieskoetter was quoted in a blog interview about the new Book module in Lr 4.x ... in which he stated:

"Yes! All of the templates we ship with Lightroom are made using Illustrator, and I'll be documenting the process for creating those. We've also successfully made templates using InDesign and the freeware tool called Scribus, so if you need templates in different sizes, you'll have a range of options."

The full interview can be read here:

http://www.pixiq.com/article/kevin-ti...

Where is this documentation? Why are you holding back? When will this issue be addressed? Why did you design it to be a one-trick pony only supporting a single vendor in the first place? Are you choosing to intentionally force Lr users to seek other options for their book making needs?

Yes, you did offer the ability to export books to pdf or jpeg ... but ... if none of the six book vendors I do use don't use the page sizes available in the Book module ... what good is it? To this point ... the Book module, in it's current state, is just a waste of space on my hard drive and a useless feature I am expected to pay for and not implement because you (and/or the executives in charge) don't think it's important to keep your word and share how to create custom templates and page sizes.

I await your response to this matter ... of course ... if you continue to remain silent on the subject ... that too will speak volumes ...

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103.6K Points

5 y ago

In a topic merged with this one, Julie Kmoch, Senior Development Manager at Adobe, wrote on 10/9/2012:

Sorry, but we've decided that the approach we were originally pursuing to create custom page layouts was not something we were comfortable releasing to the public. The scripts we've built have worked well enough for our internal use but needed a lot of work before they were usable without a lot of guidance. We think it's more prudent for us to focus on enhancing the book module itself.

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60 Points

5 y ago

I use Lightroom to manage my photos but... Aperture to create books. The fixed templates of Lightroom are too limited. Unfortunately, it will be impossible to buy new books from Aperture in few days (and Photos uses templates). A good replacement would be an evolution of Lightroom !

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152 Points

5 y ago

Also disappointed that now 4 years of this string and there's not update for custom book sizes.  I sat here about the entire day playing with the functionality of the print module only to find that I can't create a custom size.  Wish I ran across that issue right from the beginning.  Was very surprised. Very disappointing.  

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382 Points

5 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom Book module needs functionality to change size restrictions. This is CR....

Why will Adobe not release the ability to create custom size templates within Lightroom?

There are many photo editors out here who need to prepare custom layout books for export to pdf.