Book Layout Tools

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Working in Lightroom Classic to layout a photo book. Would really like layout tools that help align photos and text boxes to the page and each other (similar to Illustrator, Photoshop, or InDesign). Also, the option to use a variable zoom, as lining things up using the three Preview options available is extremely difficult. This would help in the creation of custom layouts.
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Gavin Frausto

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Hi Gavin,

As of now, LR has tools such as PageGrid & Guidelines for aligning the photos and text boxes.
Can you let us know what other tools are you referring to?

Regards,
Bhargav
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Ryan Smith

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Nothing snaps to the pagegrid or guidelines.  There is no way to select or enter precise alignments.  You can put a gap between two images but you have to guess if it's the same as the gap between two other images.  It's very difficult to know for sure just looking at it.  Like he said it's very difficult.  
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Gavin Frausto

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Thank you for the reply Bhargav.

Those tools act mainly as visual aids, but objects don’t snap or interact with them at all. Using these is just “eyeballing” it.

The other tools that would would be nice are the tools in Illustrator that allow one to arrange objects in relation to each other or the page(i.e. align objects and distribute objects). These tools would allow one to put objects in relation to the page and each other, rather than floating without reference.

Gavin
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I wrote scripts for InDesign that do exactly what I think you are asking for. You can define page margins, align (rectangular) objects to the corners and sides of those margins. You can redefine the margins to override the book's margins on an individual spread. You can define the position of an object in relation to other object(s) on the spread (either aligned exactly with the object or at a user-specified offset).  You can position an object to align at an (imaginary) corner defined by the horizontal edge of one object and the vertical edge of a different object. You can specify the size of an object in terms of the space within the pager margins, in terms of the size of another object, in terms of the "space" between the edges of two objects (each with a percentage option). You can save "snapshots" of layouts for later comparison or to return to a previous design option.

I wrote these to assist my project which has already completed seven volumes of my life history in photographs - about 60 pages each. I'm now up to 1984! I work in InDesign using the Blurb plug-in and have Blurb print the books, which I send to my family as Christmas presents, which are appreciated in surprising ways - one daughter has spent time with her mother-in-law to relive her life growing up, and sharing where she "came from." 

I posted a series of YouTube videos showing how the scripts can be useful - you might start looking at the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJYuS0HPPwM&list=PLGmZah52_CnQE50mtfkGRlSLl-qb_KKDz
I think that you can get to a listing of the videos in the YouTubeChannel at 
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGmZah52_CnQE50mtfkGRlSLl-qb_KKDz

The scripts can be found at https://www.adobeexchange.com/creativecloud.details.19325.html
There is free trial version of the scripts that lets you experiment with laying out spreads, but it doesn't let you use the results (which you can see but not save).

As far as I can tell, Adobe does not support scripting for Lightroom. Furthermore, I do not see how you could do anything similar to what I scripted (for InDesign) within Lightroom, because the Lightroom book module uses only the canned layouts available from Blurb. 

You can contact me at kain@umn.edu if you want to talk off-line.