Lightroom Book Modifying Front / Back Cover

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First off, the Lightroom book module is an embarrassment to Adobe.  It's unforgiving, clunky and intermediate.  Attempting to do any modifications to the horribly designed presets is virtually impossible.  I've given this program one too many chances and every time I use it, I kick myself for giving it another shot.

One example, i'm unable to modify the back or front cover of a book, without modifying the other.  Simply centering a photo on the front or back cover is not even possible.  I've talked to Sahil at Adobe support and they have confirmed that these two very simple actions are not possible.  

We need to get the word out to photographers that this a bunk program that should not be used.  
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Joel Weisbrod

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I agree!!! I tried and tried and always found the tools for bookmaking virtually unusable. I make my books online at AdoramaPix.com and they have an online tool that puts Adobe LR to shame. Try it and not only will you love the UI but the possibilities are almost limitless and the prices are better as well.

When I teach my LR classes, I advise all students to skip the book module and use the online source for their books.

As a side note, AdoramaPix has color profiles specifically for book pages and another for book covers so the color of the printed book exactly matches your calibrated monitor.
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Thanks for your feedback.  I will definitely check out Adorama.  I asked Adobe about better 3rd party software and they stated, "due to company policies we are not allowed to recommend third party softwares."  I've lost respect for Adobe and a bit amazed that they would even release software that is so flawed.  
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When you sign up for your free account, use the referred by a friend and use joel_weisbrod@yahoo.com and we'll both get a discount on our next order for $15 or more. If you need some help navigating the book creation (I doubt you will) email me at the address for the referral and I will be happy to help you.
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Yes, one of the top graphics/imaging software developers in the history of mankind can only offer us a cruel, cruel joke that is the Lightroom Book module.

How many Lightroom users would there be if the Library module only worked with .NEF RAW files? How valuable would the Print module be if we could only use Canon printers and no other brand? Does the Map module offer the whole world or one continent? So why did Adobe choose to be so restrictive with the Book module?

Can you create a book with it? Sure. As long as it looks like EVERY other book that EVERY other Lightroom user can create  ... and as long as you print it with Blurb of course.

It's a sad state of affairs that Adobe chose to paint their users into a corner with this module. They are capable of far greater products. This was a conscious choice to ham-string the module.

Why Adobe isn't thoroughly ashamed of this module is beyond comprehension.

But ... we only have ourselves to blame as we seem content to continue to contribute to Adobe financially for their abysmal attempts. The only way to invoke change is to have the courage to stop those contributions.
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Do you insert screws with a hammer?
I ask- Why expect the Book Module to be the tool to do everything? I agree it IS limited.!
but the LR Print module has a very capable "Custom Package" component that can create a JPG for use on the book cover.
Photoshop has unlimited capacity to create photos and text to use on a Book Cover in the LR book module.
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I just want the book module to be able to make a book that is not prefixed and looks like all other books.  Adobe produces world class programs for professional photographers.  The book module is for my parents who want to quickly prepare a book of their latest retirement vacation.  The book module is crap.
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Robert ... while I too don't expect the Book module to 'do everything' ... I do expect it to be able to offer more than basic capabilities to design the cover for the book.

If you ever had the opportunity to have used Aperture 3 to make a book, you'd understand what is possible.  So much more creative freedom compared to the Book module.

Yes there are workarounds ... but workarounds are just more work, not solutions. Last I checked, we pay developers for solutions ... not add additional work to our project.
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I would also prefer Adobe not to spend any programming energy into tools that exist elsewhere and are already better and more convenient. Book module is dispensable ...
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Butch_M

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Paul, there is nothing more convenient than producing a photo book or wedding album directly from your RAW images.

 Adobe is a multinational corporation that has revenues in excess of $4 BILLION annually ... even though their resources are not infinite, I think they can afford to expend just a bit more effort without experiencing any severe harm to you or their bottom line. 

Software development does not have to be a zero sum game. Not all users desire or require the same results. Though, using the capabilities that Aperture 3 offered in the realm of books, slideshows and more  as an example ... some of us are aware what can be possible if Adobe only chose to be less restrictive in their decision making process.

Those of us seeking just a few meager enhancements to the Book module are not going to cause other users any undue suffering. 
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Agreeing with above sentiments.

Adobe, the Book module could be made so much better by-
1. Providing a 'Custom Page Template' to allow adding of photo cells as in the Print module 'Custom Package' (with rotation)
2. Custom placements of text cells on any page.
3. Custom choice of Page size.
4. Custom addition of logos, watermarks, page flourish, patterns, etc, to selected pages.
5. Better reliable export to PDF- without the errors caused by fonts, etc.

The book module would then become far more usable with these minimal improvements.