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

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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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Tobin Rogers

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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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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.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Create custom book sizes & templates.

Since years, the community searches for workarounds of the limitations of the book module. Many professional photographers are not using Blurb for their client photobooks. Especially in Europe, we have different page rations for landscape books.

The book module of Lightroom is an awesome tool to speed the personal workflow (especially of professional wedding photographers) massively up with the only limitation, it can't be used due to the Blurb limitation.

Please Adobe, we are asking since more than 5 years for an enhancement of the book module with the ability to create custom book sizes and templates. This update would increase the value of Lightroom in a professional environment a lot!
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Agree.  Adobe will you please fix this!
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Timothy Rix-Trott

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To have A4 portrait and landscape page sizes would allow scaling up or down for the international paper sizes.   Adobe , please implement this.
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Jesús Sánchez

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I am wondering how this feature was not added to Lightroom, being asked five years ago. Seriously, is there someone listening to us?
This feature is asked everywhere... in forums, in all places.
  • How many years we have to wait to be able to have our custom book size pages?
It has all the sense, I can create custom pages in all programs, such Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign... I also want to create a pictures book with my own custom book size...
I would love this be treated urgently, and added immediately in the next update, please.
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Shirley Sanderson

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Wow, this is so depressing. I was getting ready to make a book and am disappointed to read all of these comments with no response from Adobe.
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Chris Parker

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Incredibly disappointing that nothing has changed in 5 years.  That's right FIVE YEARS.  Clearly Adobe simply do not care that this thread is pleading for Custom Books and Templates.  When I recently opened Lightroom I was asked if I would recommend Lightroom and also what would make the product better.  My comment was that the Book module needs to allow Custom Book sizes and Custom template design.  Users want to be able to place images and text wherever they want on the page at any angle and any size within the confines of the book size.  This idea that you restrict users to built in book sizes and templates is just ridiculous.  This product could be so much better with some serious attention to giving users what they've been screaming out for in the last FIVE YEARS.  I cannot put my hand on my heart and recommend Lightroom when people ask me if you can create books of your own dimension and layout.  I tell them that the Book module is very restrictive. 

Chris
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... non open source coder in the world since 5 year to "fix" this ? that's frustrated...
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Hi Lightroom's developpers ! Best wishes for 2017 and specially find a way to let us edit the page templates in the book module :-), you will satisfy all your fans !!!
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Shirley Sanderson

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I gave up on the Blurb plugin in LR and would suggest that others follow suit and use Bookwright. The plugin has only one benefit for me, and that is the ability to start laying out my 2 page spreads using my raw images from LR. To actually build a book, use Bookwright where you can make your own templates. There are still a few glitches with Bookwright, but I was satisfied with the results I got. With Bookwright you can use RGB, not just sRGB in the photos you place in the book. I think mine came out fine using ProPhoto RGB, with sufficient saturation and contrast: http://www.blurb.com/b/7645948-the-namib-desert
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom Book module- DTP freedom.

I'd like to be able to create a book in LR to my design and not be limited to the supplied presets with minor adjustments. Now if Blurb supply the templates, why don't they also give you the same facilities as in their own Book Wright? That's more akin to the InDesign plugin = greater freedom!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled We need to be able to input custom size pages for the book module..

We need to be able to input custom size pages for the book module.
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I'm happy to announce that I created an online tool that allows you to create your own templates using some DTP software. It's still in its early stages and I welcome feedback. Hope you find it useful!

http://ferdinand.veldmans.com/page2lr.php

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom BOOK Module: Create Custom Templates from Scratch.

Lightroom BOOK Module: Create Custom Templates from Scratch - Blurb is affiliated with Lightroom. Blurb has an intuitive, powerful and flexible book making software called Book Wright. CC Lightroom users do have a BOOK Module linked with Blurb. However, the BOOK Module is inferior to the power and flexibility of Blurb’s Book Wright. For example, in Book Wright we can use the “Draw Tool” to add and position as many Text or Photo boxes as we want and position them in any location on a blank page layout. Users can personalize their layouts and creatively modify the fill and aspect ratio of their photos or text boxes . This provides the freedom many want when creating page layouts including overlapping images for effects. Creators are not restricted to set of templates provided in Lightroom’s BOOK Module. Having the ability to freely position and resize photo cells or text boxes in Lightroom’s BOOK Module in the same manner as Book Wright would be a huge asset. There’s an advantage to linking a Lightroom “COLLECTION” directly to Lightroom’s BOOK module. Utilizing Book Wright requires a work-around virtual “Collections” in Lightroom. A separate image folder would need to be created for Book Wright’s software to link-in. What’s worse is that Lightroom users would now have to leave Adobe’s application to utilize the more powerful external application of Book Wright. I’m certain Lightroom users would rather use a Blurb plugin or have the BOOK module updated with similar Book Wright features to keep users within Adobe’s own application. Hope this becomes a future consideration or update. Thank you
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Create custom size templates?  I have created a number of portrait templates with various layouts.  I would really like to be able to create some other templates.  Currently the portrait ones are all 8" across.  I would like to be able to create a 8x8 square and rectangle with 8" width.

I have only been able to find answers saying connecting computer to printer.  At present my laptop isn't connected to our printer.

If I connected it, was able to create the 2 new sizes templates, would I be able to use them downstairs or only when connected to the printer please?

I want my blog to be uniformed in the sense that all my collages are 8" across, and can vary in deoth.

Thank you so much

Clair

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How about some updates to the Book Module. It has not had any significant update....

How about some updates to the Book Module. It has not had any significant updates at all. How about custom pages. How about moving the Global Options to a separate panel.
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When is Adobe going to address this?
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It's been 6 years since this thread began. With that said, it appears Adobe is never going to address this. My guess is they enjoy the kickbacks from Blurb too much to rock the boat and care little what their end users who wish to use other providers think.

Besides, they seem to have put all their marbles into Lightroom Mobile of late and no longer seem interested in 'Old Tech' like printed books.
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In addition to wanting to be able to create my own templates for book pages, I also want Adobe and Blurb to include Lay Flat pages as an option.  
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled When will Adobe make the Book Module more useful by allowing photo cells to be mo....

I had to move from Aperture to Lightroom when Apple dropped support and also stopped printing Books. Unfortunately Books in Lightroom does not allow movement, resizing or borders for the photo cell as was available in Aperture. I have now found the CEWE book creation program which does include these features but after making adjustments in Lightroom I then have to export the photos before they can be imported into CEWE. Please can the book program be improved to allow these adjustments.
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Lightroom 7.5 was released earlier today with new features that allow for custom page creation. Give it a try!
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Sounds great unless you prefer to print your photo books/albums using a service other than Blurb. Then the situation relegates the Book module to the level of a cruel joke.

Unless you are aware of another printer service that can utilize the Blurb template page sizes, margins, gutter and bleed parameters.
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Thanks for that. And now, please please add support for custom page sizes in Book module, not just custom layout with fixed Blurb sizes, which are of no use if you print in other sizes, like A-sizes or anything custom. I would rather have custom page size over custom layouts, as I try to print books myself, but can't use Blurb sizes.