Lightroom – Simple Photo Frame Effect – Add a Custom Border with Your Name
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Lightroom – Simple Photo Frame Effect – Add a Custom Border with Your Name

August 25, 2019

Hello, I’m Helen Bradley. Welcome to this
video tutorial. In this tutorial we’re going to have a look at Lightroom 4 and we’re going to create a
framed photo with our own name across the bottom ready for print or web. In this video tutorial I’m going to show you how
you can create a framing effect like this one in Lightroom. And the nice thing
about this in Lightroom is that you can save it as a template so you can use it
over and over again. So I’m going to start with a custom
package. And I’m just going to get rid of everything here and we’ll get started. So the first thing to do in the Print
module in Lightroom is to select what you want to print and how you want to print it so I’m just
going to bring in this panel here. So the first thing I’m going to do is set
up landscape paper. If you’re working on a Mac you have a couple of selectors here.
But basically the option that you want to do is to
select Landscape and the size paper you’re using and your printer so I have that
set up here. If you want to print to a JPG so
that you’re not going out to a printer instead you can select to print to a
JPG file and then you can add your own custom dimensions in here and then set it to for example
three hundred PPI. And you can send this then out to a
file that you can then print on a professional service or you may want to
take it to the web at that stage. But whichever option you choose setting up your paper
is the first thing to do after you have actually set up or selected that you’re going to make a
custom package. Now I have this image here on the filmstrip
that I want to use, so I’m just going to drag and drop it into here. That’s one of
the benefits of using the custom package is that you can drag and drop. And if you
ever find the Print module a little bit confusing in Lightroom I suggest that you
select one of these options and focus on learning it. And custom package is probably the
easiest and most flexible to use so I’m just going to drag this out. Now you can see that
Lightroom is just making my image fit this placeholder and
it will scale it in proportion so I don’t need to worry about any of that. I’m thinking that my image is either
wider or taller than this. It’s going to be one dimension out I suspect and
it’s obviously wider than the holder. But if I hold the Ctrl key down I can just drag it into
position. And I want a bit more of her. I want her to be leading us into the photo
a litte bit more so I’m just going to put her there. And now we need to look at the thing along
the bottom which is in fact an identity plate so
we can just select here. Now this is the identity plate I’ve
already created, but let’s see how we would create one of our own. I’m just going to click in here on this
little disclosure triangle and choose Edit. And this allows me to create an
identity plate. So I’m just going to delete what’s in there and we’ll type
our own. So I’m going to start by putting Caps Lock on and choose my font which is going to be
Myriad Pro. And I’m going to choose a sort of dark gray so that I can see it and click in here and start typing. And then I’m going to save this so
I’m going to Save as and I’m going to call this Helen Bradley Photography and click Save. So this means that I can save it and
use it over and over again so I’ve just clicked and here it is here. And we can size it, scale it if we
want to. There’s an opacity option here where we can make it more or less opaque. And we can scale
it to a big size or a small size and just pull it
into position. The other thing that we can do in Lightroom
which is really handy if you don’t like the color of the type you still just create
the one text identity plate but you can overwrite
its color here. So for example we could go and choose an orangey red perhaps to match the color here and then that’s what our identity plate
would be. So we can overwrite the color with whatever color it is
that we want and now we can just print to file or we
can go and print to the printer. So that’s how you create this sort of museum
framing with your own name in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. I’m Helen Bradley.
Thank you for joining me for the video tutorial. If you liked the tutorial
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  1. Check in the top right corner to make sure you have selected Custom Package as the Layout style, if you don't select this you can't drag and drop images into the main screen.

  2. One option is to click to open the Print Job pane (bottom right pane in the Print module), then from the Print To list choose jpeg and print to a jpeg image.

    Or, choose a pdf printer driver as your printer and print to a pdf.. that would work too.

  3. Hi this is exactly what I was looking for, but is there a way to use this and apply it to various photos at the same time (sort of sync under develop?)

  4. Thanks for reply Helen! Looking forward to the video as I'm not sure I'll be able to figure it out on my own. I have found the one above really helpful and easy to follow!

  5. Thank you very much! I'm trying to learn all the features in Lightroom and this was very helpful. Thank you for taking the time to make this video.

  6. Hi Helen
    For some reason I have yet to find my image is always in the protrait mode, but I cannot rotate the identity plate.
    Secondly is it possible to add a second line or a second identity plate?
    Great tip thanks.

  7. Hi Helen, thank you for the video, in LR 6 in the page set up there's no option for landscape which was ideal for what you were doing. Do you have any idea on how to archive that ? Thanks again !!!

  8. Hi Helen. After doing all the process how can I save this as preset or template to apply on future photos?

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