Adding Your Studio’s Name or Logo for a Custom Look
The first time I saw Lightroom, one of the features that really struck me as different was the ability to replace the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom logo (that appears in the upper-left corner of the interface) with either the name of your studio or your studio’s logo. I have to say, when you’re doing client presentations, it does add a nice custom look to the program (as if Adobe designed Lightroom just for you), but beyond that, the ability to create an Identity Plate goes farther than just giving Lightroom a custom look (but we’ll start here, with the custom look).
First, just so we have a frame of reference, here’s a zoomed-in view of the top-left corner of Lightroom’s interface, so you can clearly see the logo we’re going to replace starting in Step Two. Now, you can either replace Lightroom’s logo using text (and you can even have the text of the modules in the taskbar on the top right match), or you can replace the logo with a graphic of your logo (we’ll look at how to do both).
Go under the Lightroom menu (the Edit menu on a PC) and choose Identity Plate Setup to bring up the Identity Plate Editor (shown here). By default, the name you registered your software in shows up highlighted in the large black text field in the middle of the dialog. To have your name replace the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 logo seen above, turn on the Enable Identity Plate checkbox at the top left of the dialog. If you don’t want your name as your Identity Plate, just type in whatever you’d like (the name of your company, studio, etc.), then while the type is still highlighted, choose a font, font style (bold, italic, condensed, etc.), and font size from the pop-up menus (directly below the text field).
If you want to change only part of your text (for example, if you wanted to change the font of one of the words, or the font size or color of a word), just highlight the word you want to adjust before making the change. To change the color, click on the little square color swatch to the right of the Font Size pop-up menu (it’s shown circled here). This brings up the Colors panel (you’re seeing the Macintosh Colors panel here; the Windows Color panel will look somewhat different, but don’t let that freak you out. Aw, what the heck—go ahead and freak out!). Just choose the color you want your selected text to be, then close the Colors panel.
If you like the way your custom Identity Plate looks, you definitely should save it, because creating an Identity Plate does more than just replace the current Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 logo—you can add your new custom Identity Plate text (or logo) to any slide show, web gallery, or final print by choosing it from the Identity Plate pop-up menu in all three modules (see, you were dismissing it when you just thought it was a taskbar, feel good feature). To save your custom Identity Plate, from the Enable Identity Plate pop-up menu, choose Save As (as shown here). Give your Identity Plate a descriptive name, click OK, and now it’s saved. From here on out, it will appear in the handy Identity Plate pop-up menu, where you can get that same custom text, font, and color with just one click.
Once you click the OK button, your new Identity Plate text replaces the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 logo that was in the upper-left corner (as shown here).
If you want to use a graphic (like your company’s logo) instead, just go to the Identity Plate Editor again, but this time, click on the radio button for Use a Graphical Identity Plate (as shown here), instead of Use a Styled Text Identity Plate. Next, click on the Locate File button (found above the Hide/Show Details button near the lower-left corner) and find your logo file. You can put your logo on a black background so it blends in with the Lightroom background, or you can make your background transparent in Photoshop, and save the file in PNG format (which keeps the transparency intact). Now click the Choose button to make that graphic your Identity Plate.
Note: To keep the top and bottom of your graphic from clipping off, make sure your graphic isn’t taller than 57 pixels.
When you click OK, the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 logo (or your custom text—whichever was up there last) is replaced by the new graphic file of your logo (as shown here). If you like your new graphical logo file in Lightroom, don’t forget to save this custom Identity Plate by choosing Save As from the Enable Identity Plate pop-up menu at the top of the dialog.
If you decide, at some point, that you’d like the original Lightroom logo back instead, just go back to the Identity Plate Editor and turn off the Enable Identity Plate check box (as shown here). Remember, we’ll do more with one of your new Identity Plates later in the book when we cover the modules that can use it.