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Exporting a photo book

You can upload your book to, or export it to a PDF and print it at home.

  1. To publish your photo book to, click the Send Book To Blurb button below the right panel group.

  2. In the Purchase Book dialog box, either sign in to with your email address and password, or click “Not A Member?” in the lower-left corner and register to get started.

  3. Enter a book title, subtitle, and author name. You’ll see an alert at this stage warning that your book must contain at least 20 pages; the Upload button is disabled. Click Cancel, or sign out of first and then cancel.

Books published to Blurb must have between 20 and 240 pages, not including the front and back covers. prints at 300 dpi; if a photo’s resolution is less than 300 dpi, an exclamation point badge (!) appears in the upper-right corner of the image cell in the work area. Click the exclamation point to find out what print resolution can be achieved for that photo. recommends a minimum of 200 dpi for optimum quality.

For help with printing, pricing, ordering, and other issues, visit the Customer Support page.

  1. To export your photo book as a PDF file, first choose PDF from the Book menu at the top of the Book Settings panel. Examine the controls that appear in the lower half of the Book Settings panel. You can leave the JPEG Quality, Color Profile, File Resolution, Sharpening, and Media Type settings at their defaults for now (these will change based on the printer and paper you’re using). Click the Export Book To PDF button below the right panel group.

  2. In the Save dialog box, type Dubai as the name for the exported book. Navigate to your LRClassicCIB\Lessons\lesson07 folder, and then click Save.

  3. To export your Blurb photo book as a PDF file for proofing purposes, leave the Book selection set to one of the Blurb choices, and click the Export Book To PDF button below the left panel group.

Well done! You’ve successfully completed another Lightroom Classic lesson. In this lesson, you learned how to put together an attractive photo book to showcase your images.

In the process, you’ve explored the Book module and used the control panels to customize page templates, refine the layout, set a backdrop, and add text.

In the next lesson, you’ll find out how to present your work in a dynamic slideshow, but before you move on, take a few moments to reinforce what you’ve learned by reading through the review questions and answers on the next page.

Review questions

  • 1 How do you modify a photo book page layout?

  • 2 What options are available for page numbering?

  • 3 What is cell padding and how is it used?

  • 4 What text attributes are affected by the Tracking, Baseline, Leading, and Kerning controls in the Type panel?

  • 5 How can you use the Text Adjustment tool to fine-tune text?

Review answers

  • 1 Click the Change Page Layout button to the right of the layout preview thumbnail in the Page panel, or in the lower-right corner of a selected page or spread displayed in the work area. Choose a layout category, and then click a layout thumbnail to apply that template. Use cell padding to tweak the layout.

  • 2 Page numbering can be found in the Page panel, where you can also set the global position for the numbers, and whether you want them on both right and left pages. Use the Type panel to set text style attributes. Right-click a page number to apply the style globally, hide the number on a given page, or have the page numbering start on a page other than page 1.

  • 3 Cell padding is the adjustable space around an image or text within its cell. It can be used to position text or a photo anywhere on the page. In combination with the Zoom slider, it also can be used to crop an image any way you wish.

  • 4 Tracking adjusts the letter spacing throughout a text selection, making it look either more open or more dense. The Baseline setting shifts selected text vertically in relation to the baseline. Leading affects the space between selected text and the line above it. Kerning adjusts the letter spacing between specific pairs of letters.

  • 5 Drag horizontally across selected text to adjust the text size. Drag vertically over the selection to increase or decrease the leading (line spacing). Hold down the Command/Ctrl key as you drag horizontally over selected text to adjust the tracking. Hold down the Command/Ctrl key and drag vertically over a text selection to shift it in relation to its baseline. Hold down the Option/Alt key to temporarily disable the Text Adjustment tool when you wish to change the text selection. Click between a pair of letters to place the text insertion cursor, and then drag horizontally across the text insertion point to adjust kerning.

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