Create A Photo Zine In Adobe Lightroom | David Miller | Skillshare

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7 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Creating Your Collection

    • 3. Setting Up The Pages in the Print Module

    • 4. Generating the PDF

    • 5. Print Settings On The Copy Machine

    • 6. Assembling the Zine + Cover

    • 7. Saving Your Layout in Lightroom + Project

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About This Class

This class covers how to use Adobe Lightroom's collections and print modules as a means to layout the pages of a 4 1/4"x 5 1/2" zine.  We'll also cover how to use the copy machine to print it correctly and some ideas for themes and paper choices!

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David Miller

Multimedia Artist For Primordial Creative studio


I'm David, a multimedia artist in Phoenix, and my studio is Primordial Creative.  


I have always been interested in the visual arts from an early age- drawing, painting, and clay- but around my high school years I became interested in photography for the social aspect of involving other people, the adventure inherent in seeking out pictures, and the presentation of reality that wasn't limited by my drawing skills.


One thing in my work that has stayed consistent over the decades since then is I have an equal interest in the reality of the lens next to the fictions we can create in drawing, painting, animation, graphic design, and sound design.  As cameras have incorporated video and audio features, and as Adobe's Creative Cloud all... See full profile

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1. Intro: a guy, says David Miller. I am a Phoenix Arizona multimedia artist. And today I'm gonna talk to you about using Adobe Light Room to create your own small cuisine. Zines are pamphlet style books that come in all shapes and sizes. We are going to make one that is 1/4 sheet zien, and we're going to use the print module of Adobe Light Room. 2. Creating Your Collection: if you've never used light room before, it might be a good idea to take a quick class on what the modules are. But needless to say, I'll try and keep it as simple as possible. This is the library module where you start and where you organize your work on this sign. So we have our folders, which is where all your photos are physically located on your hard drives. And then we have collections, which is a way of organizing your photos. That doesn't necessarily mean you have to move them around from there, um, physical location. So I am going to make a book called The Secret Life of Seven to see uh, these air photos of my daughter various stages in her life who is currently seven, has the title. I've organized these photos into a collection that is sort of a best of Maggie or the ones that I want to use. The way I did it. Waas To make selections on the filmstrip like this, go to where you see collections hit the plus create collection, title it and that's how you make a collection. I've already done this step in the case of the Secret life of seven 3. Setting Up The Pages in the Print Module: Once you have your collection, head over to the print module and you will probably see something. The effect of this. A single image filling the print area. Now, my goal is to creates a book that is a core sheet of paper. And to do this, I need to put four photos onto a page to do this layout Page grid to rose. Two columns. And if you want space in between yourselves, you're welcome to have it for my purposes. I'm going to keep no space between myself. I'm not gonna have any margins. I want to make sure that I fold right on a life. So we're going to create page one. Whatever you highlight in the filmstrip is what ends up on the page when we fold our book. We're not able to keep the orientation of all these photos as they currently are. The ones on top need to face the centerfold because we are going to older paper. And if we leave it like this, then the ones on top will be upside down when our readers try to read our book. So how do we rotate our images? Well, on a Mac, it is command bracket, and I believe on Windows, it's control bracket or all the bracket one or the other. But this allows me to rotate my images, and this is what I need for a page. I can design all of my pages right now because in light rooms print module, it will just create Page one of two page one of three paid 14 See, I have eight photos highlighted. Did you want to see the next page? Look here, and obviously these two need rotation as well. 4. Generating the PDF: Okay, so some time has passed. I've got my book pages. I'm using 24 photos, and that makes six total pages of print. But, B, because, um, I'm going to be using double sided paper. This is actually three pages of paper, and now I need to export as a pdf. So we have a little area here called print settings on the Mac. One of my choices is save his pdf and I am not doing this in Windows, but I'm assuming that there is some sort of Windows equivalent I'm going to save to the desktop as Maggie Book. Now that process itself didn't actually generate the pdf. I need to hit print. And if you see a peer in the upper left, it says, preparing print job, it is creating my pdf for me as we speak. Instead of sending this to a printer, it's just generating the PdF. Once I have that, I'll move it over to a USB stick and be on my way to the copy shop, where we will look at how we do the two sided settings 5. Print Settings On The Copy Machine: Oh, yeah, - No . 6. Assembling the Zine + Cover: Okay. I have some pages I'm gonna show you. How I hold this one thing is on ordinary Xerox paper. You're more than welcome to put any kind of paper that I won't jam the Xerox machine machine. Yeah, cold. So don't worry about some of these loose ends, because you are going to train. So where I have this? Well, uh, many booklet. So we need to cover for our book, and I think it cover should be special. To cover is the thing that entices people to come and check out your work. So I went ahead and created the cover that is printed on vellum, which is a semi transparent material. One touch I did with this cover is I designed it in photo shop. So I was able to put my name here a few bits of logo here, but he's not really a requirement that you open a photo shop and design your cover in there . For example, the title. Hello. My name is Maggie. That's just a sticker. And I felt like I wanted a little bit of color, but a color Xerox print is many times more expensive than the black and white one. Plus, it's pretty eye catching on a zine to see it with a sticker or a bit of, um, like, stamped on color screen printing. So in some pork. So for me to order 100 of these things was maybe five box or four bucks from Amazon and then to have my daughter sign it costs nothing. So because it's vellum, I start my book in here with doubts. Anything underneath you would see through it, and that's not exactly what I wanted. So have a piece of blank card stock to get in here and now my book is sturdy, has a little front interior cover, and I would probably trim this to fit more precisely and add some additional pages. But one or two staples here, and I've got a cute little product I'm happy with. 7. Saving Your Layout in Lightroom + Project: So we have our zine. And if you want to save this print in the print module, that is an option you have here create save prints. You can title it something memorable. And now I have it located here. I only had thes four selected at the time, but if I had all my pages and sequence, it would have saved all of them in a row. Um, as a print, in case I ever lost my pdf or wanted to reorganize my original Pdf. I love to see what you guys Come on, boy. Make your zine take pictures posted to the Skill share project Page and talk to you later.