Access your templates in
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In this tutorial we’ll cover adding your photos, re-position for composition, adding your logo and more.
First, you need to access the “Print” module to begin using the templates. Click on “Print” in the upper right corner of the Lightroom interface (if not already there).
Your Lightroom templates are located in the left panel. To see a list of templates (if they were added into Lightroom by folders) click on the little arrow next to the name of the “folder”. You should now have a list of all templates for that folder and can now select any to begin using.
How to Add Your Photos
So, first things first, adding your photos…
Adding your photos into your Lightroom templates is very easy. Make sure you can see your photos in the thumbnails pane at the bottom of the LR interface. If you can’t see it, click on the little arrow at the bottom to reveal a thumbnail of your photos.
Now, select any photo and (left mouse click) drag onto the template. Release your mouse button over the location, of the collage, and it will be added to that area.
To replace the photo, just drag another photo on top it. Go ahead and add photos to the rest of the template.
How to Re-Position Photos for Composition
Depending on the photo and template, you may need or want to re-position for better composition (especially if little “Jonny’s” face is cropped off).
If you’re on a Mac; hold down the “command” key and on a PC hold down the “alt” key.
You’ll then have a little hand icon appear over the image you want to re-position (select the photo and hover mouse over top to see icon).
While holding the “command” key (or “alt” key), left click on the picture and drag. If you have a horizontal photo you will only be able to move left or right and a vertical photo only up or down.
That is the extent of being able to re-position for composition. If you want to zoom in on the photo you’ll need to crop it in the Develop module.
How to Add Your Logo
Depending on the Lightroom template, you may wish to add your logo.
For example, the Facebook cover templates and the Pinterest templates have an “identity plate” already added. You just need to select it and add your logo. Check it out…
First, we need to install your logo so the “identity plate” can access it.
In the right panel (of the Print module or others), locate the “Page” section and make sure the “Identity Plate” is checked. Within the rectangle (just below the checkbox), click on the little arrow (lower right of the rectangle) and select “Edit”.
You’ll be presented with the “Identity Plate Editor” dialogue box.
Select the 2nd option; “Use a Graphical Identity Plate”.
Now select the button; “Locate File” and find your logo. Now click on “Save As” (located in the drop-down menu that says “Custom” in the image below. Yours may say something other than “Custom”) to easily reference the logo later on.
Hurray! You’ve now installed your logo for easy access now and in the future.
Now you can add your logo by clicking on the little arrow (in the rectangle) and selecting the name of your logo. Done!
You can also re-size your logo by adjusting the “Scale” slider, in the same panel. Or click on your logo, to select it, and then click/drag a corner to resize.
To move your logo into a new position, click on it, and drag to a new location.
How To Save Your Templates
Whenever you add new photos to a Lightroom template they will disappear when you select a new template.
In that case, you’ll need to save them before working on a new template or leaving the “Print” module (i.e.; export the finished layout).
Let’s find out how…
To save, just click on the “Print to File” button in the bottom of the right panel. Choose a name, location and save.
That’s it! You can now work on the next photo collage.
Hope you found these Lightroom tutorials easy to follow and useful. Let me know your thoughts or if you have any questions, in the comments below.