Create custom layouts and collages for you, your website or your clients using Templates in Lightroom!
Adobe Lightroom Classic gives you the ability to design your templates without exporting your images and then using different software to do so.
Arrange your photos the way you want, create a variety of layouts, add margins, grids, and make prints or share your designs on social media, your website, and other online platforms.
In this article, we will share how to create and use these custom Lightroom Templates in 10 easy steps:
Step #1 - Create a Custom Layout LR Template
When you open Lightroom, select the PRINT module on the top-right menu. Then, on the LAYOUT STYLE, choose CUSTOM PACKAGE.
After doing so, you can create a personalized photo grid by moving the cells around, resizing them, adding or removing them.
Lightroom uses an A4 paper size by default in your layout. If you want to create a different size (especially if you're going to print your template), you need to adjust the paper size in the PAGE SETUP..., located at the bottom on the left sidebar.
Pro Tip #1: Use different cell sizes to create a variation of boxes throughout the page. The more cells you add, the better your design will be.
Step #2 - Design your Grid Faster by Copying Cells
Copy or duplicate a cell by holding the ALT key for Windows or the Option key for Mac and move the copied cell to a different place in your photo grid.
Whenever you move a cell, Lightroom uses auto-guides to help you organize your grid, so every box is in place.
Lightroom gives you many options on the right sidebar, under the tab CELLS, to add more cells. You can either select a given size or create a custom size.
Step #3 - Resize the Cells
To resize each cell and keep the same aspect ratio, click on a cell, hover your cursor in the corner, and when you see the arrows on both sides, click and drag the image up or down by holding the SHIFT key.
You can change the ruler units to inches or centimetres under the RULERS, GRID & GUIDES tab on the right sidebar.
Step #4 - Add your Images
For easy access to your images, you can create Smart Collections. Then, under the tab COLLECTIONS on the left sidebar, you can find the photos you want to add to your custom layout.
Select the Smart Collection you want, and drag and drop the image to the specific cell.
Hold CTRL key for Windows or Option key for Mac to adjust the image inside the cell.
Step #5 - Add a Photo Border or Inner Stroke
You will find a photo border and inner stroke under the IMAGE SETTINGS tab on the right sidebar.
Select the Photo Border or Inner Stroke if you want to add space around your images. You can adjust the size by the WIDTH slider or select a different color.
Top Tip #2: Press CTRL + Z keys on Windows or CMD + Z keys on Mac to undo an action.
Step #6 - Adjust the Page Margins
When you use the SIMPLE IMAGE / CONTACT SHEET under the LAYOUT STYLE tab, you can manually adjust the template’s layout. Adjust MARGINS, the PAGE GRID, CELL SPACING, and CELL SIZE according to your personal preferences.
Step #7 - Add Watermark
Place a watermark in all your images. Select WATERMARKING under the PAGE tab on the right sidebar.
Click to edit the Watermark and use the Watermark Editor to adjust it manually. Also, you can insert your logo using a PNG or JPG image file.
Step #8 - Print Your Images
Locate the PRINT JOB tab on the right sidebar. Select a PRINTER or JPEG FILE if you want to save your layout on your computer.
To select your printer, click on PAGE SETUP… at the bottom of the left sidebar. When a new window pops up, select the printer and the paper you want to use. Also, choose the orientation (Portrait or Landscape).
To print your layout, select the PRINTER RESOLUTION (Measured in DPI), PRINT SHARPENING (Leave it to low), MEDIA TYPE (Paper Quality), COLOR MANAGEMENT (Leave it “Managed by Printer”), and PRINT ADJUSTMENT (Leave it at “0” except if your prints appear too dark).
Hit PRINT on the right bottom corner to print your layout!
Step #9 - Save your Template
When you finish designing your layout, you need to save the template you have created.
Click on the “+” sign on the left sidebar under the tab TEMPLATE BROWSER, and choose a name for your template in the new window that will pop on your screen. Leave the folder the same USER TEMPLATES and click CREATE.
Top Tip #3: Name your new template by how many photos you’ve added to your grid. The name will appear under USER TEMPLATES on the same tab, and you can use it again if you want to add different images for you or another client.
Step #10 - Save your Template as a JPG File
You can save your file as JPG when you select PRINT TO: JPEG FILE under the PRINT JOB tab. Choose the correct resolution, JPEG Quality, Profile (RGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB), Intent (Perceptual or Relative), and click PRINT TO FILE.
Top Tip #4: To update a current template, right-click on the one you have created and select UPDATE WITH CURRENT SETTINGS. Also, you can rename, delete, import or export it for backup purposes.
Repeat the process a few times, and it will become easy to create stunning custom Lightroom Templates and share them with your followers, friends or clients.
The more you practice, the better you become in designing new templates and being creative. Lightroom Classic has so many features and gives you so many options to create wonderful collages to use on paper or the internet.