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Adding a Virtual Frame in Lightroom – Video Tutorial

Back in Adobe Lightroom 2 today and I’ll be showing you a cool way to add a virtual photo frame to your images without ever leaving Lightroom.

Of course, you don’t have the versatility and complete control of doing it in Photoshop (which I’ll cover in another tutorial) but you can still have great black or white frames. This is, in my opinion, the quickest and easiest way to add a virtual photo frame to a photo. And what makes it even faster is when you sync your images so that the selected ones all get the same frame in just  few clicks! Gotta love Lightroom! 🙂



6 responses on "Adding a Virtual Frame in Lightroom - Video Tutorial"

  1. Thank you so much for this tutorial! Very helpful 😀

  2. Hey Yanik I have got a longer way but a much neater way to create frames for your photos, it is a very cool one and you can customize it much more than you can using this method. I got this idea myself and probably other people have come up with this technique, I will try and explain it briefly:

    1. Go to the print module in Lightroom
    2. Go under page setup(bottom of left panel) and choose your page orientation
    3. Choose the picture or pictures you are going to work with in the bottom panel using the ctrl key.
    4. Start to choose your options in the right panel for the number of columns and rows if you have chosen one picture choose 1×1, if 2 1×2 or 2×1…..
    5. Adjust all the other sliders to your personal preference.
    6. You can even add your identity plate so watermark your picture

    Here comes the tricky part:

    7. in your windows explorer create a new folder to export these new pictures into, I highly recommend you create a new folder in the Catalogs folder for it to be easy to find and not to delete or move by accident.

    8. Back into Lightroom go back to the File dropdown box, go down to Auto import and choose Auto Import Settings…
    – In “Watched Folder” choose the folder you previously created.
    – Under “Destination” choose your catalogue’s folder.
    – Under Subfolder Name” write “Auto Imported Photos”
    – Customize the rest if desired to and click OK

    8. Back into the Print Module you are going to in the PrintJob box at the bottom of the right panel.
    – Click on the print to: words and choose JPEG File.
    – Choose your file resolution I use 300ppi.
    – Uncheck the Print Sharpening
    – Slide the JPEG quality to 100
    – Uncheck custom file dimensions

    9. Click on the Print to file Button and navigate to the folder you created earlier on, choose a filename and press Save

    10. Your Newly Created image should show up in the Library Module Under Catalog and Previous Import

    Hope you have liked my first tutorial, his workflow can be used to do many other things and in the print module you can save many different presets increasing your productivity since you only need to press it once and press print! Don’t forget to visit my Photoblog http://louisphotography.aminus3.com/

  3. Yanik, this is brilliant!

    Thank you tons!

  4. Profile photo of Yanik

    Yeah, I know about the microphone. I just upgraded my PC last week and did the recording without testing my mic. Opps! My bad. I was leaving right away for a big shoot so I didn’t have time to re-record. I promise the future ones will be back up to par! 🙂

  5. Great way to do it. Linked to this on my twitter.
    Your microphone is a bit annoying – maybe it’s to close to your mouth.

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