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I love a fine art print, with a well fit matte and a custom frame. Unfortunately, my walls (and my wallet!) are not big enough to accommodate all the prints I would like to make. I could cycle my images up and down, and trade frames, but they don’t always look good in the ratios that the frame is. For instance, I may have a 16×24 frame that I can use to cycle different pictures through, but my next image may look better as a 1.5×2 crop instead of 2×3.

Well, this video will show you how to use Lightroom’s Print Module to create custom layouts to fit any picture into any frame without cropping.

Disclaimer: This is just one way to achieve this look.


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Join the conversation! 4 Comments

  1. I second Levi’s comment to Adobe about adding a ‘add to catalog’ option on the print to jpeg dialogue. ‘Stack with original’ too. I just did a week of triptychs straight from Lr and that was an awkward part of the workflow.

  2. Hi Levi, loved this post, but just one question. I am using lr5 on windows. In the beginning when you click on page setup, you had the option for any printer and custom paper size. Is that an inherent trait of Mac? I do not have that option on mine, just shows whatever printers I have had installed, and pdf. Thanks!

  3. John,
    I’m sorry, it’s been a while since I did it on a Windows machine, and I’m traveling so I can’t run to a friends house to try it. Can anyone else help me with the shortcut cuts for Windows?


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About Levi Sim

Passion drives Levi to make photographs, teach, and help new friends. He tells people he's a photographer, but he really does more than just make pictures. His professional photography is primarily commercial work for businesses, both small and large, and he really helps show how great it'd be to work with those companies. He excels at photographing people, from two-year-olds to oil field workers to couples married for 60 years, everyone has a good time making pictures with Levi. Besides people and businesses, Levi enjoys all other aspects of photography, and practices landscapes and still life, as well. Other people enjoy photographing everything, and Levi wants to be able to help, so he practices as much as he can to be ready to help. He also runs a local photography club, is a Rotarian, actively helps at church, is a husband, and poppa to a peppy four-year-old girl. Levi writes regularly for and is co-author of books on Adobe Lightroom.


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