Presentation of images to show you are “not Uncle Fred” can be very important. As in this here example from a recent shoot:
That looks better framed than as “just the image”, no? As in food, presentation counts for a lot.
So how do I get this white frame in a JPG file without the hassle of using Photoshop? I use a quick two-step trick. Saves me time.
STEP ONE: I use the Lightroom print module:
- After selecting my image, I select the “PRINT” module.
- In “Page Setup”, via the menu, I make a custom size of, in my case, 175 by 125 mm, portrait mode. (175mm is about 7 inches).
- In the “Image Settings” sections on the right, I select a stroke border, grey, 0.5 point wide. I also set the Layout settings properly. Like this:
You can create an “Identity plate”, with fonts as per your choice and rotated as needed; and placed where you prefer.
Then I set a print resolution of 240 ppi in the Print Job section; this gives me enough pixels. (240 x 7″ = 1650 pixels; more if I want larger JPGs).
Of course all these settings can be saved as a “User Template”, so once you get this right once, every next time it is just one click.
Having set up my image, I now click on “Print”.
But I do not actually print: instead, I “print” (really, export) to a PDF. I select PDF from the choice menu. The PDF is created on my desktop.
STEP TWO: I now open that PDF, and I select the FILE menu; and within that, select EXPORT. I now select export type JPG, and a resolution of 175 pixels/inch:
That gives me a JPG 1205 pixels wide Just what I needed.
(Why? Well, a “print” 175mm wide is what I selected initially. That is (175/25.4) = 6.89 inch wide. So exporting that to JPG as 175 pixels per inch gives me 6.89 x 175 = 1205 pixels.)
All this sounds complicated, but once you have set it up, it is really just a few clicks every subsequent time. And those clicks are worth it if you want your work to be distinguishable from others’. Here is another example:
Adding a little class to your work’s presentation never hurts.
PS – this works very well printed, too. Print a 4×6 on a 5×7 piece of photo paper, as we have done here in our “virtual print”, and it looks much classier than anything Uncle Fred will ever produce!