how to make diptych templates in Lightroom 3

I recently stumbled across a two-year-old tutorial on how to make diptych templates in Lightroom. A lot of changes can happen to ANY software in two years, but the tutorial was still pretty helpful.
Here’s what I learned.

1. create a smart group of images you want to include in the diptych. For example, out of my 5-star images, I color-coded the diptych images purple. 

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2. In the top right-hand corner of Lightroom, there is the Library | Develop | Slideshow | Print | Web modules.  You want to click on ‘Print’.

Then, if you click on the 4×5 Contact Sheet, you will be able to see the blank template.

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3. Click and select the images you want to include. In this case, I selected 12.
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4. Change the page grid section to have 6 rows & 2 columns. 
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5. Click on “zoom to fill” in the Image Settings area.
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6. Adjust the margins and cell spacing. (Make sure to unclick the keep square option… don’t want that)
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7. Change the print to: option to JPEG File. Change the file resolution to 72 ppi, JPEG quality to 80… then click the Print to File button.
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This is the result. 🙂
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How about vertical images?  Just adjust the column & rows to 2 x 2, drag and drop the images to where you want them (after selecting the 4 you want to use in your collections area).  Then print to: JPEG file. 
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Here is the result. 🙂
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Did you try it? Let me know if I can include more details. I just learned how to do this, but it’s easy once you get the hang of the settings!

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Shannon - February 27, 2013 - 11:35 pm

I have a question. Haha, maybe 3. If I want to only make 1 row of 2 vertical images is that possible and easy? I can do the 4, but am looking for only 2. AND, if I want it to lay nicely in my blog and fit to the same width as my horizontal blog images, do I have to re-import it into Lightroom and then export it again to resize it? I just found this article of yours and it was super helpful, but now I’m lost again. 😉 I have Lightroom 3.

Heather - February 28, 2013 - 7:39 am

Shannon,
It’s been a while since I’ve done this – but I think I still had to crop the gutters to be symmetrical for each post… because you can do fewer rows, but there would still be white space to crop out.
I’ve heard good things about blogstomp. Maybe check that out? 🙂
Heather

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