Light painting, custom apeture and bokeh

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Collages print from Lightroom to Jpeg, with layout preset for Big Pictures…

A web version of my portfoilo using LR "print to file" function

A web version of my portfoilo using LR "print to file" function

Remember this post I did back then using contact sheet II from bridge? Well, I was updating my portfolio printing from lightroom this weekend, and I thought to myself, I like what I see with the unify space and such, I wonder if there is a easier way for me to STOP making the grid and open these countless individual PSD files and combine them manually.

I look around in lightroom, then it hit me..all I have to do is just to set it at “Print to Jpeg File” (here is to countless night I spend coping ALBUM layout on photoshop…..what a waste of time). Thus, to live up to my matto of making everything in my life as fancy and extra spicy, I found a way to combine this LR function with the BIG PICTURE from PanosFX

1) Download the “Big Picture 2”  from Free or Commercial, it is totally up to you). It’s a photoshop Action, they do have it in Element as well but I don’t use it so in theory I think you can do what I am about to do in Element as well.

2) Open up Lightroom and select 25 photos. The Big Picture action will require you to open a landscape orientation in PS later, so with that in mind, go to the “PRINT” module and open up the “PAGE SETUP” make sure you have a Landscape orientation.

3) I had made a screen cap of the setting:

lightroom setting

Thus you will get this jpeg as a result:


4) Open this jpeg in Photoshop, and make sure you have the Big Picture actions install, apply the one of the “action” from the “PFxBig picture” folder.

5) Follow the instruction, and you will get something like this:

After Big picture

But why stop there, when you can have some fun rearranging stuff and change sizes :

Rearrange and resize some key moments

I think this method is more forward and require less time for the PC to open and process 25 folders, plus I can adjust the crop in the print module….Which is a plus since I would say I work extensively in Lightroom.after ceremonyPreset download:

Print 25 photos on 8×10 : LR2 only I think…Download here

Now, this is a trick I use normally if I don’t want the photos to be evenly space out. I will make a couple (2 to 3 ) virtual copy of the one I would like to leap in 2 cells (or 3). Then adjust the placement on the mat…(place your cursor on the cell and then hold down mouse button and toggle). Combine with cell spacing, which will give me something like this:

2rows of photo

After I ran Big Picture action in PS :


You can download a lightroom print preset for the above effect here

I then got ride of the row of white space, and then resize and move stuff around:

Nightscape copy

Now, go out there and have some fun!! If you like these idea and would like me to continue posting print layout preset, please comment below!


He came out early!! Guess he can’t wait for the planned c-section date. Actually he is about 2 weeks earlier than his due date…

We are still pretty tired but excited. Aidan kept telling me that…baby is crying..may be we should go check?

With this exciting addition, please note that I might not be able to keep the usual response time with emails. I will try my hardest to reply but it may take up to a few days~

A very tired Vivian.

Erica and Chris flash album

View the entire album at Erica & Chris ‘s flash gallery

Out of all of the layout, I definitely like this one the most. All of these were taken without flash and the couple was lighted by the videographer’s light only in a pitch dark room. I just really love how kinda look like a spot light on random part of the photos..and there they are! kind of feel.

Update! for CS4: How to make a college in photoshop using Bridge and Action.!

Well, I forgot to mention how to make the college from last post…(and gotten a few email about it, no less). Here it is:

You will have to download the “BnBig pictures” from here . While you are there, check out his other cool stuff as well. I was searching for a way to NOT to open 50+ files and copy and paste them into one PSD, and somehow I stumble on a post written by another photographer (unfortunately I can’t find that link anymore….) So, I am sure that I am not the 1st person to use this method, but here are just an example of how I did mine. The “BnBig pictures” is an photoshop action suppose to divided a photo in landscape rotation into 25 layers complete with border and blow a “breeze” over to added rotation in some of the photos. Most people use the 2×3 crop, so the document size 15 x 10 is what I came up with so there will be no extra space around the photos after it was done.

1) Open the folder containing the photos you wish to use in a college in Adobe Bridge. Select up to 25 photos only with the same rotation (all landscape or all portrait) .

2) Go to “Tool” then “photoshop”, select “contact sheet II”

3) In photoshop, make the document size a square with resolution 200. Here is what I set mine at:


4) After it was done, go to action box and “load action” , load the unzipped BnBig picture action. ( If you don’t know how to load an action please search the HELP from PS or the INTERNET)

5) Resize the image: Document size should be 200 pixels/inch…this will allow the next step to run easier.

6) Apply the “action” from the “BnBig picture” folder.

7) Follow the instruction…and Viola!

Now, if you are like me who like to take a mix of Landscape and Portrait crop photos. Then there is a couple of extra step you will need to do.Make sure you had saved and close the PSD you just created.

1) In Bridge,  select 25 photos (the portrait that you would like to include plus other random one…we will not be using these)

Step 2 to 3 as above

4a) When the contact sheet had been produced, you can see that your portrait crop had been rotated. Rotate the whole layer 180 degree.

Follow the above step from Step 5….

Once it was done, rotate canvas 90 degree. Open the other PSD. Make sure the 2 has the same Document size resolution. Move the portrait one to the SAVED PSD, and resize the canvas if you want, nudge and move them around. You should have something like this:


Dress it up further:

Added a frame and added a canvas texture.

Added a frame and added a canvas texture.


I haven’t install my CS4 package yet..(don’t want to upset my hard drive any further…it made a really scary PING PING DING sound last week when I ask lightroom to export one wedding job (1000+ 8M jpegs) ) but I did got an email regarding the “deleted” contact sheet II function in Bridge CS4.

After some research, this is what I had found out. The contact sheet II function had now been taken off because of the contact sheet PDF in Bridge. However, there is a way to re-install the old function. The following is from

I know this is an old post but here is a bit more information.
The old plug-in was not installed by default because it’s no longer a fully supported feature (it’s been deprecated as in superseded by new functionality in Bridge). It is, however, still available on the main disk (or disk image) in the “Goodies” folder. Additional plug-ins are also available as well as scripts you can load into Bridge to still call them from Bridge.
If you dont find the old files you can get them here.

1. From the Photoshop CS4 install disc, drop the ///Goodies/Optional Plug- Ins/Automate/ContactSheetII plug-in into the //Adobe Photoshop CS4/Plug-ins/Automate folder (this is for both Contact Sheet and Picture Package).

2. From the Photoshop CS4 install disc, drop the ///Goodies/Presets/Layouts folder into the //Adobe Photoshop CS4/Presets folder and restart Photoshop.

Optional: To add this legacy functionality back into Bridge (as a menu item):

3. From the Photoshop CS4 install disc, drop the ///Goodies/Optional plugins/ Bridge Startup Scripts/photoshop_contact_sheet_ii folder and the photoshop_contact_sheet_ii.jsx file into following locations and then restart Bridge.

Macintosh: //Library/Application Support/Adobe/Startup Scripts CS4/Adobe Photoshop/

Windows XP: //Program Files/Common Files/Adobe/Startup Scripts CS4/Adobe Photoshop/

Windows Vista: //Program Files (x86)/Common Files/Adobe/Startup Scripts CS4/Adobe Photoshop/

Post was written by Nancy Cuppy.

Hopefully it helps!