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How to Personalize Lightroom with an Identity Plate

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If you’re a professional photographer, teacher, someone who routinely shows off images in Lightroom or if you just like the personal touch, why not personalize your Lightroom interface? The Lightroom branding which appears in the top left corner of the screen is customizable using the Lightroom Identity Plate feature. Identity Plates are usable throughout Lightroom to brand your prints, slideshows and some web sites but what suits one of these modules won’t necessarily work for customizing the interface.

The Identity Plate that appears in the top left of the Lightroom screen is configured by selecting Edit > Identity Plate Setup (on the Mac choose Lightroom > Identity Plate Setup). To create a simple Identity Plate, choose Use a Stylized Text Identity Plate and type the text into the text area. You can select and format the text in the font, font size and color of your choice. Click the Enable Identity Plate checkbox and the changes you make will appear in place so you can check how they look. You may need to size the text to fit the space – Lightroom won’t scale it to fit automatically.

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To save the Identity Plate, choose Save As from the dropdown list and type a name for the Identity Plate. You can then select and use it in one of the modules later on – for example you can add it to a print layout.

If you prefer to use graphics in your design such as your signature or a graphical design element you can create a graphical Identity Plate in another application such as Photoshop. The file you use should be no more than 60 pixels in height so it fits in the space available – there is no option to scale it to a smaller size, for example. For this reason, if you plan to use a Graphical Identity Plate such as this for more than just customizing your Lightroom interface you will need two of them – one small image for customizing Lightroom and another one sized appropriately for printing at a high resolution.

When creating your Identity Plate in an application like Photoshop, build it in a layered file and make sure the bottom layer of the document matches the color of the Lightroom interface – ie make it black. This way you test the Identity Plate to make sure it will look good when placed on a black background. Then turn off the visibility of the black background layer and save the file as a .png, .psd or another format that maintains transparency (not jpg). If you save as a .jpg image the transparent background will be white and you will probably also have small unsightly artifacts in your design.

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Back in Lightroom, open the Identity Plate Editor and choose Use a graphical Identity Plate, click Locate File and browse to find the file on disk.

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Save this Identity Plate so you can always reuse it if you change the Identity Plate in future.

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You can use this same process to create a transparent image in your graphics program to use as a graphical Identity Plate for the other modules. In that case make sure that the Identity Plate is created at an appropriate size for printing. Crop closely around the image so that it can be easily sized and moved into position later on. You need to do this because it is not possible to size an Identity Plate any larger than the screen or page size and you cannot skew an Identity Plate out of shape when resizing it – its proportions will be constrained as it is sized up or down.

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Helen Bradley is a Lifestyle journalist who divides her time between the real and digital worlds, picking the best from both. She writes and produces video instruction for Photoshop and digital photography for magazines and online providers world wide. She has also written four books on photo crafts and blogs at Projectwoman.com.

  • http://www.bycostello.com bycostello

    i’ve done this, make the whole lightroom workspace look so much more proffesional…

  • Peter

    If you show the Identity Plate it cuts down the working area

  • http://www.3rddesign.com 3rddesign

    I am still new to Lightroom. Will try this one and I am still under tutorial.

  • http://xposurepro.com Xposurepro | Digital Photo Tools

    I also use an identity plate. However, when I’m actually working it’s hidden anyway and clients are only exposed to our ordering software and never our editing system. So, it’s more or less a novelty for my own personal whatever. LOL but still it’s a neat little feature to Lightroom.

  • CeeKJay

    Great little tip, which i did not know about.

  • Chas

    You said, “To save the Identity Plate, choose Save As from the dropdown list and type a name for the Identity Plate. You can then select and use it in one of the modules later on – for example you can add it to a print layout.”
    I cannot find any Save As from any of the drop down menus. Where is this?
    Thx,
    Chas

  • Chas

    Apparently the version you are using is not 3.4.1 In any event, it’s now saved, but when using Gabriola the text drops down a bit, so anything below the line does not should – I.E. the letter g
    Can this be remedied?

  • Chas

    The fix I found was to reduce the size of the text, which raised it for some reason.

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  • Chas

    July 13, 2011 05:59 am

    The fix I found was to reduce the size of the text, which raised it for some reason.

  • Chas

    July 13, 2011 05:34 am

    Apparently the version you are using is not 3.4.1 In any event, it's now saved, but when using Gabriola the text drops down a bit, so anything below the line does not should - I.E. the letter g
    Can this be remedied?

  • Chas

    July 13, 2011 05:25 am

    You said, "To save the Identity Plate, choose Save As from the dropdown list and type a name for the Identity Plate. You can then select and use it in one of the modules later on – for example you can add it to a print layout."
    I cannot find any Save As from any of the drop down menus. Where is this?
    Thx,
    Chas

  • CeeKJay

    July 9, 2011 07:23 pm

    Great little tip, which i did not know about.

  • Xposurepro | Digital Photo Tools

    June 24, 2011 12:56 pm

    I also use an identity plate. However, when I'm actually working it's hidden anyway and clients are only exposed to our ordering software and never our editing system. So, it's more or less a novelty for my own personal whatever. LOL but still it's a neat little feature to Lightroom.

  • 3rddesign

    June 24, 2011 01:08 am

    I am still new to Lightroom. Will try this one and I am still under tutorial.

  • Peter

    June 23, 2011 06:48 pm

    If you show the Identity Plate it cuts down the working area

  • bycostello

    June 23, 2011 05:50 pm

    i've done this, make the whole lightroom workspace look so much more proffesional...

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