Adding Identity Plates in Adobe Lightroom

You can add your name, your company or your website address to your printed photographs by using the Lightroom Print Module Identity Plates feature. It’s easy to do and adds individuality to your prints.

Step 1 – Adding a basic identity plate is very simple. In the righthand sidebar, open up the Page panel and click in the check-box for Identity Plate. The default name that is added is the name on the account that you used to register Lightroom, in large letters in the Tahoma sans-serif typeface, positioned in the centre of the image.

Step 2 – You can move the identity plate to anywhere on the page by simply clicking and dragging it; it doesn’t have to be on the image itself. if you want, you can increase the size of a border using the sliders in the Layout panel and move the identity plate onto that border, leaving an unobstructed view of your image.

Step 3 – You can rotate the identity plate by clicking on the angle menu, which you can find just to the right of the Identity Plate check-box option in the Page panel. The rotation options are limited, either 90 degrees one way or the other, or a 180-degree flip but combined with a wide border it does allow for an arty look to your prints.

Step 4 – You can change the size of the identity plate in two ways. You can move the Scale slider in the Page panel but a more precise and controllable way to change the size is to grab and drag one of the corner handles on the bounding box of the identity plate itself. You can see that the slider moves by itself when you do this.

Step 5 – The default colour for the text in your identity plate is a light grey. To change the colour, click in the Override Colour check-box and then click on the small black rectangle next to it. This will bring up a colour palette. The default options are all shades of grey but if you want to choose a brighter colour, click on the saturation slider on the right.

Step 6 – You can edit the text in your identity plate. Click in the box on the Page panel that shows your current plate and select Edit from the drop-down menu. The Identity Plate Editor panel will appear, in which you can change the text and font of your plate. You can drag the editor panel out wider if you need to fit in more text.

Step 7 – If you have a company logo, you can use that as your identity plate instead. In the Identity Plate Editor panel, click on the button labelled ‘Use a graphical identity plate’, then click on the Locate File button. Navigate to your logo and double-click in to add it to Lightroom. Use a PNG file with transparency for the best effect.

Step 8 – If you are printing a multi-image page, there is an option to add an identity plate to every image. Unfortunately, it will place the plate in the centre of the image and it cannot be moved. Alternatively, you can just have a single ID plate but set it to render behind the images. Obviously, this will only work with certain layouts.

Step 9 – You can personalise more than just your prints with identity plates; you can personalise your Lightroom workspace as well. Go to the Edit menu (PC) or Lightroom menu (Mac) and select Identity Plate Setup. You can see a panel like the one from step 6. If you saved your Identity Plate, you can see it available as an option in the drop-down menu.

Step 10 – If you click on the Show Detail button, you can also customise the module picker buttons. You then have the option to use a graphical logo as the Lightroom identity plate. Using these options, a professional photographer can create a matching company identity for their Lightroom workspace as well as their printed output.

Mark Frost

Mark started work as a commercial artist during the good old days of Letraset, spray mount and having to process your photos at a local chemist. Having discovered his passion for photography, Photoshop and the wonders of digital image manipulation, he has not looked back. He is well on his way to owning more cameras than he’s had hot dinners.

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