LR008 - Create New JPG with background Canvas (4/2018)
Create JPG with extra space around image
There are many situations where you want to create a jpg image from LR (Lightroom) that has a background “canvas” showing around the image. One such situation is where you are using a print lab to print your image such as Costco. In most of these cases the lab only supports a handful of paper sizes and if your image happens to not exactly fit one of these paper sizes the image is cropped to fit. In most cases you can move the crop rectangle in order to select what part of your image gets cropped off, but many of these prints do not have an option to print the entire image and just leave white space on the edges if needed. A notable instance of this is Costco which otherwise produces decent results at a low cost.
In order to overcome this problem, your JPG file should be the aspect ratio (i.e., dimensions) that the lab expects for the paper size you will be choosing. However to do this without cropping in many cases requires some extra white space on 2 sides of your image.
For example, the image below is 5760 x 3840 pixels which does not match any standard paper size you’ll find at places like CVS or Costco. If, say, I want to have this printed on 16x10 inch paper, I would be forced to crop off the sides of the image such as shown below
Instead, I’d like to print the whole image but with white space where needed which I can hide under a mat such as this
But, in order to do this, the JPG file I give to the printing company must include that white space in the jpg file as many don’t have a ‘fit” option in their cropping tool (e.g., Costco). Here’s how to do it.
If you want some color other than white for the background canvas, use the color picker in the Page panel labeled “Page Background Color.
If you want a colored border between the image and canvas, use the “Stroke Border” settings in the “Image Settings” panel where you can specify the width of the border as well as picking a color for it. For example, below I’m showing a blue canvas with a green 10pt border (not that I’d really do that)
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