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Personalizing Lightroom--Adding An Identity Plate

Perhaps you have seen people working in Lightroom that have switched out the typical Lightroom logo in the upper left for their very own logo or text.  It is super easy to do and actually quite fun to see your own name or logo grace the corner of Lightroom.

You can watch the video below as I customize Lightroom or you can follow the steps below the video--whichever is easiest for you!


 


Making Lightroom your own is as simple as creating an identity plate. You may have created an identity plate before if you like to add your logo to photos that you export.  This is the same process, but it will be used for the corner of Lightroom instead.


 

To Make A Styled Text Identity Plate

  1. Open Lightroom. Choose Identity Plate Setup from the Lightroom Menu on a Mac or the Edit Menu on a PC.
  2. In the box that opens, make sure that you have chosen “Personalized” from the drop-down menu next to Identity Plate.
  3. Select “Use a Styled Text Identity Plate.”
  4. In the black box below, type the text you want to have appear in Lightroom.
  5. Customize the text by selecting your favorite font, changing the size, or adding a color.  Hint: To change the color, you’ll need to know the RGB value of the color you want.  That is easy to find in Photoshop by clicking on the foreground or background color swatches and playing to find your color.  Then note the RGB values for later.
  6. Save your Identity Plate. Give it a name that lets you know what you are using this for.

To Make A Graphical Identity Plate (using a logo)

  1. Open Lightroom. Choose Identity Plate Setup from the Lightroom Menu on a Mac or the Edit Menu on a PC.
  2. In the box that opens, make sure that you have chosen “Personalized” from the drop-down menu next to Identity Plate.
  3. Select “Use a graphical identity plate.” Hint: In order to use this feature you will need to have your logo in PNG form on a transparent background.  You may have received your logo in that form or you can save it that way in Lightroom.
  4. Now, open your logo in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and resize it to no more than 50 to 52 pixels high.  The width doesn’t matter. In Photoshop, click on Image>Image Size.  In Photoshop Elements, click on Image>Resize>Image Size.  Type 52 in the in the Height box and make sure you choose Pixels in the box to the right.
  5. Choose SAVE AS from the File menu and give it a different name.  I like to add Lightroom to the end so that I know this is the small logo that I use in Lightroom.
  6. Move back over to Lightroom and click on “Locate File.”  Now navigate to the file you just saved and select it.  It should now appear in the black box.
  7. Save your Identity Plate. Give it a name that lets you know what you are using it for.


Happy Lightrooming!

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