Ferdinand Veldmans • Photography @ Heart

Page2Lr - Lightroom custom book layout generator

Overview

Welcome to Page2Lr! With this tool you can create your own layout templates for use in the Lightroom book module. This allows you to create pages with any number of properly aligned picture or text frames, with any aspect ratio.

In the August 2018 update of Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe finally allows us to add frames to a page, but its layout capabilities are extremely simplistic (good to see they are working on the book module again though).

The tabs above will lead you through the steps you need to take:

  1. Setup - Install third party software you need to use (PagePlus). You only need to do this once.
  2. Create - Create your own page layout in PagePlus or download one of the example files.
  3. Convert - Convert the .ppp file into a Lightroom layout template.
  4. Use - Import the layout template into Lightroom and use it in your books.

To get a visual introduction on how to do this, have a look at this video tutorial (based on a previous layout of this site):

I hope this tool allows you to create even more beautiful photobooks using Lightroom. Feedback is very much welcome!

Kind regards,

Ferdinand


Change history

2018-08-28: Removed the old (single page) interface, since hardly anyone was using it anymore.
2018-07-23: Redesigned page layout; all content broken up in tabs.
Expanded instructions for Mac users.
2018-06-29: Added new instructions for Mac users.
2018-06-22: Replaced upload form with multi-file drag and drop area.
Added new Lightroom page with some useful links.
2018-03-04: Updated all templates to match the page margins of Lightroom.
Fixed problem in which frames were offset and too large in some cases.
2017-08-06: Added option to use uploaded filename as base for layout folder.
This allows multiple custom layout folders.
2017-06-05: Added video tutorial and improved instructions.
2017-04-30: Added support for all book sizes. Zip file now gets name of original file.
Created template files.
2017-02-25: Added support for multiple layouts in a single PagePlus file. Output now as zip package containing all files, including automatically generated thumbnails.
2017-01-01: Initial version.

Read about the background of this tool and alternative ways to create custom book layouts.

Limitations and disclaimer

There are a few limitations:
  • Only rectangular picture and text frames are converted. Lightroom doesn't support other objects.
  • Spreads are not supported yet.
  • Grouped objects end up in the wrong location. Make sure you have separate frames only.

Although the generated files do not overwrite any existing Lightroom content, for your own convenience backup existing Lightroom files before making any modifications. Use at your own risk.

Privacy policy

Uploaded files

The files you upload and the Lightroom templates it generates are yours. After conversion the files are deleted from the server.

Statistics

This page collects statistics about your visit and usage of the tool. To do so, it collects IP addresses, timestamps, the name of the file you upload and any errors reported. This allows me to analyse usage patterns and continuously improve this tool. The data is not used for any other purpose, nor will it ever be provided to third parties. Should you have any problem with this, please contact me and I will remove all data linked to your IP address.

Setup on Windows

  1. Install and register Serif PagePlus Starter Edition (free) or full version (€22.99).

Setup on macOS

  1. Install and register Serif PagePlus Starter Edition (free) or full version (€22.99). Since there is no PagePlus version that can run on macOS, you'll either need to use a Windows PC or run it on a Windows emulator.
  2. Download Open LR layout folder.zip containing a shell script.
  3. Extract the zip file and store Open LR layout folder.command at a convenient location.
  4. Run Open LR layout folder.command, this will probably give you the following error:
  5. Go to Settings > Security & Privacy and use Open Anyway to allow the script to run:
  6. Run Open LR layout folder.command again. This should now open the location where Lightroom stores its templates:

    From now on, use this when installing your custom templates in 4. Use.

Create

  1. Download one of the templates below, corresponding to the book size you are using.
  2. Create a layout by adding rectangular picture frames and/or standard text frames.
  3. For multiple layouts, add new pages.
  4. Be aware that you cannot group frames or create spreads yet.

Book name Size Template Example(s)
Small square 7x7" 7x7 template Grid of 2x2 square pictures
Standard portrait 8x10" 8x10 template
Standard landscape 10x8" 10x8 template
Large landscape 13x11" 13x11 template Grid of 3x3 square pictures
Two different layouts, one mixing text and picture frames
Large square 12x12" 12x12 template

Convert

Convert the PagePlus (.ppp) file to a zip file using the drop zone below:

My Custom Layouts From filename

Using your layout in Lightroom (Windows)

  1. Extract the zip file from 3. Convert to a temporary location.
  2. Copy the extracted contents of the zip into the correct <dimensions>-blurb folders in
    C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Lightroom Classic CC\Templates\Layout Templates or
    C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Lightroom\Templates\Layout Templates for older versions of Lightroom.
  3. You will probably get the warning "You'll need to provide administrator permission to copy to this folder". Tick Do this for all current items and click Continue.
  4. Restart Lightroom so the new or updated files are being read.
  5. Select the layout in Lightroom (you will find it under My Custom Layouts or the name you used for your PagePlus file, depending on the chosen option).
  6. If you update one of your custom layouts you will need to reapply it, as Lightroom will not apply the changes automatically.

Using your layout in Lightroom (macOS)

  1. Extract the zip file from 3. Convert to a temporary location.
  2. Run Open LR layout folder.command (installed in 1. Setup) to open the Lightroom Layout Templates folder
  3. Copy the extracted contents of the zip into the correct <dimensions>-blurb folder (corresponding to the book size you are working on).
  4. Restart Lightroom so the new or updated files are being read.
  5. Select the layout in Lightroom (you will find it under My Custom Layouts or the name you used for your PagePlus file, depending on the chosen option).
  6. If you update one of your custom layouts you will need to reapply it, as Lightroom will not apply the changes automatically.