Everyone loves a bit of customization from time to time. Not only does it make the application ‘yours’, but for tutorial makers, it can also act as subtle ‘branding’. Lightroom 4 has two little known features that you may like to check out.
Personalize Lightroom 4
By default, Lightroom is set to display “Lightroom 4″ at the top left of the application (1), use Myriad for the headers (2), and adds a “Flourish” design at the very bottom of the modules (3). However, for those looking for a bit more customization in Lightroom, these three features can all be customized!
The “Lightroom 4″ logo and the module header fonts are all part of Lightroom’s “Identity Plate” feature, which can be found at the following locations:
Mac: Lightroom > Identity Plate Setup.
Windows: Edit > Identity Plate Setup.
Once the Identity Plate Editor is opened, you should see the following window:
First, in order to ‘preview’ your custom Identity Plate, you must check on the “Enable Identity Plate” option. Without this checked on, any changes you make down below, will not be displayed on your application.
Once it’s been checked, it’s time to customize! To start out simple, let’s use a styled text identity plate, which will allow you to simply add your own text and font of choice where the “Lightroom 4″ logo once was. I’ll simply use “IceflowStudios.com” for the text, and my go-to font, Helvetica Neue, with the color set to blue. (don’t judge!).
On the right, you can customize the way the headers look for your modules (Library, Develop, etc). Once again, you can change the font, but unlike for the identity plate, you cannot change the actual text. These are set in stone. It’s good to note, that the color on the left controls the active module, and the color on the right controls the inactive module.
Graphical Identity Plate
In addition to the text based identity plate, you also have the option of adding a graphical identity plate, which is similar to the original “Lightroom 4″ plate. Selecting the Use graphical identity plate option will will give you the option to either drag an image into the first black box, or use the Locate File option to browse your computer for the image.
As for the image itself, the important dimension is the height, which should be a maximum of 60 pixels. Any larger than 60 pixels, and you risk chopping off part of the identity plate. The width, on the other hand, gives you more flexibility. As there’s much more room horizontally, your identity plate can longer, than it is high. 300 pixels wide should give you enough room to work with.
Panel End Mark
The last bit of customization I want to show you, are End Marks. These are symbols that appear at the very bottom of your modules, once you scroll down to the bottom. By default, the End Mark is set to Flourish, which you can see below.
Changing your End Mark is simple. Right-clicking on the current mark will allow you to choose from one of 13 designs, under the Panel End Mark sub-menu.
Add Your Own
Finally, just like you were able to design and add your own Identity Plate, you can also add your own End Mark. Once in the Panel End Mark sub-menu, choose the Go to Panel End Marks Folder. All custom marks should be placed in this folder (the default marks will not appear here, so don’t panic if the folder is empty).
You can either save the file as a transparent PNG, or a non-transparent image, such as a JPG, with the background color set to: #2e2e2e. Once it’s in the Panel End Marks folder, you’ll be able to select it from the Panel End Marks sub-menu.