Using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4’s New Book Module to Create a PDF Portfolio

January 09, 2012 | | Comments 5

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Beta’s New Book Module

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom v4 Beta Book Module

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Beta Book Module

When I heard about Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Beta’s new Book Module I was not too excited. I thought that it could only be used to prepare books for printing from Ordering nice bound books of my photography is great, but this is not something that I do on a regular basis and I thought I would rarely use it.

Once I started experimenting, though, I quickly discovered that you can also use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Beta’s new Book Module to create your own PDF “portfolio pieces” that combine images and words! This is not a replacement for Adobe InDesign or a professional-grade page layout program, but it is a wonderful new way for me to share my photography with friends, students, and clients.

Jim Goldstein Photographing the 4th Dimension eBookAdobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Beta’s new export to PDF via the Book Module made it easy for me to put together this PDF portfolio without having to buy and learn any additional software. Right click on this link to download my Landscape Portfolio PDF!

One of my favorite digital landscape photographers, Jim M. Goldstein, has been distributing his best images this way for a few years. Goldstein has also written an excellent eBook on Photographing the 4th Dimension-Time. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Beta’s book module is not powerful enough to make a professional-looking eBook yet, but it is already more than adequate for creating nice portfolio pieces. This video tutorial demonstrates the “Export to PDF from Book Module” process.

I must again warn you that Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Beta is still a beta program. It’s new and not everything works properly yet. The Book Module, in particular, is full of oddities and unexpected behavior. Try it out, but please don’t forget that this is very, very new and still has a few kinks to be worked out before we get the finished product.

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About the Author: David Marx teaches digital photography workshops and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom training classes. David is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom and in Adobe Photoshop. David has lead workshops and seminars for the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, the American Society of Media Photographers, FirstLight Photography Workshops, and he teaches annually at the world-famous Blackberry Farm Resort. For more information on his Photoshop Lightroom training seminars and digital photography field workshops please visit You can also follow daily updates and see new images from David on Google+.

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  1. Yucel says:

    Can you make an Amazon book w LR4 yet?

    • David Marx says:

      Dear Yucel,

      Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4’s book module is designed for use with Blurb. You cannot use it to build an Amazon book directly but I believe that you could export your project as a pdf and then do more work using a higher end layout program like Adobe InDesign to re-purpose the content for Amazon’s system.

      David Marx

  2. Thanks that was helpful (especially setting up add page favorites) as I am just starting to test out the Book module and see what it will do.

  3. Joseph Lacz says:

    This has been very useful. Thank you very much.

  4. Great presentation of the new Book module’s PDF capabilities, David! Thanks!