1.3. Creating Identity Plates

You can personalize the Lightroom environment by creating Identity Plates that appear throughout the application for a nice aesthetic touch. They also have very practical purposes as they can be used to identify Slideshows, Web Galleries, and Prints. Here's how to set up an Identity Plate of your own.

First, select Edit→Identity Plate Setup (Windows) or Lightroom→Identity Plate Setup (Mac). This brings up the dialog box shown in Figure 1-35. If you select "Use a stylized text identity plate" (circled), you can type your name or descriptor in the text field. Choose a font, font style, and size from the pop-up menus below. Change the color by clicking on the color swatch next to the type size and selecting a color.

Figure 1-35. Figure 1-35

If you select Enable Identity Plate at the top of the dialog box, your work will appear in the upper-left corner of the Lightroom workspace (circled) and you can view the effects of your type and color choices. Figure 1-36

Figure 1-36. Figure 1-36

If you select Use a graphical identity plate (circled) you can import a pre-made graphic by dragging it from your desktop to the box or navigating to the file by selecting Locate File. Figure 1-37 The graphic can be a PDF, JPG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, or PSD file but no larger ...

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