How can I get a picture in a Custom Package that has a Stroke and/or a border and get the image shown fully, and not cropped in one way or other?
When I add the stroke/border it adds them inside the cell, thereby altering the ratio of the area for the picture inside it, which crops it in some way. How can I get the image to be uncropped? The controls available seem to all be for the ration of the outside of the cell, but my image is inside the stroke/border and nothing seems to work on it directly ...
Try LR2 Mogrify plug in from Photographers' Toolbox. This has the capacity to add borders and control aspect ratio to your requriements. http://www.photographers-toolbox.com/products/lrmogrify2.php
Thanks, but I'm building a Custom Package print page and not exporting the pictures, I want Lightroom to stop messing about with the cropping of my pictures (enforced by its always-on zoom-to-fill behaviour in Custom Packages) and let me see the *full* picture, without having to manually fiddle with the size of the cell until it *looks* ok ... there should be a way to *make* it ok !
Perhaps I misunderstood your requirement. I have been frustrated by LR print module and labs effectively squeezing individual shots into existing frames. So I have used LR2Mogrify to export (and then re-import) a 'new image' which manages the discrepancy between a crop and a cell of a different aspect ratio by adding padding - usually 'white' - around the image to a canvas corresponding to cell dimensions. Adding stroke borders can be accomplished in Mogrify inside or outside the image. A custom package, with multiple cell dimensions can be populated with images created in the corresponding aspect ratio(s) for the relevant cells.
I'm not aware of a way of automating the creation of cells in a page to dimensions which change with the crop as discovered - drag and drop images onto a blank page creates cells of the same standard size.