I have placed a photo on a two-page spread as a background graphic. It appears twice - on the left and right pages. All I want is a background image spread over the two pages. Is this possible with the Background Graphic feature?
A single image over two pages has worked for me when placing an image on a 'two-page spreads' layout, but it took me by surprise when the Background facility didn't work the same way, even though I had chosen a full bleed two-page spread. I'd be grateful if you can say that you have achieved an image 'taking' in a chosen two-page spread for a Background.
I just select a <Two Page Spread> as layout, select an image in the film strip, and drag it to the small window in the Background panel where it says "Drop photo here".
PS: Don't drag the image onto the pages, drag it to the small background window.
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I have been working with a landscape format photo hoping to spread across the background of the two pages on a 'two-page spread'. Lightroom 4 as taken the central section of the image and placed the same section on each of the pages, disregarding the selection I had made for a two-page spread format. I have closed down the computer, un-plugged it, then restarted and the same thing happens when I create a new double page spread. I have dropped my image onto the small background window - which shows as a single page, portrait format - on every occasion. The book I'm making is in Standard Portrait format. Your experience seems to be different from mine and I am at a loss to know why. Does your small background window show a two-page format or just that of a single page, I wonder.
Robin Hull wrote:
Lightroom 4 as taken the central section of the image and placed the same section on each of the pages, disregarding the selection I had made for a two-page spread format.
In the Background panel there is a box called <Apply Background Globally>. If you check the box the background image will appear on all pages.
Uncheck the box and the background image will be only on the page that is currently selected.
Are you using Lightroom 4.3? I found some bugs similar to those you describe in the earliest versions of Lightroom 4 and thought they had been eliminated.
Maybe post a screenshot so we can tell exactly which double page spread you are using.
My version of Lightroom is 4.3. I want to drop my image onto the Background panel page icon so that I don't have an image in front, as I have unfortunately given web-weaver reason to think. When I select this spread, both pages are outlined with the yellow border so I assumed they were going to be treated as one page. The two pages - the double spread - are formatted for text. I was expecting the image to lie behind a column of text and I want text only on the right hand, title page. I'm only going through this hoop because I find putting text with an image that is spread over two pages on an image-format page, as opposed to a background, is only possible using a page caption and/or a photo caption. Spacing lines of text vertically with these caption options so that I can put a title, author and publisher separated with a lot of white space, is quite a cumbersome procedure, so I'm trying to achieve this with a text-format page, which is more amenable to placing text. I'm just trying to find the easiest way of doing this particular text thing. The images below are: 1. using the caption method and; 2. shows what happens when I try to place the photo on the Background panel.
What am I seeing on the 2nd screen shot? Is this two background images side by side? And is this a double-spread layout?
I'm asking because, try as I might, I cannot get two images on the background in a double spread layout.
If "yes" is the answer to my questions: Could you please describe step-by-step how you did this?
Sorry, the screenshot I need would shown which page layout you are using. I wasn't specific enough, but click the triangle in the bottom right corner of the orange patch, and grab the page layout popup panel.
OK, I think I see what you did.
You don't have a double spread layout, you have two single (opposing) pages that are text pages.
In the group of text pages there is no double spread. Double spread layouts are only in the group named "Two-Page Spreads"'
You say "both pages are outlined with the yellow border so I assumed they were going to be treated as one page". This assumption is not correct. You can click on one page and then Ctrl / Cmd - click on the second page and both pages are selected, and both pages are outlined in yellow. But that doesn't make them a Double-Spread layout.
So in short, with text page layouts you cannot achieve the design that you want.
The only work-around that I see is the solution that you already tried:
Select a Double-Spread layout and use the <Page Caption> box for your text.
You say "Spacing lines of text vertically with these caption options so that I can put a title, author and publisher separated with a lot of white space, is quite a cumbersome procedure".
I agree, it is. But it can be done.
The caption box will expand as you add more text or add more (empty) lines wiht <Enter>. This will put empty vertical space between your text lines. You probably know that already.
You can move the text on the page using the "Padding" feature. This feature will add blank space either all around, or on select sides only. By selecting "Padding" for one side only you can move the text acroos the page horizontally or vertically.
Well, it ain't Adobe In Design - but it's doable. After all you have only one or two title pages.
I'm doing a new page to show you, web-weaver, how things go and I'm giving the steps I have taken which are:
Click little arrow and choose Two-Page Spreads.
Choose the fourth template down, (different choice from before), and place a colour photo onto it in the foreground.
Drop the original photo onto the Background panel page icon. The icon looks like a single portrait page, not a two-page spread.
Add padding to the top of the colour photo to reveal more of the background.
The result shows it is clearly a two-page spread but the background has duplicated the b&w photo, two identical cropped images, one on each page.
You are quite right that there is a solution – well, a workaround really – I had just hoped I'd be able to use a background image on a double spread text page, but now I have looked through the templates listed under Two-Page Spreads I see there is no text box on any of the two-page spread templates anyway. So I have to use the captions options. However, I would like to know how to get a background image to spread over the two pages of the two-page spread in case I want to use that with a different photo in the foreground.