Thanks so much, Trshaner. That appears to have worked!
Glad to help. Keep in mind the 'Custom File Dimensions' and 'Cell' size' should reflect the actual print size. The dimensions I show are for a 4" x 6" print. If you were doing an 8" x 12" print (also 4x6 aspect ratio) enter that into the 'Custom File Dimensions' and 8" x 10.67" into the 'Cell' size.' The objective being to create an image file that is 300 ppi at the actual print size. For a metal print 'Glossy Standard' Print Sharpening is probably the best choice and most printers want sRGB JPEG files.
I've used LR ever since version 1.x and think I know a heck of a lot about it, but I actually have never used the Print module before...maybe fooled around with it a couple of times, but I'll have to look more into it to see what I've actually done with it to do this! I don't think I understand what that "Cell Size" is, so I'll have to look into it....although I take it that it's used to get that 300 ppi for the actual print size.
I've had metal prints done before and always have kind of wondered what sharpening to use....I think I've used the Glossy Standard, as you have suggest, but thanks for clarifying that. I've always just used the Export function to produce the final file to print.
Thanks so much, once again....I really appreciate it!
I don't think I understand what that "Cell Size" is, so I'll have to look into it....although I take it that it's used to get that 300 ppi for the actual print size.
The 'Cell Size' is the size of the picture as laid out on the Background, which is the paper size defined by the 'Custom File Dimensions.' You can refer to the screenshots posted in reply #1. Use whatever dimensions and centering you want, which can be borders right and left as shown in reply #1 or borders right, left, top, and bottom using a smaller cell size as shown below. You can even add text to the background area using the Identity Plate Editor. Here are a number of videos on using the Print module: The Print Module « Julieanne Kost's Blog
You can also re-purpose these JPEG files for other uses such as Holiday emails and Web posts. For screen viewing change the Print Sharpening to Glossy Low, which is the least amount and very close to Screen Standard. Adjust the File Resolution to a value appropriate for screen viewing such as 6" x 4" 'Custom File Dimensions' and 300 ppi 'File Resolution (1800 x 1200 pixels) or even smaller. Enjoy!
Thanks once more for the info, Trshaner.
BTW, last night, I produced the final file to do an 8x12 metal print and uploaded the file to the photo lab I use. Hope to see the print in a day or so.