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Using Identity Plate in Lightroom for Personalization

If you’re someone who regularly presents the Lightroom interface to people, for example, to show images to clients or make videos about Lightroom, then you can give it a professional look and personalize it by adding your own logo or company name to the interface. This can be done by customizing the identity plate in Lightroom which is in the top left corner of Lightroom where, by default, you can see Lightroom’s name and logo. Lightroom also uses the identity plate on the Web, Slideshow, and Print modules so you don’t have to worry about adding your name or logos to it yourself.

Identity Plate in Lightroom

Customizing the Identity Plate in Lightroom

If you want to change the identity plate in Lightroom, go on the edit menu (on a PC) or Lightroom menu (on a mac) and from the dropdown menu, select Identity Plate Setup. This will open the Identity Plate Editor window. You can also open it by right-clicking on the identity plate and selecting Edit Identity Plate. In the Identity Plate Editor window, you will have a dropdown menu with three options:

Identity Plate in Lightroom

  • Lightroom mobile: displays your name when you are signed into an Adobe ID, and if you’re not, it reminds you to sign in
  • Lightroom: shows the default Lightroom logo and name (Adobe Lightroom 6 or CC)
  • Personalized: displays a bunch of options to let you create a custom identity plate

Here you need to select Personalized so that you can create a custom identity plate in Lightroom. Once you do so, you will get two more options: either to use a styled text identity plate, which can be stylized within Lightroom, or to use a graphical identity plate, which has been designed outside Lightroom.

Styled Text Identity Plate in Lightroom

The styled text option simply allows you to type the text that you want to display on your identity plate and edit its formatting. So you can type your name, choose a font, its size, color and see a preview while you’re editing.

Text Identity Plate in Lightroom

Graphical Identity Plate in Lightroom

A graphical identity plate is used when you have a pre-made visual, like a logo, that you want to display in Lightroom.

Graphical Identity Plate in Lightroom

Once you select the Use a graphical identity plate option, a Locate File button will appear. You can use that to browse the file that you want to display. It’s best to have your image file as a transparent .PNG file because if you have it as a JPEG, it’ll show a white background behind your logo which will just make your Identity Plate look bad. Another thing that you should be careful about is that the visual should not be more than 48 pixels in height otherwise the full logo will not be visible on the identity plate and will get cut off from the sides.

Complementary Module Picker Buttons

Apart from the identity plate itself, you can also customize the appearance of the module picker buttons to make them complement the logo or text style. So you can choose the same font and color as the logo or text of your identity plate.

Saving Identity Plate Templates

Lightroom also allows you to save your identity plates as a template and switch between the plates whenever you want. To save your design, just click on the custom dropdown at the top of the Identity Plate Editor window and select Save as.

Using Identity Plate in Lightroom

Doing so will open a Save Identity Plate As… window where you can enter the name of your new template and then click Save.

Saving Identity Plate in Lightroom

Once you save a template, it will start appearing in the custom identity plate dropdown and you can choose one any time to change your identity plate.

Identity Plate in Lightroom

However, these identity plates are saved in the catalog file so if you are someone who uses multiple catalogs, you will have to make the templates again for each catalog.

Identity Plates in Print & Slideshow Modules

The identity plates can also be used in other modules so you can keep multiple identity plates for different uses. You can create really professional prints or slideshows of your photos by adding your name, logo or other information to them using the identity plates.

If you want to prepare a print, select the photos to be printed and go to the print module. On the right side, under the page panel, you’ll see the Identity Plate option which is usually unchecked by default.

Identity Plate in Print Module

Once you check it, the identity plate will appear in the middle of the page and you can click on it to move it around. If you want to change the identity plate just click on the preview of the identity plate and you’ll see a drop-down menu of all the identity plates you have saved.

Identity Plate in Print module

You can also adjust the size and opacity from the options in the identity plate section. Similarly, you can change the orientation of the identity plate by clicking on the 0 degree button right next to the Identity Plate option and then choose either one of the four orientations given in the drop-down menu.

Identity Plate in Print module

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Apart from using the identity plate and printing your images through Lightroom, you can also prepare the images in the same way and export them with this branding as JPEG files to use them online or send it to a printer to print them for you. Just click on the Print Job panel on the right and then select JPEG File from the Print to drop-down. Once you do so, options to adjust the export settings will also appear in the same panel.

Identity Plate in Print Module

In the same way, you can also add the identity plate in Lightroom to your slideshows. Just go to the slideshow module and check the Identity Plate option in the Overlays panel on the right. You can then adjust it from the settings in the same panel.

Identity Plate in Slideshow module

And there you have it, with the click of a few buttons you can easily customize how Lightroom looks and give it a personal touch as well as use them for printing and other uses.

Shajee Aijazi

Shajee Aijazi is the founder of Digital Darkroom Academy. He helps people speed up their post-processing workflow and organize their photos in a way that they don't have to waste time managing it and they can focus on creating great looking images.

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