One of the questions that I had when I first started was how other photographers got very professional looking blog image layouts. I heard of software that you can purchase to do this, but I was trying to save money wherever I could. I tried google for the answer, but didn't find anything. I decided to try playing around in the Print Module in Lightroom to see if it could help. It did! I am still trying to perfect the layout of my blog images, but I thought I would share what I know so far. If I can help one person by either making their life easier OR save them money, GREAT! Please note, that I have only tested this with ProPhoto Blogs for Wordpress. Step 1: Go to the Print Module in Lightroom and select the (1) 4x6 Lightroom Template
Step 2: With the (1) 4x6 Lightroom Template, select Custom Package under Layout Style. This currently is selected as Single Image/Contact Sheet
Step 3: Save the Layout by clicking the + button in the Template Browser. Name your new template.
Step 4: I now want to create two portrait images next to one another. First, you need to select the middle of the white grid that you just saved. You will see it outlined in blue. Now delete this.
Step 5: In the Print Job section, change the custom file dimensions to 8.08in x 6.00in.
Step 6: In the Cells section, select 6x4 twice. You may have to add this custom dimension yourself if it is not already there. You can do so from the drop down. You will see two 6x4 cells added to the white grid. Move them around until they look like below, with a small white line between the two images.
Step 7: Again, save this template.
Step 8: Now you are ready to drag and drop the images. Select a single image and drag it into one of the cells in the white grid. Select another image and drag it into the other cell in the white grid. If you do not want to add your logo, you are now ready to print! Please note that my jpeg quality is set to 75 due to the width of my blog and the size of the Nikon D800 images I am using. You may need to change this based on your personal settings. One very important piece is to make sure sRGB is selected or else your colors will be way off when viewed on the web. You can also update your sharpen settings based on your personal preference. I set mine to standard. If you do make any changes, make sure to right click the template you are modifying and update with current settings. If you do not do this, your changes will not be saved.
Step 9: If you do want to add a logo to your images, you will need to add an identity plate. You can either upload your own logo or just use text. To add an identity plate, just check the checkbox. You will see the logo or text appear in the middle of the image. You can move the identity plate wherever you want on blog image layout by selecting it and dragging it. It may take a couple of tries to get used to how this works, but DON'T GIVE UP! You can do it!
Step 10: You can now print to file! Yay! Make sure to save the file in a name that will help your SEO out. For example, when I saved down my Austria images, I included key words in the image name. For example, Austrian New Years on a Mountain.
Step 11: You can now upload this image to your blog. I use SquareSpace. If you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to ask in the comments section.