Use ImagePrint as a Lightroom External Editor
Together at Last
Many of the same people who rely on ImagePrint to produce the best possible output for their images also rely on Adobe’s Lightroom to process and organize those same images. But… getting them from one program to the other can sometimes be a bit of a chore, requiring you to export the image from Lightroom, find the exported file on your computer, then re-open it in ImagePrint. Wouldn’t it be nice to avoid those extra steps and just go straight from Lightroom right to ImagePrint? Well, it turns out there is a way to do just that. By setting up ImagePrint as an External Editor in Lightroom.
We’ve talked in the past about one other alternative to having to save files before printing them–ImagePrint’s PTA (Print through Applications) option, which is an add-on to ImagePrint that allows you to send prints directly from any program on your Mac or PC to the ImagePrint spooler by just clicking Print.
But, when it comes to Lightroom, there’s another way to get files into ImagePrint that also avoids the dreaded File Save and File Open dialog boxes–one that doesn’t require any optional components and can be set up in less than a minute.
Lightroom’s External Editor feature is the key. By setting up ImagePrint as an external editor, you can simply choose to Edit in ImagePrint to have Lightroom place an image right in to ImagePrint’s layout window. Once there, you can utilize any of the normal ImagePrint workflow tools to position and size the image, then click Print to send it to the printer. Remember: the image that appears in ImagePrint will be a copy of the original Lightroom image–nothing you do in ImagePrint will affect that original.
Setting up ImagePrint as an external editor is easy. The following guide is for Lightroom 4.0 on Macintosh, but the same general rules apply to the Windows version as well as previous versions of Lightroom.
Then, choose the External Editing tab at the top of the Preferences window.
Look for the section of the window labeled: Additional External Editor.
Now, click the Choose button.
On Mac, the file you’re looking for is “ImagePrint.app” You’ll find it in the ImagePrint folder inside your Mac’s Application folder.
On PC, look for the file “ImagePrint.exe”. You’ll find it in the ImagePrint folder which is located in your Program Files folder.
Once you find the ImagePrint executable, click Choose to lock in your choice.
2. Now you can set some rules for Lightroom to follow when it sends images to ImagePrint.
- In the File Format drop-down, choose TIFF.
- In the Color Space drop-down, choose your preferred source space (usually Adobe 1998 or Pro Photo RGB).
- In the Bit-Depth drop-down, choose 16 bit.
- For Resolution, if you don’t plan to scale the image in ImagePrint, 240 or above is fine. If you plan to use ImagePrint’s scaling, you may want to go higher to avoid losing detail.
- Finally, for Compression, leave it at None.
Click the Preset drop-down menu at the
top of the Additional External Editor area and choose Save Current Preset.
(ImagePrint might be a good choice).
Click Create, and you’ll have a new preset with the name you chose!
Now, when in Lightroom, you can right-click (or control-click) the image and choose Edit in ImagePrint (or whatever preset name you used) to quickly open the image in ImagePrint. You can also find that option under the Photo menu at the top of the Develop screen.
ImagePrint will launch (if it’s not already running), and the Lightroom image will appear in the layout window.
That’s it. From Lightroom to ImagePrint, with one click.
You may never have to use a File Dialog box again!