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Adding audio to a slideshow

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Here are some photos that I captured on a recent trip to mainland Mexico to a small town called Sayulita. What I want to do is I want to put these photos together in a slideshow and I want to do that in order to showcase some of the new enhancements in the Slideshow module. So we will be working from this folder titled sayulita. Well, let's go ahead and navigate over to the Slideshow module. Now here's the good news. Not a lot has changed inside of the Slideshow module. What I want to do is just highlight some of the more significant changes. For the most part a lot of the things that we are going to see here in the panels are identical to Lightroom 2.

Adding audio to a slideshow

Here are some photos that I captured on a recent trip to mainland Mexico to a small town called Sayulita. What I want to do is I want to put these photos together in a slideshow and I want to do that in order to showcase some of the new enhancements in the Slideshow module. So we will be working from this folder titled sayulita. Well, let's go ahead and navigate over to the Slideshow module. Now here's the good news. Not a lot has changed inside of the Slideshow module. What I want to do is just highlight some of the more significant changes. For the most part a lot of the things that we are going to see here in the panels are identical to Lightroom 2.

Well, if we make our way down to Overlays, one of the things you are going to notice is I have an Identity Plate turned on, and this is my name here with the word photography. I will go ahead and make that a little bit bigger so you can see it. Now previously what we had to do in Lightroom 2 was we had to click and drag this around and then resize this to try to get it to the right spot. Well there's a new feature. It's the Up and Down Arrow keys. Now those help us to get this in exactly the right spot. Now don't confuse that with the Left and Right Arrow keys because those take us through these different images, where Up and Down is the one that modifies the position of this little watermark here. Well great.

Well now that we have that in a particular location, again Left Arrow key takes us through our images. Another new feature we have in Lightroom is the ability to add a watermark. So if I click to turn this on, you'll notice that I have one watermark selected, which is a faint copyright symbol over the images. We will see that regardless of what image we are on. Now we can also choose other watermarks, like this one which is a small copyright in the lower left-hand corner over there. And again it gives us the ability to have different types of watermarks.

Typically, when you are creating a slideshow you don't necessarily need to include a watermark like this. So what I want to do is talk about watermarking where it's a little bit more relevant and that is in the Web module. So we'll talk more about watermarking later, yet I did want to point out that it's possible to add those here. Well, let's go ahead and turn that off and then close this panel and we will make our way down. The new feature that's most important to the Slideshow module is how we playback these images.

We now have the ability to select songs in a way, especially on a Mac, that isn't connected to iTunes. So if I want to select an MP3, all I need to do is click Select Music. I will select the file and go ahead and hit Choose. What that's going to do is bring the song and give me the song duration. Now currently it's showing me that this song is four minutes long. That's a pretty long song. If I want my images to match exactly to this particular audio file, what I can do is go ahead and hit Fit to Music. It's going to then change the slide duration so that each slide is up or visible long enough so that that matches the overall song.

One of the things that you are going to soon discover is that, well yeah you probably are going to need to edit or cut or slice down your audio. So there are some other great titles on the lynda.com Library about working with audio. Now of course what you can do is modify the overall time of the slides here and also the fades or the transitions. You will notice that it's showing me my overall time below here of this particular slideshow, and it's updating that based on the overall slide duration. Well, the other thing that we can do once we make our way through all of these options is we can finally export this as a video.

Now it's been nice to have slideshows, but in all reality not many people use this feature. But they will now. What you can do is navigate over to this button here and click on Export Video. What you can do is export this video to a number of different types of presets, and the nice thing about these presets is that each of them show you some of the different ways you may want to use this particular video format. So let's say we choose 640x480. It's really good for small handheld devices and the Web, or if we go a little bit smaller you can see this is great for your iPhone or your iPod.

So what you could do is create a little photo portfolio or for that matter a lot of photo portfolios, and then you could export them this way and include them on your iPod or your iPhone in order to share them with others. So, all that you would need to do would be to give this a name. I will go ahead and name this one sayulita, and then simply click Export and it would create a video format that would be compatible with these different types of devices. Well, I am going to cancel out of this because I'm not actually going to export this one. The last thing that I want to point out here is that you can really get creative with your slideshows.

This one is pretty simple, not even really that dynamic, but just keep in mind that you can do things that are really easy to make something come to life, like adding a different backdrop or changing the position or the size of your images. You can start to have a lot of fun with this and take a look at what your photographs might look like in these different contexts on these different types of backgrounds. You can also modify their overall opacity so it's a little bit more faint in the background, and you get the gist. In some of my other training titles, I go into further details how to customize slideshows and make them even more interesting.

So now more than ever is the time to really get a handle on how to work with slideshows, that gives you the ability to share your photographs in a completely unique and dynamic way.

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Lightroom 3 New Features

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  1. 14m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 26s
    2. Comparing Lightroom 2 with Lightroom 3
      12m 27s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 20m 32s
    1. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 54s
    2. Importing photos and movies from a CF card
      6m 31s
    3. Adding and importing photos from a folder
      3m 51s
    4. Synchronizing and finding missing photos
      4m 16s
  3. 34m 46s
    1. Filtering photos
      4m 0s
    2. Working with collections
      5m 1s
    3. Modifying image and thumbnail overlays
      3m 17s
    4. Crop presets and overlays
      5m 43s
    5. Using Auto Sync
      5m 33s
    6. Working with movies
      7m 13s
    7. Using Smart Collections for video files
      2m 10s
    8. Focal length filtering and Smart Collections
      1m 49s
  4. 19m 10s
    1. Setting up Flickr publishing services
      3m 47s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 4s
    3. Publishing to a Flickr Photoset
      3m 56s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 11s
    5. Publishing to a Smart Folder or Smart Photoset
      3m 12s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. How sharpening works in Lightroom 3
      4m 48s
    2. Introducing noise reduction
      4m 45s
    3. Applying sharpening and noise reduction
      8m 23s
    4. Adding a grain effect
      4m 31s
    5. Using the Collections panel
      5m 42s
    6. The Adjustment Brush
      5m 48s
    7. The Graduated filter
      2m 10s
    8. Adding a vignette
      5m 45s
    9. Improvements to the Crop tool
      1m 59s
    10. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 40s
    11. Understanding the Point Tone Curve
      3m 10s
    12. Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
      4m 2s
    13. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 46s
    14. Enhancing images with Lens Correction
      3m 6s
  6. 5m 16s
    1. Adding audio to a slideshow
      5m 16s
  7. 11m 13s
    1. Introducing the custom print package
      3m 42s
    2. Working with the custom print package
      7m 31s
  8. 8m 46s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      2m 12s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      6m 34s
  9. 7m 41s
    1. Optimizing and backing up a catalog
      2m 49s
    2. Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs
      2m 13s
    3. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      2m 39s
  10. 27m 21s
    1. New presets in the Develop, Web, and Print modules
      3m 26s
    2. Importing and working with CMYK images
      5m 55s
    3. Bonus workflow tips
      4m 51s
    4. Adding watermarks in the Print, Slideshow, and Web modules
      1m 20s
    5. Making creative watermarks
      3m 20s
    6. IPTC Extension metadata
      1m 16s
    7. Exporting by file size and with watermarks
      1m 51s
    8. Exporting collections
      3m 22s
    9. Ejecting an external hard drive
      2m 0s
  11. 1m 44s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 15s
    2. What's next
      29s

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