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Adding titles to a slideshow

From: Lightroom 4 Image Sharing Workshop

Video: Adding titles to a slideshow

In addition to being able to add text to the photographic images that we include in our slideshow, we can also include titles as part of the slideshow. Now in theory, you could create your own titles using Photoshop or some other Image Editing tool. And then, insert those titles as images in the slideshow. But we can also use titles within the slideshow itself for the opening and closing. I'll go ahead and scroll down on the right panel. I've already created a basic slideshow. I've selected images, I've started with a template, and I've fine-tuned my settings.

Adding titles to a slideshow

In addition to being able to add text to the photographic images that we include in our slideshow, we can also include titles as part of the slideshow. Now in theory, you could create your own titles using Photoshop or some other Image Editing tool. And then, insert those titles as images in the slideshow. But we can also use titles within the slideshow itself for the opening and closing. I'll go ahead and scroll down on the right panel. I've already created a basic slideshow. I've selected images, I've started with a template, and I've fine-tuned my settings.

So then, scrolling down to the Title section, I can specify an Intro Title and an Ending Screen Title for the slideshow presentation. I'll go ahead and turn on the Intro Screen check box, and that will allow me to have a Title Slide to open the slideshow. I can change the color of that backdrop if I'd like. I'll go ahead and keep that set to black, and I can add an Identity Plate. Now, if I turn the Add Identity Plate check box off, I will simply have a black screen in this case, that opens up the slideshow. So it starts entirely black, and then transitions into the first image in the slideshow.

But with that option turned on, I could choose from one of my existing templates for the identity plate. For example, my Tim Gray photo template. You'll see that, that title is displayed briefly as a preview. But I could also create a new identity plate. I'll go ahead and click the Edit button. And in the Identity Plate Editor, I can type a title for the slideshow. For example, I might call this Small Town Details. You'll noitice that I'm not seeing any of the text because at the moment the text is set to white. But I want the text to appear in white or maybe at a reduced opacity with white. So, I'll go ahead and select the text.

You can see now that the text is indeed there, and I can click that Color Swatch. I think I'll use a light shade of gray for this text. I could have left it at white, I would obviously need to double check later to make sure that I had typed the text correctly. But in this case, I think a shade of gray will work out pretty nicely for the text. I'll go ahead and click OK. You can see the text here. I've got the font established. I'll check the OK button there to accept that change and then I can adjust the scale. I'll go ahead and drag the Scale slider over to the right to increase the size of that display of the text that I'm using as my intro screen.

I can then go down to my ending screen. And I have the exact same setting. I can turn on the ending screen, change the background color and add an Identity Plate if I'd like to. Note, by the way, that with those identity plates we can also override the color. So, if I wanted to change the color after the fact, I could turn on that Override Color option. And then, for example, specify white or some shade of blue or whatever I'd like. But in this case, I'll leave the Override Color option turned off. For the ending screen, I think I will leave the Identity Plate option turned off.

I'll just use a black backdrop so that after the last image has been presented, it will simply transition into a black screen. With that, I have my titles established so that when I play my slideshow back, we'll start off with and opening title slide. And then, we'll end with a simple black frame. So obviously, we could fine tune as we see fit but this gives us a nice touch. And ability to add a title or a transition for the opening and closing of all of our slideshows.

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