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You can take the greatest photos ever captured, but it probably won't mean much until you get them out there where people can see them. In this workshop from digital imaging guru Tim Grey, discover how to use Adobe Lightroom 4 to share your images with the world. Tim begins with the basics, like selecting images for sharing and working with collections, watermarks, and identity plates. Then he shows how to publish your photos to the web, whether you want to upload images to Facebook or Flickr or create your own web galleries. Tim also covers creating photo books and slideshows and offers advice on getting the highest-quality prints.
At it's most basic creating a slideshow in Lightroom is simply a matter of selecting the images you want to include in that slideshow. And then in the slideshow module choosing the template the playing the slideshow. But of course you can fine tune the appearance o that slideshow by changing the settings for the template on the right panel. Let's take a look at the settings that we can use to fine tune the appearance of our slideshow. At the top of the right panel, we'll find the options section, the first control here, allows us to zoom all of our images, so that they entirely fill the frame.
Now this can be a little bit of a challenge for vertical images. Because obviously we'll be losing a considerable amount of the photo by cropping it effectively to fit the frame size. So generally speaking, I don't use this option, but it is an option that you can use if you'd like. I'll go ahead and click to turn off that option, though. We can also add a stroke border, in other words a faint line around the edge of each image. This can help to define the outer boundary of the image so that if a dark image is against a dark background or a light image against a light background.
It becomes a little bit easier to see the boundaries of the image. So since i"m working with a black background with a moment I might set that Stroke border to a white or nearly white stroke. And I can adjust the size of it as well in pixels, you can see that I can create a larger stroke or a smaller stroke. In this case I think I'll leave the stroke option turned off however, so I'll turn off that stroke border checkbox. We can also specify a cast shadow, this is a drop shadow that will appear around the image. Of course in this case a drop shadow against a black background is not going to show up but you can fine tune the settings including the opacity. The offset, in other words the distance from the image, the radius, which is the size of that shadow in pixels.
And the angle or the direction that the light seems to be coming from for the shadow. I'll leave that option turned on for the moment and then later we'll lighten up the background, so that we can actually see the shadow appear. We can also display guides that show us the boundary of the image that will be displayed. Now in this case I'm using the Wide screen template, and so the guides would effectively be at the outer boundary of the display area. I'll go ahead and bring those guides inward a little bit though, so that you can see, we can reduce the size of the image.
Or if I unlink all of these options, then I can adjust, for example, only the left or only the right. So if I wanted the slide show images do appear on one side of the display for any reason I can certainly do that. In this case however, I think I prefer the option for all of them to be set to a zero pixel boundary so that my images fill all of the available space. Of course with those settings it doesn't matter whether or not I have the guides turned on or off really. But I'll leave them turned on for now in case I decide to change that layout later.
Scrolling down, we have the Overlays section. Here we can specify that we want an identity plate to appear with our slideshow. I'll go ahead and turn on the identity plate for example. Now I have already created my own identity plate. Right now I have a Lightroom 4 graphic displayed as my identity plate. But I can change this to the Tim Grey photo identity plate. And that allows again for me to show some branding along with the slideshow. So if I were presenting images to a client perhaps I might want to have a reminder of who would produce those photos for them.
We can then fine tune the opacity of that display, so I can tone that down a little bit and adjust the scale as well. In other words, the size of that identity plate. I can also turn on the render behind image option if I want. I'll go ahead and switch to a horizontal image that will have some overlap there. And at the moment, you can see that my identity plate appears in front of the image. If I turn on the render behind the image option, however, then that identity plate will obscured by the image. So, for example in this case I will only see the entirity of that identity plate for vertical images.
I can also specify some additional items to present with my images. I can turn on the Water marking feature and then choose a watermarking template if I've created one. So for example I can have my name and website address up here with image. In this case at the bottom right corner of every image. I can also display ratings stars, so if I had assigned star ratings to an image those ratings can be displayed. I can choose which color the opacity and the size of those star ratings.
Generally speaking I wouldn't display start ratings when I was presenting a slideshow, but you may want to in some situations. For now I'll leave that option turned off. Scrolling down a little bit more we can see the controls for the text overlays and this allows us to present text as part of our overall slideshow. So for example if I wanted a title that displayed throughout the entire slideshow. I could I could specify that I want text overlays turned on I can then click the text tool and type in some text or use a metadata value.
For example, let's assume we want the Exposure information to be displayed for each image. I can then determine by dragging on the image where I want to anchor that particular text. I'll go ahead and anchor it at the bottom left, and I'll go ahead and also reduce the size. I'll click and drag on one of the corners and reduce the size of that text. And I can also adjust the color of the text by clicking the color swatch or reduce the opacity. And I can change the font chosing a specific font but also chosing which font face I want. Regular, Bold, italic or Bold-italic.
In this case, as much as I might like to see the exposure information. I think overall the text overlays might be a little distracting for this slide show. I've already added quite a bit of text as it is. So I'll go ahead and turn off the text overlays check box as well. And then in scrolling down we can a look at our backdrop option. Behind our images, the default is a simple black backdrop, but I can also add a background color if I'd like, so, for example, here is a shad of gray in the background. Or I can add a color wash and that color wash will give me a bit of a gradient effect.
I'll go ahead and switch this to black for example and then close the color wash pop up. And you can see that I'm going from a dark value, a black value at the top right, down to a lighter value. The actual background color at the bottom left. And of course, I can adjust the opacity of that presentation as well as the angle where that gradient is going to transition through. I think in this case, we're getting a little bit carried away with the effects that we're applying here. So, I'll go ahead and turn off the color wash. Note by the way that now that we've lightened up that background we can see the drop shadow back behind the image. Generally speaking I prefer not to use a drop shadow for my slideshows but again I wanted you to be able to see the effect within the presentation here. In this case, I actually think I'm actually going to turn off that background color, I was kind of liking that black background. But we could also, if we wanted to use a background Image. I'll turn on the Background Imagine option, and I could drag a Image into the box in this display area.
And adjust the opacity for that display. Now typically, I would either not use a background image, or I would only use a background image that had some form of texture that might compliment the subject. So not something that I use all that often, but it is a nice option to have. I'll go ahead and turn that off in this case. And in fact, I think I'm also going to turn off that Water marking, and I'll turn off the Identity plate. I just want a very simple slide show in this particular case. I do think though that maybe a lighter background might actually be nice. So I'll turn on the background color and I will set this to maybe sort of a medium gray.
And then I'll scroll back up and turn off that cast shadow option. So now I have a relatively straight forward slideshow with a gray background. So as you can see in terms of the presentation, the overall appearance of your slideshow. Lightroom gives us a pretty good degree of control in fine tuning how the images will appear to those who view our slideshows.
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