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Creating a basic slideshow


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Up and Running with Lightroom 3

with Jan Kabili

Video: Creating a basic slideshow

One of the most fun ways to review your photos, or to share your photos with other people, is in a slideshow. I'd like to show you how to make a real barebones slideshow here in the Slideshow module. To start, I'm going to jump back to the Library module, and there I'm going to select this folder full of photos, because I want to make a collection of them. I'll select them all, and then I'll go down to the Collections panel, and I'm going to click this Plus sign, and I'm going to choose Create Collection, and I'll call these 'denver art museum'.

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Up and Running with Lightroom 3
2h 44m Beginner May 06, 2011

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In this course, Jan Kabili provides an approachable introduction to organizing, editing, and sharing photos in Lightroom. The course offers a quick-start approach to the basics, from importing photos from a camera or a hard drive, to managing photos in the Library module, to improving photos by adjusting exposure, recovering details from highlights and shadows, sharpening, and more. Jan also includes a look at popular Lightroom features for sharing photos: exporting, printing, and creating slideshows.

Topics include:
  • Understanding Lightroom catalogs
  • Importing photos from multiple sources
  • Organizing photos with ratings, keywords, and collections
  • Working with virtual copies
  • Making basic corrections to photo color and tone
  • Making local photo edits with the Adjustment Brush and Graduated Filter tools
  • Removing spots from multiple photos at once
  • Reducing digital noise and sharpening
  • Cropping and straightening
  • Printing and exporting edited photos
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Lightroom Lightroom
Author:
Jan Kabili

Creating a basic slideshow

One of the most fun ways to review your photos, or to share your photos with other people, is in a slideshow. I'd like to show you how to make a real barebones slideshow here in the Slideshow module. To start, I'm going to jump back to the Library module, and there I'm going to select this folder full of photos, because I want to make a collection of them. I'll select them all, and then I'll go down to the Collections panel, and I'm going to click this Plus sign, and I'm going to choose Create Collection, and I'll call these 'denver art museum'.

I'm going to include the selected photos in this collection, but I won't make virtual copies. And I'll click Create. So you'll remember from the earlier movie on collections that a collection is not a folder, it doesn't move any files; it's just a virtual grouping, pointers to these files. The reason I've created this collection is that I think this is the easiest place in which to move files around, to change the order of them. I could do it in the filmstrip that's available in the Slideshow module, but that's really hard to see. It's small and down at the bottom of the screen.

So I'm going to click off of all of these photos to deselect them, and then I'll take the first one that I want to have at the beginning of the slideshow and drag it to the beginning. I'll put this at the end, this at the middle, and a couple of my favorites up closer to the front. Great! So I'm happy with that order, and now, without having to select these files, I'm going to jump back to the Slideshow module. And what's really nice is that there is a Collections panel here in the Slideshow module, and it's got the same collections that I just made back in the Library module, so this is a great way to share files between these modules.

So now, take a look at the Slideshow module, and you'll see that it's the same setup as the Print module, Develop, and Library modules. These panels on the left and right surround a big window with the photo in it, and at the top is the bar with the module picker, and down here at the bottom, there is a filmstrip, and I can see all the slides in order in the filmstrip. To make a really basic slideshow, I like to use a Template Browser, and this is very similar to the Template Browsers that we saw in the last movie in the Print module. The Template Browser panel is over here.

I'll click on its header to open it. And here is a small section of slideshow templates. Of all of these, this is the simplest, Crop To Fill. So I'm going to select it, and you can see now in the center, this is exactly what a slide in a Crop To Fill Template looks like. It's just a photo that fills an entire slide; it couldn't get simpler than that. So now I'm going to go over and look at the options and see if I can change this in some way. Well, of course there are lots of ways to change it, but the fact is, really don't want to.

I'd like to make this as quick and easy as possible. This is the kind of slideshow that I might use if I were just reviewing my own photos. So, first I want to show you what's here in the Options panel. This particular template enables this feature Zoom to Fill Frame. So if I uncheck that, you can see that this photo isn't really as wide as this entire slideshow frame. And what Zoom to Fill Frame does is just magnify the image a little bit, so that both dimensions fill the frame. And that's okay just for a quick slideshow, so I'll check that again.

Now, here are some options I'm not going to apply, so I'll close the Options panel, and most of these panels have nothing that I'm going to use. The Layout panel, the Overlays panel, where I could add text in an identity plate, I could add watermarking or stars. The Backdrop panel has some options, but they're not really relevant because you can't see the backdrop in this Crop To Fill template. The entire slide is filled with photo. Now, here is something that is useful, the titles.

Even on a simple slideshow, I like to have an intro screen and an ending screen, so I'll check Intro Screen. It will be black, and I'd like there to be some text on top of it, so I'm going to go down and edit the Identity Plate that's going to contribute that text, by clicking the white arrow and choosing Edit, and I'll just type 'Denver Art Museum'. I can quickly see in this first slide that's here for just a second that the text is too small, so I'm going to scale it up.

That slide comes back to let me scale like this. And for the ending screen, I'll have that black and I'll add an identity plate. I'll edit, and I'm going to say 'Photos by JFK'; that's me. And I'll click OK. There's one more panel to look at. Here I could add some music to the slideshow. I'm not going to bother to do it, but it's a nice touch. And I can even fit the length of the music to the slideshow, which I like.

I do want to set the slide duration, because I don't want you to have to sit through a long gap between slides. Normally, I don't think 4 seconds is bad, but I'm really going to shorten that for purposes of this movie, and I'll also shorten the duration of the transition between slides. There's going to be a short fade between slides, and that fade will be black. The next option isn't relevant, and I'm going to uncheck Repeat because I don't want the slideshow to repeat, and I'll leave this option selected. And now I really am done making a slideshow.

That's all there is to it. I'm going to click the Play button, and let's see what we have. Not bad for a few minutes work. Now, you have to imagine some great music in the background, and that these slides would normally come in a lot slower so you would have time to actually look at each one. And it's so nice to be able to see it full screen on this big monitor, and that's the default behavior. When it's done, I'll press Escape on my keyboard, and that takes me right back into Lightroom.

So that is a really nice way to view your own slides. And if you like those slides, why not share them with other people? There are two ways to do that. You can export either in the PDF format, which pretty much anybody can open and view, or in video format, by clicking these buttons and just going through the fields in their short dialog boxes. So that's how really quick and easy it is to make a barebones slideshow. Maybe you'll give it a try with your own images.

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