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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
One of the first steps in creating a slideshow is typically to create a collection. Here you can see, I'm in my folder, which is titled sayulita. These are some photographs that I took on a trip down to mainland Mexico. What I want to do is I want to turn these images into a slideshow. So, one of the first things you want to do is find the images that you want to work with. Next, let's go ahead and scroll down here. What I'm going to do is create a collection. So, I go ahead and click on the Plus icon, and then choose Create Collection. I'm going to name this collection Sayulita Slideshow.
Next, I want to include the selected photo, and no need to make a virtual copy here. I'll just use the photo as it is, and then click Create. Well, currently, I have a collection with one image in it. If I want to add more images to this, all that I need to do is to select them, then drag them to this Collection. Yet, before I do that, I want to illustrate something. If you have an image in a Collection, and let's take note of what it is, it's this photograph here of this top of this tombstone. If I delete this from the Collection, let's see what happens.
Here, I'll press the Delete key. It has now been removed from the Collection. Well, has that image been deleted from my Lightroom Catalog, and from my Hard Drive? Let's take a look. Well, if we navigate back to the sayulita folder, what we'll discover is that this image still exists in this folder. Here, I'll press the G key to go to the Grid view mode. You can see it's the first image there in that folder. So, what's nice about that is we can generously add images to selections. Then we can easily remove images that we don't want to work with by simply pressing the Delete or Backspace key.
So, because we know that, what I'm going to do is click on the first image. I'll go ahead and scroll down, hold down the Shift key, then click on the last image in this folder. Next, I'll simply click and drag these into that collection, so that my Sayulita Slideshow now has 41 images in it. Well, what we want to do next is we want to navigate to the Slideshow module. To do that, we'll click on Slideshow. All right, well, let's go ahead and take a look at some of our options here. Well, there are a few templates that we can choose from: Caption and Rating, Crop To Fill, Default, Exif Metadata and also Widescreen.
Well, in this case, let's go ahead and just choose Default. This gives us a little bit of space to work with. Next, we'll go ahead and close the Template browser, and also the Preview window, so we can focus in our Collections. We're currently targeting this Collection here, and we're just working on images in this particular area. So, what's nice about this is that we can scroll through here. What I'll do is go ahead and click on one of these images. As I click on these images, you notice that I'm viewing a different photograph in the slideshow. If we want to deselect the files, there are a couple of techniques that you can use.
One is on a Mac, to press Shift+Command +D, on Windows, to press Shift+Ctrl+D. That will deselect all of the other photographs. Now here, we can still click on images, or we can use our arrow keys to scroll through the photos. Now I want to create a slideshow which really captures some of the vivid colors that I discovered down in Sayulita. So, when I look at this image, I like it, but it's a bit too muted. It doesn't quite fit the set. So here, I'll simply press the Delete key, and I'm going to delete this from the filmstrip and from that particular collection.
Notice my collection now has 40 images in it. Just to confirm, let's go back to our Library module to make sure that wasn't deleted off the hard drive. Here, we'll click on Library. We'll go back to that sayulita folder. When we do that, we can see that image is indeed still here. It's still on the hard drive and still part of our Lightroom catalog. So, as you can see, you can be generous when you're creating those collections, because you can always modify them later. Well, let's go back to this collection and then make our way back to the Slideshow module, so that we can start to build out our slideshow, now that we've defined the images that we want to work with.
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