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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.
In the previous movie, I discussed how we could customize which photographs we would include in our slideshow. And there's one more thing that I wanted to point out. If you want to organize your collection, in regards to the sort order of these images, you can of course click and drag to move around your images. Or if you want even more control, what you can do is go back to the Library module. Let's do that really quickly here. Press the G key to go back to the Library module. Then let's change the Sort Order. Here, rather than User Order, I want to sort these based on their aspect ratio.
Well, now that I've done that, you can see that I have this Aspect Ratio where all the verticals are showing up first, and then the horizontal photographs are showing up second. Well, I can change this and flip the order by simply clicking on this icon here so that I now have all of those horizontal or landscape orientation photographs showing up first, and then the other images showing up second. And the great thing about this is we can customize this order in some pretty unique ways. Now if we don't like the default ordering here, we can also click and drag.
Let's say we want to open up with this image. Well, then we'll click and drag that to the first spot. So we can modify what we're seeing here as well, as using some of these sort orders. In other words, we can combine the sorting skills that we have together, clicking and dragging, and also using some of these prebuilt tools which help us sort our photographs. All right, well, enough on that. Let's navigate over to the Slideshow module. Here in the Slideshow module, I want to start to customize the way that this looks. So I'll go ahead and select an image that I like.
And in this case, I like the vivid colors of this particular garage door. I'll go ahead and expand the Options panel, and take a look at some of the controls that we have here. Now the first control is Zoom to Fill Frame. Let's click on that option and see what happens. Well, here it's zooming to fill the frame, but we don't really know what the frame is. Well, how can we define that? One of the things that you can do is open up the Layout panel. Now in the Layout panel, we'll turn on Show Guides. This will then show us that frame. Well, in this case, let's say that we don't really like the position of the frame.
Well, what we might want to do is hover over one of the frame guidelines, and then we can just simply click and drag in order to change this. Currently, all of these are linked or locked together. To unlink them, simply click on this check box here. Next, you can hover over these guidelines, and you can resize these in some pretty interesting ways in order to change the overall layout of the slideshow. You can also click on the image in order to determine which portion of the photograph will show inside of this frame. Now if we click off Zoom to Fill Frame, what we're going to see is rather than zooming in to fill the outer edge of the frame, it's just going to be the native file size, i.e. no cropping.
So here, once again, we can click and drag, and as we click and drag, no matter what we do, you'll notice that the image will always fit exactly inside of that frame. And the great thing about this is that it will center the image as well, whether vertically or horizontally. All right, well, the next option has to do with adding a border. We can add a border here. You can see that currently it's black. If I click on this color picker here, I'll choose white so that we can see that and then close that option. Here in this case, I'll increase the overall size of that, so we can see that border even more clearly.
All right, well the next option we have has to do with casting a shadow. So in this case, we can't really see the shadow at all because the backdrop is black. So let's explore how we can modify that in the next movie.
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