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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.
Let's continue to explore how we can customize our slideshows. Now here we have a bBackdrop, which is just too busy. So what I'm going to do is turn off the Background Image, then I'll go ahead and change my Background Color to something nice and dark, and I tend to like to have slideshows with a nice black background. Next, let's go ahead and modify the size of the slideshow area, just to dedicate a little bit more space to the photograph. All right, well so far so good. Here I'll close the Backdrop panel and open up the Overlays panel, and what's interesting with the overlays is that what we can do is actually add information on top of or around our photograph.
Here you can see we can add an identity plate. What you can do with your identity plate is actually approach it and click and drag it to a new spot. You can also extend this or expand how your identity plate appears. In this case, it's a simple text field. Now the great thing about this is we can change its Cclor by clicking on Override Color and here we can modify it, make it black or white or perhaps fill this with a color. And you'll notice that we can click and drag this around to different areas of our photograph, changing its overall size and position. Now in this case what I want to do is modify this so it says chris orwig photography.
To do that, we'll click in the Identity Plate field. I'll go ahead and choose Edit. This will then open up my Identity Plate Editor and I'm going to change this, deleting what's there, and then I'll go ahead and type out Chris Orwig Photography. Next I'll simply click OK. Well now here we have a completely different identity plate. The great thing about this is we can also lower the Opacity if we want something a little bit more subtle, so that it doesn't overpower the images. In this case I'll just take this down to something that's nice and light gray. I'll decrease the size or the Scale there and then reposition to just the right spot.
Now we can also include this behind the images, so that if there is an image that conflicts with the identity plate, the identity plate will always be behind the photograph. Another great thing that you can do is you can add watermarks to your photographs, and this is new to Lightroom 3. Simply click on the Watermarking option and then go ahead and choose one of your watermarks that you've already created. In this case, I've chose this one which is pretty big which has my copyright information, and the great thing about this is that as we scroll through our images, we can evaluate and see how this watermark is going to work on these type of photographs, and sometimes what you'll discover is that you might want to change your watermark, because perhaps it's covering up something really important, and in order to do that, all that you need to do is to go back to your Watermarking Options and then here you simply choose Edit Watermarks and there are a number of different ways that you can customize this, so that it appears in a different place, so that you have different opacity and also you can change the overall size and anchor point.
Let's say we want something a little bit lower in the frame. We can then select that option there. Click Save and we'll go ahead and call this one copyright Chris Orwig - anchor bottom. Next I'll click Create, and there we can see we have another option and again sometimes you'll find this will work and other times you may discover that you want to go back to one of your previously created watermarks. No big deal. Simply select it here. Then again, this can be simply a nice way to protect your slideshows or to add some branding to the overall project.
All right, well I'm going to turn that option off and then look at our next option in regards to overlays. We also have the ability to addrating stars. This can be helpful if we want to show a slideshow so that people know what we think of this image. For example, with this photograph I'm going to press the 5 key in order to add a five-star rating. Next, I'll go to the color chip and click on this. I'm going to change this to white and once I've changed this to white, you'll see those five stars in the upper left-hand corner. Now those are pretty tricky to see because I have a white border. Well no big deal.
We can change the size there by simply using the Scale slider, and now we can see those star rating up in the top left-hand corner. We can also lower the Opacity if we want this to be a little bit more subtle, so that someone can enjoy the photograph yet know what we think of it in regards to our overall pick or rating status. Well here, with this type of slideshow it's a little bit irrelevant, so I'll turn off that option. Another choice we have has to do with text overlays. If we want to include any other text in the file, we can then choose how we want that to appear in regards to its font size and opacity.
It's pretty straightforward. Next, let's scroll down and take a look at just one more option. The other option we have is Shadow. So what I'll do is go ahead and click on the Shadow option and here we can see that we can modify the shadow, and in this case we have a shadow which is coming off the text which you can't really identify. To view that, let's go back to Backdrop and here we'll choose a different backdrop color, in this case I'll choose white. Now once I chose the white color, I can't really modify this very well because I can't see the text field. So I need to go back and here we'll scroll all the way back up to our identity plate.
In this case, I want to override the color with something a bit darker and so I'll choose that option there. Here I'm going to crank up the Opacity so I have this really nice and black, and I'm going to make this a lot bigger so that we can evaluate how this will work. All right, well, let's scroll down to Shadow. Well now that we've made these changes, you can see that you can control the shadow behind that text field. You can see that we now have that drop shadow. We can bring the offset a little bit closer, or we can increase the radius or the size of that and diffuse the shadow a little bit more, and of course, we can always modify the angle.
Typically what you want to do is have a consistent angle with your drop shadows, wherever you're positioning this, so that it works well with the rest of the image. All right, well in this case, I don't really like the drop shadow so I'm going to turn that option off. I'll go ahead and make this much smaller, bring it back to a little bit more of a reasonable size here and next I'm going to turn off my text overlay, which was too prominent down below here in the file, and again I want to try to create a slideshow which has a bit more style. So in other words, I want to create a slideshow which has less information and is a little bit more about the photographs.
The final thing I'm going to do here is go back and change the overall backdrop color. So let's change that back to black so we have this nice black backdrop and what we need to do from there is of course change our identity plate color, and we'll override this and change this to white so that we can see that, or we might want to choose one of these other gray colors and then simply lower the Opacity. And a lot of times it's a nice idea to have a darker background around your slideshows, especially if it's going to be projected, because visually what we do is we disregard black or white.
So in this case, by having that, we can really focus in on the photograph. All right, well there's a few more things to do here with this slideshow. Let's go ahead and explore how we can take this even further, and we'll do that in the next movie.
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