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Customizing overlay elements for the slideshow

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Video: Customizing overlay elements for the slideshow

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.

Customizing overlay elements for the slideshow

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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  1. 2m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 4s
  2. 17m 59s
    1. Creative tip: Using Lightroom
      1m 31s
    2. An overview of Lightroom
      3m 53s
    3. Photographic workflow puzzle
      2m 36s
    4. Why use Lightroom?
      6m 25s
    5. Lightroom and Photoshop
      3m 34s
  3. 29m 34s
    1. The Lightroom interface
      3m 19s
    2. Essential interface shortcuts
      4m 50s
    3. Using the interface shortcuts
      5m 4s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      2m 41s
    5. Using a graphic identity plate
      4m 44s
    6. Changing the panel end marks
      2m 12s
    7. Creating a custom panel end mark
      2m 54s
    8. Changing the image background
      1m 46s
    9. Modifying other interface preferences
      2m 4s
  4. 49m 43s
    1. Importing and file formats
      4m 35s
    2. Importing preferences
      2m 36s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      6m 27s
    4. Catalog, import, and preview preferences
      6m 40s
    5. Importing photos from a folder
      5m 44s
    6. Creating a metadata preset
      4m 45s
    7. Importing photos from a CF card
      9m 16s
    8. Using Auto Import
      3m 53s
    9. Using multiple hard drives
      4m 14s
    10. Creative tip: Discard
      1m 33s
  5. 11m 17s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      3m 46s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      7m 31s
  6. 40m 30s
    1. Working in Grid view and Loupe view
      3m 0s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      5m 14s
    3. Shortcuts in Loupe view and Grid view
      1m 39s
    4. Customizing Loupe view and Grid view
      2m 46s
    5. Comparing two images
      4m 55s
    6. Surveying multiple images
      5m 20s
    7. Working with the toolbar in Grid view and Loupe view
      3m 58s
    8. Working with folders and files in the Library module
      6m 25s
    9. Using dual monitors
      7m 13s
  7. 27m 28s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      4m 27s
    2. Working with catalogs
      3m 19s
    3. Exporting catalogs
      1m 44s
    4. Updating legacy catalogs
      3m 2s
    5. The relationship between the raw and DNG catalogs
      3m 8s
    6. Working with raw files in Lightroom
      3m 53s
    7. Working with DNG files in Lightroom
      6m 5s
    8. Creative tip: Using the right gear
      1m 50s
  8. 9m 43s
    1. Using Quick Develop in the Library module
      2m 37s
    2. Synchronizing processing settings across multiple images
      3m 32s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      1m 45s
    4. Applying white balance and auto tone adjustments
      1m 49s
  9. 35m 28s
    1. Introducing flags, stars, and labels
      5m 0s
    2. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      6m 34s
    3. Adding images to a Quick Collection
      2m 11s
    4. Integrating collections with your workflow
      5m 13s
    5. Grouping images with collections
      3m 7s
    6. Using Smart Collections
      4m 39s
    7. Sorting images
      3m 0s
    8. Renaming images
      2m 1s
    9. Stacking images
      3m 43s
  10. 18m 44s
    1. Adding keywords
      4m 51s
    2. Working with the keyword list
      2m 51s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      2m 26s
    4. Keywording with the spray can
      1m 48s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      3m 58s
    6. Adding copyright metadata
      2m 50s
  11. 17m 46s
    1. Filtering overview
      3m 49s
    2. Locking library filter options
      1m 38s
    3. Filtering based on text
      2m 0s
    4. Filtering by metadata
      6m 13s
    5. Filtering your photos using the Metadata panel
      2m 7s
    6. New filtering criteria in Lightroom 3
      1m 59s
  12. 45m 24s
    1. Exporting images
      6m 19s
    2. Export quality and watermark options
      2m 3s
    3. Exporting movies
      5m 13s
    4. External editing preferences and considerations
      2m 56s
    5. Editing preferences
      5m 6s
    6. Editing photos in Photoshop
      5m 4s
    7. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      3m 30s
    8. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      2m 16s
    9. Merging multiple images in Photoshop
      3m 34s
    10. Creating a panorama
      2m 20s
    11. Working with a CMYK photo
      7m 3s
  13. 15m 37s
    1. Setting up Flickr services
      3m 45s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 35s
    3. Working with comments
      1m 49s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 38s
    5. Creative tip: Visual poetry
      50s
  14. 39m 26s
    1. Develop module overview
      5m 45s
    2. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      3m 46s
    3. Comparing the before and after
      2m 33s
    4. Resetting images to their default settings
      2m 24s
    5. Using the Develop module presets
      3m 10s
    6. Using Snapshot and History
      5m 10s
    7. Using the Histogram
      4m 6s
    8. Working with collections
      4m 25s
    9. Introducing virtual copies
      2m 22s
    10. Creating virtual copies
      2m 46s
    11. Introducing the Develop module tool strip
      2m 59s
  15. 50m 0s
    1. Understanding white balance and color temperature
      3m 10s
    2. Correcting white balance with a ColorChecker
      3m 11s
    3. Using the White Balance tool
      2m 36s
    4. Creative uses of white balance
      3m 47s
    5. Demystifying the tone controls
      3m 39s
    6. Using the tone controls
      3m 45s
    7. Recovering detail in highlights
      2m 29s
    8. Working with vibrance and saturation
      4m 11s
    9. Making color adjustments with the Vibrance and Saturation sliders
      4m 28s
    10. Creative uses of vibrance and saturation
      3m 12s
    11. Understanding clarity
      3m 20s
    12. Working with clarity
      3m 51s
    13. The standard Basic panel workflow
      4m 4s
    14. Synchronizing basic settings across multiple images
      4m 17s
  16. 23m 58s
    1. Creative tip: Why crop?
      1m 50s
    2. Cropping an image
      4m 18s
    3. Straightening with the Crop tool
      3m 51s
    4. Working with the Crop Overlay tool
      3m 18s
    5. Changing the aspect ratio of an image
      1m 38s
    6. Auditioning different aspect ratios
      1m 56s
    7. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 49s
    8. Using Crop to improve a composition
      5m 18s
  17. 11m 16s
    1. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      5m 43s
    2. Retouching away dust on a lens
      3m 22s
    3. Fixing red-eye
      2m 11s
  18. 22m 59s
    1. Introducing the Graduated filter
      4m 37s
    2. Darkening a sky with the Graduated filter
      4m 31s
    3. Enhancing a landscape with the Graduated filter
      3m 33s
    4. Improving a portrait with the Graduated filter
      5m 14s
    5. Increasing color variety and saturation with the Graduated filter
      3m 50s
    6. Creative tip: Tenacity
      1m 14s
  19. 44m 2s
    1. Adjustment Brush overview
      7m 4s
    2. Essential Adjustment Brush shortcuts
      3m 33s
    3. Enhancing makeup color
      4m 14s
    4. Whitening and brightening teeth
      3m 17s
    5. Improving eyes
      5m 57s
    6. Softening and smoothing skin
      7m 10s
    7. Brightening and improving shadows
      3m 5s
    8. Darkening lips and cheeks
      3m 25s
    9. Correcting overall exposure
      3m 48s
    10. Subtly correcting exposure
      2m 29s
  20. 16m 9s
    1. Demystifying the tone curve controls
      5m 15s
    2. Increasing contrast and color with the tone curve controls
      4m 46s
    3. Correcting exposure with the tone curve controls
      4m 34s
    4. Creative tip: Shoot what matters
      1m 34s
  21. 26m 53s
    1. Understanding the HSL controls
      5m 2s
    2. Using the HSL Target Adjustment tool
      3m 44s
    3. Brightening tones with HSL
      1m 36s
    4. Using HSL to increase warm tones
      3m 4s
    5. Using HSL to increase warm and cool tones
      2m 56s
    6. Creative color with HSL
      2m 57s
    7. Desaturating color with HSL
      3m 27s
    8. Using the Color panel
      4m 7s
  22. 23m 34s
    1. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      2m 15s
    2. Understanding Black & White Mix
      2m 21s
    3. Converting to black and white
      4m 10s
    4. Black-and-white workflow with virtual copies
      3m 35s
    5. Enhancing black-and-white images with the Adjustment Brush
      3m 7s
    6. Using presets to convert to black and white
      3m 12s
    7. Creating a black-and-white collection
      4m 54s
  23. 10m 54s
    1. Understanding split toning
      3m 37s
    2. Advanced split-toning tips
      4m 10s
    3. Split-toning a color image
      3m 7s
  24. 21m 27s
    1. Introducing noise reduction
      3m 26s
    2. Introducing sharpening
      3m 42s
    3. Sharpening in Lightroom
      5m 44s
    4. Advanced sharpening in Lightroom and Photoshop
      5m 4s
    5. Removing chromatic aberration
      3m 31s
  25. 24m 54s
    1. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 53s
    2. Enhancing images with lens correction
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing vignette settings across multiple images
      2m 32s
    4. Combining lens correction, Lightroom, and Photoshop
      3m 36s
    5. Adding a post-crop vignette
      3m 57s
    6. Adding film grain with the Effects panel
      5m 50s
  26. 7m 37s
    1. Understanding Camera Calibration in Lightroom
      4m 46s
    2. Creative color with Camera Calibration
      2m 51s
  27. 38m 28s
    1. Basic Develop module workflow
      7m 28s
    2. Workflow for converting to black and white
      10m 11s
    3. Workflow project: Surfing
      6m 8s
    4. Workflow project: Portrait
      4m 58s
    5. Workflow project: Portrait details
      8m 39s
    6. Creative tip: Go outside
      1m 4s
  28. 36m 31s
    1. Creating a collection to make a slideshow
      3m 56s
    2. Selecting the best images for the slideshow
      3m 17s
    3. Customizing the layout of the slideshow
      3m 34s
    4. Customizing the background of the slideshow
      4m 14s
    5. Customizing overlay elements for the slideshow
      6m 39s
    6. Creating titles for the slideshow
      2m 27s
    7. Playing back the slideshow
      4m 24s
    8. Previewing the slideshow
      4m 0s
    9. Exporting the slideshow to different formats
      4m 0s
  29. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a collection of images to print
      3m 20s
    2. Laying out images into preset templates
      4m 34s
    3. Customizing the layout of a single image
      4m 26s
    4. Choosing page options for a single image
      6m 8s
    5. Specifying the print job options for a single image
      6m 19s
    6. Creating a custom package
      4m 36s
    7. Creating a picture package
      4m 16s
    8. Printing one image quickly
      1m 42s
    9. Creating a custom print template
      4m 34s
    10. Effective print workflow
      8m 39s
  30. 32m 3s
    1. Creating a collection of images for a web gallery
      5m 18s
    2. Using web gallery templates
      3m 27s
    3. Customizing a web gallery
      6m 49s
    4. Uploading a web gallery
      4m 19s
    5. Creating color and black-and-white galleries
      3m 48s
    6. Uploading color and black-and-white galleries
      3m 32s
    7. Online web gallery resources
      2m 53s
    8. Domain name and hosting overview
      1m 57s
  31. 3m 26s
    1. Online resources and the Lightroom Newsletter
      2m 55s
    2. Goodbye
      31s

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