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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.
After polling hundreds and hundreds of photographers, Adobe discovered that while a lot of photographers, whether amateur or pro, they liked the Slideshow module, but they just didn't use it very often. And what they really wanted was the ability to export their slideshows so that they could share their photographs with a wider audience. Well, Adobe listened and what they did is they created a new export feature which allows us to export these to a video format. We also have the ability to export our slideshows to PDF.
Let's go ahead and take a look at these two options First the PDF. Well, here, we'll go ahead and click on Export PDF. You see it says ... right after PDF. Whenever you see dots, it means a dialog is going to be open when we click on that button. So here we have our Export Slideshow to PDF. I'll go ahead and call this one sayulita. Next, I can determine the Quality setting for the images. I can also define the Width and the Height. And in this case it's picking up my Width and Height from my monitor resolution, or I can choose other common sizes.
And I'll go ahead and choose a different size here, just for the fun of it. Now, we can choose to Automatically show to fullscreen. And then all that we need to do to save this out is simply click Export. Now, the great thing about this is that, once you click Export, it will show us the progress up here. Once this has been completed, that progress bar will disappear. Next, let's take a look at Export Video. Here we'll click on that button in order to export our slideshow to a video format. Now, what's interesting about this is that this is going to export the slideshow, all of these still images and our audio file, if we so choose, to that MPEG-4 format.
This is a great video format. We can use different presets in regards to the size that we're going to choose. What's helpful here is that if choose a video preset, you'll notice below it gives us some information about how this preset might work. For example, let's choose 480 x 320. Here this is optimized for mobile devices, such as iPhone, iPod Touch, etcetera. So all that we need to do is to select our video preset and I'll go ahead and give this one a name. I'll call this one sayulita_ipod. Next, I'll simply Export.
What this will do is it will then go through all of these different frames and build out this video. Now, in order to view this, all that I need to do is to open up my Finder and there you can see I have that PDF file and I have that video file. Well, here on my Mac operating system, to play this video back all that I need to do is to press the Spacebar key. When I press the Spacebar key, I get a little preview of this. And here with this preview, we can see we have this nice slideshow. And we were able to create this without a lot of effort.
And the amazing thing about this is that the transitions look good and the slideshow is exactly as it appeared, as I was working inside of the Slideshow module. All right. Well, here I'll go ahead and click the Close button in order to exit out of this and then go back to Lightroom. Well, the wonderful thing about working with slideshows is that this gives us a whole new opportunity, a whole new way to share our photographs with others. I can't tell you how many times I've shared photographs with other people on my iPhone. But now by creating slideshows, which have audio in the mix, sometimes that can create even more drama or visual interest.
It can build up certain images in different ways. You can tell different types of stories. So now my closing thought is while we've covered how we can work with the Slideshow module in regards to the different settings and tools and tips here, the real challenge or the real fun is putting some slideshows together. And if you haven't ever done this, I encourage you to do so and begin to explore how you can tell a particular story by bringing together a group of your photographs and using these different slideshow controls in order to create a dynamic slideshow.
Now, just as a side note, if you happen to create some slideshows and post them out there on the World Wide Web, be sure to send me a link. I would love to see your photography, and I would love to see the different types of creative slideshows that you come up with while using the Slideshow module in Lightroom 3.
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