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Lightroom 5: 04 Creating Slideshows

with Tim Grey

Video: Playing a quick slideshow

Learn how to create slideshows of your photographs to share with family, friends, and clients with the Slideshow module in Lightroom.
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Lightroom 5: 04 Creating Slideshows
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Learn how to create slideshows of your photographs to share with family, friends, and clients with the Slideshow module in Lightroom. Tim Grey's Lightroom 5 series continues with an in-depth look at creating a basic slideshow and then adding custom text overlays, backdrops, and music cues. Plus, learn how to save your slideshow in a variety of formats, including PDF and video.

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Playing a quick slideshow

Slideshows have become a popular way for sharing images in a digital form, and Lightroom makes it very easy to create slideshows. And in fact, incredibly simple to create slideshows on the fly. Let's take a look at a quick process for sharing a basic slideshow. The first step is to make sure that the film strip down at the bottom of the Lightroom interface is populated with the images that you want to share in your slideshow.

Among other things, that might mean navigating to a particular folder on your hard drive, for example. Or, perhaps navigating to a particular collection that you've created for purposes of that slideshow. And it might also involve filtering the images. So, at the moment, for example, I've navigated to an Alaska folder that contains some images captured in Alaska. And I might want to filter those images so that, perhaps, I'm only seeing images with a one star or greater star rating. In this case, that happens to be all of the demo images in that folder, but the point is that we can navigate to and filter our images, so that the film strip contains only those images that we actually want to present in the slideshow.

We can then play an impromptu slideshow right on the fly, right here from within the library module. There's an option for that on the menu. If you go to the Window menu, you can choose Impromptu Slideshow. But you'll also notice there's a keyboard shortcut for that. We can press Ctrl+Enter on Windows or Cmd+Enter on Macintosh, in order to play that impromptu slideshow. So with the images I want in my impromptu slideshow populating the film strip, I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Enter or Cmd+Enter on the keyboard, and Lightroom will begin that basic slideshow presentation.

So you can see that the first image is displayed, and after a few seconds it will transition to the next image, and so on, through all of the images that are on the filmstrip at the moment. I can then press the Escape key at any time if I'd like to cancel out of that slideshow. Now, notice, of course, that in the case of the first image, I actually have added a caption. We'll see that caption put to use here in just a moment, because the other technique for presenting the slideshow quickly is actually something that's not just for quick slideshows.

In other words, it's not just for situations where you don't really want to worry too much about the particular format of the slideshow. In fact, this quick technique works great, once you've defined particular settings that you'd like to use consistently for your slideshows. The basic process involves of course, initially populating that film strip with the images you want to share in your slideshow. In this case, I've already done that. I can then switch to the Slideshow module by clicking Slideshow from the module picker up on the top panel.

And then I'll simply choose a particular template that I would like to use for my slideshow, and then having done that, making sure that the Use All Filmstrip Photos option is selected from the toolbar below the Preview area. I can simply click the play button down at the bottom right of the right panel. And you can see that my caption is presented at the bottom of the image, in this particular case, the template also includes a star rating for each image. So again, I've simply allowed the images that I want to present in my slideshow to populate the film strip.

Then go to the Slideshow module, choose a template, and click the play button. And once again, at any time, I can press the Escape key in order to get out of that slideshow and back into the Lightroom interface. So as you can see, through either the impromptu slideshow or simply using a template in the slideshow module, it's very easy to present a slideshow quickly in Lightroom.

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