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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.
Here we want to take a look at how we can modify some of our playback options. So let's close the Titles panel and then open up the Playback panel. Now one of the great new things with Lightroom 3 is how we add a soundtrack or audio files to our slideshows. So here we'll click on the Soundtrack option and what you can do is you can simply select the music by clicking on this button. This is no longer tied to your iTunes Library on the Mac operating system. So here we'll simply go to our music file. I'm going to select this mp3 and then click Choose.
What this will do is it will figure out the duration of this particular song. Here we have the song name. It's an mp3 file and what we can do is we can say, you know what, I want the slideshow, which I'm going to use of all of these photos, I want it to fit to the music. So I'll simply click on Fit to Music. What it will then do is modify the slide duration so that these slides will play for an appropriate amount of time, so that they will go throughout the entirety of this full song. Now if we decide to change the Fade, let's say if we want a little bit of a shorter fade, a really quick fade, well now when we click Fit to Music, notice how it modifies the slide duration here, so that the slides will last a long enough time, so again that it goes throughout the entirety of the song, and this is really nice so that we can sync things up a little bit more effectively.
So just have a bit of fun playing with these controls, modify them and then click Fit to Music in order to get just the right mix here. All right, well what about Playback Screen? Well currently I have two monitors connected to my computer. Here you can see this is the target current monitor. This one's a little bit smaller, and this one's a little bit bigger. Well, if I want to change which monitor the slideshow will be played back on, I can simply click on the monitor. Now once I do that, you notice that it's changing the overall layout.
That's one of the reasons why I wanted to leave these guides on, because in this case, let's say on this layout it might be nice to have a little bit of a bigger photograph here so it takes up much more space, and I can increase the height there and then change the overall position, because on this particular monitor I need more image. Now if I want to change this back, simply click back to the other monitor and here we can also make changes in regards to how we're going to display the photo on this particular monitor. Another thing that you can do is blank out other screens.
So if you have two monitors and if you want to play the slideshow here and you don't want anyone to be distracted by your other monitor, you can simply blank that out, and this works especially well if you have a laptop and if you're projecting with a projector. Here you can define or determine where you want to have this particular slideshow be shown. All right, let's go ahead and scroll down just a bit and focus on just a few more options. We've already started to explore how we can work with slide duration. What's interesting about this is we can simply modify these sliders and we can also change the fade color and typically, what you want to do is choose something that makes sense with your slideshow.
Well here, what we have is black, and this will work really well. So if we click on black, that fade then will feed through that black color. Again just make sure to choose something, which fits the overall context of your slideshow, the backdrop and the images. Another option is for Random Ordering. In this case, it will randomize your images. Now you may be thinking, well why would you ever want to do that? Because typically you want to control the narrative of a slideshow, you want to lead someone through your photographs. Well yes that's definitely true.
Yet in other situations, let's say you photograph a wedding, and you want to quickly put up some images for all the guests to enjoy. Well in those cases if you turn on Random Order it might be a nice touch, because a slideshow which might only last five minutes will all of a sudden seem fresh and new. It will feel like there are more images because it's randomly selecting different files in order to display. Now we also have the option to repeat the slideshow and again this can be helpful if you wanted to go again and again.
Now in other situations you may find that repeating it is going to be overkill, so you may need to turn that option off. All right, well the last thing you want to turn on is Prepare Previews in Advance. This way there won't be any lag time in regards to displaying and viewing the photographs. All right, well now that we've dialed in all of these different options, let's go ahead and explore how we can export the slideshow, so that other people can view it.
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