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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.
Now that we have customized this slideshow, we're ready to preview this. We're ready to play it and evaluate this to see if it looks good. Well, one of the first things that I'm going to do is turn off the Soundtrack option just so we can focus in on the images. The next thing that I want to do is just select a few photographs so that this won't take as long. Here I'll click on one image. Hold down the Shift key then click on another in the Filmstrip. Next, what I want to use is just those selected photos. Well, what I want to do here is I want to play the slideshow. There are two ways to do this.
We can either press the button, or we can press the shortcut. Let's start off by simply clicking on Play. Now one of the things that we'll discover once we do this is that our slideshow will have a problem. I want to illustrate that problem, so I'm going to increase my Fade amount and also decrease the slide time there just a bit. All right, well, let's go ahead and hit Play. Well, now what we'll see is we have the nice opening slide. Next, it's going to go to the photographs. Well, here we can see the photograph in my identity plate. But watch what happens as it fades.
It fades out the image and the identity plate. Well, that's just not going to work. So here we'll press the Escape key. Well, in order to change that because we have an identity plate, what we want to do is turn this option off. Next, I'll go back and target one of these first images here and then I'll click Play again and let's see how this looks. Again, it will start with the identity plate and then the image and the identity plate below will show up. And now once this fades, it's just going to be the fade on the image not the border and not the identity plate below.
This looks much better. Okay, once again, let's press the Escape key to exit out of that. Well, I did mention that there is another technique that you can use in order to open up a slideshow really quickly, and it's a shortcut. This is a great shortcut, and here it is. On a Mac, you press Command+Return; on Windows, you press Ctrl+Enter. That will then start your slideshow. You can press the Escape key to exit out of the slideshow at any point. Here I'll go ahead and do that. Well, another great thing about that shortcut is this.
Sometimes you'll discover that you'll go back to the Library module. So let's do that. I may be doing some work over here and maybe we'll select a handful of photographs, and I'll go ahead and click on these images. We'll say to ourselves, "you know it would be really interesting to see what these images might look like in a slideshow." Well, to do that we'll simply press the shortcut. On a Mac it's Command+Return, on Windows it's Ctrl+Enter. And in this case it quickly launches the slideshow even without having to go to that particular module.
And here we'll go ahead and watch the ending slide. And then it's going to loop back around to the beginning so that we can watch this again. To ever exit out of this slideshow, simply press the Escape key. Now how did it know what to do with this slideshow? Well, all that it did was it remembered what we used last time. Whatever we previously used here in our Slideshow module, in this particular case, the template which was the co - simple template with the black background. It then recalled that, all of those settings, including the slide duration, etcetera.
And it used those in order to quickly show us a slideshow. And I find that sometimes that can be incredibly helpful, especially when you're editing photographs, and if you're trying to determine if you actually like some of the images, sometimes I'll simply kick off a slideshow. I'll step back for a moment and just enjoy the images. And I'll think about the photos from a different perspective. Rather than thinking about them from the perspective of what's wrong, what do I need to correct, what do I need to do, I just let them be. I let them pass before me.
And sometimes this teaches me things about my photos and about my overall photographic process and journey. All right, well, now that we've explored how we can play our slideshow, let's now examine how we can export this slideshow in order to share it with others.
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