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Saving the slideshow as a PDF

From: Lightroom 4 Image Sharing Workshop

Video: Saving the slideshow as a PDF

Obviously, in most cases, you'll present a slideshow either on your computer as an ad hoc slideshow to clients or friends, or as in presentation using a projector. In some cases though, you might want to send a sample of a slideshow to someone via email or through other electronic means. And in the Slideshow module in Lightroom, we can actually generate a PDF of the slideshow. Now, keep in mind that a PDF version of your slideshow will not include all of the bells and whistles of the slideshow itself. For example, transitions are very limited, but this does provide a very easy way to share the images that are included in the slideshow.

Saving the slideshow as a PDF

Obviously, in most cases, you'll present a slideshow either on your computer as an ad hoc slideshow to clients or friends, or as in presentation using a projector. In some cases though, you might want to send a sample of a slideshow to someone via email or through other electronic means. And in the Slideshow module in Lightroom, we can actually generate a PDF of the slideshow. Now, keep in mind that a PDF version of your slideshow will not include all of the bells and whistles of the slideshow itself. For example, transitions are very limited, but this does provide a very easy way to share the images that are included in the slideshow.

And to give something of a slideshow experience to those that you send that PDF, too. I've already configured my slideshow here, I've selected the images that I wanted to use, I chose a template that I wanted to use for my slideshow. And I fine tuned all of the setting for the slideshow itself. And so, I'm ready to actually export the slideshow as a PDF document. Down at the bottom of the left panel in the Slideshow module, you'll find an Export PDF button. You can click that button, and Lightroom will present you with a dialog where you can navigate to the location where you'd like to save your PDF and give it a name.

I'll call mine Small Town Details, since that's the name I've used for my slideshow. We can also specify the image quality, I generally use a setting of around 80. This provides a good balance between image quality and file size for that final PDF. I also like to turn on the Automatically Show Full Screen option. So that when the user opens that PDF document, it will automatically go into Slideshow mode into Full Screen mode. So, that they can view the display that way. We can also specify the width and height of the slideshow itself.

You'll notice that we have a range of common output sizes. In this case, I think I'll actually re-size the document to 1024x7068 since that's a little bit more common for slideshow presentations. And will therefore give me some more flexibility with that PDF. But the point is that we can choose from a variety of common sizes, for the width and height, the resolution for the final display. I'll go ahead and click the Save button, and that will generate that PDF. Lightroom will process all of my photos, and then create a PDF for the slideshow presentation.

Once the process is complete, I can minimize Lightroom and then you'll see on my Desktop, I have PDF as I would expect called Small Town Details. Since that's the name and location that I used for saving the PDF. I'll go ahead and double-click on that PDF. And because I had the option set to automatically open in full screen display, you can see that the slideshow presentation starts automatically. I'll go ahead and press Escape to Exit out of Full Screen mode, and you can see that I navigate the individual pages of the slideshow.

We'll go ahead and close that slideshow though for now and return to Lightroom. And here, could continue fine tuning with slideshow if I'd like. But for now, all I needed to do was to generate a PDF. So that I could share that slideshow via email, with some colleagues who are going to give me some feedback on the images.

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