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Saving a slideshow template

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Video: Saving a slideshow template

So, I've taken the time to create and fine-tune a slideshow. I had selected images that I wanted to use in the slideshow. I used a template as the basis of that slideshow. And then I fine-tuned the settings over on the right panel in the Slideshow Module in order to adjust the appearance and the actual playback for that slideshow. I've also previewed the slideshow and I'm happy with the way things have turned out, so I'm ready to present it to a real audience. But before I do that, I want to make sure that I've saved my slideshow so that I can very easily get back to it later in case I want to make changes or I've just switched back and had another task to perform.

Saving a slideshow template

So, I've taken the time to create and fine-tune a slideshow. I had selected images that I wanted to use in the slideshow. I used a template as the basis of that slideshow. And then I fine-tuned the settings over on the right panel in the Slideshow Module in order to adjust the appearance and the actual playback for that slideshow. I've also previewed the slideshow and I'm happy with the way things have turned out, so I'm ready to present it to a real audience. But before I do that, I want to make sure that I've saved my slideshow so that I can very easily get back to it later in case I want to make changes or I've just switched back and had another task to perform.

I'l go ahead, and first, select all of the images on the filmstrip, so that I can include those images in my saved slideshow. I'll then click the Create Saved Slideshow button at the top of the Preview area. That will bring up a Create Slideshow dialog. I can give the slideshow a name. I'll just call this, Small Town Details, since these are some details found in a variety of small towns. I can place my saved slideshow collection as a Top-levle collection or inside a Collection set. But I have not created a collection set for my slideshows or other projects. I'll just leave this as the Top-level slideshow collection so that it's more readily available.

I'll also specify that I want to include the selected photos. In this way anytime I want to present the exact same slideshow, I'll have easy access to it. In other words, I'm not just creating a template that I can use to present different images. I'm actually including the photos themselves as part of this project. So, I'll turn on that checkbox to include selected photos. I could also, if I'd like, create virtual copies of these photos. If I don't make virtual copies, then any changes to the original source image will be reflected in the slideshow project. If I want to make sure to preserve the appearance of the images exactly as they are right now, then I'll want to turn on the Make new virtual copies checkbox. In this case, I'd prefer to have any changes reflected in the slideshow if I play it again in the future, so I'll leave that checkbox turned off. I can then click the Create button, and a collection will be created for the slideshow project.

I'll go ahead and switch to the Library Module, for example, and then just to illustrate the concept here, I'll switch to a particular folder. And then I'll scroll down to my Collections section, and you can see, I have my Small Town Details slideshow collection. There are 12 images included within that collection. If I click on that collection, then I can see the actual images, but I can also go directly to the Slideshow module by clicking the arrow at the right of that collection. That will take me into the Slideshow Module with that slideshow configured exactly as I left it. So I could, for example, just click on the first image and click the Play button to start playing the slideshow that I had previously saved. In addition, I could also create a template based on the slideshow. So, I have my slideshow project presented to me here in the Slideshow Module. This project involves specific images.

But if later I'd like to use the exact same image style to present different images, then I'll want to use a template. I'll go ahead and scroll up on the left panel to the Template Browser, then I'll click the Plus button to the right of the Template Browser header. I'll just call this Tim Grey Slideshow, since presumably this is the slideshow format I'm going to use most of the time. I'll save that in the User Templates folder. Go ahead and click the Create button then, and we can see, under User Templates, I have my Tim Grey Slideshow. So, if I were to select different images, for example, I'll go back to the Library Module and I'll choose a folder with different images. I can then come back to my Slideshow Module to choose my Tim Grey Slideshow template, and I'll just go ahead and click the Preview button in this case, and we can present the slideshow as a preview.

So, you can see, I can used a saved template to very easily use these same settings for a different slideshow. But I can also always get back to a saved slideshow project by saving that slideshow as a collection.

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