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Adding slideshow overlays

From: Lightroom 5 Essentials: 06 Creating Slideshows and Web Galleries

Video: Adding slideshow overlays

Now that we have begun to customize the way our slideshow appears using the Options and the Layout panel. Next we will take a look at how we can use the Overlays panel and add some topography to our slideshow projects. So lets go ahead and close or minimize Options and Layout. And then open up the Overlays panel, because this panel is really big, it's nice to have others closed. Now, one of the first things that you might want to do here, is to click on the Option to add an Identity Plate, here, it adds an Identity Plate. In this case, it's a default identity plate of my name. We can change that by clicking on this icon here, just choose Edit. And that will open up our Identity Plate Editor.

Adding slideshow overlays

Now that we have begun to customize the way our slideshow appears using the Options and the Layout panel. Next we will take a look at how we can use the Overlays panel and add some topography to our slideshow projects. So lets go ahead and close or minimize Options and Layout. And then open up the Overlays panel, because this panel is really big, it's nice to have others closed. Now, one of the first things that you might want to do here, is to click on the Option to add an Identity Plate, here, it adds an Identity Plate. In this case, it's a default identity plate of my name. We can change that by clicking on this icon here, just choose Edit. And that will open up our Identity Plate Editor.

What I am going to do is go ahead and begin by typing out the words Chris Orwig Photography. And here we can then highlight the copy, or the typography that we've added. And we can change its size or we can also choose different fonts here as well. So let's go ahead and select perhaps a different font. I'll go ahead and make that choice, and then click OK in order to apply that. Now we can move this around by positioning our cursor over this and Clicking and Dragging it around. Notice how it will be anchored to a certain area. We can also change its Size by Clicking and Dragging on any of these anchors that we have here.

Or we can also do so by using the scale slider as well and then just clicking and dragging to reposition it. Now as you start to reposition the typography that you have there, you may decide to lower the Opacity. That will allow you to create a little bit more of a faint identity plate. If this is on top of an image you'll notice that that becomes transparent. And really difficult to see so here we may want to crank that up a little bit if we want that to be a little bit more legible. Also as you start to design using Overlays I find its helpful to go back to our Layout options and to turn off the Guides.

And this way we no longer have those distracting guides showing up on top of the slideshow. Next when we click out of this field it will then disable the guides or the handles around this Identity Plate. Which allows us to see if this will work in a particular position. Now here what I actually want to do is add one more word to this. I want to reedit the identity plate again to do that just click into this area click on the triangle icon and choose Edit. I'm going to add the word narrative photography in front of my name. Next we'll click OK to apply that.

And here you can see how we now have that inside of this area. We can then customize this further by changing its size or position. Now, let me crank up the Opacity to highlight one more way that you might want to customize a typography that you have here in your slideshow. Another way that you can do this is by navigating back to the Edit area. So, let's do that by clicking on that option for Edit. And here we can highlight or select a particular text. In this case I'll highlight the word Narrative Photography.

And then what I'm going to do is click on the color chip, and the color chip I'll choose a color, perhaps a nice blue there. And in doing that I can then apply that color change so that there is only one part of this which has color. I'm going to make this a little bit bigger so you can see that. So we have the first two words in color and then the last few words here are just white. So I just wanted to highlight how you can customize the way that this appears. Here I'll go ahead and just Click and Drag that around a little bit, and reposition it so it's showing up underneath the photograph.

In this case I want this to be a little bit subtle here. I don't want it to overpower the photograph, so I'm going to create a nice subtle identity plate there, which shows up underneath the photographs. Next we have an option to work with Watermarking if we turn this option on we can click on this menu. Then we can choose to edit the Watermarks. Now we have already talked about Watermarks and adding those in a previous area in this course. So if you aren't familiar with that I recommend that you go back to that area where we dug into all of the nuances and details of working with Watermarks. Here I don't want to get into that topic to much, because typically. When you're working with a slideshow you actually won't want to include a Watermark on your photographs.

I'll go ahead and type out a preset name just to finish this off here. And the reason why you want to do that is because often when you have a slideshow. It's a bit distracting to have a watermark like this one here on top of the photograph. By the time you're showing your images in the slideshow, often I decide to leave that unchecked. Because when I'm showing my photographs in the slideshow form, I'm often in a classroom or at a conference. And in those cases, there isn't a need to have that watermark distracting the viewers from the particular photograph. We also have a few other options.

We have an option which allows us to add our star rating. Here we can click on that and then it will add the star rating on top of the image. This can be helpful if you're showing clients images and you need to have that star rating there. And you can include to have other text fields. Here if you click on the checkbox Text Overlay, you can then click on the ABC button which will allow you to add some more text. I'll just type out the words demo text and then press, Enter or Return. Here you can see how we have this demo text file, which can really appear anywhere.

We can again change its overall size. Either by working with this or just by clicking and dragging as you can see here. And I'll just drag this around and make this a little bit bigger, I guess that's about it. And then next we can look at how we can have a Drop Shadow. Adding a Drop Shadow behind this allows us to be able to have this, so that the text is a bit separated from the image which it's on top of. Or if we have lighter backgroundm it can help to have the text pop a little bit. Well, in this case, with this slideshow, it doesn't really make sense to have any extra added text. Yet here I still wanted to highlight how we can work with that. And I should also point out how you can change the Angle of the Drop Shadow. And you can have that offset a little bit more so it's a little bit further away from the text field, as you can see here.

And we can change the degree of the intensity. We can have it nice and soft or we can have a really hard edge Drop Shadow as well. Or again, for the purposes of demo, I want to show you Text Overlay in shadow. Yet for the purpose of designing a good slide show, it doesn't really work here. So go ahead and turn off those two options. And I think the reason why it doesn't work is because I've already added some copies. And then this time I added that copy by using this field here which is the Identity Plate. Keep in mind you can use either option.

You can either add text by creating an Identity Plate or you can add it by using Text Overlay. There isn't really a right or wrong strategy here. They're both valid options for adding typography or text to your slideshow projects.

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  1. 1m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 36s
  2. 20m 52s
    1. Introducing web galleries
      3m 13s
    2. Overview of domain names and hosting
      3m 56s
    3. Using collections to group images
      3m 13s
    4. Renaming and reordering images
      4m 57s
    5. Creating collections of virtual copies
      5m 33s
  3. 30m 42s
    1. Using web gallery templates
      6m 17s
    2. Selecting images with flags
      5m 27s
    3. Creating web gallery collections
      3m 49s
    4. Customizing web gallery site info
      5m 46s
    5. Changing the gallery's color and appearance
      4m 1s
    6. Adding captions and titles
      2m 35s
    7. Saving custom templates
      2m 47s
  4. 19m 14s
    1. Working with JPEG compression and using the Quality slider
      1m 37s
    2. Adding watermarks and sharpening photos
      5m 40s
    3. Uploading HTML galleries
      3m 50s
    4. Uploading Flash galleries
      5m 44s
    5. Exploring online web gallery resources
      2m 23s
  5. 39m 28s
    1. Creating an impromptu slideshow
      2m 56s
    2. Slideshow and collections
      3m 31s
    3. Using slideshow templates and customizing the layout
      5m 27s
    4. Adding slideshow overlays
      6m 39s
    5. Fine-tuning the slideshow and creating custom templates
      2m 40s
    6. Customizing the background
      4m 56s
    7. Adding beginning and ending title slides
      2m 26s
    8. Working with a soundtrack and playback options
      4m 31s
    9. Slideshow playback options
      1m 30s
    10. Exporting slideshows as JPEG, PDF, or video
      4m 52s
  6. 9m 58s
    1. Selecting the video files
      2m 28s
    2. Changing image order and customizing the layout
      3m 27s
    3. Adding a soundtrack and balancing the audio levels
      4m 3s
  7. 49s
    1. Next steps
      49s

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