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Show off your hard work; display your photographs with the easy-to-build slideshows and web galleries in Lightroom. They're a straightforward way to display images on the web, on the desktop, or projected onto a screen. In this breezy segment of Lightroom 5 Essentials, Chris Orwig explains how to select your best images and group them into collections, apply a design template, and customize the look and feel of your web gallery or slideshow. Then learn about watermarking photos for copyright protection, uploading HTML and Flash galleries to a website, and adding a soundtrack and titles to a slideshow. Plus, discover how to create video-based slideshows, new to Lightroom 5.
After you've selected the photographs that you want to work with, and navigated to the slideshow module, and created a slideshow collection. Next what you want to do, is reorder your images. Now, you can either do that here in the slideshow module, or you can also navigate back to the library module. What I like to do is to stay here, and simply increase the size of the film strip below, so I can see some images, and then click and drag them around. I want to start off with this photograph here, so I'll just drag and drop this over to the right, and also bring this image over here, as well. Now for the ending photograph, I'm going to work with this one. Amd again just so that we have kind of a fun ending with this picture here. So again, you can reorder your images.
And then next, of course, what you want to do is navigate through your various panels on the right. It's often a good idea to start up at the top and then make your way down. Here in the options panel there isn't a lot to do. Because these are lower resolution files and they are a bit more of snap shots. I'm not necessarily going to want to zoom in. Here you can see the image will fall apart. I also just am going to maintain the current aspect ratio. So, again I'll skip the options panel altogether. Next we'll navigate to layout. When working with layout, it's always a good idea to turn on, Show Guides. This gives you the easiest access to be able to open up more space or to change the space that you are using.
For your slideshow, and here I'm just going to click and drag these out and I'll actually click and drag them all the way to the edge there so that I can have a larger view of the photograph, or if you prefer you can make it smaller. Again it's really up to you how you want to customize this. If you're working with a video clip, what you'll want to do is click through your photographs, either by clicking on them or by using the arrow keys, and eventually you want to make your way to the video clip. Notice how the aspect ratio of the video file is a little bit different. It's a little bit taller and thinner, and so what you may want to do is just customize the layout so it works also for this and then for the other files as well.
Here in this case perhaps having that a little bit bigger might be a bit better for this clip... Alright, well, after we've customized our layout options, next, we'll go to overlays. As we know in overlays, this is the location where we can add typography. We can do so by working with custom identity plates, or by simply using a text overlay, and then typing in the text into this text field here. In this case, I'm not interested in adding any type to this project, yet here I wanted to highlight that you can do that with the Overlays panel.
And regards to our backdrop, this is where we can change the backdrop we can add a color wash across it or include a background image or change the overall background color. In this case I'll leave color wash off and I'll just leave this with the background color of black because I think that looks good. Now next we have the ability to add some titles, these are the opening and the closing screen, I'm just going to open and close with black so I'll turn on those options so it starts with black and then ends with a black screen Alright. Well, here, we've made some slight customization of the slideshow.
Perhaps more importantly, I just wanted to walk through those panels to remind you a bit of this work flow. Next, what we need to do is really focus in on playback. Now, when it comes to playback, we do have to ask ourselves whether or not we want to have an audio file. In this case a sound track and then how that will work with the audio which we actually have in the video clip here as well. So let's go ahead and pause here and then pick up where we're leaving off and talk about our playback options, and let's do that in the next movie.
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