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Creating an impromptu slideshow

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

Video: Creating an impromptu slideshow

An important, yet often overlooked aspect of anyone's photographic work flow is to occasionally take a break, and to step back and to enjoy the photographs. You know, one of the advantages of working with Lightroom, is that it's a work flow application which helps us to be more effective and productive. And occasionally what we need to do is to step back from all of that and simply view and evaluate the photographs. Well there's a handy shortcut key combination which can help you out in this situation. If you press Cmd+Return on a Mac or Ctrl+Enter on Windows.

Creating an impromptu slideshow

An important, yet often overlooked aspect of anyone's photographic work flow is to occasionally take a break, and to step back and to enjoy the photographs. You know, one of the advantages of working with Lightroom, is that it's a work flow application which helps us to be more effective and productive. And occasionally what we need to do is to step back from all of that and simply view and evaluate the photographs. Well there's a handy shortcut key combination which can help you out in this situation. If you press Cmd+Return on a Mac or Ctrl+Enter on Windows.

That will launch what's called, an impromptu slideshow. Here you can see it will then begin to show these images, with whatever settings we've used most recently in the slideshow module. Now as these images march forward, if ever you want to pause the slideshow, we'll just tap the Spacebar key. That will then pause the slideshow that you can view or evaluate a photograph. And these are photographs that I captured at Keith Carters home and studio. Keith is a fascinating Fine Art Photographer. If you want to continue to view the images that you've captured like these here.

Well, just tap the Spacebar key again and the slideshow will continue. Often what I find, is that we can look at our images critically, we can think about how we need to work on them, or manage, or organize them. Yet, when we create a slideshow, it's easy to sort of step back and maybe even stand back and enjoy these photographs from a distance. Now when you're ready to exit the slideshow, simply click on the photograph, and that will bring you back to wherever you last left off. Now if you select an image, say for example this one here.

And here I'll double click this, so we can see it better. If you select an image you can always start a slide show from whatever image you've selected. If I want to begin the impromptu slide show with these photograph, well I'll just use that shortcut key combination again. Do you remember that one? Its Cmd+Return on a Mac, or Ctrl+Enter, on Windows. And in this way we can then see these photographs, and then click on an image and it will bring us back to, wherever we last left off. I should also point out, that if we're scrolling though our photographs and perhaps we get to one and we want to, launch a slideshow like with this image here.

And we're in another module, say for example like the develop module, well we can also begin a slideshow from here. This shortcut works regardless of the module that you're in. In this case just to show you how this works, again I'll press Cmd+Return on a Mac, or Ctrl+Enter on Windows. And as you can see here, it will then begin the slideshow, and go through these various photographs. An again, I think this is a really important, yet often overlooked step in work flows as we start to use Lightroom. So what I recommend you do is that you write down that shortcut key combination.

And integrate this into your workflow, so that you aren't simply working on your images and solving problems. But so that you take some time to step back and to view and to enjoy your photographs.

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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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