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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.
Another way that you could modify your slideshow presentation is by changing what appears in the background. You can do so by opening up the backdrop panel, and here we have 3 different options. Let's begin at the top with color wash. What this allows us to do is to have a color which slowly fades off to the other side. Here we can click on this color chip, and I can choose a bright color, perhaps something like a blue, and you can see how it starts off nice and bright and eventually fades off to the side. Now, you can change the angle by simply clicking and dragging this controller here, or also by working with the slider as well. And sometimes, you can come up with some fun ways to add a color wash to your photographs.
With these images here, it doesn't really make sense, but it might helpful to add a little bit of pizazz or life. Work sort of some dimensions your projects with certain slide shows. I find with images which are a little bit more cinematic or maybe graphic or landscape shots sometimes adding a subtle color brush perhaps even of just a tone change. Can help to add a little bit of visual interest to the overall project. Another option that we have is to add a background image. I'll talk about that in a moment. Let's skip down to background color.
If we click on this option we can choose this color, and here I'll choose a different shade of grey or we can also have a color there in the background... Now previously I mentioned that if you have a lighter tone, one of the things that you can do is that in the options bar, you can have a shadow coming off of the photograph. Notice how if we remove the border you can really see that shadow along the outer edge of the image. Here we can have this further away. We can also change it to a more rigid or straight line here or straight shadow, or we can have it be really soft, in this way.
We can change it's opacity. Here we can increase or decrease that opacity, and of course we can also change its angle. Now in this particular slideshow I think it's a little bit distracting so I'll turn that option off, but I did want to highlight how we can work with that when we're working with different color backgrounds. In this case I tend to like a darker background with my photographs, especially withs slideshows, and especially, when I have images which are different sizes, like with these photographs here. Because what a viewer will do is they'll, kind of, tune out something which is black because there won't be any light there, and they'll really focus in on the image. Of course, this is all personal preference, so it's really up to you what you use in those situations.
Well, next what we can do is we can turn on the option to have the background or have in the background, an image, and this can sometimes be kind of interesting. If you scroll through your photographs what you might want to do is scroll to try to find an image where you have some open or some negative space. If you find a photograph that you think might work, we'll just click and drag and drop, and that will then become part of the background. In this case, this obviously doesn't work because the background is brighter or more complex than the actual image. Well you can decrease the opacity to try to subtly fade this back. Sometimes that can be a nice look.
And then here, if you use your arrow keys you can scroll through your photographs. And just see how these images will look sitting on this background. If you find that the background image doesn't work very well, well just scroll around until you find another photograph and then drag and drop, and this way you can have a different image there in the background. Sometimes what you can do as well is you can have a background image and then change the position of your photograph here in order to integrate into that background that you have. For example if we go back to the layout panel and turn on the guides, here I'm going to change the guides for a moment, and I'm just going to change the position of the photograph.
So the photographs now appear in this negative space of this image. We could of course brighten or darken this as well. In doing this you can kind of see how the image shows up in this area. And I can use the arrow keys in order to scroll through the photographs to view the photographs, sitting in that part of the slideshow. And this is where sometimes you can get kind of creative with how you're building, or assembling your slideshows and having That background play an integral part into it. If ever you want to evaluate what you've done, well, you can click the play button.
What the play button will do is it will create a slideshow and show it to you in full screen. Well, now that it shows me this here in full screen and I can see these images marching forward, I realize that it's a little bit distracting. I don't think that this works for these type of photographs. So, to exit out of this, we'll just click on the screen, and that will then bring you back to your slideshow panel. In this case, I'll go ahead and turn off the background image. Again, with these photographs, I think it will work better to have them really sort of prominent. I guess the background, really simple and clean.
Because what that will do is allow the viewer, really, to enjoy the photographs without being distracted from any of those background elements. Now, that being said. With other photographs or in other slide shows, I use all of these options. And it really depends upon your intent or your vision for your particular project.
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