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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.
Last but not least after you have finished customizing your slide show project, you may want to consider exporting your slide show so that you can then use these files or view your slide show in a few different ways. The first thing that I want to highlight is that we have two different export buttons, which are located in the lower left hand corner of the Lightroom interface. If you click on the Export PDF button this will open up a dialogue, and here we can export the slide show to a PDF file format. You'll notice below we have a few quality settings. Here we can define the quality. We can also choose some dimensions based on how this particular PDF file will be viewed.
If you click on the option to automatically show full screen, it will launch the slideshow and take over the screen, and automatically go through these photographs. Here we can access a few different sizes as you can see here from this particular pull down menu. And we can make those selections and give the PDF file a name, and then simply click on the Export button. Another way that we can export our slideshow is by exporting as a JPEG file. If you hold down the Option key on a Mac or Alt on Windows, notice that the Export PDF button turns into an Export JPEG button.
So, go ahead and hold down Option or Alt on your keyboard, and then click on that button. This will again open up an export dialog where we can export this slideshow to JPEGs. Here we have quality settings and also dimensions. And why would you want to export a slideshow, say to JPEG file format, well you may want to do this if you want to re-import those JPEGs into a program like PowerPoint or Keynote, and that way you could take advantage of using Lightroom to design the slideshow. And then you could play it back with one of those applications. Another way that you can export your slideshows, is by exporting it to video. If we click on the Export to Video button, here you'll notice we have the same dialogue, and we can choose a few different video presets. If we click on this pull down menu, you'll notice that we have a few different options, which we can select here.
When you select an option, it will give you an update here about what that might be helpful for. Here if we wanted to show these images say on YouTube, we could then use 720p which is good for YouTube or Facebook, etc. So in order to begin to do that let's take a look at this last example here, but this time I'm just going to select a few photographs just to make this whole process a little bit quicker. And then I'll select just to use these selected photos. So here, I'm just selecting these four photos. I'll choose Export Video. What I'm going to do is export this out as a video so that we can kind of see how this might work.
We can talk about how we could share the video. I'll go ahead and just name this Keith, to keep things simple. And then click Export. When you do that, what it will do is, it will bring together all of these files and it will render or export or create a video file. You can see that up in the top left hand corner, its exporting the slideshow out as a video file. And then what we can do after this is complete is we can then re-import this video file into Lightroom, so that we could then take advantage of different ways to share the video file.
For example, we could upload it to Facebook, so that we could then share these photographs with others. Now that this process is complete of exporting the slideshow as a video project, let's go ahead and navigate back to the library module for a moment. Here in the library module one of the things that we can do is click on the Import button, which is what I want to do because I want to navigate to my desktop. And I want to do that so that I can then select this particular file, so that we can then bring it into our Lightroom catalog. Here, I'll notice we have this video file, which is located right here.
I'm going to add this to my Lightroom catalog, so go ahead and simply click Import. Now once this has been imported into Lightroom, really it's just that Lightroom recognizes this, it understands that this is a file that exists. What we can do in the grid view is we can view this and we can scroll over this little thumbnail to view the video file. We can also navigate to the loop view by clicking on this icon here where we have some playback controls. If we click on the Play button, this will then play our video slideshow as you can see here. We'll go through these photographs and it will show us these images, and also show us the particular layout that we created for this project. Now if we decide that we want to share this video project with others, well Lightroom has some built-in publish services.
We've talked about these services in one of the previous courses in this series, which focused in on the library module. And here we talked about how we could set up a connection to Facebook or Behance or Flickr. And here I simply wanted to highlight how that process works. If you aren't familiar with publish services I recommend that you go back to that course and watch those movies, because this could be a handy way to start to begin to share and to export your slideshows so that other people can enjoy your slideshows and your photographs
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