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Fine-tuning the slideshow and creating custom templates

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

Video: Fine-tuning the slideshow and creating custom templates

At this stage of your workflow in designing a slideshow, what you'll want to do is fine-tune any adjustments. And then save out all of the adjustments that you've made as a custom template. So let's do that here with this project. One of the things that I want to do for starters is work in the Overlays panel and change the Typography that I have here. Rather than having the word photography twice, I want to mix this up a little bit, so here I'll click on this icon and choose Edit. And rather than having it read narrative photography slash Chris Orwig. I'm going to go ahead and delete the slash Chris Orwig part, and instead I'm going to put the words by Chris Orwig. And this way, it will just clean this up a little bit. And again what you'll want to do, is make any needed customizations like I'm doing here, jut to get this exactly how you want it.

Fine-tuning the slideshow and creating custom templates

At this stage of your workflow in designing a slideshow, what you'll want to do is fine-tune any adjustments. And then save out all of the adjustments that you've made as a custom template. So let's do that here with this project. One of the things that I want to do for starters is work in the Overlays panel and change the Typography that I have here. Rather than having the word photography twice, I want to mix this up a little bit, so here I'll click on this icon and choose Edit. And rather than having it read narrative photography slash Chris Orwig. I'm going to go ahead and delete the slash Chris Orwig part, and instead I'm going to put the words by Chris Orwig. And this way, it will just clean this up a little bit. And again what you'll want to do, is make any needed customizations like I'm doing here, jut to get this exactly how you want it.

In this case I'll just reposition that as well. Now so far, this particular image looks good, yet when we click on to another photograph, it really doesn't. The option which I had selected, up here in the Options bar, of Zoom to Fill Frame, doesn't really work, especially with the verticals. And in this set of photographs there are a lot of vertical and horizontal images. Now that we have this options turned off, we'll both photographs tend to work well in this particular space. Another thing you may want to consider is whether or not to add a little bit of a border or an edge to the photographs.

If you want to separate the images from the background. In this case, these images don't really need it, but as we navigate through, perhaps there are some photographs that could benefit from a brush stroke here. Here I'll go ahead and change this color to white. To add that, it will help the images to sort of pop or to stand out from the background, especially those darker photographs. Well next after you've tweaked or modified any of these options what you'll want to do next is navigate to the Template Browser. In the Template Browser, you can click on the plus icon and here you can create a New Template. I'll go ahead and just name this new template Keith-Slideshow. That will remind me that I originally created this template for these Keith Carter photographs.

I'll save this inside of my User Templates folder and then click Create. What it will do is allow us to come back to these settings at any point in time. And I find that this is especially important after we've made our way through these three sets of panels, the Options, Layout and Overlay panels. Because here's where we really customize this. Then if we make any other changes, perhaps to the backdrop or in other ways. We can always reset things by simply clicking on this template over here. In addition, if ever we want to reuse this template with other photographs, we can always select those photographs. And then click on the template name in order to start off with this particular look and feel with the photographs, and with the overall layout.

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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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