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Saving custom templates

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

Video: Saving custom templates

After you've invested all of this time and effort into customizing your own web gallery, it may be a good idea to save these changes. You can save all of these settings by creating your own custom user template. The first step, of course, is to make changes to your panels as we've done here. And you can make changes to one or to everyone of those panels. The next step is to go to the Template Browser panel which is located on the left. To do that you can simply open up this browser over here. You'll notice we have different templates. Those preinstalled Lightroom Templates or you can create your own. To create your own, you go to the plus icon, this will open up our New Template dialog.

Saving custom templates

After you've invested all of this time and effort into customizing your own web gallery, it may be a good idea to save these changes. You can save all of these settings by creating your own custom user template. The first step, of course, is to make changes to your panels as we've done here. And you can make changes to one or to everyone of those panels. The next step is to go to the Template Browser panel which is located on the left. To do that you can simply open up this browser over here. You'll notice we have different templates. Those preinstalled Lightroom Templates or you can create your own. To create your own, you go to the plus icon, this will open up our New Template dialog.

Here I'll type out the name of this one. I'm going to call this CO, my initials, and then HTML Basic. I'll save this to the folder User Templates, and then click on Create. This will then remember all of those settings that we've customized in the panels on the right. And the great thing about this is that if ever we're not sure if we like this layout, we can go and choose another one, say the Lightroom Flash Gallery. And then decide to ourselves, you know what, actually I don't like the Flash Gallery.

I want to go back to my Custom Template, my custom layout. Or we can reselect that and it will apply that to our images. And it will all of those settings that we have previously dialed in and that we have saved and kind of baked into this template. We can also choose different images. For example, I will go ahead and choose this folder or this collection Mexico. Well, this is then going to show me these images with this template selected. And the great thing about this is again it's going to remember those settings. Also our identity plate and all of the information that we've added to this particular template, including our email address and the way that this looks. And so as you could imagine, creating custom templates, well it can really speed up your overall work flow.

It can also help you create, some sort of a visual and also functional cohesion, with your online galleries. Rather than having your online galleries always look different, you can create some that look similar, or the same. This can help with our overall branding efforts. So that when people look at your images, they're not necessarily thinking about the web gallery. They're not thinking about the visual aesthetics, those kind of fade to the background. Rather, their focused on the photographs, so they can really get to those pictures and evaluate and enjoy those pictures in a nice way.

So, if you haven't ever experimented with customizing your own web galleries. You'll definitely want to do that and then near the end of the process, make sure that you save all those setting out by simply saving your own custom User Template.

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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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