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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.
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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