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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.
An important step in designing an effective online web gallery is determining which specific photographs you include in that gallery. And here in our collection we currently have 23 pictures. Let's say we want to include all 23. Well, if you navigate down to the toolbar, you'll notice there's a Use option. This is a menu if you click on it, there are three options here. We could select use All the Filmstrip Photos. All those photographs, well they would then populate that online web gallery.
Or we could choose to be a little bit more particular. We could select the option for just using the selected photos. Currently, I only have one picture selected. Well, how do we add more to this? On a Mac, you press the Cmd key and hold that down, on Windows, it's Ctrl, and then you just click on your images in the filmstrip. And the great thing about this is that we can be really specific about using these images. And let's say we decide we don't want an image? Well, just on the filmstrip, click on that image again with that Cmd or Ctrl key held down.
And you can remove or add those pictures to that gallery. Now the downside of this, of course, is that there's no built-in memory. In other words, Lightroom is going to forget these six images that I've selected if I leave this collection. So if I go to the other collection, say the other one in black and white, and then come back to the original collection the one with the color photographs. Well all of those images have been removed and I would have to click through them again and try to reselect those pictures.
So there has to be some sort of a better way. There has to be a way that we can do this where there is built in memory. There is, and it requires using flagging. Adding flags to your photographs is a way to pick or to select pictures, which you can then use inside of your web gallery. In order to add flags, the best place to do that, well it's the library module. So let's navigate to the library module and look at how we can do this, and learn a few short cuts along the way. So here we'll click on the library module, and then I'll double click on my first image to take this to the Loop View.
Now you may notice down below, I have multiple images selected. I can deselect all of those pictures by way of a great shortcut, it's a really handy one. It's Shift+Cmd+D on a Mac, Shift+Ctrl+D on Windows. Or, if you don't prefer to use shortcuts, you can always just click on another image. And it will deselect those other ones so that you can then just target or select one picture. All right, well, how, then, do we add flags to our photographs? How do we pick these pictures? Well, what you can do is you can click on an image, and then use these icons here in the toolbar. If those icons aren't visible, on the right-hand side, you can choose that option to have them visible, by choosing this option right here, Flagging. That will then turn those on or off.
In order to flag an image as picked, just click on it, and then it will have that white flag attached to it. You can also use shortcuts, and shortcuts are really helpful when it comes to flagging and here they are. If I press my Right Arrow key I'll move to a new image. I can then pick this image by pressing the Pp key, flag as pick. Keep going through your images, again Right Arrow key and then I'll press P again, Right Arrow key, I'll press P again. And then I decide, you know what, I don't like this picture. Well, how do I unpick this image? To unpick an image, you press the U key.
That will then remove the flag, or unpick. So think P for pick and then U for unpick. And then again, right arrow key, and just select a few images here, so we have some to populate this gallery. And, I'm just going to go quickly through these, pressing my right arrow key until I see some photographs that I think are kind of fun and would be nice to have in this gallery. Okay, well I think that makes a good set of photographs. Once I've made my selection, the next step is to go back to the web module.
We can do that by clicking on the button in the module picker. Here in the web module, what we'll need to do is change the option to use those flagged photos. These photos will now populate this online gallery, and this is a two page gallery. I have nine pictures here, then I can click next and view the second page. And when I get there, doesn't look so good, because all of a sudden, 15, 16, 17, 18, they're blank. It looks like something is missing. So I might want to add some pictures to the set to kind of balance things out. Well how can I do that here, in the web module? Well it's really simple, You can simply go to an image, say like this one here.
Click on it, and then press the P key. You notice that that will then show up here in our gallery. I can also go to other photographs. Say like this one and press the P key to add that. It's going to add these sequentially in this order. So, I'm just going to see that populate as those images come in to play here and show up in this gallery. And then I'll select one more, press the P key to add that one. If ever I add a picture that I don't like, well you remember the shortcut right? It's the U key, that will remove that flag, or the P key that will bring that one back.
And here you can see having these flags, well it can be really handy. It can be a way to kind of target or earmark those images that you want to include in your online web gallery.
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