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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.
Before you begin your work in the web module, typically it's a good idea to do some organizational work in the library module. Now, here, I'm going to assume you have a good working understanding of the library module, yet what I want to do is focus in on how we can group together some pictures. If you take a look at the exercise files folder, there are a few sub folders. But in this main folder, if you scroll through the images, you'll notice that they're all kind of just mashed together. And this is really typical, right? We'll have folders of pictures, but inside of that there's some photographs that somehow we need to separate or pull out of those folders.
This is especially true when it comes to online web galleries. Well, let's take a look at how we can do that here, using collections. First, though, in your tool bar below. Make sure you have the Sort option turned on. You can access this by clicking on this icon here, and choose Sorting. And then, from the pull-down menu, choosing File Name. That way, we can sort all of our images in the same way. Let's go ahead and scroll back to the top, and start up with the first group or set of images. We'll here we have some pictures of some family friends that I captured down at the beach.
I want to take these images which are in this folder and somehow set them apart, and we'll do that by creating a collection. So click on the first image, then hold down the Shift key and click on the last image in this set. The last image in this group of pictures that we want to separate. Next, we'll go to the collections panel, we'll click on the plus icon, and choose create collection. I'll name this Butterfly Beach, which was the beach where these photographs were captured, place this at a top level, include these pictures.
No need to make virtual copies just yet, but we'll talk about that a little bit later. And having this collection will actually give us some great flexibility when it comes to creating different types of web galleries. So for now though, we'll leave that off. Next we'll click Create And this will create this collection, grouping those pictures together. Now, it hasn't moved the pictures, it hasn't changed anything. It just built this new way to, kind of, organize or group these pictures in this little set, in this collection. Let's do this with a few more sets of pictures.
Back to exercise files, we'll scroll down. The next set are these pictures, which were captured in Mexico. They're really colorful, easy to identify there. Click on one, and then hold down the Shift key. Click on the last one. And once again, create another collection. I'll name this one Mexico, with those same exact settings. So we'll just click Create. And then one more. Back to Exercise Files and then, down to this last one here, we'll click on this image. Hold down the Shift key, click on the last one in this set, these photographs of this guy here, Jeff Johnson. Let's create a collection.
We'll click on the plus icon and choose create collection. Now this work that we're doing here, it's really essential. Because it's setting the stage for the rest of our work. And what it will do is it will give us some flexibility in regards to reordering our photographs or renaming those pictures. And having these collections setup this way just gives us kind of organizational structure, which eventually will lead to creating more effective web galleries.
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