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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.
In this movie, we'll begin by looking at how we can use the Template Browser, which allows to change the way that our slideshow appears. We'll also explore how we can customize our slideshow by using the options in the Layout panel controls. Well lets begin by opening up the Template Browser. I should point out that you want to select the slideshow of course here first, and the navigate to the Template Browser. If you open up the Preview panel when you hover over the different templates you'll get a preview for those particular templates. If you want to apply one of those to your slideshow, just click on the name and then it will apply those settings. Here go ahead and click through a few of these, so that you can see the differences that we have here with these settings.
Let's choose this option here, which is Wide Screen and we'll go ahead and close our Template Browser. And once you've selected the template, what you can do is you can then use your arrow key in order to scroll through the photographs here. Or you can also use the back and forward buttons that we have in this area. In this case we are using all of the film strip photos for this particular slideshow. If we want to only use some photographs or a selection of pictures. What you can do is click on these photographs while holding down the Cmd key on a Mac or Ctrl key on Windows. And here I'll go ahead and click on a few photographs, then in the toolbar rather than using all the film strip photos, just use those selected pictures. Well now what we'll just use, these four photographs and here I'll go ahead and click through the slideshow and you can see how that will just show those images...
Rather than using just four, I actually want to use all of them, so I'll go back to the option of using All Film Strip photos. Next, I'll just click to one image, so that we just have one image visible. Notice that as we click or scroll through these photgraphs, it changes the slide number. Well you can change that, as I mentioned, by clicking, or by using your arrow keys. The Back Arrow key moves to the left, and then the Right Arrow key moves, obviously, to the right. Another way to navigate, rather than using your arrow keys, is to position your cursor over the slide number right here.
When you do that, notice how the cursor changes, well that change is showing you that you can then Click and Drag to the left. Or you can click and drag to the right, in order to change the position of the slideshow. And sometimes this can be a quick way to try to scroll to a certain image, so that you can then, view that slide. Well, after you've navigated around a little bit with your slide show, what you may want to do is further customize the template. Let's take a look at how we can do that, using the Options, and also the Layout panels. Now the first option that I want to highlight here, allows us to Zoom to Fill the Frame. What that will do is it will zoom in, so that the image will take up the entire space of the screen.
Now it isn't that big of a difference here with this photograph, yet if we choose a photograph like this one here which is vertical. We can really see the difference. Here we can see the entire photograph or if we zoom in, now we're only viewing a portion of the image. What you can do with the portion that you're seeing, is you can Click and Drag so that you can see a better part of the photograph. Of course, when you use this option, just keep in mind, it's cropping the photograph. So really, you're changing the overall composition of the image. Yet sometimes, that can be worthwhile in order to fill the screen with really big photographs.
Yet, you'll need to make that decision as you start to work on your project. Here let's turn this option off, so that we can look at the next option, which is to add a brush stroke around the outer edge of the photograph. Here if we increase the width of that brush stroke, you can see the border is white. We can also choose a different color here. We can choose colors or something other like black or white or gray. Or whatever fits our vision for our project. The next option allows us to have a shadow behind the image. Now, we won't be able to see this here, because the background is black, yet, if we had a lighter tone there we could see this.
And I'll show you that a little bit later. Well, the next panel is really interesting. The Layout panel, well this is where things get really, kind of, fun. If you turn on the option to show your guides, what you can do is turn on some guides. Here we'll have all of these linked and I'll drag these sliders to the right so we can start to see these guides. Again, now it's a little bit easier to see the guides. Before, they were right on the edge. And you can position your cursor over any of these guides and then Click and Drag. Notice how we can Click and Drag in order to change the image area.
Well now we have a smaller image area with that smaller image area if we go back to options and zoom in to fill that you can see how it will then just fill in that particular space. You can also unlink these by clicking on the Link All button. In doing that you can then just Click and Drag one guide, in this way you can change the way that the slideshow appears. And also where the photograph appears and the overall layout of the slideshow that you're creating. And so this is where you can start to get really creative, based on the type of photographs that you have.
If ever you want to sort of reset this back to normal, well just click on Link All. And what that will do is bring all of these values back to a more regular or typical setting, then you can always unlink. For example, if you just want to lift that area up a little bit and just modify one of those sliders or one of those areas. So that you can then change the position of your photographs. Alright well now that we have looked at the Layout and the Options panel. Lets dig a bit deeper into how we can continue to modify and customize our slide show. And lets do that in the next few movies.
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