Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Presenting photos as a slideshow, part of Bridge CS6 for Photographers.
While many photographers consider the print to be the best way to share a photograph, many photographers are embracing digital slide shows as well. And Bridge includes the ability to create a slide show virtually instantaneously. In fact, you can present a slide show simply by choosing View Slide Show from the menu, or pressing Ctrl + L on windows or Cmd + L on Macintosh. That will start a very basic slide show. And you can see that I start with the first image here. And then we'll cycle through each of the remaining images automatically. But you can also specify particular settings for the slideshow. I'll press Esc to cancel out of the slide show.
And from the View menu we can now choose Slideshow Options. And that will bring up the Slideshow Options dialog. We have an option to blackout additional monitors. So if you have more than one monitor connected to your computer, the other monitors that are not being used for the slideshow presentation can be blacked out. That's especially helpful for example if you're presenting on a digital projector with a laptop connected to it, in a darkened room. And you don't want that laptop to be illuminating the room. You can also choose the option to repeat the slideshow so that when it gets to the end of the group of images, it will go back to the first image.
There's also an option zoom back and forth, so I'll go ahead and turn that option on and the click the Play button, and you can see that first an image zooms in, and then the next image zooms out. So a somewhat interesting way to present the images. I'll go ahead press Esc and then go back to the View menu and choose Slideshow Options again. You can see next we have the Slide options. We can specify a duration for each image and whether or not we want to use a caption. And that can include page numbers, compact, or full.
I'll go ahead and leave the full option set and you can see that we get a fair amount of information about our photos. This would be most useful in a situation where you need more information to be shared with clients, for example, or if somebody is evaluating images for some other project. I'll go ahead and press Esc here, though, and go back to our Slideshow Options. And you can see that we have the option when presenting to center the images, scale them to fit the display or scale them to fill the entire display, which will result in cropping in many of the images.
I generally use the scale to fit option, so that we're able to see the image as large as possible. You also have a variety of Transition options. I generally use the Dissolve option, I find that to be the most elegant option available here. But there are certainly a variety of other options including Random where the slide show will play with a different effect for each image. I generally don't like using Random because some of the effects are better than others and some I'd rather avoid altogether. So, I find the dissolve option to e a good way to go in most cases.
We can also specify the Transition Speed, whether we want a faster or slower transition between the images. So if I switch back to Dissolve and then use a slower option, now when we see the images transitioning, the effect will be considerably slower. So the transition from one image to the next will be quite a bit slower than we saw previously. So you can see, there are quite a few options for the slideshow. It's still a fairly basic slideshow. You don't have a tremendous amount of flexibility, as far as creating customized slideshows.
But it still does give you a good way for a basic method of sharing your images with others. And as you've seen, we can click the Play button to play the slideshow directly from within the slideshow options dialog. But if you don't want to play the slideshow right away, you can also click Done and those settings will be saved so the next time you choose View Slideshow from the menu. Those settings will be used to play back that and future slideshows in Adobe Bridge.
- Downloading images
- Bridge and Camera Raw preferences
- Sorting and rotating images
- Basic image review
- Ratings and labels
- Working with metadata
- Adding keywords
- Using collections
- Processing and sharing images