Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Fine-tuning the slideshow and creating custom templates, part of Lightroom 5 Essential Training: 6 Creating Slideshows & Web Galleries.
At this stage of your workflow in designing a slideshow, what you'll want to do is fine-tune any adjustments. And then save out all of the adjustments that you've made as a custom template. So let's do that here with this project. One of the things that I want to do for starters is work in the Overlays panel and change the Typography that I have here. Rather than having the word photography twice, I want to mix this up a little bit, so here I'll click on this icon and choose Edit. And rather than having it read narrative photography slash Chris Orwig. I'm going to go ahead and delete the slash Chris Orwig part, and instead I'm going to put the words by Chris Orwig. And this way, it will just clean this up a little bit. And again what you'll want to do, is make any needed customizations like I'm doing here, jut to get this exactly how you want it.
In this case I'll just reposition that as well. Now so far, this particular image looks good, yet when we click on to another photograph, it really doesn't. The option which I had selected, up here in the Options bar, of Zoom to Fill Frame, doesn't really work, especially with the verticals. And in this set of photographs there are a lot of vertical and horizontal images. Now that we have this options turned off, we'll both photographs tend to work well in this particular space. Another thing you may want to consider is whether or not to add a little bit of a border or an edge to the photographs.
If you want to separate the images from the background. In this case, these images don't really need it, but as we navigate through, perhaps there are some photographs that could benefit from a brush stroke here. Here I'll go ahead and change this color to white. To add that, it will help the images to sort of pop or to stand out from the background, especially those darker photographs. Well next after you've tweaked or modified any of these options what you'll want to do next is navigate to the Template Browser. In the Template Browser, you can click on the plus icon and here you can create a New Template. I'll go ahead and just name this new template Keith-Slideshow. That will remind me that I originally created this template for these Keith Carter photographs.
I'll save this inside of my User Templates folder and then click Create. What it will do is allow us to come back to these settings at any point in time. And I find that this is especially important after we've made our way through these three sets of panels, the Options, Layout and Overlay panels. Because here's where we really customize this. Then if we make any other changes, perhaps to the backdrop or in other ways. We can always reset things by simply clicking on this template over here. In addition, if ever we want to reuse this template with other photographs, we can always select those photographs. And then click on the template name in order to start off with this particular look and feel with the photographs, and with the overall layout.
- Getting your slideshow or gallery on the web
- Grouping images in collections
- Renaming and reordering images
- Changing the color and appearance of a web gallery
- Creating a slideshow or web gallery with images and video
- Adding captions and titles to photos
- Saving custom templates
- Uploading HTML and Flash galleries to a web server
- Creating an impromptu slideshow
- Customizing a slideshow layout
- Adjusting slideshow playback options
- Exporting a slideshow as a JPEG, a PDF, or a video