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Lesson 10 of 42

Creating Slideshows in Lightroom

 

Creative Cloud Essentials

Lesson 10 of 42

Creating Slideshows in Lightroom

 

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Creating Slideshows in Lightroom

Let's take a look at slide shoes so we're gonna create them. Kind of in the same way that we did will start out with a collection of the images that we want to include in the slide show and every had already have a slideshow made for you. So let's go ahead and click that, and you can see what the interface looks like. So we've got the same kind of preview area in the middle here. All the photos that were in the collection when we create the going to the slideshow module and then just like the book module. On the right hand side, we have a Siris of panels that gives us options for our slideshow. A notable option here is the identity plate. So that's pulling from that identity plate that we set up earlier, and it appears here at the top left of the image, which is a pretty neat thing. You see, I've got captions going on here, and I've also got a background image behind the images that I'm really featuring, which just adds another level of detail to the slideshow. Makes it really pretty. ...

So let's take a look at creating one of those when we close up that preview window. So for this one, we're gonna use Frank's photos. So let's come up here. Let's go to the library module and find the photos that we want to work with. So I'm gonna go ahead and choose Thief Frank folder. Now, I am in my direct restructure on my hard drive. I have not yet made a collection, so I'm just gonna go ahead and use all of these photos in the slideshow. So I'm gonna press command A or control A on a PC to select all. And then we can create a new selection by coming to the collections panel collections rather and saying Create collection and we'll call this drinks wedding slideshow. Or it could be wedding portfolio. Or what have you inside a collection set just so I can keep track of it over here. And we're gonna include the selected photos. Click create. Now light re pops us into that collection. How do I know him in a collection? Cause we're in the collections panel now. Now we're ready to go the slideshow module, so let's go ahead and click it. If you have added a background image to a slide show in the past. Light room automatically has that part of the panel turn on. So basically any changes you make over here on the right hand side or sticky, they stay changed until you change them to something else. So let's go ahead and start building our slideshow so it's coming, period the top of these panels here and see what we've got. So let's go ahead and turn on our identity plate. It's not the right identity plate. So how do I switch that? Remember, we May for Frank earlier in the class, so there's a little downward pointing triangle underneath that I didn t play sample that's there. So if I give that a click, I've got all my identity plate presets right there. So here's Franks identity plate. So now it's got his name up there at the top, left pretty slick stuff. We're also going to turn on title pages, so just keep scrolling down until you find the panel that has the settings in there that you want and we're gonna turn on intro screen and we're gonna turn on ending screen and you even get the ability to change identity plates on the title page is, you know, which is separate from what's gonna show up on the individual pages so you can see that that's the titles panel up here is the identity plate panel. So here, this overly will show up on every page, you can control its opacity. Does that make that a little bit? You know, uh, less bright. So it is not distracting from the show. It all so well said it maybe about 75%. And you can also use the scale slider to change the size. So that is going to show up on every page. But if you scroll down here to the titles panel, then you can fine tune that even further on what's gonna happen, you know, at the first slide in the ending slide. So just to see what that looks like if I click play, so that would be the title slide. I haven't changed the identity plate on the title slide yet, and then it goes into the slide show and you can see that there's another identity plate at the top left, so I press escape to get out of that so in the titles panel. It's coming on here. And let's change the identity plate to Frank And here again, I've got the ability to change the size and the scale of the identity plate on the title slides. So if I wanted, I might make that one large, not TV, because it would be what horsey subtlety is key. Classy. That's what you want. So that's the beginning side. And then for the ending screen, I could come over here and choose Frank. Be as well. That is a little confusing, because you don't. The title in the ending side doesn't stay up very long, But as soon as you start doing anything within this title panel, that title screen comes back. So don't let that throw you don't think, Oh my gosh, where's it gone? It just defaults to the first picture that's in that slide show. So that's how you can change that. If I wanted to change the color of the identity plate, I could do that right here. I could have a different color for the title screen, a different color for the ending screen. So all that kind of customization right there. But let's say that that's OK for now. Then the next thing you want to do because you've already wisely put these in the order in which you want them to appear in the slideshow back when you made the collection because you can drag and drop him around. So let's say they're in the right order. Well, let's look at some of the customization options that we can have. So if I click, I click the image here with zoom ins that you can actually see this a little bit more. If I do that, I could make it a little bit bigger. So we've got some neat options here. We can turn on a stroke for our. Our image is like a little border there, and that is handled right here at the top. Turn on stroke border so you can make that is as thick auras been as you want right here. So I like to keep my kind of small, and you can set the color of the border. See, it is click that little color swatch, and you've got all kinds of different colors here. I could again click and drag to snatch up a color from the image If I wanted to do that and fine tune the border color and I can have the image cast a shadow if I want. I don't really care about that. And these guides right here in the layout. This is again, just like in the book module, how you change placement and size of the photos because it says this is really a grid cell type layout. So with Link all turned on by default as I change these, then the size of my picture changes because I'm changing the size of the cell that that picture is in So you could do you think you want. You make him hang off the screen. If you want, you can turn off link all. Let's say, if I want this particular image to end up on the right side of the screen, then I could grab the lift slider and scooted over. So it's the positioning and the changing the sizes of the photos that takes a little getting used to in both the book module in the slideshow module. But that's how you do it in this layout panel right here. So I go ahead in set that back to the default. Of course, you can double click these fields and inter any number you want in there. Now you'll notice that I've got the word empty right here that appears on the bottom of my image. With brackets around it, that's a variable. That's a call to the metadata to the whichever field you said for the metadata. And how do you do that? You can come down here to the text overlay section, turn that on, and then click the ABC right here. And when you do, I find that my presets are gone again. So we're gonna come back up to Preferences. This is good text templates. Restore. This is awesome that this is happening because this kind of stuff could happen to you and you need to know how to do it, right? How to handle it. Textile templates. Let's reset that one to you and see if that gets us back. Teoh, where we want it didn't trust me when I say that when you click this button to turn on text overlays, you're going to get a list of the different pieces of information that you can include minus set to captions even though captions isn't showing up in the menu right here. But it's set to captions, and the reason it says empties because this because a particular picture doesn't have anything in that field. Now this text isn't gonna show up in the slideshow is still just be blank, but it's just letting me know. Hey, that one doesn't have a caption. So let's go ahead and cruise through our slides here. So as you click the slides in the filmstrip and you see them appear on the screen so you could use that layout panel Teoh change the size. Maybe you want Teoh change the size of all of them so that they don't appear on top of your identity plate. Or you could change the size of the identity plate. You know, six and one hand, half dozen in the other. So let's take a look at some of the other options we've got here. You could do water marking if you wanted. That would be handy. Let's say if you're using light room as a teaching tool, because really you can pick what piece of text you want to come in as a text overlay, you might choose your camera settings there. And so that way, when the slide show is running the lens and the F stop in the shutter speed in the Esso and all that appear down here at the bottom of the photo or wherever you you place that text. So let's keep cruising down in here. Here's our background image works exactly the same way as it did in the book module. Let's say that I really want to use this shot instead. Is my background Oops, I've got all the images selected so we wouldn't want to do that. So I'm gonna click in the gray area to select just one image and then click and drag it into that box. So now I've got that of the nice champagne glass background there so I could change its opacity so that it's not quite so overpowering and perhaps just barely there. And I might change the size of that particular image a little bit. So not a whole lot of custom is ations within the social module, but quite a few that you can make something really beautiful. If you don't want a background image, you could set up what kind of color. You want a solid color, that might be nice. And we've already looked at that. You can include audio on there if you want, and you can set the slideshow to repeat. You could make it shuffle itself into a random order and you can even change the transitions. You don't have a whole lot of control here, but you've basically to Scott, how long of a fade you want in between the images. And you set that with this slider right here. The slides. How long do you want them to stay on screen? The default is four seconds, and you can change that. That here, too. So pretty quickly you can get a really amazing sideshow. Now let's take a peek at how to go back and add some captions. So let's come back over to this image. And what we want to do is we want Teoh find it in the library module, cause that's where we can enter metadata. We can add it here, but the caveat of adding it here in this lodge I slash o module or the book module, for that matter is that if you add custom text in the module like that. It's only available in that module. Whereas if you add it in the library module in the metadata panel, you can access it from multiple different modules. So that's what we're gonna do. First, we're gonna go ahead and save the slide show. So we'll say create save slideshow. Give it a name, Frank. Sly Show live and say create. So now with this picture activated less press g to go back to the library, Agreed view. See, we've got that picture selected and over on the right hand side, all I have to do scroll down to my metadata panel, click within the caption feel because that's what my text overlay is set to call. Even though you can't see the dadgum menu, you will have him in you. So here we could say, um gosh, type in any name here. Mary and John are actually, we'll do. This will be fun. Kammen and John Cornyn Chilo. Nice Italian names there. So now when we come back, Teoh are slideshow project. So we're already on that saved project. How do we get back to the slideshow module? We could either click slideshow, appear at the top or this point are cursor to that project and click that tiny little right facing arrow that appears. So let's go ahead and give that a click. And now you can see here when we zoom in that the caption is filled in. So that's how you would handle caption so you can type anything you want. Doesn't have to be people's names now. It could be descriptive. So for my abstract photography, I could, you know, obviously wouldn't have names to put in there. And if you're shot pictures of your jewelry to create a book out of you could put in a few words about that particular piece. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful way. Teoh spend hours on a weekend building these slide shows and books. So once you're finished, you can click a preview or play to see it. But what I want to do is show you how to export it. So over here at the bottom left, we've got two options export to pdf, an export to video. So if we click export to pdf, it would be the exact same processes we just did for our IPad with the saved photo book so we would get a pdf and then so just go and do that. We'll throw it on. The desktops will call this spring slide Show live. You have some quality settings here. You can determine if the if the if it shows on at full screen and the common sizes. So if you're going to an IPad if it's, uh, not a retina. IPad, which means the pixels are super super small and retina displays. A great size for the IPad is 10 24 by 7 68 That's a real nice size toe export. If you do have, ah, retina IPad. So that means the pixels. You've got twice as many pixels because they're half the size. Then you would. You could type in another number. You could choose other right here, and you just double that so I'd be like, you know, 2048 by something. So that's how you would do that so we can export that to our desktop. White Room goes about its business. And again, what we would have to do is download this Adobe reader for mobile. So it's really just Acrobat Reader. Think about it that way for the mobile device, so you sink that onto your IPad and then you come over here to ITunes, click your ipads name and I chains and all this week mine appear. So it actually appears I've already got it selected. So when you first plug it in and will show up over here, so just click it and then you get these different buttons, hears a click APS and scroll all the way down to the bottom. Don't start here because this is to showing you the app center on your IPad or your Iowa's device scroll all the way to the bottom, to where you see the words file sharing and then click the Adobe Reader app and then go find that. PdF. So click add, and we'll see if light rooms finished exporting it, and it looks like it is so there's our slideshow, so we click add So we're just navigating to where we put it on her hard drive. Click add. Now See, it shows up into that list, which basically is saying, Hey, ipad, next time you do this, put that file onto it at high resolution. So what's this? Finishes? It will end up in that adobe reader at on her IPad, even though it was a slideshow where it will play really quick. Do you play the use? The slide shows about music? Or is there a way to put a tracker some kind of music underneath it? Yeah, that's a great question. You can put music with it down here in the playback module. If you turn on audio, then you can go select the music wherever it lives on your hard drive, and it will be included. Just bear in mind. Be kind to your users. Ears. What music you think goes perfectly with portfolio piece like this may be completely obnoxious to somebody else. Why? I absolutely love Ozzie Osborne. I would not want to make every potential client listen to Crazy Train over and over in my slideshow. And in order to upload this slide show, let's say to your own Web black website or to YouTube, YouTube is a great place to host thes slide shows because these were big files. You know, when you start when we export, this is a movie is a video. It's gonna be a large file, a really big file, like 10 pictures in it. It's gonna be 80 megabytes. Music's gonna make it bigger. And if we upload to YouTube, which is a great free place to host your movies that you make and we can point to them from Behan, sir, from our website. If you have put copyrighted music into the slide show, they will reject your posting so you won't be able to upload it to YouTube if you like, say, included your favorite Taylor Swift song and there is not gonna work out. So for those reasons, in just to be kind to my audience, I typically don't add audio to it. I don't because, really, what are you trying to do? You're not trying to impress people with your music music picking prowess, right? You're trying to impress them with your photography or your products that you're creating, or whatever that is, at least that we had a quick related question you mentioned uploading to YouTube. Linda be in the chat room, wanted to know if you could save a slide share like this to say dropbox and share it with someone. Is that a good way of doing it? I mean, they also need to have light room on their end as well. That's a fabulous, fabulous question. Thank you so much. They really wouldn't have to have light room if you export it as an MP for which we could do. Let's just go ahead and do that right now, so we'll click export video instead. So what we're going to get is really an MP four that'll play in quick time player, which most everybody has on their computer. There's some, you know, a piece of software that's gonna play in moving on there. So that's what you would do. Dropbox is a fantastic solution because these things are too big to email. You are never, ever, ever going to be able to email a slide show that you export is a movie. Just forget about it. It's not gonna happen there too big unless it consists of maybe three pictures and then still is gonna be too big by the time you factor in the transitions. And, you know, if you include audio just gets even larger after that. So, um, Dropbox is a great solution, as is, you know, transferring Teoh an IPad. And once you get it onto your IPad, you can use Apple's technology called airdrop to transfer from one IOS device onto another. So there are other ways to pass that around that email is not going to be the solution and for slide shows. So just put that out of your mind right now. It's not gonna happen so well in this export slide Show the video dialogue. We've got some size options here. If you're gonna go to your IPad, you want to pick the biggest one that we've got here. So 10 Honestly, um, 6 40 by 4 87 20 That's going to be fantastic to, and these are even a little there, a little bit more friendly because the larger you go, the bigger the file sizes. So you tube really likes these guys, even though you could, you know, you could upload something larger, but for my own purposes, I tend to stick with 6 40 by 4 80 or 7 So in that, that's all you have to do. That's all you have to do right there.

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Adobe Creative Cloud is an essential toolkit for photographers — but navigating its many programs can be overwhelming. Join best-selling author Lesa Snider for a comprehensive course on how to harness the power of Creative Cloud to build a thriving photography business.

Lesa will show you how to grow your photography business with Creative Cloud’s suite of applications. You’ll learn how to build promotional materials, how to create and customize a professional-grade portfolio website with Behance, add compelling elements like slideshows, audio, and video, and display your portfolio on any mobile device — even in printed book form. You’ll also learn how to use Photoshop to create a professional and engaging video portfolio to showcase on your website, iPad, Behance, or burn onto DVD.

Lesa will also cover how to use Kuler to grab a color palette from a favorite image for use on your website or promotional materials, as well as how to use familiar drag-and-drop tools in Adobe Muse. By the end of this course, you will be able to create a full-blown website worthy of your work, with light boxes and slideshows to showcase your portfolio, and contact forms to gather leads.


Software Used: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 

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