Creating a Slideshow and Print Module


Lightroom Essentials


Lesson Info

Creating a Slideshow and Print Module

So now let's talk about slide shows, basically, they work exactly same way that's the beauty, the slide show and the print and the web module really? They're they're so similar to the book module. So let's, come over here to our collections and let's get out of the book module so we don't create another book project. So the first step in creating any of these projects is to create the collection of photos do you want to go in here? We can even start with our sunset collection. So on this one, this is just a collection I made. I know that because of the icon here's my actual books, they look like book icons, so those air save projects so I can create a slideshow straight from this collection. It doesn't matter which one it is, or I could create a selection slideshow rather of these flowers right here. Okay, so now, when she had this collection active when come over here and click side shoe and it is so easy won't believe similar set of options over here, we have the option to create a s...

ave slide show once again when she clicked that it's going to appear over here in your collections, you do not have to keep saving it, but if you just want a temporary slide show you don't have to save it like if the client all of a sudden appears and you just click to activate some images in the library let's say oh we'll do our horizontal images here so I'm just command clicking to select a few then we can come over to sideshow those are the photos that are in the slide show so you don't always have to create a saved project it could be very on the fly very temporary like that so let's look at our slide show options the first option we see down here is a zoomed to feel frame I leave that off because you're going to get some unexpected cropping going on like that so if you want to see the whole image then turn that off you can add a stroke which is just a fancy way of saying border so turned that on you can use this little color swatch here to choose what color stroke that you want and set the width of it if you want to make it look like a polaroid you can kind of do that too just up the width on that you can have ah drop shadow appear doesn't do you much good if you're using a black background and when she turned on the shadow you can set it's opacity and its angle and all that kind of stuff we've got the same kind of cell padding situation teo manage size of our photos placement if you were so to speak in the slide show itself and here's our identity plate so with that turned off just a regular old slide show but if I turn that identity plate on then it's going to appear right here at the uh top left now you do have opacity control so you can make it a little bit screens back if you want and you've got scale control so I could make my my branding appear really honking big and obnoxious e her I can have it beat nice and subtle and tucked into the top left corner you can turn water marking on you can have the star ratings appear as you're going through the slide show that might be helpful for your own assessment text overlays shadows for the text overlays backdrop do you want a special graphic behind here to appear in your slide show? Do you want a background image so here's another opportunity for branding the background of your slide show in the background color? So I changed that so by default it's not black so you just click that little color picture and you can set it to anything you want titles that's the intro and the outro so we can turn on titles and add our identity plate and set the scale for that so let's see if we go back with our arrow key feel actually show us the title screen that may be something that you only see when you preview and then the ending screen. You can set the playback options here. You can even have audio go along with your slide show, and you can set the slide show to be manual advance so you'd have to type her tap rather the arrow keys on your keyboard. You can determine how long the slide your on screen from this area right here, the playback panel, you can put him in a random order, and if you turn on repeat and that loops the slide show now, where on earth would you turn on the captions? I've heard me say that you can turn those on, but where on earth, where are the captions? You might ask? They're nowhere to be found there right here into it, isn't it? That's your ad text to the slide option, so give it a click and you get a poppet menu that says wet text if you have entered data into the library module in the metadata panel on the right hand side, if you've entered anything into the caption box and it will show up right here so you can choose caption and see right now, it's telling me it's empty, but can you see that it has that bracket around its that's when you know it's a variable? So we could go back to the library module so I still have that photo active that's on that slide and if I come down here sam in the metadata panel on the right hand side if I come down here and I say maui or an appeal ebay because that's where it wass now we oh my gosh can't even spell today, okay, now when we go back teo the slideshow module see how now my caption is there so that's how you turn those on? We have to click that abc and then from that field you have to tell hey, what? What kind of text in my adding now, there's nothing in the world that would keep you from just type in your captions in right there on the photo by photo basis, but if you do that, those captions don't live anywhere else they're not attached your photo in anyway, so if you happen to want captions to show up oh, and a book or on a web gallery thing, you're going to have to be re typing them so that's why you'd want to enter that kind of data over in the library module in the metadata panel, but I promise you you're going to forget how the head to turn those on just think text and then just look for that abc button and then for formatting just uh I think the formatting is controlled over here yeah so click to activate that little text area and then over here we've got text overlays and you can control the font and the opacity and all of that the placement is controlled oddly enough by clicking and dragging the text box around now look what's happening that's an anchor that's hopping around so what you're really doing is you're saying hey light room I realized that I have landscape in portrait oriented photos all over the place would you please just anchor the caption in the bottom right corner wherever that bottom right corner appears or the left corner or centered bottom or center top so it's impossible to put it in the wrong place because it won't let you that little anchor hops around but you can also anchor it to the page itself or or the background rather doesn't have to be anchored to the the image it could be anchored to the edge of your screen courage of the slide show rather that makes sense so that's how you handle that and to make it bigger or smaller even adjust the size of the text box itself you don't really have a size control over here you've got capacity but you don't have a size control so don't let that throw you okay? So we'll set that back to you there should be a nun or maybe I just delete it there we go so again to turn on captions, click the abc from the custom text poppet menu choose caption and if you've entered a caption the library module in the metadata panel is going to show up here then to change the size of the text, grab the handle of the text box itself to change the placement of the text. Just click and drag and put that anchor where you want it see you know the text doesn't have to be right at the anchor, but the anchor controls where it's going to be on the page so you can have it a little bit away from the edge but mainly anchored at the top right or the bottom right or whatever you'd like, so it is a little bit odd and quirky but it's kind of neat and control the opacity over here and here's how you can control the text color I'd shy away from pure white if you wanted to use pure white, I'd go for like a super light gray instead just because it's not quite as high in contrast and I think that's really all of the options for setting up your slide show and if you want to save it this something that you're going to use over and over again then you could click create five show create saves five show and ends up as a collection over here with a special little icon so the one that I created for you that we looked out in the looked at in the intro has that little icon right there so it looks like a little slide and then if you want teo save it as a pdf maybe the email it around what have you could export pdf if you want to put it on your website then you would choose export video innit packages it right up you just put that foul right on your website which is really fantastic science is a pretty easy okay let's go back to the library now and let's talk about creating and customizing uh prince so I've got a little library or collection rather over here for you for the print module and again you're going to get a subset of the images that I'm using if you purchase the course in order to play around with all of these controls so I'm just gonna go ahead and click the print module collection and we can get to the print module in a couple of ways we can go ahead and click it or weaken desprez thie universal print keyboard shortcut of commander control p and that takes us right to the print module you've got oodles and gobs of presets over here I mean a lot of them the presets are over here on the left hand side in the book module so I'm gonna hide my photo been here for just a second and if I scroll up I get the template browser okay so we've got a preview panel here all of these panels could be collapsed to expand so if you don't see this don't panic if you're in the print module this is in there so just scroll around by using this bar until you find it the templates are sitting above your collections so there's the template browser right there so as I clicked these different presets they change here on screen so there's a ton of them and you can customize them to create your own so these little squares right here those air photo sales that you would click and drag just like you were creating a book to populate those photo sales for your custom print all kinds of things that you can create here and you can also create your own templates here you've got far more options so you can customize print templates that you can use over and over again which is really really nice you can either prince to a you can print to a j peg instead of sending the file to your own printer so you could let's go back up here to that uh let's say three up image custom overlap three and I can determine which images I would like to go in there if I don't want to print this on my own printer let's say I am using impacts and picks is my lab I just put it to a j pig and send the j peg to the online print lab. Yes. Ok. So to create a custom size and it's not lists from the left hand side, do you press that plus button at the top to create a new template? Yes. And then where do you add the size that you want to be? Well, what you would do, you would customize it using the settings over here on the right hand side. Then you would say that, okay? And that you can adjust the paper size than on the right hand side as well. You do that through print settings. Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. Okay. So you can print to a j peg, sent it off instead of printing to a prayer. You khun save print template and you can save prince themselves so let's say I was, um I sold my photography and I had some mechanism on my website for people to order prints than in that situation. I would create a saved print. So let's say I had this layout on my website for sales, and every time somebody bought it, then I would need to print that out that's when you would create a safe to print so with a saved print that's saving the print exactly as it is with those images so you might do that if you offer printing services for your clients or like I said, if you're selling selling your own art but otherwise you'll be saving print templates and that that's just a set up where you can, you know, populate with other images but over here on the right hand side you can see we've got three kind of different layout styles so let's go ahead and look at single image contact sheet so this one is for setting up a single image or contact sheet but there are some content she presets over here on the left hand side so with a contact sheet you can populate them with multiple different images so these are infinitely customizable here single image contact sheet picture package is always going to print multiple images or multiple sizes of the same image, so if you want to print multiple images on a page that you would either start out with a contact she layout style or the um custom play out style but for custom stuff you're mostly going to stick with this contact sheet situation appear although with custom package you can create some overlapping print tip lists like we looked at that one template in the book layout that had an overlap where you could do that same kind of thing over here in and the print module but just to give you an idea so here I've got a picture package set up here and I was gonna change my image we're going to add a care and right here all right and now if I scroll down on the right hand side here I see that I've got all kinds of different size photo sales that I could add to those packages so let's say I want to clear this layout and I want to start with my own picture package so what sizes do you want? Well maybe I want one five by seven so I'll click five by seven and we want karen appear so and you can also drag and drop your own photo sales and I've got two photos selected that's why I was doing that okay so now let's say I want to add a four by six well now I say you but I needed eight by ten is well white room's is going to keep adding pages so that it can accommodate all the different sizes that you said you wanted so that's kind of neat you can adjust the uh haif and with using these controls over here and you've also got control over a photo border like right now we've got a photo border going on so I'm gonna go ahead and turn that off and turn off the inner stroke so there's all kinds of customization options that you can have if you are going to be let me find one of these uh nice templates over here that's a good one this is something that you might actually end up cutting yourself if you're gonna cut these apart you can turn on cut guides so what did that do you let me collapse my film strip and zoom in a little bit what it did is this gave you guide that you can use let's say with a metal ruler in an exacto knife it just makes cutting these images up a little bit easier see how there's a guy that extends down there and a guy that extends down there as well is right here that just gives you a little bit of help when you're chopping these apart if you are creating these picture packages so start with the template over here and then use thes settings over here to customize it and then when you get it all set up just right then click that little plus sign to save that as a preset but it is a lot of fun any of these settings over here on the right hand side in these you know the book the slide show the print and the web module will take a little getting used to but honestly it is fun teo play around with them and get exactly what you want so to set up your paper size he would start with page set up uh the button at the bottom left of the interface here and you would just choose your printer so we have in our three thousand absent or three thousand at home so that's what I've got selected here from the printer and so in the page set up that's where you're going to tell the printer what page size you want you can access that over here anywhere so if I wanted to print thirteen my nineteen eleven by seventeen what have you eight by ten do I want borderless or not you know so if your printers capable of printing off for printing to the edge of the paper then you can choose that here you'd want to go for a borderless in that instance so we can just go ahead and choose that click okay than my page size changes here in light room and light room is handling the resolution cnni we don't have to worry about that right here in this print module now if we want to change the paper quality that's only we click print settings now this dialogue is gonna look a little bit different if you're on a pc because this is an operating system dialog box not a light wind dialog box so but this is where you would choose your paper type in your quality. So for this particular printer I'm gonna click this layout meanie and I'm going to go down to printer settings and this is where all my paper type quality lives so I can choose what kind of paper I want fine art paper, what have you? I can choose the print mode, and I can choose the output resolution so I can do super fine so my fine and by all means turn off high speed if you have that option in your prayer because that's goingto give me a little bit lower quality than you would get if you let the printer just be slow about its work and take however long that it wants to. So once you get those set up correctly, then click save and that information gets tucked inside of the template. When you choose that, see you don't have to go back to page set up in printer settings, you know, unless you're just changing the paper type or what have you, but that stuff gets tucked along inside of your pre set there. So other options to note back here you can, of course, add your identity template to your prints if you want to set up a fine art print and you can turn on water marking and other options down here, uh, to note our we turn off draft mode printing. So light room assumes that you want to print a draft first to check and make sure it's all fine but turn that off and here's where you can control resolution if you if you have a printer that can take advantage of smaller pixels than you might want to pump that up if you want here you can add a round of sharpening for your printer an extra round of output sharpening you can turn on color management if you want whether the the translation of the colors that we're seeing here on our monitor in light room is being handled by the printer or if it's being handled by light room and this little button is really handy in that if you print a test print in it prince a little bit too dark rather than going into the develop module and changing the exposure of these images what you can do is this turn on print adjustment and that's going to give you two still the ability to brighton or darken increase or decrease decrease contrast just for this print it's not going to mess with your settings over in the basic panel of the developed module so this is incredibly haiti and honestly I don't know of another program that has this at all so that's really nice if you do a test print and these just a little brightening or a little darkening a little contrast a little reduction in contrast and you can manage that right here in that when you go back to the develop module look at the image that adjustment is not going to be there, so this is on ly going to be visible on this print, not you're not going to see that change back in the adjustments panel or the basic panel of the develop module question if you're doing finer prince and you get that color management tweaked to away that you really like it, and you want to be able to save those settings in particular, is there a way to do that? There should be I don't know what it is right off the top of my head. I believe the settings you make right here are saved with if you create a saved print, I know that they're saved. If you create a saved template, they maybe saved a cz well, I'd have to test that look at it, but just one more word on the printing settings here. If you've got a printer profiles and a prettier profile is just a ah lot of print companies like absent will give profiles away on their websites that are specific to the printer model and the printer paper. So because there's two things that comes into play, you know, how does the printer interpret how? What is the math that's going on interprets the colors and what's the paper that you're printing it because you're different absorption levels according to the different types of paper in the different inks used by the printer. So if you've taken the time to download those printer and paper specific profiles so that you're getting more accurate prince, then this is where you would access them, and you're not going to see a slew of them in this poppet menu until you click the other button and then that's going to bring up your whole big loosed of printer profiles, so that can be really, really handy. But another thing that I wanted to show you real quick before we moved to the web gallery is we're going to come over here tio single image so single images where you would set up like a fine art print. So let's say, I'm gonna choose maximum size, and I can also as you saw me dragging and dropping things around, I'm gonna go ahead and change the there we go change the image here, so whichever and that you have selected in your film strip is going to be the image that you see right here, but I can also, uh, click and drag not on that template. I can also click and drag custom package let me change mine seemed okay, liz, to see that in some of these that lets you click and drag to add another text box, maybe it's the custom package, yeah so here I'm just going to customize this template I'm gonna get rid of all these borders so here I've got a nice big image and if I wanted I could click and drag another box and they could create a custom layout that way so I switched to custom package if you want to be adding more photo sales thank you and get rid of that now let's say I want that one so I'm gonna go back to single image for this one and I don't want it to seem to fill and I'm gonna click and drag from the bottom of the image to kind of reposition that now what if I wanted teo ad my signature we can do that what you would do is you would import it into the film strip here and you would just drag and drop it into your image and I've actually got or into the page rather I've actually gotta saved near you so you can see what that looks like. You can also save it as part of an identity plate or you can drag and drop it on if you're using custom package so let me zoom in a little bit by closing the photos or here her film strip rather so we lifted a custom identity play earlier and we just had the one that we created in light rain which was just basic ticks so we could certainly use that and you can choose you can set up several custom I'd anyplace and then choose them right here from this little picking area, but we could just go back to the main I didn't play, which is going to be this one and you can see that you've got the ability to scooted around anywhere you want on these prints, so if I just wanted to do something like that, I certainly could and how do I handle the size by re sizing the text box itself? Now light room assumes that you might want to change the color of this, so it lets you override the color of your identity plate right there, but if you notice you'll see a little downward pointing triangle next underneath this little area right here, which is really a preview of what you're I didn't play it's gonna look like just give that a click and you see that you can choose edit and that's where you can tell light room hey, I want a graphical! I didn't play and if you do it like that, you don't even have to import that second light room I mean, you can but you don't have teo so click use graphical eye didn't he play click located file and then still find where that lives in ours in particular happens to live in the light room graphic here's, my signature how did I get that? I wrote it on a piece of paper and I took a picture of it with my iphone e. I did think, lick, uh, okay, or while you're in here, guess what's in this papa, when you say that as so as you can see here, I've saved, uh, photo lisa for prince, literally, sir, pregnant, regular. I could also call that one signature and click okay, and now I get access to this right here and light room. I've got opacity control. I've got scale control. Take it right up there really amazing. So you got all kinds of options that you can adhere to your print jobs, so play around with thestreet adam's, right here. If you can customize single image and contact sheet, uh, multiple pictures of different sizes or same pictures, different sizes, you're going to use picture package. Uh, custom package can be really anything you want.

Class Description

Ready to take control of your photo library and actually enjoy image processing? Join best-selling author and image-editing/stock expert Lesa Snider for a comprehensive three-day immersion into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Lesa will cover everything you need to know about importing, managing, and correcting images using Lightroom's non-destructive workspace. You'll learn how to apply global changes to photos, how to target specific areas for more selective changes, and how to apply changes to multiple photos en masse. You'll also learn how to fix skies, retouch portraits, remove sensor spots and other objects, as well as when and how to switch over to Photoshop (or Elements) for more difficult tasks. Lesa will also show you how to sharpen like a pro (with nods to specific settings for submitting stock imagery), export your photos, apply a wide variety of practical effects, share images via social media networks, add location data, build photo books, create sizzling slideshows, customize print layouts, create gorgeous web galleries, and much more.

By the end of this course, you'll be in love with Photoshop Lightroom and you'll have mastered the art of photo management and non-destructive editing.

Software Used: Adobe Lightroom 5