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Create Stunning Slideshows Using Adobe Lightroom

written by: SparkKD•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 12/14/2009

This tutorial describes how to create stunning slideshows of your photos using Adobe Lightroom. The various tools present in the Slideshow Module are discussed in detail here.

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    Introduction

    The Slideshow Module within Adobe Lightroom is specially designed to help create stunning slideshows. It has a variety of options which are very simple to use and can help create slideshows using Adobe Lightroom within minutes.

    The left panel contains the following

    • Preview option which shows a preview of the selected image,
    • Templates section which contains Lightroom templates and user-defined templates for creating slideshows
    • Collections section which shows the various collections present in the catalog.
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    Tools available in the Right Panel

    The following are the various sections present in the Right Panel

    Options Section

    This can be used to zoom the image to fill the frame, add a stroke border to the image, and cast shadow to the image.

    Layout Section

    The Layout section can be used to select the Left, Right, Top and Bottom margins and also show guides to indicate the area within which the image will be displayed.

    Overlays SectionSlideshow - Overlays 

    The Overlays section can be used for the following

    • Add the Identity Plate as an overlay - Can be used to add creator information to the image
    • Add Rating Stars as an overlay - To display the image's star rating during slideshow
    • Add Text Overlays - Used to add captions to the image

    Backdrop Section

    Obtaining the right combination of light, perspective and background is crucial for most photos. Hence choosing a suitable backdrop for a slideshow becomes important.

    The Backdrop section can be used for the following

    • Add a Colour Wash to the background - Adding a background gradient in a particular colour
    • Add a Background Image - Using another image as background
    • Add a Background Colour - This is used in conjunction with the colour wash

    Titles SectionSlideshow - Titles 

    The Titles section can be used for the following

    • Add an Intro Screen to the slideshow
    • Add an Ending Screen to the slideshow

    In both cases, a suitable colour can be chosen, the Identity Plate option can be selected, and either the existing Identity Plate can be used, or can be edited as required and scaled for display.

    Playback Section

    The Playback section can be used for the following

    • Add a Soundtrack to the slideshow
    • Choose a Slide Duration for the images
    • Randomize the order of display
    • Choose a loop option to repeat the slideshow

    The Preview and Playback options can be used to view the slideshow. The slideshow can be exported as JPEG files or as a PDF. By using the above options, one can create stunning slideshows which can be posted online and shared with everyone.

Beginner's Guide to Adobe Lightroom

This article series is a beginner's guide to Adobe Lightroom and the various modules within Adobe Lightroom. It discusses the Lightroom interface, the five modules and the various tools available within Adobe Lightroom and is a must-read for all photographers interested in using Adobe Lightroom
  1. An Introduction to Adobe Lightroom
  2. Organize Photos Using the Library Module within Adobe Lightroom
  3. Modify Photos Using the Develop Module within Adobe Lightroom
  4. Create Stunning Slideshows Using Adobe Lightroom
  5. Adobe Lightroom: Print Module & Web Module