Because of the aspect ratio of most displays, when creating a slideshow of my photography, I typically show a single image when it’s orientation is landscape, and two images when the orientation is vertical. Although it may be more work to find images that work well together, displaying two vertical images better fills the space, provides the opportunity to show more images, and helps change the rhythm of the images in the presentation.
To create the diptychs, sort the images into pairs (I prefer using collections to do this). Then, in the Print module, create a template at the correct size using the Print Job panel (19.20 x 10.80 at 100 ppi for HD videos for example).
Select the images, and choose Print To File. Import the new diptychs into Lightroom, reorder as needed, move to the Slideshow module, and you’re on your way to a more interesting presentation of your work!
Although I really appreciate that you can search my blog for Lightroom tips and shortcuts, several customers have requested that I create a single, condensed document that contains the Lightroom CC shortcuts that I use most often. So, click here to view/download the document.
The PDF file is 20+ pages long, and still doesn’t contain every shortcut… If you run across any mistakes/typos, please let me know and I’ll update the document.
In this video tutorial (Top 10 Hidden Gems in Lightroom 5), you’ll learn the additional, seldom talked about, features in Lightroom 5 that can make a huge difference in the way that you work with your images.
I have had several questions lately regrading Identity Plates so I thought I should repost this video tutorial on how to create an Identity Plate to personalize your own copy of Lightroom as well as brand your images when outputting them to slideshow, print and web.
I’m constantly reminded that different people use different shortcuts to accomplish the same tasks. For example, I typically tap “G” to go to the Grid view and “D” to move to the Develop module, However, each module also has its own shortcut:
• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + 1 moves to the Library module.
• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + 2 moves to the Develop module.
• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + 3 moves to the Slideshow module.
• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + 4 moves to the Print module.
• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + 5 moves to the Web module.
• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + Up arrow moves to the previous module.
• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + left/right arrow moves back/forward through the recently viewed modules.
Unfortunately, the Slideshow module cannot automatically wrap text. Therefore, if you have entered a long caption and want to display that caption under an image, the text will (more than likely) end up being truncated – unless you scale the caption really small. To avoid this, insert your own line breaks (in the Caption field in the Metadata panel) using Option + Enter (Mac), Ctrl+Return (Win).
If you find that you’re in one of Lightroom’s output modules but don’t have the correct images to work with, instead of returning to the Library Module, you can:
• Choose a different collection using the Collections panel.
• Use the Go Back and Go Forward navigation icons to view recently viewed folders (located above the Filmstrip on the left-hand side, in the little black strip)
• Click the downward pointing triangle to the right of the path (above the Filmstrip, on the left-hand side, in that little black strip) and choose from Recent and Favorite Sources.
You can also refine the selection using the Content Selector in the tool bar – choosing between All Filmstrip Photos, Selected Photos or Flagged Photos.
And don’t forget, you don’t have to return to the library to reorder images either. Simply drag to reposition the images in the Filmstrip (be sure you have to click and drag in the thumbnail area – not the gray area surrounding the thumbnail to reposition). Note, there are certain circumstances when you can not drag to create a custom sort order. Click here to watch the short video on Custom Sort Orders.
In this episode of The Complete Picture, I will show you how to quickly save your vector and raster logos in Photoshop to be applied to photographs in Lightroom as watermarks in the Slideshow, Print and Web modules as well as Publish Services).