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How to create a Lightroom slideshow and sync it to your iPhone or iPad

Lesa Snider | June 25, 2015
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom can create some of the slickest slideshows in the west. They're easy to make and incredibly handy for showing off cream-of-the-crop shots at home, at the local photography club, or for using as a digital portfolio.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom can create some of the slickest slideshows in the west. They're easy to make and incredibly handy for showing off cream-of-the-crop shots at home, at the local photography club, or for using as a digital portfolio.

In this column, you'll learn to create a slideshow that you export and then sync to your iPhone or iPad. Slideshows have a couple advantages over just handing someone your iPhone to flip through your Photos app: You can add captions so they know what they're looking at, and a slideshow has an end point, so they won't keep swiping into images you might not want them to see. Read on!

Create a collection and add captions

The first step in making a slideshow is to corral photos into a collection (think album). To do it, open the Library module in Grid view by pressing G (or click Library at the top of the Lightroom workspace). Use the Folders or Collections panel at left to locate photos for your show. Select some thumbnails and then in the Collections panel at left, click the + sign and choose Create Collection from the menu that appears. In the resulting dialog box, give the collection a name, turn on "Set as target collection" and then click Create.

Use the Folders or Collections panels to locate other images for your show and add them to the target collection by pointing your mouse at a thumbnail and clicking the circle that appears at the upper-right. Alternatively, just select a few thumbnails and tap the B key on your keyboard. When you're finished, open the collection by clicking its name in the Collections panel. Drag to rearrange the thumbnails into the order in which you want them to play in the show. Next, use the Metadata panel at right to add captions to your images; just select a thumbnail and enter some text into the Caption field.

Format the show

Click Slideshow in Lightroom's toolbar and a slideshow preview appears. The slides (images) in your show appear as thumbnails in the Filmstrip at the bottom of the window; just click any thumbnail to view that slide. The Template Browser panel at left has a few slideshow templates to choose from. However, in this example we'll use the panels at right to create a custom look that includes a background image. To start, locate the Options panel at upper right and turn off "Zoom to Fill Frame." Scroll down to the Backdrop panel, turn on Background Image, and turn off Background Color. Drag an image from the Filmstrip into the Backdrop panel, as shown here.

To keep the background image subtle, lower the Opacity setting. Next, scroll up to the Options panel, turn on Stroke Border, and set the width to 1 pixel. Click the colored rectangle to open the color picker and click inside the gradient to choose a color. Click the X at upper left of the color picker to close it.

 

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