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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.

Next, scroll to the Overlays panel and turn on Text Overlays. Click the ABC button beneath the slideshow preview and choose Caption from the menu that appears to its right. To format the text, click it to activate the text box and then use the opacity, font, and face controls in the Overlays panel. To change text size, drag a corner handle on the text box itself.

Now let's create an opening and closing slide for branding. Scroll to the Titles panel and turn on Intro Screen, Add Identity Plate, Ending Screen, and Add Identity Plate. Click the down-pointing triangles that appear in the identity plate preview to pick the plate you want to use and then use the Scale slider to adjust its size. Last but not least, use the Music panel to add music to your show (royalty- or license-free music only) and then use the Playback panel to adjust slide length, transitions, looping, and so on. Below you can see a couple of screenshots from the final result of this example.

Be sure to experiment with all the formatting controls to create a design that's uniquely your own, and then use the Template Browser panel at left to save it as a preset (just click the + icon and then give the template a name).

Export and add to iTunes

When your show is all set, click Create Saved Slideshow at the upper-right of the preview area to save the show in the Collections panel in the Library module. Next, click Export Video at the lower-left of the workspace. In the resulting dialog box, enter a name, pick a location, and then choose a video size from the Video Preset menu, and click Export.

Fire up iTunes and choose File > Add to Library. In the resulting dialog box, locate the video you just exported and click Open. Connect your iPhone or iPad and click its icon toward the upper-left of the iTunes window. In the list that appears at left, click Movies and then turn on Sync Movies. Turn on the checkboxes of the videos you want to sync and then click Sync. On your iOS device, the video appears in the Home Videos section of the Videos app.

From this point on, your slideshow travels with you wherever you go. Until the next time, may the force be with you all!


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