Slideshow templates provide a quick way to define the look and behavior of your presentation. They specify whether the slides have borders, drop shadows, text, or logo, and the color or image behind each photo.
Lightroom Classic comes with several templates you can select from the Template Browser. Moving the pointer over a template name in the Template Browser of the Slideshow module displays a template preview at the top of the left panel.
You can customize the settings in a slideshow template using the controls in the panels on the right side of the Slideshow module or by moving elements in the Slide Editor view. You can save your modifications as a custom template, which appears in the Template Browser list.
Caption And Rating
Centers the photo on a gray background with rating stars and caption metadata visible.
Crop To Fill
Displays the photos full screen. Portions of the images (especially vertical images) might be cropped to fill the screen’s aspect ratio.
Centers the photo on a gray background with rating stars, filename, and your identity plate visible.
Centers photos on a black background with rating stars, EXIF information, and your identity plate visible.
Displays the full frame of each photo, adding black bars to fill the aspect ratio of the screen.
To preview a template, position the pointer over the template name in the Template Browser panel. The template preview displays the currently selected slide with the template options applied.
To select a template, click the template name in the Template Browser panel.
By default, slideshow templates (except Crop To Fill) scale photos so that the entire image fits within the slide’s image cell. The slide background shows in the spaces where the aspect ratio of the photos and the image cells don’t match. You can set an option so that all photos completely fill the space in the image cells. When this option is selected, portions of the photos (especially vertical images) might be cropped to fill the image cell’s aspect ratio.
To make photos in a slideshow stand out from the background, add a border or a cast shadow to each photo. Your adjustments are displayed in the Slide Editor view.
To add a border, select Stroke Border. Click the color box on the right to open the color pop-up window and specify a border color.
To adjust the border width, either drag the Width slider or type a pixel value in the box to the right of the slider.
To add a cast shadow, select Cast Shadow and use the controls to adjust it:
The controls in the Layout panel of the Slideshow module set the margins that define the image cell in a slide template.
In the Template Browser, select any template except Crop To Fill and do any of the following in the Layout panel:
To adjust all margins simultaneously and maintain their relative proportions, make sure the Link All box is selected.
To change the size of a margin independently of the other margins, deselect the link box next to the specific margin.
You can set slide background colors or use a background image throughout an entire slideshow. If all the background options are deselected, the slide background is black.
Applies a gradient wash color on top of the background color and background image. The gradient transitions from the background color to the color you set in the color box on the right. See Add a color wash to a slide background.
Uses an image that you drag from the Filmstrip into the background of the slide. Use the Opacity slider to adjust the image’s transparency and partially show the background color.
In the Library module, choose a regular collection or a folder that does not contain subfolders as the source for your slideshow. Make your selection in the Folders panel or the Collections panel.
For an accurate view of what’s in a selected folder in the Library module, and to be sure you are in the lowest folder in the hierarchy, select a folder in the Folders panel, click the Library menu, and make sure Show Folders In Subfolders is unchecked.
You cannot drag to rearrange photos in the Slideshow module if you have chosen a smart collection or if you have chosen All Photographs or Previous Import in the Catalog panel of the Library module.
Modifications you make to the colors, layout, text, and output settings can be saved as a custom template. After you save it, the custom template is listed in the Template Browser for reuse. You can create new folders in the Template Browser to help organize your templates.
You can export templates you’ve created to share with colleagues or to use on a different computer. Templates are saved with an .lrtemplate extension.
- To export a template, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) a template and choose Export. Type the name of the template file and click Save.
- To import a template, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the area where you want the template to appear and choose Import. Double-click the template file.
When you save slideshow settings as a slideshow collection, you can add new photos to the collection, and they automatically include the slideshow settings. This is different from a custom template, which includes the slideshow options but no photos. A slideshow collection applies the output settings to the photos in the collection.