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Lightroom >

Slideshow Module >

2 - Add Text

Note

Unfortunately, when you position text, such as a caption, the text is in the same position for each photograph.

Identity Plate

Lightroom's default identity plate is the text: Lightroom.

It appears in the upper-left corner of your screen.

Photographers often change the identity plate from Lightroom to their names.

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Default Identity Plate

The identity plate—changed to your name—may be displayed br default in the upper-left corner of the slideshow—depending on the template that you're using.

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 Identity Plate in a Slideshow

To hide the identity plate—open the Overlays panel on the right side of your screen—and deselect Identity Plate.

To create your own identity plate, go to Edit > Identity Plate Setup (Windows) or Lightroom > Identity Plate Setup (Mac).

Select Personalized in the Identity Plate menu.

Select one of the following:

• Use a styled text identity plate

• Use a graphical identity plate

A styled text identity plate uses the text you enter in the box.

A graphical identity plate uses a graphic that is no more than 46 pixels high (Windows) or 41 pixels high (Mac).

The graphic can be:

• BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, or TIFF (Windows)

• JPG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, PDF, or PSD (Mac).

Choose Save As from the Enable Identity Plate menu, enter a name, and click Save.

Position

To move the identity plate, go to Position & Anchors.

Size

To adjust the size of the identity plate, use the Scale slider.

Or, click on the identity plate.

Then, click and hold on a handle on the bounding box, and drag.

Opacity

If needed, decrease the opacity percentage to blend your title with the photograph.

Render Behind Image

If you select Render Behind Image, the identity plate will appear behind your photographs.

Intro & Ending Screens

You can add an intro screen and an ending screen to your slideshow.

Do the following.

1) Open the Titles panel on the right side of your screen.

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Titles Panel

2) Select Intro Screen and select Add Identity Plate.

The identity plate here is for the title.

It's not the identity plate described above.

Change the Text

Click the tiny gray triangle below and to the right of the current text.

Select Edit.

Change the Text Color

Select Override Color and click the color picker rectangle.

Initially, you will only see black, grays, and white.

If you need color, move the saturation slider (narrow white rectangle) up from the bottom.

As you do so, colors appear, with increasing saturation.

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Saturation Slider

Click on a color in the field.

Size

To adjust the size of your title, use the Scale slider.

Or, click on the title.

Then, click and hold on a handle on the bounding box, and drag.

Change the Background Color

Click the color picker rectangle to the right of Intro Screen.

Ending Screen

Repeat the above for the ending screen.

Rating Stars & Text Overlays

Depending on which template you're using, Lightroom may display rating stars and/or text overlays.

Hide & Delete

To hide them, in the Overlays panel on the right side of your screen, deselect Rating Stars and/or Text Overlays, as needed.

To delete a rating-star box or text-overlay box, click on it and press the Delete key.

Position & Anchors

To move a rating-star box or text-overlay box, click and hold on it, and drag.

When you click on a rating-star box or text-overlay box, its anchor box appears.

If the anchor box is positioned on an edge of the photograph—the box will be in this same position on all of your photographs—even when they're different sizes.

If the anchor box is positioned on an edge of the slideshow—the box will be in this same position on all of your photographs—even when they're different sizes.

Size

To adjust the size of a rating-star box or text-overlay box, click on it.

Then, click and hold on a handle on the bounding box, and drag.

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Text Overlays Section of the Overlays Panel

Change the Text Color

Click the color picker rectangle.

Opacity

If needed, decrease the opacity percentage to blend your text with the photograph.

Font & Face

If needed, open the Font and Face menus.

Edit the Contents

Of a Text Overlay Box

Click on a text-overlay box.

In the menu to the right of the ABC icon, make a selection.

If you:

• Select Custom Text, and enter text in the box in the Tool bar, the text will appear on every photograph.

• Select Edit, the Text Template Editor window opens, with many choices.

Create a New Text Overlay Box

Click the ABC icon in the Toolbar.

In the menu to the right of the ABC icon, make a selection.

Again, if you:

• Select Custom Text, and enter text in the box in the tool bar, the text will appear on every photograph.

• Select Edit, the Text Template Editor window opens.

Titles & Captions

To add titles and/or captions, they must be entered into each photograph's metadata.

Do the following.

1) Press g to go to the Library module.

2) Select one of the photographs.

3) Open the Metadata panel on the right side of your screen.

4) Enter the title and/or caption and press Enter.

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Metadata Panel

5) Repeat the above for each photograph.

To create the text-overlay box, do the following.

1) Go to the Slideshow module.

2) Click ABC in the Tool bar.

3) In the menu to the right of the ABC icon, select Title or Caption.

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Caption Appearing Below the Photograph

Let's add some music.