Here’s a scenario for you. Let’s say you’re an avid photographer who has taken hundreds, if not thousands of photos through the years. Many of the photos are really great and you’re looking for any and every avenue of publicity to show these photos off. You already have every social media account under the sun set up (that you use to share regularly) and you have a photo blog that’s humming right along. You’re wondering what else is out there that you can use to display your fabulous photography.
Enter Youtube. Have you ever looked up a vacation destination or some sort of nature related video on Youtube to find tons and tons of slideshows? We all have. I’m sure of it. Photo slideshows are easy to make and can get you around the burdensome obligation of actually having to take video and speak on said video. Lots of us are either shy or are no good on camera and we’d simply prefer to stay off it. The perfect workaround for the types of people we are is to create video slideshows that can help us get our points across while building up our Youtube video count. I mean, let’s face it, Youtube is pretty popular and there’s a lot of potential when it comes to having a thriving account. You can make lots of money over there.
Okay, so I think I may have sold you on the idea of making photo slideshows and uploading them to Youtube. It’s actually a no-brainer. The next step is to work through all the necessary tasks that will get you up and running to do just that. That’s why I’m here. In this multi-post series, I’d like to walk you through the steps you’ll need to complete to select, organize, sequence and launch your photos into Adobe Photoshop. All the organizing and sequencing will be done in Adobe Bridge beforehand, but all the transitions and fades will be done in Photoshop later on.
In today’s first post, I’ll work through what it will take to choose, organize and sequence, in Adobe Bridge, the photos you’d like to include in your slideshow. Bridge is a fantastic photo organizer and for projects like this, it’s simply perfect. So let’s get going.
Choosing the Photos
I don’t know if you remember, but over this past summer, I took a bunch of flower photos out in my front garden. I was actually just playing around with one thing or another on my camera and I wanted to test it out. As it turns out, some of the photos actually look pretty good, so I may as well use them to create this first slideshow. I mean, why not?
Take a look at some of the photo thumbnails that are currently viewable in Adobe Bridge. All of these photos are located in a random folder that’s on my desktop.
By the way, if you aren’t aware, Adobe Bridge is included in the Adobe “Photographer’s Package,” so if you’re signed up for the ever updating Photoshop CC, you can also download Bridge for free.
If you look closely at the screenshot I shared above, you’ll notice that out of all the photos in the folder, I’ve only edited a few of them in Adobe Camera Raw. Those edited photos are obviously a bit different looking than the others, but they also have a small circle that’s located above the thumbnail and to the right. It’s these edited images that I’d like to use. If I’m not mistaken, I bet you have a folder that looks similar to this one. One where you’ve got tons of photos inside of it, but only a handful that have been edited and that are ready for production.
Like I said, I only have a few images that I’d like to use, but many of them are in the folder that’s being viewed in Bridge. To organize things, I’d like to hide the photos that were either never edited or that were edited, but aren’t preferable to use for my slideshow. Hiding the images is simple enough. The first step in doing so is to hold down the Ctrl key on my keyboard and click on every thumbnail that I don’t want to see anymore. This is what the thumbnails will look like once they are selected.
To reject the images, I can either use the keyboard shortcut of Alt+Del or I can head up to the Label > Reject menu item and click.
When I do that, a small Reject label will appear in red beneath the thumbnail. Take a look.
This is all well and good, but I can still see the thumbnails. They’re still in the way and they’re confusing me. That’s fine because I need to complete one more step to hide them. If I head up to the View > Show Rejected Files menu item and click to uncheck it, all the rejected thumbnails will disappear. Now check out what I have to work with – only the photos I’d like in my slideshow.
By the way, if I ever want to get those rejected images back, all I need to do is to use the View > Show Rejected Files menu item again and make sure it’s highlighted. Then, once I see those files in the Content panel in Bridge, I can select them and then go to the Label > No Rating menu item and click (Ctrl+0). Doing this will remove the Reject label from each thumbnail.
Arranging the Thumbnails
Since my slideshow is going to be moving through a sequence of events, I’d like to arrange the thumbnails to follow that sequence. Now, since I’m dealing with flowers here, there’s not dramatic story or anything going on, but for lots of slideshows out there, the images need to be in a specific order to make sense. In Bridge, all it takes is a drag and a drop to make order of chaos. Literally, to order the thumbnails for your slideshow, simply click on a thumbnail and drag it wherever you’d like to see in in the sequence. As you move the thumbnail around, you’ll see orange vertical lines appear in between the other thumbnails. Those lines indicate where the thumbnail you’re dragging will end up.
In my case, I’ll just mix things up a bit so similar photos aren’t sitting side by side.
Copying Photos to a New Folder
Since I’m going to eventually want to rename these slideshow photos sequentially, it’s important for me to copy them into their own folder. This is for organization’s sake. If I was working with a large number of photos and I didn’t copy them to someplace else, I’d have a mess. To copy selected images to their own folder using Adobe Bridge, I’ll first select the images in question, which, in my case, are the only ones left visible. Then, I’ll head up to the Tools > Batch Rename menu item and click.
Then, once the Batch Rename dialog box appears, I’ll make sure the Copy To Other Folder radio button is clicked and then I’ll click on the Browse button.
From here, I’ll either create a new folder or choose one that’s already in existence to copy to. In my case, I have a “working” folder that I like to use for these types of things, so I’ll just choose that as my target folder.
Renaming the Files
Now that I know where to put the images, I’d like to rename them so they make sense and so they’ll eventually import into Photoshop correctly. To accomplish this, I’ll move down to the next section in the Batch Rename dialog box. This section is called New Filenames.
For the first field, I’ll make sure the drop-down value is set to Text and then to the right of that, I’ll type in the text I’d like my files to begin with. For these images, I’ll use Flowers_.
For the next drop-down that sits directly below the first one, I’ll set the value to Sequence Number. I’ll begin with 001 and then choose Three Digits for the drop-down all the way to the right. If there are any additional rows of drop-downs and fields after this one, I’ll click on the minus button to remove them.
Once I’m finished with all this, I’ll click on the Rename button and watch as all the selected images are copied to and renamed in an entirely new folder.
Well, I think that’s good for this first post on how to create a photo slideshow in Adobe Photoshop. In my next post, I’ll explain how you can easily import these photos into Photoshop, straight into the Timeline panel. If you have any questions regarding what I included in this post today, please let me know in the comment section down below. You may also ask any question you wish in the Adobe Bridge discussion forum. Thanks for reading!