Export a slide show

Export a slide show as PDF

You can export a slide show as a PDF file so that you can view it on other computers. PDF slide show transitions work when viewed using Adobe Acrobat® or the free Adobe Reader®. Exported PDF slide shows don’t include music, randomized images, or the duration settings you specify in Lightroom.

  1. In the Slideshow module, click Export PDF on the lower left.
  2. In the Export Slideshow To PDF dialog box, type a name for the slide show in the File Name (Windows) or Save As (Mac OS) box.
  3. Navigate to and select a location to save the slide show file.
  4. Set the following options:
    Quality
    Renders each slide at a specified JPEG quality setting. Lower quality slides yield a smaller slide show file size. Drag the Quality slider or enter a numeric value from 0 to 100 (with 100 representing the highest quality, and 0 representing the lowest).
    Note: Photos are embedded with sRGB profiles.

    Width and Height
    Specify the pixel dimensions for the slide show. Lightroom resizes the slides to fit within the dimensions without cropping or changing the slide’s aspect ratio. The pixel dimensions of your computer display are the default size.

    Common Sizes
    Specifies common dimensions for a slide show, such as 640 x 480, and enters those values in the Width and Height fields. Screen applies the dimensions of your display.

    Automatically Show Full Screen
    Displays slides at the full size of the screen that the slide show is displayed on. The full-screen option works when the slide show is played in Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat.

  5. Click Save (Windows) or Export (Mac OS).
In the Slideshow module, press Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) to change the Export PDF button to Export JPEG. Then, click Export JPEG to export a slide show as a series of JPEG files that you can share with other people. Each JPEG file includes the slide’s layout, background, and cell options. Transitions and playback options are not exported. For more information on the options in the Export Slideshow to JPEGs dialog box, see Export a slide show as JPEGs in Lightroom 2 Help.

Export a slide show as video

You can export a slide show as a video file that you can watch on other computers. Lightroom saves video slide shows as H.264 MPEG-4 files complete with slide layout, soundtrack, and other playback options.

  1. In the Slideshow module, click Export Video on the lower left.
  2. In the Export Slideshow To Video dialog box, enter a filename and choose where you want to save the video.
  3. Choose a Video Preset to determine pixel size and frame rate. Use the guidelines in the dialog box to help you choose.
  4. Click Save (Windows) or Export (Mac OS).

To learn more about creating video slide shows in Lightroom, see these tutorials: