Video – Reordering Photos in Slides (and web and print)

You can bet that just about any time I’m out teaching Lightroom I get this question. And every time I get it I swear that I make a mental note to myself to make sure I cover it in a tip. And every time I get back to the office guess what? I forget :) But I finally remembered (after 2 years). The question deals with rearranging your photos and the order that they’ll appear in a Slideshow (or even in the Web and Print modules too). We all want control over which photos come first and I’ll show you how to get it in this video. Thanks!

Click here to download the video to your computer. [Right-click and choose the "Save As" option]

Author: Matt K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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  1. Actually, you don’t have to create a collection in order to create a user order. In the example shown, Matt had selected a folder that had multiple subfolders, and that’s why it didn’t work. If you select a folder that doesn’t contain any subfolders, then reordering works fine. If you’re rearranging photos that are all within a single folder, then you don’t have to create a collection just to change the order.

    However, you may still want to create a collection so that you can work with the photos in multiple sequences. For instance, when editing a wedding, you may want one collection strictly in capture time sequence, and second in camera body sequence, and a third in a custom sequence for a slide show. As an added advantage, there’s still just one set of develop settings, so any changes are automatically reflected in all of the collections.

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  2. Dear Mark,

    I would be grateful if you could create a video about metadata form filling. Basic hints and tips, important fields, copyright and maybe even fields we can disregard altogether. There are so many boxes that i don’t really understand it would be great if you could showcase this complicated feature. I like how this information passes on to sites like Flickr, how can we save time by filing the necessary fields via Lightroom?

    All the best

    Simon

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  3. Matt, thank you for the Reordering video. I noticed something odd happened when you rearranged the contact sheet (at about the 6:40 point). You selected three photographs in the filmstrip. When you moved them you selected the third image, the one of the sunset and dragged them to their new positions. The odd thing is that the sunset image appeared BEFORE the other two. I tried this with similar results. It seems that the image you select to drag always gets repositioned as the first of the moved group. I’m not sure if this is a bug or an intentional action, but it’s worth knowing that this will happen.

    Cheers,

    Mark

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  4. Craig said: If you’re rearranging photos that are all within a single folder, then you don’t have to create a collection just to change the order.

    That’s right, but please be careful reordering within a folder containing images grouped into stacks. The result is often a mess, images inside of wrong staples. You are on the save side reordering only within collections.

    Michael

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  5. This is odd. First LKT movie I can’t open. Uploads a whopping 271 mb .mov.
    My Mac G5 OSX 10.5.8 said it’s not a movie file. Anyone else ?
    I love, need, want, gotta have my LKT movie injection. Thanks, Dave

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  6. And by ‘Mark’ i obviously meant ‘Matt’ LOL sorry, you look like a Mark

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  7. I had the same experience as David White – 271 mb download that does not open, QuickTime saying that it is not a movie file. I’m on an Intel Mac, Leopard 10.5.8.

    However, I can watch the video from the website just fine.

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  8. I’ve got the same problem as David and Patricia. After I downloaded the file it wouldn’t open. Quick Time doesn’t recognize it.

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  9. I do a lot of sorting and re-ording of images that are in stacks. I’ve concluded that it is impossible to drag and drop an image or a stack of images in between two existing stacks. They always get added to one stack or the other. You can drag and drop between a stack and a single image (or, of course, between, two single images), but not between stacks. This is extremely frustrating. In fact, it isn’t enough to simply expand the stacks, you have to actually UNSTACK them in order to insert between them. I’d love for someone to prove me wrong on this. (running on Max OSX 10.5.8)

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  10. I do a lot of sorting and re-ording of images that are in stacks. I’ve concluded that it is impossible to drag and drop an image or a stack of images in between two existing stacks. They always get added to one stack or the other. You can drag and drop between a stack and a single image (or, of course, between, two single images), but not between stacks. This is extremely frustrating. In fact, it isn’t enough to simply expand the stacks, you have to actually UNSTACK them in order to insert between them. I’d love for someone to prove me wrong on this. (running on Mac OSX 10.5.8)

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  11. Unfortunately Ken is right: no chance of moving photos between stacks – they are all added to the stack, except a not-documented shortcut prevents this. This is very frustrating in using stacks.

    Giuseppe

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  12. You can actually re-order your photos where you do have sub-folders below the folder you want to re-order as long as you’ve NOT got ‘Library|Include Photos from Sub-Folders’ selected.

    I still prefer Collections anyway…

    JonC

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  13. Matt:

    As a few other people have said, I downloaded this file but it Quicktime wouldn’t open it. I returned here today to download it again, and it’s downloading an 867MB .mov file? That’s a LITTLE bigger than your usual videos…

    Mike.

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  14. I’ve followed all the suggestions in the video but still cant get the photos to rearrange. Am I missing an important setting somewhere? Or does this only work on macs????
    I have a set of pics that i wish to rearrange, I have put them in their own collection, but i cant even pick them up – let alone drag them anywhere. What have I done wrong????

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