Video Tip – Reordering Photos in a Slideshow

This is another one of those times where I started to write a tip down and realized it was so much easier to show you in a video. This is one I came across while preparing a slideshow last weekend. I wanted to move the order of the photos and let’s just say, I had a small problem. I’ll show you what happened and what I realized the trick is for reordering your photos.

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Author: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog, LightroomKillerTips.com, where he's built up a massive library of Lightroom videos, presets and tips. In addition to teaching Photoshop, Lightroom and photography seminars around the world, he's an instructor at Photoshop World and one of the full-time staff writers for Photoshop User Magazine.

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14 Comments

  1. I could have used this tip a couple of weeks ago. LOL. I think I struggled with this longer than I should have as well. I knew there had to be a way to move an image without having to do it in multiple steps. I never found the sweet spot or didn’t wait long enough for it to activate. Wish Adobe would make the sweet spot a little larger or quicker responding in LR3.

    Thanks for another great tip.

    Dave

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  2. Matt,

    With no regrets, I accepted the fact a long time ago that using both LR and PS had to be included in my image processing workflow. I’ve been following this blog for quite a while and find your teaching style extremely informative. Keep up the good work – see ya at Photoshop World!!

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  3. Great tip Matt. I’ve had to do this in the past but gave up because it didn’t work for me. Now I know that it is possible to do.

    Thanks,

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  4. I just wanted to say thank you for all of the great tips! They have all been very helpful! I am a big fan of lightroom, and have to thank for opening up so many of its options. Keep it up! You’re awesome!

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  5. If you close the side panels (TAB) and minimize the thumbnail size you can see a LOT of images at one time, thus minimizing or eliminating any scrolling. It makes rearranging images much easier.
    Keep the Killer Tips coming Matt.
    BTW, any word on release of LR3?

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  6. I think I have an even better method – and I use it all the time while working with a thousand plus images…I select the photo or photos to move, then select one in the target area (command-click), and move (from the target spot) all of them – so it is sliding the cursor only a smidgen but bringing all those from the bottom up with the one selected at the destination. Much faster than scrolling. Before that method I would reduce the thumbnail size but then it gets hard to see the content.

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  7. I could have used this tip a week ago. On the filmstrip I just dropped it in and pulled the photos over and did it again until I got to where I wanted. This would have saved me not only time but wondering why LR designers were inept. Great tip.

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  8. Well huh, I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this, and getting frustrated, so a very timely and useful tip! Short, but sweet.

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  9. Thanks a lot for sharing that trick. I am sure it will save annoyance an frustration to many of us.
    Lightroom had frustrated me a couple of times when trying to reorder pictures in a slideshow. I used to minimize the pictures, and move the picture up or down one screen at a time. Of course, your way is much faster and smoother.
    Cheers,
    Fabian

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  10. very nice indeed
    But I just notice that it doesn’t work with smart collections
    dommage!

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  11. Like des, I’ve noticed that LR doesn’t support the user order for smart collections. Since my flash web pages are built on smart collections, the lack of user sort order is an almost unbelievable missing item. Really Adobe, what’s the problem here. If you agree leave a feature imrovement for this at their web page: https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/mmform/index.cfm?name=wishform

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