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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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  1. Fabian 3 May, 2010 at 13:15 Reply

    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.

  2. Michelle H 18 April, 2010 at 00:33 Reply

    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.

  3. Doug Davidson 25 March, 2010 at 15:35 Reply

    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.

  4. Cindi 22 March, 2010 at 19:10 Reply

    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.

  5. Michael Barraque 19 March, 2010 at 15:17 Reply

    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?

  6. Kim Skinner 19 March, 2010 at 14:16 Reply

    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!

  7. Roy Maya 19 March, 2010 at 13:02 Reply

    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.


  8. Jerry Hildebrand 19 March, 2010 at 11:59 Reply


    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!!

  9. Davem Photography 19 March, 2010 at 10:47 Reply

    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.


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