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. 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:

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

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  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. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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.


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  10. 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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  11. 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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