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Learn to build exciting creative projects that showcase your best photos with Photoshop Elements 11. This course walks you through user-friendly techniques for creating photo books, slideshows, calendars, cards, and collages. Author Jan Kabili also shows you how to combine photos with layer masks and blended textures, and how to embellish your photos with filters, text, shapes, and built-in graphics.
Continuing from the previous movie, I've just opened the slide show editor, which you see here, by clicking OK in the Slide Show Preferences dialog box. All the photos that I'd selected in the Organizer before I started to build this slide show are displayed at the bottom of the slide show editor in this bar called the filmstrip. Clicking on a slide in the filmstrip displays it in the document window, where I can change its properties, as I'll show you how to do soon. I can click the arrows in the play bar above the filmstrip to cycle forward and backward through the slides.
And if I click this arrow, that takes me all the way back to the first slide. This arrow takes me to the last slide. If I want to change the order of the slides, I could go over to this menu at the top right of the filmstrip, the Slide Order menu, and I could choose to reorder the slides using any of the choices in this menu. If I want to set a custom order, I like to use the separate reorder workspace, so I'm going to close this menu, and then I'll go over to the top left of the filmstrip, and I'll click Quick Reorder, and that opens a separate workspace, where I can see all my slides, and I have a lot of room to work.
I can make the thumbnails of my slides larger by dragging the Zoom slider over to the right. And then if I want to change the order of the slide, like this one, I'll click on this slide, and then I'll drag it wherever I want it in the order. And when I see a blue bar, I'll release the slide to change its position in the sequence of slides. When I'm done here, I can go back to the slide show editor by clicking the Back button. Now, let's say there is a slide that you really don't want to include in your slide show. You could remove it by selecting the slide in the filmstrip, then right-clicking on that slide, and choosing Delete Slide.
I can also add a blank slide, as I'll show you how to do later in this chapter. Now, in the last movie, I set properties, like the duration of each slide, for all the slides. If I want to change properties for individual slides, so they're not all exactly the same, I'll do that here in the slide editor. So, let's say that I'd like this particular slide to stay onscreen a little bit longer than the others. I'll click the Duration value that you see under each of the slides in the filmstrip, and from the pop-up menu I can choose a different duration. Since I've got all my slides set to 2 seconds, I'll set this one to 4 seconds.
I can also change the nature and the duration of the transition between two individual slides. These blue icons represent the transitions between slides. Back in the Slide Show Preferences in the last movie, I'd chosen the Fade transition, with a transition Duration of 1 second. So if I want to change those properties for this duration, I'll click on this duration icon, and that changes the Properties panel here in the column on the right to show me properties for this transition. I can choose a different kind of transition from this menu, clicking the arrow to the right of the menu, and choosing one of these other transitions.
Maybe I'll go with the Box Wipe. Some of the transitions have Direction menus which appear, so I can click the Direction menu, and I'll choose one of the Direction options here. And then if I want to change the duration of this transition, I'll go to the top Transition menu in the Properties panel, and maybe I'll set this to 2 seconds. Now I'd like to preview that transition, so I need to click on the slide just before the transition down here in the filmstrip, and then I'll click the big arrow to play, and you can see that transition wiping from one slide to the other.
Then I'll click that same button to stop the playback. So those are some ways to set up the structure of a slide show in the slide show editor. In the next movie, we'll continue building the slide show, setting slides to pan and zoom, and working on the size, and other properties of photos in the slides.
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