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Creating a photo slideshow in Windows

From: Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training

Video: Creating a photo slideshow in Windows

If you're on Windows you can make a full featured slideshow of your photos with music, narration and more. Sorry Mac users, but this is a Windows-only feature. I'm starting my slideshow by selecting photos here in the Organizer. Then I'm going to go to the Create tab in the column on the right and I'm going to choose Slide Show. That opens the Slide Show Preferences where I will global settings that affect all the photos in my slide show. I can change these for individual slides as you will see in a minute. From the Static Duration menu I will choose the length of time that I want each slide to be on screen in the show.

Creating a photo slideshow in Windows

If you're on Windows you can make a full featured slideshow of your photos with music, narration and more. Sorry Mac users, but this is a Windows-only feature. I'm starting my slideshow by selecting photos here in the Organizer. Then I'm going to go to the Create tab in the column on the right and I'm going to choose Slide Show. That opens the Slide Show Preferences where I will global settings that affect all the photos in my slide show. I can change these for individual slides as you will see in a minute. From the Static Duration menu I will choose the length of time that I want each slide to be on screen in the show.

I am going to set this to 2 seconds. In the next menu I will choose the kind of transition between my slides. I could leave this set to None for a hard cut or I can select one of these transitions. As I select a transition here I get a preview of it in the thumbnail in the right. I am going to go with Fade which is a simple classic transition. From the next menu I will choose the amount of time that each transition will take, I am going to set that to 1 second. In the Background Color box I can set the default color of the background of each slide, I will leave that set to Black.

I am going to leave Apply Pan & Zoom to All Slides unchecked. I do like panning and zooming but only on selected slides rather than on the whole slide show. And down here I will make sure that Repeat Soundtrack Until Last Slide is checked because I am going to add music to the slide show and I want to make sure it continues to the end of the show. I am going to crop both my Landscape and Portrait Photos to fit their sides so that I don't see black bars at the top and bottom or the sides of the photos. But if you're more interested in displaying your photos full frame then leave these boxes unchecked.

I am going to go ahead and check them. Here I will reduce the Playback Quality while I am previewing my show to save processing power. And then I will click OK. That closes the Preferences and opens the Slide Show Editor where I will build my slide show. The Film Strip at the bottom of the Slide Ahow Editor displays thumbnails representing each slide, each with one slide for each photo that I selected in the Organizer. Clicking on a slide here in the Filmstrip displays that slide in the Document window where I can change the properties of the slide, as I will show you in a minute.

Under the Document window is a controller, I can click the right arrow to cycle forward through the slides or the left arrow to cycle backward. If I want to get to the last slide I will click this arrow and to get to the first slide I will click this arrow. One of the first things I do in the Slide Editor is to set the sequence in which the photos will appear in the slide show. I could do that from the Slide Order menu over here, choosing one of these options or I can customize the sequence which I like to do in the Quick Reorder workspace. To get there I will click the Quick Reorder button here and that opens the separate workspace where I have a nice big view of each slide.

If your thumbnaild aren't as big as this, you can use the Side slider here at the top of this workspace. And from here I can click on any slide and drag it to a different position in the sequence. When I'm down reordering here I will click the Back button to go back to the Slide Editor. You remember that I set some global properties for all slide shows in the preferences, well now I'm going to customize properties for individual slides in this show. For example, the duration that each slide will be on screen is displayed underneath the slide. All the sides are set to a duration of 2 seconds now because that's what I chose in the Slide Show Preferences.

So if I want to change that for a particular slide, say, this slide of the license plate over here, I will click the arrow to the left of the Slide Show Duration under the slide and I choose a different number maybe three seconds for this slide. These blue boxes in between slides represent the transitions between slides. You remember that I'd set all the transitions to the fade type of transition with the duration of 1 second back in the Preferences. If I want to change that for the transition between two particular slides I will click on that Transition box, and that changes the column on the right to show me properties for this particular transition.

So here I could change the duration of this transition, I could even change the type of transition. So maybe I will change this one to Barn Doors, and some of the transition types have their own properties which I can set from this menu here. If I want to preview that transition I'll make sure that I've selected the slide before it, and then I click the Play button and there are my Barn Doors, and then I will click the Stop button. One of the great things about these slide shows is that you can add music to the slide shows.

To do that I am going to click this blue link under the Filmstrip. That opens my Music library, here I can go into the Sample Music folder or go into my iTunes folder or the Adobe folder to choose the music. I am going to select one of the sample music pieces here, I will click on this first one and if I want to preview it I can come over here and click the Play button. (music playing) That sounds good to me, so I will click Open. And in just a second I'll see a purple audio track under my filmstrip.

When I select a slide in the filmstrip, like this one, the Properties area gives me the option to pan and zoom in the slide. I do like to do that on individual slides. Let's see how to set that up. I will check Enable Pan & Zoom and that selects the Start icon here. The green boundary that you see in the Document window defines the area that we will showing at the beginning of the Pan & Zoom. I am going to move my cursor over one of the corner anchor points and drag in to make that area smaller, and I can click inside the bounding box and center it wherever I want.

Then I will go back to Enable Pan & Zoom and click on the End icon. The red boundary defines the area that's going to show when the Pan & Zoom is finished. I am going to leave that where it is. Now let's preview this Pan & Zoom. I will click the Play button. (music playing) And I think that looks pretty good. I can change other properties of a slide by selecting a slide in a filmstrip and then clicking on it in the Document window. Then over here in the Properties area I can change the size of the image on the slide either by dragging the Zoom slider like this or by clicking Fit on Slide or Crop to Fit.

If the image on a slide needs some editing to its exposure or its contrast or its color, I could try clicking Auto Smart Fix or I can click the More Editing button which will open the photo into the Full Photo Edit workspace, I can make changes there and when I save the file with those changes there it will come back over here into the Slide Show Editor with those changes. In the Extras panel I can apply Graphics, Text and/or Audio Narration to a slide. Graphics is selected by default here and you could see just some of the graphics that are available.

I will scroll down to see more, there are backgrounds, costumes, flowers and food, and lots more. To add a graphic to a slide I will click on it and drag it onto the slide, and that changes the properties. So here I can make the graphic smaller or bigger or I can make it black-and-white or even sepia colored. If I want to delete a graphic I will right- click on it on the slide and choose Delete. To add text I will go back to the Extras panel and click the T icon.

In this panel I'll choose a style of text and I will double-click that style to open a Text Editing window. I will type my own text and click OK. That adds that bit of text in the middle of the Document window, I can click inside the text box and move the text, and with the text box selected the Properties panel gives me all the typical options for styling text. I can change Color, Font, Font Size, Style, and I can even add/or delete the Drop Shadow.

So if I click this T the Drop Shadow on the text goes away. Finally, I can add Audio Narration to a slide. Of course you have to have a mic plugged in or built into your computer, and then I'll click the mic icon at the top of the Extras panel. If I click this red button I can record an audio caption. Ford Classic, and then I will click again to stop recording, I can play that narration. (music playing) And if I want to delete it, because I can't really hear it over the music, then I will go to this Trashcan and I'll click and I will choose delete this narration or all narrations.

So we are making progress on building this slide show but there is more to do. Please stay tuned for the next movie where we will continue to build a great slide show.

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Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training

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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 41s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 29s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 26s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 28s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 29m 59s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 7s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 14s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 12s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 43s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 17s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 34s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye

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