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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
Windows users, this is a movie just for you. You can take advantage of the Slide Show command in the Create tab of the Organizer to create a full-featured slide show complete with music, and graphics, and audio narration, pan and zoom, pretty much everything you can think of that you'd want to have in a slide show. To get started I'm going to select the images that I want to have in the slide show. If your images are in different folders you might want to collect them into an album in the Organizer so that you can quickly back to them later if you need to. But my photos are all in a single album so I'll just select them by clicking on the first and then holding the Shift key and clicking on the last.
Then I'll go to the Create tab here in the Organizer and I'll click Slide Show. That opens the Slide Show Preferences, and this is where I choose settings that will affect the entire slide show, and then I can change some of these settings for individual slides later. For example, I can set the duration from which each slide will be on the screen from this menu, I'm going to change that to 2 seconds. I can choose the kind of Transition that will appear between each slide. So I might choose Dissolve for example, and I see a little preview of the transition that I've chosen here.
If I want to try another one you can see how that looks. Here I can set the duration of that transition; I'll set that to 1 second. Here I can choose the color that will appear behind each slide, I'll leave that at its default of Black. I'm going to leave Apply Pan & Zoom to All Slides unchecked. I do like panning and zooming on particular slides, but not every slide, I think that's too much. I don't have any captions to worry about with these photos, but I do definitely want to repeat the soundtrack until the last slide, because I'm going to add music to the slide show and I want it to play throughout.
I'm also going to choose to crop my images to fit the slides both my Landscape images and my Portrait Photos. That way I won't have black bars at the top or bottom, or on the sides of the image on the slide. I can reduce the Preview Quality for faster processing and then I'm going to click OK. That opens this interface where I can set up my slide show. Down at the bottom is a filmstrip that shows a thumbnail of each photo in the slide show. Down here I can make some important changes like reordering the slides.
If I just want to reorder a couple of slides I can click on the slide here and drag it to change where it appears in the slide show. But if I want to reorder more slides in that I'll usually click on this Quick Reorder command and that opens the separate interface, or I can see all the slides and more easily move them around. So maybe I want this to be the last slide, and I'll have this one here and I'll move this one as well. And when I'm done I'll click the Back button, and that takes me back to the interface where I can set up the slide show.
If I want to get back to the first slide I can click this button here, Go to First Slide. Here I can get to the Last Slide and then I can click on individual slides in-between to bring those up in the editing window. Beneath each slide is its duration onscreen. You can see that each slide has a duration of 2 seconds which I set in the Preferences. I can change that for a particular slide, let's say that I want one to stay onscreen longer like the slide, I'll go to the arrow next to its duration and I can choose some longer number of seconds.
I can also change the transition between particular slides. So if I want to change the transition between these two sides I'll click on the Transition icon here and that brings up a dropdown menu in the Properties area on the right, from that menu I can choose a different kind of transition. I'll try the Barn Doors transition. And if there are a particular characteristics of the transition that I can change I'll see those here for example, the direction of the barn doors. At the bottom of the filmstrip there is a link that I can click to add audio to the slide show and that can be music.
I always like music on my slide shows so I'm going to click that and that opens my Music Library. From here, I can choose my own audio clips or I can go into the Sample Music folder, and I'll choose one of these sample files. I can preview the music here. [Music Playing] And in just a moment I can see that track down here in Purple underneath the filmstrip.
Over here on the right side there is an Extras panel. From here I can apply graphics, text, and audio narration to individual slides. There are all kinds of little icons that I can use here, there are Backgrounds, there are Costumes, and so forth. I don't see anything that's particularly relevant to a slideshow about fire, but just to show you how this works. I'm going to drag out a pair of glasses. And when that graphic is selected I can alter its properties like its size over here in the Properties panel on the right, I can change it to black and white, or I can make it Sepia toned.
And if I want to delete it I can right-click right on the graphic that's Ctrl+Click with a one- button mouse and choose Delete. I can add Type to a slide by clicking this T tool, and here I can choose the Type Style and Color. If I double-click that opens a Text Editing box where I can enter some text. I'll click OK and there is my text. In the Properties area I can change the Font Size, the Font Face, the Color of the type, the Opacity, I can make it Bold or Italic, or change the Alignment of multiple lines of Type.
If I want to move the Type I can click on it and put it where I want it on the slide. I also can add audio narration to a slide by clicking this little microphone symbol. If I have a microphone plugged into my computer and I click the red dot, sizzle, that records by voice and that narration will play when this slide comes on the screen during the slide show. I can preview the narration here. [Music Playing] to delete the narration by going to this Trash Can and choosing Delete This Narration.
If I want to add audio to the next slide then I can click the Next Slide button here and repeat that process. I'm going to select another slide from the filmstrip so that I can show you how to set up a Pan & Zoom on an individual slide. With this slide highlighted in the filmstrip the Properties panel changes to show me and Enable Pan & Zoom check box. I'll add a check mark there and then I'll make sure that I've got the leftmost icon selected the Start icon and I'll come into this slide and I'm going to drag out this boundary to define the area that will be showing on the slide when the slide first comes up, and then I'll click End and I'll change those boundaries.
So if I want the slide to zoom in on the F in the center of this slide I'll drag these two boundaries and bring it down here like this. And that's all I have to do to set up a pan & zoom on this individual slide. I am going to select another slide now to show you that if I click directly on the slide the properties change, and here I have properties that are related to the image on this slide. I can change its Size on the slide zooming back or forward, and I can change from the default that I chose in the Preferences which was Crop to Fit to Fit on Slide.
I like it better set to Crop to Fit so I'll choose that again. If I think that the image needs some editing I can choose Auto Smart Fix, and if a subject in the photo has some red eye I can choose Auto Red Eye Fix. If I think I need more editing than that, if I click the More Editing button it will take the image on the slide out to the Full Edit workspace I can edit it there, and when I save it there it will come back into the slide show interface with the changes that I make out in the Full Edit workspace. So now I'm done setting up the slide show, working on the properties of slides, and working on the properties of the images.
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