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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.
A Slide Show is a great way to show off your photos, in Elements you can create a custom built slide show to which you can add music and text and graphics, even narration if you want and you can share your slide show with family and friends online, by DVD or saving it as a PDF that can be played on their computers. To start making a slide show from these photos of Carousel Horses in the 13_03_slideshow subfolder in side chapter 13. The first step is to select the photos, I'm going to click on the first carousel horse hold the Shift key and click on the last, then I'll go over to the Create Tab in the Task pane and I'm going to choose Slide Show. That opens the Slide Show Preferences dialog box.
Here I'll choose the default settings that are going to affect all of the slides in this slide show and I'll able to tweak those for individual slides later in the Slide Show Editor. So, I'm going to set the duration of each slide, how long each slide is on the screen to two seconds, I can choose transitions between the slides from this menu and there are lots of choices here. I prefer subtle transition, so I'm going to leave this at fade and then I can choose the duration of each transition, I have chosen just one second but if you have a longer static duration here, you are going to want a longer transition duration from this menu.
I'm going to leave all of the other options at their defaults, let me call your attention to this one, Repeat Soundtrack Until Last Slide, that is important because that will keep the music playing until the slide show is done. I'm going to click OK and that opens the Slide Show Editor. I'll make that bigger by clicking the maximize icon at the top right because there is lot to this editor and it helps to have it big to see everything that is here. The first thing that I want to do is come down to this bin at the bottom of the Slide Show Editor which shows all of the slides that are in the show and reorder those slides. So for example, I would like to have the white horse as the first slide. So I'm going to drag the white horse to the first side position. Another way to reorder slide is to click this Quick Reorder button to open this special interface where I can drag the zoom slider to the right and then drag one slide before the other.
It is just easier to do it here because I can make the slides bigger, I'll click the back button to go back to the Slide Show Editor and I can see that change has been made in the been at the bottom of the editor. The next I want to do is to create new slide for the beginning of my slide show, to do that I'm going to go up to the top of the screen and click Add Blank Slide. Over on the right you can see the properties of the slide, it is going to have a two second duration like everything else and it is background color is black and I want to add some text to this slide. So I'm going go up to the Extras panel here and click the T tool, which shows me some text options.
I'll scroll down and I'll just select this simple white text, I'm going to drag that onto the slide and I'll double click the default text and write my own. I'll click OK and I'm going to drag that text into the center of the screen, if I want to make the text bigger with its text box selected I'll go over to the Properties area on the right and you can see the properties have now changed to Show Me Text Properties. I'll go to the Text Size menu and I'll scroll down and get a larger point size.
I could also change the color or the font or any of the other text properties but I'm going to leave those as they are for now, then I'm going to go back down to the bin down here and drag that new text slide over to the left. So it is the first slide in the show. I'm going to make one more slide at the end of the show, so I'm going to drag to the right I'll click on what is currently the last slide and I'll do the same thing. Add a blank slide, I'm going to add at text icon put it in the middle, double click it and I'll type By Jan Kabili and I'll click OK and get back to the centered. Now I want to take a look at the transitions between slides. If you remember I set them all to Fade in the Slide Show Preferences, but I want to change one of those the very first one. So I'm going to click the bar at the bottom of the screen to scroll back to the beginning and I'm going to change this transition represented by this blue box between the title slide and the first photo slide.
So, I'll click on the arrow to the right of that transition and I'm going to choose a different transition from this list, now I urge you to be careful about transitions, you do not want to have to many different kinds of transitions in your slide show and you might only want to change transition where there is content reason to do so, like here where I'm just coming in to the first slide. I'll choose Barn Doors and then I'm also going to go to the Properties area and set the duration of this transition from one second, which is the default, to two seconds.
I'll leave all the other transitions at Fade into their default duration. Now let us add a little sound to this slide show, to add some music, I'm going to the bottom of the screen and I'm going to click where it says Click Here to Add Audio to Your Slide Show. By default that takes me to this shortcut to the sample music in my computer I'll click that and I'll click Open and I'm choose from some of these sample files I'll try this Din Din Wo (Little Child) and I'll click Open. Here in the Properties area, I can edit this audio file. If I look way over on the left, I see that the estimated time for this slide show with all the transitions and the durations of the slide as they currently are is 16 seconds.
If I come over to the audio file I see that it is 4 minutes and 45 seconds, obviously way too long I can trim that audio by dragging the End slider all the way over and I make it a little bit longer than 16 seconds, maybe 24 seconds will do. I'll also reduce the volume and then I'm going to preview it by clicking this arrow. That sounds just about right, so I'll drag the slider back to zero.
Now we want to come down beneath the preview window and click Fit Slides to Audio and when I do that the duration of all these slides are going to change slightly and you can see that underneath each slide, each is now 3.1 seconds, so that the slides are on screen for the same amount of time as the audio is playing. I could also record narration using this icon here if I had a microphone attached to the computer but I do not happen to have that at the moment. So now I have all the pieces of my slide show and it is time to preview. First I'll make sure that I have selected the very first slide in the slide show and then I'll go up to the Full Screen Preview button at the top of the screen and click. Terrific! There is only one more thing I want to do, I want to come to the very first slide and add some Pan & Zoom which will add a little motion to the slide show, I'll click the check box there, I'll click the first icon which represents the start of the slide show and I'm going to take the bounding box in the document window and drag it up, so just the horse's head is showing.
And then for the end icon, I'll leave it full screen and I might do the same thing on another one of the slides, just add a little bit more motion, I'll enable Pan & Zoom, I'll select start, I'll drag the green bounding box to some other area of the slide over here and end will be like that and let us preview again to see these changes. So I'll click on the first slide, Full Screen Preview. That is really exciting is not it and you can do the same thing with your photos. Now all that is left to do is to save the project and choose the way I'm going to out put it, I'll click save project I'll give the slide show a name Carousel and I'll click Save and then automatically saves it and includes it in the Organizer. Now I'm going to click the Output button at the top of the screen and here I'm going to choose the format that will allow me to share my slide show with my friends and family.
One option is to save it as a PDF file which is a good choice for showing the slide show on a computer, alternatively I can save it as a movie file and I could burn it to a disk and share it with friends that way. So I'll leave movie selected here and then make some choices about the File Settings, the default is to set it to a size that would play well on the web if I'm going to send it by email it would be even smaller and it can be little bigger if I'm going to save to any of this formats. I'll leave at its default and then I'm going to click OK, Elements saves the slide show by default into my videos folder and I'll click Save, Elements asks if I want to import these saved slide show in to by catalogue, I'll say yes and I'm all done. A slide show like this is really fun for everyone to watch you can get really creative with element slide show feature because Elements offers all the creations and publishing options you need to make and share your slide shows with families friends and colleagues.
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