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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.
Let's continue to build out the slide show that we've been working on in this chapter. In this movie, I want to cover some of the changes that you can make to the properties of the images on your slides; changing photo size, applying photo edits, and setting slides to pan and zoom an image. To change the size of a photo on a slide, I'll select the thumbnail for that slide down here in the filmstrip, and then up in the document window, I'll click right on the image. That changes the Properties panel to offer properties for the photo itself, rather than the slide.
If I want to change the size of the photo, I'll go to the Zoom slider in the Properties panel, and I could drag that to the right to increase the size of the photo, or to the left to decrease it. And if I want to move the photo around on the slide, I'll click inside of that bounding box, and just drag. Now, if I want to have the photo fill the entire slide, I'll click Crop to Fit, and the photo now does fill the slide, but I've also cropped away a little bit of the edges of the photo. So, if I want to see the entire photo, and not have it cropped, then I'll click the Fit on Slide button in the Properties panel, and that takes me back to where we started.
There are also some buttons here for making some quick edits to a photo. So, if I think I want the photo to look a little better, I might try Auto Smart Fix, which will make an automatic adjustment to the colors and tones in the photo. Here I have a couple of buttons that I can use to convert the photo to black and white, or give it a sepia tone, or if I want to go back to the regular color photo, I'll click this button in the Properties panel. If you take a photo of a person with a flash on your camera, sometimes the eyes will look like they're red and glowing.
You can use this button, Auto Red Eye Fix, to try to fix that problem. And if you need to do even more editing to an image on the slide, if you click the More Editing button, that will open this image back into Elements Editor, where you can use all of the many features in the different editing workspaces, and then save the image with the same name, in the same location, and close it in the Editor, and those changes should show up here in the slide show editor. A popular effect that you can add to an image on a slide is to pan and zoom, and that adds some motion to the slide.
I'm going to select another image in the filmstrip, and over here in the Properties panel, I now have an option to Enable Pan & Zoom for just this slide. You may remember that in the first movie in this chapter about setting slide show preferences for the entire slide show, I had an option to Enable Pan & Zoom for All Slides, but I prefer to do this to individual slides for a bit of variety, and sometimes to emphasize a particular slide. So I'm going to check Enable Pan & Zoom for just this slide, and notice that the Start thumbnail is highlighted here in the Properties panel, and that there's a green bounding box in the image.
I can size and position this green bounding box to set the way that the image will look at the start of the pan and zoom. So, I'm going to click on this bottom right corner of the bounding box, and drag up, and then I'll click inside the bounding box, and I'm going to set it just around the face of the model on the left. Then I'll go back to the Properties panel, and I'll click on the End thumbnail. The red bounding box represents how the slide will look at the end of the pan and zoom. So, I'm going to click on the top left corner of this bounding box, and drag, and I'll place that right there.
And then if I want to preview how this pan and zoom is going to look, I'll just click the Play button, and then I'll click that button again to stop the playback. So, those are a few ways that you can change the appearance of an image on a slide. Stay tuned for the next movie, where I'll continue to build out this slide show, showing you how to add text and graphics to a slide.
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