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Now as I mentioned, the real power in Encore Slideshows are in the fiddling with them, the adjusting the properties and options and stuff. This can be a little confusing because there are several ways to do this. In the Slideshow Viewer, for example, there is a Slideshow Options area. So there are several options we can choose to adjust here. Now, of course, we could also adjust things using the Properties panel, and this works in basically two ways. If we click on let's say, the Slideshow, for example, in the Project panel, then we could adjust the properties of the slideshow, and you could see that there are tons of options here.
Notice there is actually even multiple tabs for different options. Now we could also adjust individual stills. So if I click on a slide, for example, here in the Slideshow viewer, it will be selected, and you could see the properties for the Slide. And the slide itself also has three different tabs. You could adjust the Basic, Transition and Effects areas here. So it does get confusing because you might be looking either here in the Slideshow viewer for options or in the Properties panel for Slide or the Properties panel for Slideshows looking for options.
So again, keep that in mind that it is a little bit of challenge finding the options you're needing, but the good news is is that you don't need every option for every project. You'll find that you use only a few of these, and then it's easy to remember where they are. It's also important to remember the distinction between the image here in the Slideshow Viewer and the image here in the Project panel. So if I were to, for example, find this image here, I could go through the Project panel here, kind of browse around until I found that one, and that's going to be here, the harbor_ducks image.
If I have this selected in the Project panel, then it's not really a slide in the slideshow, it's just considered an asset. So if I select the image here to fiddle with it, then you'll see that in the Properties panel I just have the generic Asset properties, and it's really not much you could do here. So if you want to adjust that slide, you'll need to select it in the actual Slideshow Viewer. Now again, there is tons of great features here. If I select this slide, and I'm looking at the Slide Properties, for example, the Basic tab, we can change the Scale. For this image, I did not go through and go into like an Image Editor like Photoshop and crop this correctly.
So it has a vertical, or portrait, orientation, rather than a sideways, or landscape, orientation, and so it's a really good idea to go in to your image and make sure you crop them and adjust them, so that when they're brought in, in your slideshow they have the right orientation. We could go to Scale here and by default, it's Scale and Apply Matte. Encore shrinks this down so the whole image fits and applies a Matte on the sides. We could also choose to Scale and Crop the Edges. So basically this will fit as far as the width goes, and then it will crop the edges, and we could also just have it Do Nothing and have it be full size, and now we're just looking at the center of the image, which in this case is very similar to Scale and Crop Edges.
But even though it's cropping off a lot of important areas of the image, you may prefer to choose this option just so you couldn't fill the whole screen and not have a bunch of black on the sides. Now also in the Properties panel, we can choose whether we want this slide to Match the Slideshow or not. As we go through this chapter, we're going to be looking to all these cool things you could do for the slideshow, and if you want like some renegade slide that has some different properties than the rest of the slideshow, then you could uncheck Match Slideshow and give it a longer or shorter Duration, or what have you. So again, to recap, if you're going to fiddle with your slideshow and customize it, you could adjust the slideshow options in the Slideshow Viewer here or the Slide Properties or the Slideshow Properties.
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