Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Making a slideshow, part of Photoshop Elements 13 Essential Training.
One of the most exciting ways to share your photos is in a slideshow. And now, you can create a slideshow in an intuitive Slideshow Builder right here in Elements, either on a Mac or on a PC, and from the organizer or from the editor. Here in the organizer I'm going to select some photos to include in the slideshow. I'll click on the first of those, I'll hold the Shift key, and I'll click on the last. Then I'll go up to the Create menu and I'll choose Slideshow. That opens Elements' Slideshow Builder. The first screen asks me to choose a theme from among the themes that come with Elements.
For example, I might go with the first theme. And then I'll click the Next button, and as soon as I do, Elements is going to preview the photos I selected in that theme. When I move my mouse, that brings up this bar. If I want to customize this slideshow, I'll chose Edit from the bar. And that takes me into the Slideshow Builder where I can see thumbnails of the photos that I'm including in this slideshow. Up at the top of the Slideshow Builder, there's a Zoom slider. I could use that to zoom in on the photos. I can change the sort order of the photos from here, Newest First, Oldest First or Custom.
And when Custom is selected, I can just click and drag photos around to change the order in which they're going to appear in the slideshow. I can also add more photos to the slideshow by clicking Add Media and I could add photos that are already in my Elements organizer or add photos from a folder even if they're not in Elements organizer. Down at the bottom of the screen, I can click the Themes button in the taskbar to choose a different theme. Let's try this one, The Minimalist theme. I'll click Apply there and I could click the Preview button now, but before I do, I want to show you what these other buttons do.
There's an audio button that allows me to change the default music that comes with each theme. I can choose from among the audio clips that I imported into this Elements catalog back when I first created the catalog at the beginning of this course. Or I could click the Browse button and if I had other audio files on my computer, I could select those. I'll just leave this at the default for this theme and I'll click Cancel. Now, I don't happen to have any captions on these photos, but I could have added captions to any or all of the photos back in the organizer in the Information panel.
And some of the themes will display those captions if I leave captions on. I'd like to have a title slide at the beginning of my slideshows and an ending text slide as well. So I'm going to click the Add Text Slide button and that adds this new slide to the slideshow. I'll click enter Enter Here and I'll give my slideshow a name. I can drag that slide wherever I want it in the slideshow. I'll drag it up to the beginning. I want to add one more text slide, so I'll click Add Text Slide again. And I'll enter Photos by photographer John Lorenz, who is kind enough to provide the photos for this slideshow.
I also can choose the speed of the slides, synching them to the music at a brisk speed, at a normal speed, or just not synching them to the music, which is the default. Now, I could save the project file for this slideshow, a file that I could open back into the Slideshow Builder later to re-edit the slideshow. I could also export the slideshow from here, exporting to my computer or even right up to Facebook. But before I do that, I'm going to preview the slideshow to make sure I like it. So I'll click the Preview button and I'll let it play through.
Great. I like the way that looks, so I'm going to save the project file from here. I'll give it a name and I'll click Save and this will automatically be saved into my organizer. Then I'll click Export. I'm going to export this to my local disk. I'll just send it to my desktop. And this will be the actual video file, so I need to name this one separately. I'll call this On the Road Colorado Slideshow. I'll browse to my desktop and I'll leave the quality set to the default of 720p HD. The other option is a higher quality slideshow. And then, I'll click OK. Now, it may take a while to prepare and export the video. Elements asks if I want to import this exported video into my organizer. I'll say Yes and then I'll click the Exit button to go back to the Slideshow Builder. I'm going to close the Slideshow Builder by clicking the x at the top right. And that takes me back to the Media Browser in my organizer. Here you can see the project file. I could reopen this project file into the Slideshow Builder for more editing. And right next to it is the video file itself that I saved to my desktop and that was imported automatically into my Elements organizer. Now let's go out to the desktop and you'll see that file there. Here's the video file saved to my computer. I could play this in a video player here on my computer, or I could burn it to a DVD, or otherwise share it with family and friends. So I think you can see how really intuitive and exciting the Slideshow Builder in Elements is. I hope you'll give it a try with your own photos.
- Importing photos from a camera or drive
- Adjusting lighting and color quickly
- Adding effects, textures, and frames
- Cropping and resizing photos
- Compositing with layer masks
- Adding text to photos
- Content-aware retouching
- Working with raw photos
- Finding photos by keyword
- Making local albums
- Sharing photos