Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding a background to your slideshow, part of Learning FotoMagico.
- As you build out your slideshow, you might decide that you want to have a custom background. Maybe it's a textured paper look, or something that looks like an organic surface, or a piece of metal. This is ultimately up to you. Now, you'll need to find these textures, and I'm going to give you a website to try out. And I've also included a few of my own in the downloadable files. If you're looking for a background, one of my favorite websites is called Texture King. This gives you access to free stock textures.
You can browse by category, and you'll find a wide range of metals and organic surfaces that can be used. Feel free to choose an image and download it. The textures are absolutely free. You're just not allowed to put them into a collection. So if you see something here that you like, you can pull it down, and use it in your project. Once you've clicked and downloaded it, it simply loads into a new web browser. Right-click and say "Save image as...", and you can store that.
Now, I'm going to skip this one for now, but this gives you the ability to access a bunch of different textures for free. Earlier, I also had you add a folder of textures. These are some of my own textures. Let's make these a little bit larger. You'll see that there's a cloud background, some different painted textures, and paper textures. And all of these are free to use in your project, going forward. In fact, you can use these in a commercial project if you'd like, or for your own work.
These textures I give you freely. If you want to modify a texture, just double-click to open it. Depending upon what tool you've set as your external editor, you'll find the ability to make some changes. Maybe it's Photoshop Elements, or Adobe Photoshop, or you're using Aperture, or iPhoto. In this case, I've opened up this texture and I want to make a small change. I'm going to load up a color gray. Let me grab my eyedropper here, and sample a darker gray.
And I'll make that a little bit darker. Now, I'll load that as a solid color on top. In this case, that's the gray I want to use. Let's double-click on the background and put that above. And simply change the blending mode. I'll use something like Multiply to mix it back. That took the darker areas, and overlaid them on top. And I like this overall look.
I could apply an adjustment layer if needed, and start to darken this and push the contrast around. And when I'm satisfied, simply save my work. In this case, it's already a layered file because it's a .TIFF, so if I close that and save it, and then click OK, it's going to include the layers in the file. Over here in FotoMagico, it updates and becomes available. You can now choose Slideshow, and go back into Settings.
From the Background section, you can choose to add another image. Now, these images, you simply navigate to by clicking 'Choose'. You can't actually use the media browser for them. By choosing, you can open that up, and it's going to bring up your file navigation services. Now navigate to what you want to use. In this case, I'll go into my Textures folder. And I'm going to choose texture no. 6 that I made, and open that. It adds it to the background, and when you click OK, it drops it on the stage.
Now, you can select that object, and zoom it to better fill the frame, as well as position it. You can't animate this, it's not the option here to create a moving slideshow background. So you'll notice that on either side of Start versus Finish, any rotation or zoom that you apply is going to be applied on both sides. But this does create a custom background that you can use in your slideshow. If you don't have access to a texture, or you change you rmind, feel free to use any of these other ones, or download one of your own liking.
I'm happy with how this looks, and I'll make sure that you have access to both the treated and untreated texture in your version of the lesson files. You'll see Texture 6 and an alternate for Texture 6, which gives you both the lighter and darker version. Let's save our work, we'll do Save As, and call this B.3. It now captures that into the project.
- Installing FotoMagico
- Setting up a new slideshow
- Building an initial slideshow
- Adding watermarks
- Enhancing a slideshow with text, music, and narration
- Playing a slideshow
- Publishing a slideshow to YouTube, iOS, or a standalone player