Join Mikkel Aaland for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a controlled fade-in and fade-out, part of FotoMagico and Photoshop: Creating Slideshows.
In this lesson, I'll show you a neat trick using PhotoShop's content aware fill feature, to create multiple images from a single image that can be then sequenced in Photomagico to produce a controlled fade in and fade out. Let's look at the effect in Fotomagico. I'll start up the slide show. Click here, and you can see it start with an image and then slowly a boat appears, as part of the image, this, kind of controlled fade-in, of just the boat.
Let's go back over to the work area of Fotomagico. This is something that you couldn't do within FotoMagico itself. There's no way to mask out, particular areas of an image, like we've done here. So we need to go into PhotoShop to do the work. I'm over here in the library. And if I double-click on this thumbnail, I've set up Fotomagico preferences so that it'll open up the image in Photoshop. Which is where we are now. Select the lasso tool, up here in the toolbar. And I'm going to make a fairly loose selection around the boat.
I don't want it to be too precise. Go just catch it. A little bit of the water against this edge here. All right, so once I have that selection, that loose selection, I'm going to select the delete key and be sure that the content aware is selected here. And hit okay. Now, Photoshop does a pretty darn good job of removing the boat. So once I've removed the boat from this image, let's deselect by coming in D, I'm going to save this image out.
Save as, and I'll give it a name. Let's just add edited. How's that? And we want ot make sure it's a JPEG, cuz that's the file format that you use in FotoMagico. Make sure it goes into the original folder, and select save. Okay, now back over to fotomagico, where now the second image appears and you can then just drag that into the storyboard and use it. So let me go ahead and actually show you this process from start to finish.
I'd already done that one, so let's take an image that I haven't worked on yet. And again this is a, appropriate image, some images are going to work and others aren't. This has a very distinct foreground and background and it will lend itself to this type of treatment. I'm going to go ahead and double-click on that, bring that image into Photoshop. Use the same method I used earlier, with the lasso loose selection around the image, around the part of the image that I want to remove, delete key content aware.
And once again Photoshop works its magic, and removes that object, command D the deselects, looks good. And file, Save as, same as procedures before. Give it a different name, so we don't get mixed up. Edited and jpeg, and Save. All right, so now we're done with that. Go from Photoshop over to Fotomagico. And you can see now this image over here in the library. we have two images.
We have the original and the edited version. I'm going to take that from the library over to the storyboard, by just clicking on it and dragging it over here, like that. so we have the original and the edited version. So I'm going to now start with the original, and I'm going to go ahead and remove the pan and zoom. The pan and zoom, actually you can do things with it. it can be very effective with this kind of image. There's certainly no reason why you can't use the pan and zoom. But I think I'll deselect that for now just to simplify this process and, let's see, make sure that also is deselected so now these are, this is going to be a straight forward transition.
I'm going to zoom this back. Well, what do you think? You can also just right-click and it will zoom to full image and do the same thing. We need to match these up. So zoom to full image and now let's go ahead and we how that looks with the, oh, we need the transitioning. Between the two of course, so let's set a transition here. I'll create, under options, we need to do a nice maybe dissolve.
So, there you go, a nice long dissolve, make the effect more apparent. Come here, and let's go ahead and preview it. Now that looks that's our original. And we should have a nice little dissolve here coming up. And there you go. So once you see how easy it is to create this effect. I'm pretty sure you're going to end up using it a lot in your own slide shows.
- Choosing and preparing content
- FotoMagico basics
- Adding titles and text
- Working with transitions and animations
- Using special effects