Join Mikkel Aaland for an in-depth discussion in this video Using transition presets, part of Creating Slideshows with FotoMagico and Photoshop.
Choosing the sequence of your images is very important, but almost equally important is the way one slide transitions to the other. FotoMagico offers many transition options, and in this lesson I'll show you how to use them. Let's start with a straight cut, or a cut transition. I'm looking down here in the storyboard. I'm going to work with these three images here. And you can see that there's nothing between the slides. There's a gap between this slide and this slide and this slide which tells me that there's no transition applied so it's going to be a straight cut, or a hard cut.
Let's see what that hard cut looks like. Choose. This can be very effective if you have images where you want to draw the attention to the differences of the images. The other transitions create a relationship with the images. This really kind of draws attention to the differences between images. It can be a little bit jarring. It can be a little bit startling. Can be used for an effect just for that reason, and the control that you have over the cut is just the duration of the slide.
So you can change the duration up here in the Options panel on the right, and by making them very short duration and then hard cuts. You can make quite a dramatic effect. So let's apply a transition between these three images, and I can do it a couple ways. So I can right-click between the images and that brings up all the options you see here. But because I want to apply the same transition to these three slides I'm going to go ahead and hold the shift key down, select one image, hold the shift key down and select the other.
Now all three of these images are selected. I can select as many as I want through the same procedure. We're applying the same transition to multiple images. So now I go over to the options panel and choose a transition. In this case, I'll do a fade transition. You can see this icon appears between the slides and they're all now the same. So that fade transition that I have just selected will apply to all three. Now let's take a look at what a fade transition does. Select that, so it's going to be much, much softer.
You're still getting the kind of a discreet image, held for a certain duration on screen than a slow fade. Another image comes up. And again, you can control the duration of the slide in the options panel. Much softer, more gentle a little bit something to take into consideration if you're trying to tell a story with a little bit more motion, or different emotion for that matter. Okay, so, let's try another transition. I'm going to go back over here and select all three of them again.
It's easier to do it this way, and let's do it dissolve. And this is one of my favorite, transitions and I'll explain why as we look at it working. So watch what happens now between the images with dissolve. There's actually almost a third image created, right there When you have this a moment when they're both exist on the same time and the screen. Look at this. I love that. That to me is just, it's gorgeous. I mean it's not something you want to use all the time, but I do use it a lot because I like the effect of, of third image, which is the blending of the two images.
Okay so obviously there are a lot more effects. Let's try another one. I'm going to show you these but I don't use that many transition effects. I use cut, fade, and dissolve pretty much exclusively. The three images I've selected. Come over here, lets take a look at that one, let's see how that looks. It's going to give a, a wipe to the right, from left to right. You can change it to go the other way if you want so you can alternate one image going left to right, the other going right to left. So you know, these are, you know, these are nice effects. I mean, I'm, I'm not going to argue that you shouldn't use these effects. Let's go ahead an take a look at another one.
Just there's so many of them and you can really have fun checking them all out. Let's try aperture all right, aperture is another preset option you can see how that works. And I encourage you to go ahead and play around with these different options and transitions and see what works for you. But please keep in mind, get to know the transitions play around with them, but remember you always have to ask yourself, are they helping you tell your story or are they just a distraction? Cuz if they're a distraction just stay simple.
Go with the simple transition and stay away from all this the fancy stuff.
- Choosing and preparing content
- FotoMagico basics
- Adding titles and text
- Working with transitions and animations
- Using special effects