Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video Create a slideshow from your images, part of Learning Photoshop Elements 2018.
- [Instructor] A slideshow is a fantastic way to present images in a creative and interesting way. The slideshow feature has been enhanced in the Elements Organizer 2018 in a way that provides more options and flexibility than in previous versions. Let's take a closer look. Now, I'm going to start here in the Elements Organizer, and what you want to do is find some images that you want to use to create your slideshow. I've got a pretty good number of shots of these sunflower photos.
I think what I'll do is select a bunch of the photos of Claire here. I'm just going to use my Command or Control key to just kind of select these photos of her, the ones that I want to use. These look pretty good. Maybe a couple more, maybe that one, and that one. That looks pretty good. With those selected, you can either come up here to the Create button, and choose Slideshow, or, down here at the bottom, you can just immediately click the Slideshow button.
I'm going to go ahead and choose that option. (upbeat music) Now, I'm going to hit the pause button for a second because I want to show you some of the other options that we have here. Over here on the left is where you can customize your slideshow. If you click on the Media button, you're going to notice that all of the slideshows, by default, begin with this kind of paint splotch, and it just kind of says memories.
What you can do is double-click on that to open it up and edit it. Maybe what I'll do here is I'm going to type in here Claire Elise, and then you can also change that background object. Now, we don't have a whole lot of options here. There's basically three options to choose from. You can just kind of pick the one that you prefer. Maybe just for clarity, I'm going to choose this one, and then I'll click the Save button, and then click back in the slideshow and it's going to re-render the preview.
(upbeat music) Now, I'm going to go ahead and pause that again. And, by the way, as you click on these buttons, even if the slideshow is playing, it'll also pause the slideshow. If I click on Themes, you're going to see that we have a number of other themes to choose from. The default here I have chosen is Watercolor, but what I could also do is maybe come down here to the Classic theme, and when you choose that, you can then click Apply, and it's going to reapply that theme to the slideshow and start playing it.
(upbeat music) You can see how you can customize this depending on the subject matter and the photos that you have. I think I'll go back to the theme here, and maybe I'll change this, I think I kind of like the Watercolor, kind of like that concept. Then, the other thing I wanted to point out is you can go to your Audio, and these are, if you recall when we created our new catalog it asked us if we wanted to download some music, and actually these music files are files that are able to be used in the slideshow as well.
Over here on the left, you can actually hit the Play button to preview these songs. (upbeat music) (eastern music) Again, you could go through here and figure out which ones make the most sense for yours. Let's see what Hawaiian_Saunter is. (Hawaiian music) Now, if you don't want to use any of the predefined music, I mean, I'm doing that right now for copyright reasons especially, but feel free to come over here.
You can click on the Add audio button, and then you can browse your computer for an MP3 file that you want to use inside of your slideshow. Feel free to do that as well. Now, I'm just going to cancel this, and I think I like Afternoonsun, so what we can do is hit the minus sign to remove Spin, and then I'll just double-click on Afternoonsun to add it over here to the Selected Tracks. You can add multiple tracks if you want to, and then they'll just play in sequence. I don't want to use the Ancient_Beijing in this case.
I've customized my music, my audio. I've also changed my theme, and actually in the media, I also customized these as well. One last thing I'll show you, let's double-click on this, and I want to change that to this look and feel. Go on and hit save. And, if you wanted to add more media, you can click on the Add photos and videos button. You can also click on the Add text slide to create another custom slide here.
I'll just call this Sunflowers 2017, and hit Add. That adds another slide, and you can actually drag this and position this at a certain point in the slideshow so that it'll play. Maybe we'll move this down a little bit further. That looks good. One last thing, if you turn on the Add Captions checkbox, you can literally add a caption for every single image in your slideshow. That might be helpful in some situations, maybe if they're vacation photos and you wanted to describe where they were from.
I'm going to turn that off, and that looks pretty good. Now, when I click to go back to my slideshow, it's going to re-render it, and it's going to start playing it. (upbeat music) I'm not going to let this whole slideshow play, but you can just see how you can customize this slideshow to make it your own.
We can customize the theme to some degree, the slides, and the audio as well. Now, when you're finished here, you may want to be able to play this slideshow later on. Of course, we have an option to save this project. This is going to be a project file. You can give this a name. I'm going to call this Claire Sunflower Slideshow, and I'll go ahead and click the Save button. Now, you can see the slideshow has been saved successfully, and it's going to show up as a piece in the Element Organizer as its own separate object.
What you can also do, if you click the Export button, we have a couple of really great choices here. We can share this to Facebook. We can send this to YouTube, and we can send this to Vimeo as well. All of which are online services. YouTube and Vimeo are primarily video-based services, but Facebook, of course, everybody's familiar with Facebook. If you wanted to, you could also just export the video to your local hard drive. That's what I'm going to do right now.
All of these services are really just a matter of you authenticating using your account and uploading them in a quick and easy way. I'm just going to go ahead and export this video to my local disk so you can see this. I'm going to give it a file name. Call this Claire Slideshow. I'm just going to put this on my desktop for easy access. Now, it's going to go to my desktop. Now, you can also choose the video quality. By default, you can see it's 720p.
I'm going to bump it up to 1080p, little bit of a higher resolution video, and I'm going to go ahead and click the OK button. The Elements Organizer is basically now creating a video for you to use. Once again, if we wish, we can actually have this video appear in the Elements Organizer. I'm not going to do that because I have the slideshow project. I'm just going to go ahead and say No in this case.
Then, you'll see that if I go to my desktop where I exported that file, you can see that I have an MP4 file here that has been created. These are video files, so they're fairly large. Typically, if you want to use this to share with other people, you're not going to be emailing it, you probably want to upload it to something like YouTube or Vimeo to share this. I'll just show you a quick preview of this. I'm going to go ahead and play this video. (upbeat music) You can see that now we have the same thing, but this is a self-running video file that you can do with what you wish.
One last thing I want to show you. If I go back to the Organizer, we're just going to click the Back button here, you will notice that has been added to my Organizer. What we can do up here, this object here, I believe that's our slideshow file. We can actually go to the View, Media Types, and only view the projects. There we go. So, that is the project. If you ever wanted to go back in and edit it, just double-click on it, and now it's going to take you right back into the slideshow editor.
(upbeat music) Go ahead and pause that. Where you can make further edits to that. I'm just going to go ahead and go back, and turn on my other media. When you want to share your photos in a creative way, give the slideshow feature a shot. I think you'll like the results.
- Working with the Elements Organizer
- Creating a new catalog
- Importing photos
- Backing up your catalogs
- Managing photos
- Fixing photos with improved Instant Fix
- Sharing photos
- Exporting photos to different formats
- Working with the Photoshop Elements Editor
- Getting familiar with Guided Edits mode
- Expert Mode
- Selections and the selection tools
- Making the most of Adjustment layers