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Easy ProShow Gold/Producer Slideshows for Beginners

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

Easy ProShow Gold/Producer Slideshows for Beginners

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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25 Lessons (1h 51m)
    • 1. Overview of ProShow and the Course

    • 2. Resulting Wedding Slideshow Created in 6 Minutes

    • 3. Demonstration of How to Create a Wedding Slideshow in 6 Minutes

    • 4. I. Select Your Slideshow Theme Using the Wizard

    • 5. II. Organize and Select Your Art

    • 6. III. Select and Time Your Music

    • 7. IV. Produce Your Finished Slideshow Video

    • 8. Create Your Own Slideshow in 6 Minutes

    • 9. Submit Your Project via YouTube and Discussion

    • 10. I. Free Images and File Organization

    • 11. II. Add Images to the Slide List

    • 12. III. Apply a Style to Each Slide

    • 13. IV. Add Slide Captions

    • 14. V. Configure Transitions and Timing

    • 15. VI. Add Music and Adjust Total Timing

    • 16. VII. Produce Your Finished Slideshow Video

    • 17. Example: Family Photo Album

    • 18. Manually Create Your Visual Short Story

    • 19. Example: Slide Layers, Masks and Animation

    • 20. Captions and Animation

    • 21. Slide Layers and Animation

    • 22. Layer Masks and Your Flaming Brian

    • 23. Layer Silhouettes with More Animation

    • 24. A Tool Merge Example: PowerPoint, GIMP and ProShow

    • 25. My Video Graphics Toolkit

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About This Class

Do you possess images that evoke memories you'd like to retain... maybe even immortalize?

Family?  Friends?  Vacations?  Marriages?  Births?  Even deaths?

What about photo albums?  Event announcements?  Or corporate advertisements?

ProShow is the best Windows based software tool for producing professional quality image and video slideshows.

For fun or for profit, in this one hour training course I will...

First, I'll demonstrate how to create a wedding video slideshow in just 6 minutes using ProShow themes to handle all the details.

Then, after showing you the finished wedding slideshow, I'll explain in detail just how I managed to create that slideshow in just 6 minutes using only 4 steps:

  • I.   Select Your Slideshow Theme Using the Wizard

  • II.  Organize and Select Your Art

  • III. Select and Time Your Music

  • IV.  Produce Your Finished Slideshow Video

In the first course project, you'll be guided through the process of creating your own ProShow theme based slideshow in just 6 minutes.

Additional video instruction explains how to upload your slideshow video to Youtube and share it in the Q&A section of this course (or Facebook).

Then we dig a little deeper:

  • I.   Free Images and File Organization

  • II.  Add Images to the Slide List

  • III. Apply a Style to Each Slide

  • IV.  Add Slide Captions

  • V.   Configure Transitions and Timing

  • VI.  Add Music and Adjust Total Timing

  • VII. Produce Your Finished Sideshow Video

Followed by a second, more detailed course project.

  • 1.5 hours

  • 2 Sections

  • 2 Projects.

And you're outta here!  Honestly, that's all I ask of you.

Oops!  I added another 1/2 hour of advanced information.  Enjoy!

By the end of this course you'll be a (relative) ProShow expert but still wanting more...

I'll see you in the classroom,


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Brian Jackson



Born in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I've published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I've also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon... See full profile

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1. Overview of ProShow and the Course: So what is Pro show? Pro Show is quick and easy to use. Slide show software Pro Show is also extremely powerful, and some of the nuances of the program can get quite complicated. Pro Show runs on Windows and in this course will be demonstrated on Windows 10 Pro Show 8.0 point 364 Aid is the latest version of Pro Show as of the middle of February, where this when this course is being created. So what about all these Pro Show versions? What did they mean? Well, first of all, Pro Show Gold 8.0, is the personal use license product, so you can use anything you produce out of pro show gold for your own personal use. And the cost of the product is about $70 without a discount. Beyond the look out for discounts, Pro Show producer is the commercial use licensed product. So if you get that for about $250 without a discount, you can resell or reuse what you produce out of pro show. And of course, I have the producer license because I'm actually using in this course that I would require it if I wanted to produce content for resale as I'm doing and producing courses here. You know, working with Pro Show is like peeling back and onion. So what we're gonna do is when it started the very time top and we're gonna start peeling back. So we're gonna look at how to create a pro show slide show in six minutes. We're gonna use do this using themes where everything is pretty much done for us and the first course project. This course is also project based, meaning that you're gonna get homework assignments. Toe work along with me is to produce your own six minute video. Now, it may take you longer than six minutes to produce the video. And my finish video was under a minute. By the way, when I'm talking about six minutes, I'm talking about the duration to create it. And then we're going to learn how to have complete control over your slideshow. So how to go another layer deeper into pro show and have some control? And then we're going to do course project number two, which is gonna be to create a slightly more complex slideshow getting into pro show and then finally, we're gonna just barely start digging into some of the advanced techniques before we end the course. Because this is an intro course. I just want to give you a sampling of what's in the future. 2. Resulting Wedding Slideshow Created in 6 Minutes: 3. Demonstration of How to Create a Wedding Slideshow in 6 Minutes: Hello, everyone. And welcome to the session. In this series of lectures, I want to demonstrate to you just how easy pro show, either gold or producer is to use to create a simple a slide show using the default themes . So to do that, I'm gonna start up pro show. And as it starts up, what we're going to do here is we're going to first be thrown into a simple selector slide here. Now, you can either say, don't show this a start up or it will continue to show that startup. I kind of like it. I'm going to pick the Wizard, which is the easy way to create a slide show and say Create. Now it loads the wizard options and here they all are, and I could scroll through them. I think there's about 30 or 40 wizard options. You can read the little descriptions of how the ah theme that you're selecting is going to lay out your slides. And what this does is in a very high level, it completely schedules your slideshow. So this is the highest level in which you can create a slide show. We're gonna peel back the onion and dig deeper as thes courses and lectures continue. But what I want to do is maybe make a weddings. Let's go with wedding Classic and I'll say Continue now, The next thing that Pro Show is asking me for is to add some content, some wedding pictures from the particular wedding. Typically that I'm recording. But in this case, I found some generic wedding pictures, and what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna click on the first and hold shift and click on the last that will select them all. And I say, Yeah, go ahead and open that. So there. Now I have eight wedding photos in this particular theme, and for now, at least, we're going to trust that the theme is gonna lay out these pictures the way that we like and let's see how that turns out. Now we say, Go ahead and continue in preview. It goes ahead and says, We're going to create the show and you'll kind of see, hear in the background that it's beginning to lay down slides on our timeline, and then it starts to show us a preview of the course. Now I'm going to say Go ahead and apply this to the Wizard. And here's our timeline, which shows, slides and transitions and notice that they have different colors. Different layouts. The theme has decided how this slideshow is going to look now. The one thing you'll really notice in watching this slide show if I decided to the head is here notice. I could drag the head through it and watch the slide show as the head goes across. Or I can hit the play knob here and it'll start playing. But the thing you'll notice is that music is lacking now. Pro Show comes with a fantastic music library, and I go to it Aiken, sort by all these different categories. I've selected weddings once again, and if I want to hear what it sounds songs like or hear what a song sounds like. I just click on it and start listening and I go, Yeah, that's fine. Let's go with that song so I'll select it and I'll say, Add show Now watch what happens to our slideshow here at the bottom of screen as his little garb progress. Bar advances. It's applying the music, and then suddenly we get a music line and If we scroll left and right, we can see that the music ends with our last slide, so it cuts it off worse. So this is the way that you could create a simple slideshow. Now we're trusting once again that it's a good slideshow. Normally, I would preview it, take a look at it before producing it, but I'm gonna go ahead to the last the published stage, which you can see up here in the upper right. And I'm gonna say, Go ahead and double click on Produce it for the Web. And here we have the highest quality for the Web at 30 frames per second. Let's go ahead and create that and we say where we would like to save it default name. And this is the longest part of producing a video is the rendering time, and I'll be back with you at the end of the render and we'll add that amount of time so I can tell you exactly how much time it took to produce this video. Now, notice that as this slide show has been producing or rendering, it actually gives us a little mini preview of what we're getting and There we go. The encoding is complete. We have rendered an MP four of this, and that is the finish time. So that's the fastest way to produce a simple slideshow in pro show. And we'll see just how many minutes that turned out to be. Once I produced this video, I'll see you in the next set of lectures where we break this process down into selecting your theme, selecting your images, selecting your music, a little extra on changing styles and transitions and finally producing the finished video . 4. I. Select Your Slideshow Theme Using the Wizard: Hello. In this lecture I want to start breaking down the process of what I did reduce Ah slideshow in six minutes into its constituent steps that being selecting a template, selecting your slides, selecting the music and finally publishing. So let's go ahead and will start pro Show. And once again, we're presented with the screen. Now we're going to use the Wizard. But suppose we checked this, Don't show it. Start So we don't want this anymore. Let me show you other ways to start the Wizard. First of all, those start options that you saw are under the file menu here so I could start a new show. Or I could do an empty show. Or I can do one using the wizard or a template, or I can open an existing show. So those four options air kind of spread out here under the file menu. The other is that if you notice in the top right, we're in build. This controls the sub menu here, and little icons that you get. If we're in publish, we get a different set, which is helping us to publish to different areas and in different ways. So if you make sure that you're in build, you'll see a quick icon here to go to the Wizard and we pick that and the wizard comes up. Now here we are, presented with our themes, and we have a scroll er, over here on the right. We can scroll up and down, and we could decide which of these themes we would like to apply to our particular show. Now we picked a wedding classics and notice. Once you click on a slide show, one of the things I want you to notice is down here in the lower left hand corner. It tells you how many slides are in the complete theme. So if you want to fill out everything that the theme has to do for you, then you need 18 slides. So go out and find 18 wedding pictures, and that'll fill up this theme Now. What a theme is going to do is it's the highest level at which you can build a slide show, and it's going to select your styles of the slides and the transitions and the timing for your entire slide show. So let's pick something different. Let's try to sweet I'm going to still use my stay? Um, wedding pictures. But what? Pick this and you'll see it only requires 11 slides, and it has three transitions. Now, once we're ready to use this slide, then we go ahead and we say continue, and that will bring us to the next step in the production process. 5. II. Organize and Select Your Art: here we are at the add some content section. Now. I'm not showing you a step. That's an important first step to doing that, and that is using something like File Explorer to organize your pictures. So here I've gathered all the pictures for my promo video together, and I put them into a directory so that I can easily load them. Now let's go back to Pro Show here. I'm in file Explorer, and I've organized my directory. Now, when I go to pro show toe, add content, click the add content button up here and I go to that directory. You can see that I've got all my pictures now how to select pictures first, I can select one at a time and open and add them wanted time. But I've got to keep coming back to this screen that's not very efficient. Here's another way I can hold the shift key and let's say I want these 1st 4 I clicked the last one that I want in the shift key says, Select everything from the beginning, what is selected to what you just selected and everything in between. So that's the shift key. Now the control key adds and removes additional slides. So let's say I want to selectively add kite, orange sego Notice how these air all blue now because they're selected. So control allows you to individually select or un select. Let's say I want to remove beach. I just go ahead like that and I remove beach. It's no longer selected, so it won't be incorporated into the slide show. Now I need 11 slides. So let's hold the control key and poke around at some more slides here, and I think I'm close to 11. So that's how you select the slides that you want to import. Then all we do is say, say, open and it loads them now. The other thing is that when you look at your slides in the open screen or in File Explorer , it's gonna sort them in alphabetical order. And that may not be the order in which you want to display the slides so I can take these slides and I could move them around to rearrange their order. Notice how once I scroll over the slide, I get the little moving arrow in any direction, and then I left click hold it down and I dragged wherever I want and noticed the solid blue line that appears. That's where it's going to stick the slide so I can reorder these and get them more or less in the order that I want. Once that's done, I'm done selecting my pictures and I go down to the lower right and say, Continue and preview. 6. III. Select and Time Your Music: And now here I am. I'm looking at my slide list down at the bottom, and it shows me these style of the particular slide here, too sweet Landscape is being used for the first slide, and it has a transition, and it shows me the timing of these things. This is gonna be a little over four seconds. This is gonna be 1.68 seconds to the transition. So it's time to everything. It has done everything for me except add music. So the next step is to go to the music library. And here I have the option off sorting and selecting music by a number of categories. Basically, what I can do is I can pick any of these categories over to the left. So if I want music that's under a minute, I go ahead and pick under a minute. And here's all the music Now it's primarily sound effects. You get a little bit of music here down at the end, and if I want to listen to any of these musical pieces, I just click the play button and I hear a sample and I decide whether that's what I want to add. Now we can pull this window out of the way till take a look at here that the entire slide show is just gonna be a little bit over 44 seconds. So let's go ahead, and I will take this 59 2nd vintage video by selecting on it and saying, Add to show Now I can also pick other categories. Notice all these sort criteria that I can select from so I can pick the type of music and its length. It's category. It's tempo, whether it's vocal or not and so on to find my music. So I'm gonna add this music to the show and what we get is it downloads the track and then we get a little progress bars. It adds to the show, and here we can see that it has displayed the music or it is added the music bar down here at the bottom, and we can see the little the volume of the sound and it truncate sit here at the last slide so we actually have a blank slide here at the end, but it's gonna show with a little bit of music that might actually be nice Now, the final thing that we can do to music is noticed. The sink music button up here. Now our music is just a little bit longer than our slideshow and what I can do to sink those up perfectly. And what it's showing us here is that it's going to sink all the slides in the show, and it's gonna just slide times and transition times in order to match the total soundtrack length. So it's going to expand the length of my slideshow by little increments to each slide and transition to match the total length with soundtrack or, in other words, 59 seconds. So we're going to go from show length 44 seconds to 59 seconds, and it's gonna add 15 seconds toe our slideshow so that the slideshow is exactly the length of the music. And we say sink. And now notice how at the very end, the music kind of trails out and we've got this black slide at the end. Very nice ending. Now, if it any time we want to preview this, we've gotta play head here. This is the play head bar here, and we just click on it and here's the play head, and I could move it along and see what this particular slide show is going to look like. And if I want to play it, I go ahead and I put my head to the beginning of the slide show and I hit play on years. Our music? Uh huh, OK, and we'll go ahead and stop that. The next step is going to be the production of the actual video. 7. IV. Produce Your Finished Slideshow Video: to publish their once again several ways to get there via the menus. For instance, there's the published menu, which pretty much gives you every way wanna publish. But what I find is the easiest way is to pick publish over here in the far right now. Here are all of our options we can published a blue Ray We can make a ah video disc for playing TV. I've never done that, a DVD, which is useful, and I can publish directly to vim you. If I do that, it will make it video quality. And then it'll uploaded to Vimeo for me or to YouTube or Facebook or SmugMug or any of thes image or video sharing sites online. Now what I want is I want to just produce a video. So I do that by double clicking on video for Web devices and compatible whatever, and it sets me up here now. The last time I picked the highest quality full HD in reality to upload things to YouTube, all I need is 7 20 p, which makes it just a little bit smaller, so I'll pick that I'll still go for the highest quality, high quality frame rate to get that out there and I'll go ahead and I'll say, Create now it'll ask me where I want to store this, and this is very important. What I recommend is that you store your videos along with the saves of your video files. So here I've got a directory called Can't Agius Studio Approach. Oh, and that's where I'm saving my things now. I would give it a significant name, too, like maybe wedding fun dot m before and it's a okay, go ahead and save. And what's going to do is it's going to go through the rendering process now. It's interesting to watch the rendering process here versus says, I'm using eight processors. So I've got a dual quad processor. I guess that is eight, and it's showing me that it's actually generating it two times the rate at which the show will show. So this is rendering very fast. In fact, it's gonna be done before I'm talking about the rendering options, but here you can watch the rendering anything given idea for what you've got, and our video is done rendering, and that is the complete process. Now I can go back here to my, um, to file Explorer on Windows. And I can go to that directory and say, Show me all the MP four files and here it is wedding fund. If I wanted to watch that, I could bring it up and I could show wedding and that those are the steps now you already began to see within Pro Show that there are more advanced things like this slide list. What can we do with that? And in fact, most the time when I create slide shows, I begin with an empty slide and begin bringing down my slides and transitions and doing it all myself. And in the next set of lessons after the upcoming project, we're going to learn how to do just that. 8. Create Your Own Slideshow in 6 Minutes: 9. Submit Your Project via YouTube and Discussion: I in this lecture, I'd like to make it clear as to how to complete the first class project. So you saw a brief video that showed you to go through the steps and to produce an MP four . Now, what I'd recommend you do is upload the MP 40 YouTube and then take the length from YouTube and go and add it to the Q and A for the course to submit it. So other students of this course can look at it and you can upload it to Facebook if you want to share it there so anywhere you want to share it. But it begins with uploading to YouTube. So what I'm gonna do here is I'm going to go to YouTube in my browser and you'll notice that one of the options you have on YouTube is this little up arrow here, and that is for uploading a video. So just go ahead and click on upload, and I've got a special 22nd video that I'm going to upload. Just as a quick example. I can make that video. It's gonna be public by default. I can make it private, or Achon scheduled to show up at a particular time if I want, but I'm just going to go ahead and click on finding the video. Now, the directory that I'm looking in is rather crowded with a whole bunch of different file types. I can get to the video by going to the search area, Pierre and typing asterisk dot mp four. That'll search for only the MP fours. Now, I've got a nice, clean list of my videos and it turns out that tools four here is the MP four file that I went out blood, so I just double click on it. Now you'll notice the upload process here is going that tells you how complete it is. In the meantime, I should be giving this a description like my class Project one and I can also give it a description. In fact, that may be required. Let me to give it a description and tags. There we go. A given it The same description is the title. So this is my basic information, and then I can pick one of these slides down here is the thumbnail for the chorus Boy. They all look almost exactly the same. So let's just pick that one at random and up in the upper right hand corner now, says Publish. So let's go ahead and we'll click on Publish and the publication is done. It's actually published it and style on, and it's now on YouTube and here's the link to get to it. So if I wanted to go look at this YouTube video, I would double click on this to get the whole thing and select copy. Go to a new tab and up here I could select paste and go, and this link will take me to the video and start playing it. There we go now. What I want you to do, though, is to go to the U Demi course. So here we are on the easy pro show Golden Producer course, and go to the Q and A section. Go to the Q and A section, and then here click on, ask a new question and say, Here it is. Here's my project. So you type my Project one. You go down into the body and here once again, we're going to pace that link. Now anybody can look at this and they can see the link and they could go to that particular ah YouTube video and take a look at it and you click post question to go ahead and post it . Go ahead and look at my sample posting. I'm gonna have one in Q and A for the course, And that's how you submit your project for completion. The same with the second project in the course, by the way. 10. I. Free Images and File Organization: Hello, everyone. In this lesson, I wanted to answer two questions which I know I'm going to get hit with a lot. So I thought I would answer these two questions. Where do I get free images? So, you know, I got a line of images to put into a slide show. Maybe I want some filler. Maybe I want some background grapes or something to go by. Where do I find these images? And the other is how doe I organize. My image is best so that when I go into Pro Show, I'm going to be able to use them easily. So here, I'm gonna begin. This is my favorite sites so far of recent discovery is picks obey. And on it they say that they have over 880,000 free stock photos, vectors and art illustrations. And the thing that I like about them is that as you read further free images and videos, you can use anywhere. Is that clear enough? Apparently not. Because if you get down to the finer print, then all images and videos on picks obey are released free of copyrights under a creative common. So I think that means that if you change them, you have to re release them into the public domain. But anyway, you may download modify. But then I think you have that criteria. You gonna re release your modifications, distribute and use them freely for anything you like. Even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required. In other words, you don't need to say where you've got any of these images or videos. So this is my kind of site. They made it very clear that I can use these images in my you Demi video here and in any other application. So picks obey. I like it. Picks obey dot com. Let's say we're interested in towers are or architecture or so on. We go to that and once again, we get well reinsured in my mind free for commercial use no attribution required and then download for free. Now, when it comes to down money for free, this is what's gonna happen. You're going to get the the maximum download size that you can get for free. This is where they start dinging you for maybe some additional money. OK, but if you download the largest free you've got now I've got to enter this, okay? And I enter that I'm not a robot, and it gives me a default name. It gives me architecture Was the category and the number and the date as far as classifying it. But it also gives me an entire file management system here. Effectively. So what, we're gonna dio it's going to decide where we're going to store this image. The first thing that I like to do is put pictures in the pictures directory. So if I scroll up on the left panel where the directory listings are, I can go to pictures and hear if I have a project, Aiken, go into that project. If I don't, I can go up here and say create new folder. So let's say I'm working on something called Architecture. Here's the new folder down here in the lower right, and I type its name like architecture. I could never remember how to spell it, so I hope I got it right. So now we have a folder called Architecture. And if I go in there, I can then change this name entirely. So let's say I want to call it gray building. There we go gray building J peg within the directory architecture within my pictures directory so I can go on and I can continue to gather architecture er pictures. Here's wow, look at that Shanghai at night. Once again, this is completely free for download no attribution required. Yes, long as I don't go any larger than this. In other words, the offered image. And I type in my I'm not a robot code. Now, once I type that up in, I'm given an opportunity to place this file into a directory. Well, I'm gonna put it in the same directory. I just place the last will in which was my pictures Architecture directory. That's where in gathering images for my current pro show slideshow, maybe some background images, maybe some in drum images, just something to add some color and possess. And I like the name Shanghai. So let's go ahead. Yeah, go with that. So I downloaded two images from my favorite place to get free images, which is pics of a now, another place where they seem to get money and I have no problem with people making money. So I've been tempted a time or two. Is that if you enter a search criteria like, let's say, river notice what comes up here in the yellow bar is sponsored links from shutter shot stock. I'm sure that those air not free so periodically you're gonna see little advertisements like that. Don't let it freak you out. You're getting tons of free, really cool images at this site. So I really recommend it. Picks obey. And I'm sure that there were others. If you go searching for free image, download something like that and Google, you're gonna find tons of sites like this. So that's how to download him. That's how to organize him. And in the next lecture, we're gonna start utilizing them. 11. II. Add Images to the Slide List: Hello And welcome back in this lesson. We're going to dig just one layer deeper into the onion. Here. We're going to look at an intermediate method for creating slides. Where here, not creating everything. But you're controlling a lot more than you do. And using a theme as we demonstrated in the last section. So I'm going to bring up. And this time, instead of going into the wizard to select a theme which controls everything for me, I'm going to go a little lower, and I'm gonna take a little intermediate step. So we're gonna say, Cancel this. And this, by the way, is the reason eventually you'll probably get rid of that box because you always start with a blank slide show, which is what we're on right now. Now what we're gonna do is going to create a new Oh, and we're back there. Okay, a blank slide show. Let's go ahead and will create it. And what it does is it shows you the preview window. This is the file directory list and the file list within a directory. And then here is our slide list. We have nothing in it. Now, if I want to go to, let's say, documents. I'll double click on it to open the directory list, at which point I'll go to Camp Tasia Studio, where I'm storing things and then down to pro Show. Now, at this point, I can go into my Let's go into the wedding. Well, there we go, wedding photos, and that will give me my wedding photos. Now they're down here at the bottom notice. There's this little separator. See if I get there it is that separates these windows and I can actually drag. So if I want more room for my pictures as opposed to my directory listing, Aiken do that. So what you typically do is you go to the directory. Remember, we talked about gathering your photos ahead of time. It makes things a lot easier. You go to that directory and you get the file list. Now, at this point, you know, we talked about reordering slides and stuff like that. Well, why not just drag them down in the order that you'd like? Let's say this picture of flowers and shoes is the first picture I want. I just grab it and drag it to my first slide and it becomes the first slide. Now, along with it comes a default transition and default. Timing notice here it says three seconds for the slide and three seconds for the transition . Let's say next I want her having her hair curled up in a ribbon. I just drag that down and it becomes the same. These air, the default transitions and timings and Ashland default style for the slideshow. Now, if I drag my play head along here, I can see what the slide show is gonna look like. And it's very basic. We have, ah, fade as a transition, and we have virtually nothing as the slide show style. But what we are able to dio is to slowly gather pictures. If I want to go somewhere else, like to my promo pictures and start dragging some of those down, I can go ahead and I could do that. And now I have a new picture. Let's say I decided the order is wrong. I can also drag pictures around here on my slide list. Okay, so I dragged the picture to my left and noticed this little gray bar that appears only once . There we go twice to show me where it's going to put the slide. So I just moved that to the left. So this is the way that you typically start a slide show. If you don't want to go with an entire theme now, a theme could give you a leg up, and maybe you can modify a theme to your needs. But ultimately what I find really works best is dragged the slides down into the order you want and then head to the next step, which is going to be applying styles. Teoh each slide. 12. III. Apply a Style to Each Slide: now here we are. We're going to apply styles to each of these slides, and I only have a three slide presentation and notice with the default times and salon. The entire presentation is what 18 seconds are Play Hedda's 12 seconds into that, and we can bring that to the beginning and I can plan and I can see. Wow, this is a pretty dry presentation, pretty simple transition and then just the picture. So that's actually a good raw place to begin, though. If you think about it now, let's stop this and let's now suppose you wanted to modify the first line? This is one of the things I like about Pro Show. If I want to modify the first slide right, I click it to highlight it. But what if I wanted to modify it? Think about double clicking and yeah, sure enough, you double click this and it gives you the configurations and showing so on that you can apply to this particular style. Now this is handy because we can go to effects and we could start applying effects and so on. But what I find as an even easier step is go ahead and select the slide and then go up here to these easy icons and say effects. Now, what this will do is it will bring up the three types of it expects so early We worked in themes. If I click on themes here, remember these themes we applied to an entire slide show? Well, now what we're gonna do is we're gonna come over to the far left and we're gonna work with slides styles. First thing that you get to Dio is you get to decide the criteria for selecting the so aspect ratio. We only always want to go widescreen. All times is good for me. Now, let me show you the number of ways that we can select the styles that we're going to apply here. So we've got the screen size, which we always want, and we aren't want all times. Although we can actually set up the number of seconds, that's not really important. What is important is how maney images will be displayed or how maney layers are in the slide and whether it has captions or text. So here we have no captions and one image, so I want to display one image in a slide and you could see over here it shows you zero captions, one layer, and I can scroll through here and decide what kind of image I want Now. The next thing that I can do to hone this down is that it's got categories here. So complex montages. Let's go toe complex montages that air one layer well, obviously montages multiple images, so one wouldn't be too cool. So we go to essentials, and what this will do is further refine our search. And eventually, let's say this this backdrop dark, framed with a zoom out, is the style that I would like on that, um, on that slide, Elop. Here you get a little bit of a picture of what's going on and then you say, apply to slide. And it says, Would you like to clear everything out? Skin skin. It's gonna clear all your configuration for the slide and apply this style, and it goes yet. Sure enough, did that and notice our slide is no longer full screen. It's now inside of a picture, and that picture zooms out, and we have kind of a shadow or a ghost image in the back. And then once again, we have that transition, which is just a simple fade from one to another. Now, the next thing that I want to talk with you about is that there might be a possibility that you want to add text. 13. IV. Add Slide Captions: okay, in this lesson, I want to talk with you about how to add some simple text to your slide or captions. Now this has to do with actually selecting your slide. So we're going to do is going to go back to slide one and select it, and we're gonna go back to our slide styles by clicking on effects at the top of the screen . Now, remember, we selected one layer and we said, No captions will. Captions are actually little titles that get written on the screen, so let's look for slide styles that include one caption and one image. And now, you see were displayed. A completely different set of slides, styles and what we probably want to look for is, rather than a portrait, one like this something landscapes is we have a landscape picture. Let's try this full length landscape Caption one. And here we get a slightly better idea that it's going to show the picture full screen, and it's going to have the caption down the bottom in a dark area. Let's go ahead and add that to the screen, and we'll say, Okay, it's gonna wipe out any of our previous formatting, and that's done that's been applied to the slide. Now we come down here to the slide and double click on it. If we want to start editing it now, the first thing that it's going to show us is the effects that are going on, and this is the whole timing of it. This is the complex stuff that we're not ready for yet. Let's go to the caption settings, though, and up here in the upper right is the text of what you'd like to write. So let's say I'm going to say Welcome to the wedding and it has all kinds of options for setting the style of the text. Here we can see a sample so we can set the style to one of the styles that's need is you can Goethe here you can click down and you can go through the school bar and look for what you want. They're in alphabetical order or I can click here and I could start typing what I want. It begins with a G, and that gets me too gambo oldie or whatever In here. I want Georgia. I really like the Georgia Fund and let's say we want that to be a little larger, so let's bring it up to more like 16. There we go. Now we have a nice, large white caption, and we can apply all kinds of effects to it. Opacity, skew. He's got selected for us when we picked this style of the slide with the caption, We can also control whether that text is left aligned. You're jumped and weaken. Grab the box and we can move it around to align the text where everyone, let's go back to centre and centre this text box on the page. But we can set just about anything having to do with the text on this page. When we're done, we just click, OK, and now we have text on the page. Let's go ahead and play that and see what it looks like. Here's our text. Welcome to the wedding. Down at the bottom, it actually might be a little high. We might want to move that down in the box, so let's stop. This will go back and we'll double click on that. And let's bring that down more like Here we go and we'll say okay, and so you could see this is a process of refinement. It's a very interest of process when you get down to this level of sliding there. Now the text is more centered in this black box area, so that's the way that you add text or a caption to a slideshow. 14. V. Configure Transitions and Timing: now, the next thing that I want to talk with you about is transitions and timing. So we have the slide style, which dictates how the slide is gonna look, how it's gonna move. And we've seen that we can put pictures. And by the way, the other thing that I forgot to mention here, too, is like, let's go back to selecting a style for this slide so we go to effects. And what about this to image or three image of that many layers? What have we wanted? Multiple layers in a particular slide. Now let's let's undo this. Let's leave our our caption just the way it is and select the second slide and go toe effects. And there are no styles with two images and one captions. Let's go with two images and no captions. And here's our to image slides. Now, if I pick one of these like collaged dark landscape multi still, which has two images and no captions and I say apply to slide, what it's going to do is it's gonna leave a little blank area. Let's get rid of this. You'll see that there's image to the left, and then there's a blank image over here to the right here. I would need to fill this with another image by dragging it down into the right half of the slide. And now I have the two images, and you could see that there, side by side, like this. And it It's not a very moving style. There are better styles that use multiple images, So I wanted to show you that using multiple images. Now, what about back to transitions? If I want to configure a transition, I go ahead and I double click on it. And what it does is it brings up all the transitions and these air category categorized. So here's an interesting one that I've been playing with. It's called, um, falling leaves, and if you pick it up in the left hand corner, it gives you kind of an idea of what it's going to look like. So let's go ahead and will apply falling leaves. And now, if we look at the slide show from the beginning, let's see what we have built so far in two slides. Nice moving image. Falling leaves separate to a double image now, and we go back to the default fade to the third image while I get the tax of the fourth image now. So what you do is you keep on building from left to right until you get your slideshow completely built together. The final thing that I want to talk with you about his timing notice down here that there are times this slide takes three seconds to play. Let's say I'd like it to be on the screen for longer than three seconds. All I have to do is click on the number once, and it brings up the editing of the time. And let's say I type in five. Give me five seconds for that and I can even come up here and click on the number for a transition. And I can change the length of the transition. Maybe three seconds is good for transition. Maybe I want to come down here and I want to change all my slides to five. And I want to keep the transitions as threes. So they're now three seconds or five seconds of slide. That's 15 seconds. Three transitions. That's nine. That means the whole thing is gonna be 24 seconds, which is exactly what it says up here, and our play head is six seconds into it. Let's roll that back to the beginning, and now you'll see a much slower pace will show because we have five seconds per slide and three seconds per transition. So that's the way that you affect timing. The next thing that we're gonna look at is music and scheduling the timing of the whole show before production. 15. VI. Add Music and Adjust Total Timing: So here we are. We're ready to apply music. And really, there's not a whole lot that I can say other than what I've already said before. As far as going to the music library and picking your music. Now we're gonna want something that's somewhere near the length of what we have. So we're talking about 24 seconds. That's probably not likely. Let's go for something like close to a minute, and we could sample this and say, Maybe that's it. That's what we want. So let's go ahead and will pull down that music by adding it to the show, and it downloads the music. And it adds, and we get this music bar here and notice that it fades out. Now, if we want the show to be as long as the music, then we just do sink music. Now notice. The music is one minute, 19 seconds. We don't have enough slides. We have 24 seconds. That's a big difference of 55 seconds to expand the slide show to sink with the music so we may not want to sink with the music in this case, but what else could we dio? Well, one of the things we could do is we could control, fade in and fade out, especially fade out. Let's get a nice long fade out going on this thing. We can control its volume and so on. And once again, how did I get here? By double clicking on the music bar. So let's go ahead and will say, OK, get a nice fade out. And I think the fade out actually hit the very end of the music. So I don't know if we're going to get a fade out here. Let's play and see what we get. We'll pull the play head over here and we'll play for a bit and see if it fades out. It does fade out and then it cuts off. So now we have a nice little three slide slide show. The next thing that we're gonna look at is more production options or publishing options. 16. VII. Produce Your Finished Slideshow Video: okay. When it comes to publication, all you got to do is go up and click on the publish button and you'll start seeing all your options here. And we've got Blue Ray and stuff like that. I don't typically use them. And here's why. If I could just produce an MP four out of here, that's what the quality I want. I can manually copy it anywhere I want. There's no big magic to applying an MP four uploading a day video or Facebook and then pasting the link over into Facebook. So if you want some help, you don't know how to do that. Then you can actually pick the YouTube option. You double click on it, and then it's going to start trying to log you in to Facebook so that you can do your load to YouTube upload, and I'm gonna go ahead and kill this because I don't want to go through all that upload. So that is more specific publishing you got him for SmugMug. If you choose DVD, you can actually start making menus for your DVD and so on. So we're ready for the second project, and that is going to be using the slide list, dropping down our images, selecting slides, styles, selecting transition styles than applying music. And to tell you the truth, I always published video for the Web just by making an MP four. So go ahead and do that and upload wherever you'd like, or you try and figure out the connection things were getting these toe upload or getting pro showed up blood for you. 17. Example: Family Photo Album: 18. Manually Create Your Visual Short Story: 19. Example: Slide Layers, Masks and Animation: 20. Captions and Animation: before letting you go. I wanted to do a little advanced pro show, get you ready for what's coming next and future courses As we dig deeper and peel back the onion on Pro Show, I want to talk with you about three things. Layers, masks and animation. How do you make things move on the screen? And you do this with layers? And if you do it with masks, you can get some really need effects. So we're gonna look at these three things before letting you go. We're going to look quickly. We're not going to delve into them heavily. That's for future courses. But I want you to have a taste and let's talk about how things move on the screen. And to do that, we'll just go ahead and will create a blank slide. Let's begin with text and actually, let's review what we knew before. Let's say we bring up a picture like this is a set of skyscrapers and we put that in slide one. But we want this toe have text on it. Okay, so we would take this slide and then we would go and we would select it and we'd say Let's hit it enough with an effect that has one caption on Here's one caption When layer effects , um, a lot. Actually, it's all layers. So let's do something like this, and you notice that what it will do is it will fully configured your slide, including giving a little area for the text and telling you where to put it. Now this will keep the text out of the way. And if it is over a picture, often they'll put ah colored box of some type behind the text to make it stand out. So it's doing all this stuff for you, but you can actually do all this stuff yourself. And in fact, if we even do a play, the text will probably move or things will. Okay, the pictures will move in. They'll zoom. So what we're gonna answer in these next couple lectures here is How is this happening? How do I do this myself and let's move on and we'll do a second slide. Now, let's go ahead and put a picture down here. Now. This has no caption. We haven't picked a style. It has no style. So we can't pick a caption with a style or we could now, but we're not going to because what we can do is we can double click on here, go into the editor on this, make sure that we're on caption settings, and up here is where we type a captured. Now notice we don't have a caption. So we can't type one. Here is the caption layer or where that happens. So what I can do is I can add a caption. And now Aiken type something like, Welcome to the course. There we go and I type that it's a little wide. I could fix that I want. But the first thing that I can dio is Aiken start dragging this around the screen to place it. Now what it's showing us is the safe areas, which so it takes off a little bit off the edge for movement and stuff like that and says, Try to keep your text in the solid area here. I can change the find of it. I have been to like Georgia a lot, so I'm not going to change that. But if I wanted to change it to anything else here, I've got a slider with all the funds on my system. I can also give it a style which does some weird things. Do it. I don't know if I really like styles yet you click the little slider down here and you go for, like, copper and suddenly get this copper thing. But it also does some effects. It it comes in and out. And I don't I don't think I like that. So let's go ahead and do no caption style. Okay? Here I messed up. My style's Let me fix it. I'm going to go back to Georgia and I'm going to get my what, 24 or so. That's a good size. And we have no style and so on. And then I'm gonna move this out in the middle. So obviously it was bigger. Let's make it more like 36. There we go. So now we're back to where we were. I can change the color of the text here to any color. For instance, I could make it a rich red like this. I get bring it back toe white fairly easily. Child Dio um, all of these things to change the text and what it looks like now I can move it around the screen to we've covered that. The other thing that I can do is I can grab an end. I can rotate it so I can have it at various angles that I want to do that now. We're not here to talk about text. We're here to talk about animation in this case, and here we go. We're plunging in deeper, this effects tab at the top that we haven't had much to do with. Let's click on it now. Now I know it first. This is going to confuse you, but don't let it confuse you. What it's doing is it's showing you what are called key frames or states for your slide over a period of time. So here we have one second, two seconds. So this is a time line when things were happening. And here we have our slide. So it's in the middle here. It has a transition, a friend of three seconds. So that's what the transition is in is it has the slide for three seconds, and then it has a transition out, and it's showing you that now The first key frame begins with the very beginning of the slide, and that is the picture you're seeing right now. Now, if I move things on this key frame, it changes the position of where they are at this time. Now notice. There's another key frame at the end of our slide, and if I move it down here, the text now what I've got is I've got an animation from key frame one two key frame to, and I let pro show worry about filling out everything in between. Let's go ahead and apply this right now. I could have played it in there, but let's go and play it out here and see what it looks like. So now you can see we have moving text on the screen. Now, while the text is moving. Let's go ahead and go in and edit this text again and we're on the effects while it's moving. We can apply certain effects, so let's say at the start we want this to be notice your we've got opacity. This is 100% opaque, which means that you can't see through it. But if I bring this down, notice what's happening. The text. It's glimmering out, so we bring it way down there and then appear on key frame to It's fully opaque again. Now we go ahead and play this here. You can see that the words slowly blend in so they're coming from, uh, from transparent to opaque. So that's one of the animations you could do. The other thing that we can do is we could skew things. So let's go to key frame one. Always keep track of the key frames that you're working on notice. There will be a little blue line from the picture down to the key frame that is active, and it will be highlighted in blue. So we're working on this key frame. Let's take the text and skew it a little and a little character rotate and kind of have it just weirdly come in. Let's see what that looks like. Well, that's kind of an interesting effect. That was a bit of the introduction to movement. Now there are two other things that we can do as far as the movement of these caption characters. There's a fly in area right now. There is none, but if I go like elastic left that will make the characters fly in from the left. And now notice. All of a sudden there's this fly in effect area here. It's gonna take two seconds to do the flying, and it's going to start the flying before the slide even appears so. It's going to start it somewhere around the middle of the transition, and then I do a fly out. Let's say elastic right? And I could even add effects to what the text does when it's just sitting around like grows slowly. There we go. So now if I go ahead and I play this slide, that's a pretty crazy slide animation. So just to show you you can do some really wild things with text. And remember, you don't have to have a text or a caption field. Ah, slide style. You can put your own caption on just by going here and saying, Add captured and I can have more than one caption, so I just keep adding captions and applying effects in the same way. In fact, let's add another caption here that says, Ah, have fun. Okay, so we add that caption Now we're on the caption. Have fun! Let's see, where are we? And you can't see Have fun that's off the screen here, but we can grab it. We can pull it up and it's got all of these weird effects to it. So skew of zero. Care to rotate zero and opacity. Gonna bring that on the way up. There we go. And how we can see Have fun Now we only changed ahead on the first key frame to So the second key frame. Whatever it's got going on, it's still has. Now, let me let me get rid of some other things here on it to the elastic left and right. We'll get rid of those. I'm bringing this back to normal text and grow slowly. We will have none. There we go now. Actually, I've got to go and do a little something good. That doesn't have it either. But it does have skewed text slits. Zero that out and let's bring it onto the screen. We go now. Finally, I can play this and I should just have have fun on the screen, OK, it moves a little, but there we go. I'm just showing you that we've got a second text and if I click on these captions. I move between their key frame sequences. So here I am on the have fun key frame sequence, and I could do anything to that. And it will be completely different from the welcome to the course sequence. So that's how you can have multiple captions interacting. This is how you do effects, where maybe words come in while others air going out and stuff like that so you can do really cool effects. Now it turns out that you can do the same thing with pictures, and in the next lecture, we're going to look at using images and a thing called image layers. Actually, we're gonna use images, image layers and a thing called an image map that allows you to see through a portion of a layer and kind of merge images together in interesting ways. And then we're out of here. So I'll see you in the next lecture. 21. Slide Layers and Animation: hello. And I want to welcome you back in this lecture. We're gonna take things just a little bit further. So we looked at the fact that we can put tax really on any slide we want and that we can do am an animation with that text will. The next thing that we're gonna look at is that we can put images anywhere we like. And then we can put effects to those images and combine them with text. And by the time you've done that, you effectively created your own style. So when I'm kind of suggesting is a building pattern here is that either use the wizard or not toe layout. Whole slide set. If you find a theme for your presentations Perfect, go ahead and use it. Now take it down to the next level. What have you started? Manipulating the various styles on each of your slides and what have Sometimes you just don't get quite the style you want. Well, then you double click on it, you go and you look at the key frames and see what it's doing and move the thing yourself. And that's where we are now moving the thing yourself. This is the lowest level. You want to take things. But if you can take things this level well, there's actually a next level. We'll talk about that later. That's creating your own themes and all these other things that you might want to reuse later. But for now, what I want to do is I want to move images, and I'm gonna do this with the new slide. So we're gonna use Slide three here, and what I'm going to do is, um, I don't even need an image. To tell you the truth, let's begin by adding a blank slide. So here we are. I'm on a blank slide. I can see that I'm on the effects stock slide, and there are no effects because there's nothing here to dio the captions. Slide has no captions because their owner captions There's none of this. There's no slide settings. There's no slide style. There's no soundtrack. There's no background. That sounds interesting. Let's begin there and what I'm going to do, some just gonna pull in a simple white background to get there. We click on background and it starts asking us well, what do you like for the background in here, we have the option of a solid color. Ah, Grady, act from one color to another, or an image that we can actually pick by browsing or hard drive. I'm going to go ahead with a color because I'm gonna do a particular little kind of trick here, and I'm going to begin with White. So let's go and click the color here and we'll drag it over into the white zone and will say, Yeah, that's what I want. I want a white background Now we said that we're gonna be playing with images and the way to get to images is the layers here. Remember, we had captions and we had to add captions when we had none. Well, we have no layers on this blank slide. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna add a layer. And in this case, I wanted to be a solid color again. I just want to show you how this works and the solid color. Let's pick something. Who kind of in the muddy rose area, what do you think of that weird color? What would he call that? I've seen maybe some Lexus is that color, so we'll go ahead a dark Pepto Bismol pink, and we'll have that as a layer. Now, one of the things that I can do is I can grab the edge of the layer and you notice here I have the rotate tab, but here at the same time, I have the resize and be grabbed the corner. It maintains the aspect ratio of what? Your dragon. So it brings in all the corners at the same time. So let's make this a little smaller. And let's, um, put it up here in the top left. Now what I'm thinking is adding, in effect, we just modified. Actually, I didn't mean to do this. You can actually modify where the initial image starts, and that's what I meant to do. But I actually modified on the effects screen key frame one. So now we have key frame to with the thing big again. So I've got to resize it again for key frame to now. We might want it to grow, so it's actually good that it's a different size here, and we'll pull it down into this corner. Now. The thing that I want to do with key frame. One is I want to play with the opacity of this layer. Now it's right now solid appear in the upper left. And let's say I want to take its opacity or the ability to see through it down to maybe who say 70. And then at the end key frame. I wanted to end up getting even lighter. Let's go to 50. Here we go. And then the next thing that I want to dio is someone to go and add another layer. So let's go ahead and will add a new layer. In fact, let's do this. Let's do this trick. I go here onto this layer are solid one Pepto Bismol pink and I right click. That gives me the context menu in which I can do things with this layer, and one of the things is duplicated the layer. So here I have an exact copy, including its key frames, and I can go here and say Mm, let's Okay, we're gonna go to Key Frame one, and I go to this thing, and what I really want is the layer settings, the editor, and finally there I get to where I can set the color. So this one, let's say we're gonna make it more of a gray. There we go. I like that. So now we get a grey box and we've got the Pepto Bismol box. And let's say what were on the center layer settings of the Pepto Bismol kind of comes from the right. Let's have this come about here and moved down to the left just a little. Okay, so we've added this gray box that you can see through, and by the way, it's important as far as these layers in the order that they're in because I can see through them. But one is on top of the other. In this case, I move this down here. The gray is on top of the pink and the pink could be on top of the gray so I can change who's seeing through what. And the only way you're gonna get see through is if you change that opacity down to transparent. So anyway, back to this when we want to be in effects. So let's go to our pink one and go toe effects. So it starts up here and it moves down here. What about our gray layer. I like that movement. Let's go to the grey layer. Find it starts here. It goes down there. I don't like that. Let's have it. Go over here and it's ending. Opacity is 49%. I think I can live with that. Let's see what this slide looks like. Okay, it looks like the A pass it. He doesn't really change for the to, and I want them to do that. So let's go back to the pink layer that will go to Key Frame one. And its opacity is 70% at key friend to its 50%. Interesting. What about the gray layer? Let's go there and a key frame. One. It's opacity is 70 and it becomes 50. I guess that's not enough of a swing. Let's make it look more see through by going to the front that beginning and kick kicking him in either direction. By am there it is by about 10 points. Here we go or at least will do that to Gray and let's see what that does. Uh, yeah, it's all right. L The thing that I really didn't point out in the last lecture when I was talking about key frames and how they work and we're going to employ them now is that you can have more than just two key frames if I want a key frame in the middle. So let's try this. Let's completely change the animation for in this case, keep track of where you are. Let's do the pink slide. OK, so we'll go to the middle of the slide and double click on the chart and look what happens . I get a new key frame and look, it puts it right in the middle. Now what I'm gonna do that's a little disturbing is I'm gonna come over to this key frame, but I put it down here. Then I'm going to go to the middle key frame, gonna put it up here, and then I'm gonna go to the last key frame and I'm gonna put it down here. Now what we get is kind of like a bouncing effect from this box. In fact, let's go ahead and will play what's going to happen here. It's gonna bounce off the top and then it's gonna come back down. Isn't that kind of neat now? What would happen if the gray box was doing the same thing in the opposite direction. Let's go here and let me review for you how I added a key friend. Here is the timeline. Where did I want it? Right in the middle of my friend. So I go here and I double click with my left mouse. And there's my new key friend and he could see it. Put it right in between the other key frames. Now, this one I'm gonna have. Let's have it in the upper right. Whoops. I want key for him. One in the upper right. I went key frame to to be bouncing off the bottom. And then I want key frame three to be over here on the left. So there you go. Now we've got two boxes bouncing in different directions. Let's say go ahead and apply that periodically. I like to apply just to get things on. There you go. That's kind of an interesting background effect. So my point is that when it comes to slide, styles will help you and save you a lot of time. But if you want a particular style, go ahead and create it using animation and shapes. Now the next thing that I want to dio is I wanna have a caption. So let's go ahead and we're gonna add caption and I'm gonna say, Ah, welcome to the course. There we go. And it came in black and actually a dark gray, which I can't like actually in Georgia, which is a font that I like. It has no particular particular caption style which will skip, but I wanted to move. So let's have it. How could we have it move? I know if I go to here and go toe effects, I could have an interesting fly am fade down, fade out and then in the middle do nothing. And if I play that what's will look like you're a text fades in Well, that was a quick fade in a slow fade out so I didn't like fade down. Let's try just a fade in and let's play that transition. Welcome to the course and there we go. It fades out. Okay, That was pretty good 22. Layer Masks and Your Flaming Brian: Hi, everyone. I got some requests via some very nice reviews. Thank you for some more advanced training in this introductory pro show course. So I'm going to get into how to do effects and, uh, how to do layer masks and so on to do Ah, little bit more. And in fact, I'm gonna show you how to do this from scratch so that you can see I don't have anything up my sleeve. And to show you that I do pretty much everything from scratch After you get used to pro show. After a while, you get rid of the effects, you get rid of the templates and you just kind of bring up blank slides and and do what you want to dio. And I'm gonna show you exactly how to do that with this particular effect. So let's go ahead and I'm gonna bring up pro Show producer, which is my version, and I don't really care what it calls and I'm not going to save this. Well, maybe I will for you for download, But for right now, I'm just gonna create whatever it wants. And here what it wanted was a blank show and I've got a blank show and I'm going to go even for them that by adding a blank slide down here now the first thing I do after adding a blank slide is I double click on the slide because I'm going to go in and I'm going to start modifying it and adding a fax and stuff. And here are all of the things that I can add to a slide. This is why I don't need somebody. Toe adds toe for me. I've got it all under control. And the first thing that I was thinking is that what I wanted to show you was toe how to use a layer mask or how layers work in a masking capacity. What didn't have transparent layers. So the first thing I'm going to do is I'm gonna add a new layer. This is going to fill the entire background, and it's a visual element, a dominant visual element, and I'm going to go to my stuff here and I've edited down ah bit of fire into an MP four video, and it just loaded the MP four video as the background. Now I can keep on editing here or I can go down to play, and I can ask it to play what this is gonna look like and here, you can see, is the current shuttle as it goes across, that fades out in this transition out area that will probably want to get rid of eventually . But here we have a fire background. Now, isn't that kind of neat? We could have things move through the fire and so on. And I'm gonna show you how to do that before this section is over, and I think it's gonna turn to a section. But what I really wanted to show you how to do is tow. Have a flaming Brian. And what I mean by that is I'm going toe add yet another layer. But before I had the layer, let me show you how I created the layer because you have to do this via another tool. And in that case, my tool is the gimp here. What I've done is I've created an image, which is, let's see, ah, 2024 by 1000. I'm sorry, 2048 by a 1024 and what I'm going to do is I put a black background on it and then I wrote and white on top of it. So I have a huge Brian. The point is, is that I want to get to the point that I have obvious color breaks, that I can select them because in this tool, the gimp, I'm going to use the color selector to select the white. And I'm gonna hit the delete key to get rid of it now, because I'm on a transparent layer Noticed this checkerboard of light and dark gray squares that means transparent. That means see through. So at this point, I go and I say, OK, export to Brian PNG. Normally, I would save J peg files J G J P G files. But in this case, I'm exporting to a P and G PNG's honor the transparency, whereas J pegs do not. So I can't say this as a J pic, I've got to save it as a PNG with this transparent area. Now, why are we going through all this effort? Let me show you why when I go here and I say add a layer, give me an image and load the PNG notice how it overlays the fire. Now let's go ahead and will say, Okay, go ahead and save that and we'll play just that. 10 seconds. Isn't that kind of cool right out the bat, But you'll notice that Brian doesn't fill the entire area. So let's go ahead. Double click on the slide and we'll take it and will go grab this area and expand it. Now it expands proportionately. I would rather not have it do that, but it did it anyway, which is kind of a need effect. And the problem is, is that now, when you go to frame to you don't know about frames yet? It's going to be the old slide, so it's actually gonna shrink on the screen, which could be an interesting effect. But what I want to do is I want to go to Key, frame one right click and say, Copy the next key frame that makes this key frame the starting key frame and the ending key frame exactly the same. So there's no animation who there's a hint of how to do animation, and we're going to do that next. Now let's go ahead and say OK, and then let's go ahead and play this now They're okay. We caught the very end. Let me go all the way back to the beginning and Oh, there we go. We have flaming Brian. Um, this should, of course, be here Name instead of mine. If you're using in advertising and we have a fade out at the end now, where is this fadeout coming from? Let's go ahead and double click on this and we'll go to slide settings and you'll see that we have the slide. Time is seven seconds and whatever seven point something, and it's got this transition out, and that's where the fade out is coming from. Let's go ahead and make that zero and will make this. Let's make this like eight. That's a good time, and Lin will go. Okay, now we have UNAIDS, second Bryant, flaming Brian without any transition or fade out at the end, And this is the way to use a what is traditionally known as a layer mask or a transparent layer. And it's also giving you a little bit of ah review on layers themselves. You add them here. By the way, if I had these out of order Let's say this layer was down here, Okay? We'll move it down like that, you'll notice that you'd barely see it through the flame. I don't know why you see it at all, but you would, and that's not what you want. What you want is you want that mask above the fire that masks it out. Now, the other thing that I wanted to talk with you about was movement before we get out of this . Because if I had taken this and let's move this back down to its original size, Okay, okay, I want to grab this. And I'm working hard to try and re size it because I noticed when it was smaller you could do some interesting things with it. For instance, we've been working on key frame one. Let's go ahead and we'll do our magic, right? Click on key frame one and say, copied an ex GI frame. So key frame one and two are the same. And notice how the mask is smaller. So it has an outside flame area. Now, I can also grab this and I can move it so that by the time I make it to frame to And in fact, I can go here halfway in between and double click and say Give me another key frame. Okay, Now we're getting complicated, so I'm gonna grab the second key frame, and I'm going to get it kind of squared up here about where key frame three is. Then I'll go to key frame three, and I'll drag it more down into this area. So this will give me a movement of the, um, layer mask and allowing the flame to show through that looks like this. OK, so it comes up kind of squares in the middle and it moves on this moving Brian. Now, let's fix some things here. I'm going to go back. By the way, this is on the effects tab rather than the layers settings. Notice if I goto layers settings, uh, how I want to what image? I want to load. And I can edit the image and stuff. We've been working on effects here, which is a layer we've been avoiding. I know for quite some time to set up how this particular curve is going to work for animation. So the next thing that I want to dio is I want to go to a key frame one. And I want to maybe shrink the, um Brian So did grows. And the other thing that I might want to dio Okay, let's do this. I'm gonna pull this to about here. So we have a two second period, and then I'm gonna go to about here. I'm gonna add another key frame, and then I'm gonna go here, and I'm gonna say, Copy that. The next key frame. Okay, so now two and three, it just kind of sits in the middle and I'm going to actually change its size and orientation, so OK, it's going to be here. Let's till two in some weird direction, okay? And I'm gonna actually grab this and have it coming from off the screen. And then by two, it's going to have tilted further in these directions whips, and it's going to have grown, okay? And then we'll go to three by three. It's quite large. And then by four, we all have it be gigantic. And let's drag this way off the screen, OK, so let's go ahead and save something crazy like that and then see what it looks like and look at this. Oh, my gosh. That is a fully animated Brian. And that's the way that you use masks or layers in pro show. So I have shown you the layers have shown you the mask. Okay, that's it. I'll see you and then text lecture. 23. Layer Silhouettes with More Animation: Hello, everyone. And welcome back in this lecture, I wanted to look at effects again, an animation, but this time using cut outs as not image maps or overlays that you can see through, but as actual silhouettes of moving things. So I came up with this slide earlier, I had done it for AH TV show called Lucifer, and I realized I couldn't use the images again. So I've mocked it up here to be me and my wife. It's a very young picture of my wife. The cut outs aren't particularly good, but here you go. This is what it looks like. So the backgrounds moving these two characters air moving and the caption is slowly fading in. How did I pull all that off? Well, once again, I began with a blank slides. Let's go ahead will add a blank slide, and I'm gonna replicate this slide exactly what I did. So let's double click on that blank slide and up comes nothing. Now we want to add a layer here for the background and not do the background because we wanted to move. So because of the movement, it's got to be a layer and not background. So we'll go to pictures and we will go ahead and we will grab this background image. And one of the things you'll notice is that it's because of its aspect ratio. It doesn't fit the entire screen. So what I'm going to Dio is I'm gonna pull the sides until it does stretch out and fit the entire screen, and I'm even going to go a little beyond that. Let's come and we'll get really large sized now. The reason that I wanted to do that has to do with the effects tap right now on the layers settings where I get toe set the size of the image in which image I want. The next thing I'll do is go to the far right tab and say effects. Now here I've got both my number one and number two key frame in the same place in the middle of the screen. What if I took my number one key frame and pulled it over here until the image was just barely on the screen on the right, and then I go to my number two key frame and I pull that to the right until the image is once again just barely on the screen. There we go and I'll go ahead and I'll say that. Now let's go ahead and play, and what we get is we get a moving background from left to right, and actually, we're going to get a fade out in just a little bit. I would imagine. Oh, okay, we get the next slide. So that's how he achieved the moving background. Now let's bring in the characters to do that, I've got to cut them out in another editor. Remember the last lesson we used the gimp, and once again I'm going to use the gimp to cut these out. So let's bring up the gimp on the first image, which is a picture of my wife rather pixelated, and she's extremely young, but I'm gonna go ahead and I'm going to cut this out using the last suit tool, and I'm just gonna go ahead and select the very edge of this image and cut it out. So here we go lasso tool, and we go ahead and I select the best I can. It's hard to select hair cause it's got little notches and stuff in it. That's why I didn't do a very good cut out. Now, once I get the entire cut out the way that I want and I do it nice and clean, then all I've got to do is get rid of the stuff that I cut out and it becomes transparent. So here I've cut out the sky and stuff around her. Actually, she has somewhat cut out to the right, but didn't bother fully cutting her out to the right cause you're never going to see her right side. So once I do that, I go export as a PNG. Remember, if I export this is a J peg, then it won't honor the transparency. But if I do, it is a PNG. It will Now. The next thing I do is I go through the same steps with a picture of me. Here I am in a conference room at work, so I just go ahead and I cut me out until I'm completely cut out from the transparent background. And in fact, I've even taken the time to cut out the arm holes here. Ah, the background from that. Now I go ahead and I save this as Brian to PNG. Okay, so I've got my two P and G's. Let's go ahead and import the 1st 1 to do that. We go to the first slide that we're working on. We double click on it. Okay, let's bring it in at key frame one, and I'll go ahead and I'll say, Add an image and the image is going to be this PNG of my wife. Now, once again, it's not quite the right size that I want. So I go ahead and I grab it and I grow it a little until I get a little larger. And then I drag it over here so that she's pretty much off the screen and she's gonna come onto the screen. So that's key Frame one, and you could see that that's backwards from two. So I'm gonna take this right click on key frame one and say, Copy the next key frame. Now I've got a key frame one and two at the same place. Now we can go over here to to, and I can pull it in. Where do I want her to be when the animation is over? Okay, I don't want to see that stuff behind her head. So that's the answer right there. And we go ahead and we say, Okay, now, if I play this, I should see an animation of her moving left in the background, moving right. Perfect. And then we go to the next animation. Let's double click on that first image and go back in there again. Let's go ahead and add another image and this one will be me as the PNG. Now, I was thinking from this, maybe start over here and become large. So I put myself here. And then what I want to do is I lips. I wanted to be on key frame one, and here I want to be over here and then I go to key frame one I say copied in the next key frame that I've got the key frames in the same place and I'm gonna go to key frame to and here I'm gonna move myself down because what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna grow myself. So let's grow myself somewhat large and will be something like that right next to each other. That looks even more dramatic than the grow I had in the previous example, and we'll go set ahead and will say OK, notice how you keep checking on how you're doing here, So let's see. Okay, I move forward and I grow. Melanie moves to the left and the sky moves right. You know, instead of being in front of her like that, it looks like I'm smaller, so I think I should be in back of her. In fact, I am in back of her in the sample video, so let me show you how to do that. All I got to do is take the image layer of Brian and move it down one layer so that I'm behind the emitter layer of Melanie and she overlays me. So that's an easy fix. A Sfar as the text coming up. Let's just go ahead and add a caption layer and up here will say Brian plus Melanie. And then I space things over so that they're more or less in the middle. Yeah, yeah, something like that. And notice I normally I would have had to play with the font on the size and stuff like that. That's all set up from the last time that I did this. Let's go ahead and we're gonna put this where I would like it to be down here in the lower left hand corner and then goto effects. Take a key frame one and copy it to the next key frames. That both your key frames in the same place. Then go to the second key frame. Okay, Here's actually what we're gonna want to dio on this first key frame. We're gonna take the opacity all the way down to the text, disappears. Then we'll go to the second key frame, and the capacity is all the way up. And that should do it. If I say OK and I play this now, I'm going to get Brian plus Melanie coming up as we move closer together, I think that's really a nice effect. I could actually add some additional time. We'll see what we got going on here. I just want to see the 1st 1 Let's see. Do we have any fade outs going on here? Okay, good. No fade outs. But what I could use is maybe a few seconds at the end. So let's double click on here. And then I could say add time And what I want to do is I want to add two seconds at the end of this thing. And there now, what I need to do is I need to move my ending a tab. And this is for Brian over two seconds. I needed to do its thing there and then to duplicate the thing here and say from here a copy to the next key frame. Literal freeze. And it'll just sit there for two seconds on the last two key friends. But I've got to do this for all of them. So let me go here. Um, okay, I don't have to add time, but I do need to move this to eight and create another key frame here by double clicking and then take this key frame and duplicated to the next. So these air at the same key friend. That way it'll move to eight seconds and then between eight and 10 seconds, it won't move. It also will freeze. It's taking a little bit of time to set up, but it shows you you know, the process that you actually have to go through here, and then we go here and we say copy to next key frame. And then finally we do the Los Angeles where I move that up, get my key frame here and then I say copy to next frame, and that should give me a freeze of two seconds at the end. So let's see what it looks like. I like that. See the way it freezes there for two seconds of the end. That's a very nice effect that we just added. This one doesn't freeze. It just blasts right through to the end, and then it ends. So that's the way to use cutouts or layer masks as silhouettes rather than things you see through. They're actually blocking where the main thing that you want to see and then how do you move the background and how to do an impatient easily in pro show? I'll see you in the next lecture, where who knows what we'll add 24. A Tool Merge Example: PowerPoint, GIMP and ProShow: Power point presentation slide. Keep to the point. Keep it simple. Have a beginning. A middle and an end. And by the way, here's the end. 25. My Video Graphics Toolkit: Hello and welcome to my last training lesson in this course in which I'm going to talk about my video graphics toolkit. It takes more than a single tool, usually toe work on a sophisticated video project. And so what I want to do is show you the various tools that I have to produce video that you might want to consider adding to your own library. Let's begin with a basic image editor. My wife uses Microsoft paint, which comes free with Windows. I gauge that as being minimal and power but easy to use, and it's nice that it's free. So you should at least use that to touch up your pictures. Rotate, um, clean up, remove at red Eye All these things that can't really be done as easily in pro show what they can and what you become more sophisticated approach. You you're gonna do less and less and other tools. But the big boy in town is Adobe Photo Shop that's expensive, powerful and hard to use now, as a result of these kind of the top end in the low end of the image manipulation products I actually don't use, what I use is a product called the Gimp, which is free. It's less powerful than Photoshopped, but it's still quite powerful and it's hard to use. But more and more, I've been using Microsoft Power Point, which is part of the office 3 65 package, $69 a year for me to license it. I would say that it's moderately powerful, but it's very easy to use. I'm using power Point to create these slides that you're seeing right now. And now let me give you a quick demonstration of the gimp in Power Point. This very quickly is the gimp, which is the graphics tool that I used to manipulate and clean up photos to get them ready for you use and pro shop. So anyway, I wanted to give you a quick look. What I can do is here in here is I could create new things like logos and particular pick the particular style of the logo and then maybe put in my name or default to get up here and see what the logo is going to look like. And here it is. I've quickly created a logo by manipulating layers. I can change what shows through and change this to appear gold logo. I can take it and I can manipulate it by swiveling in for rotating it in a particular direction. I can take it and shrink it or grow it by any size that I'd like. I can stretch it and so on. So these air all the capabilities of a basic graphics editor. Next. This is Power Point, where I'm putting together the slides for this very presentation. You can see them here all laid out, so I use Power Point not only for presentations, but actually creates a simple graphics. I've used it to create a book covers and other things, so consider using power point in adding that to your graphics next kind of area that I've been dabbling in lately. It's just what I'd call video or image clip tools. So I've got one, which is a logo maker. It's a fairly popular logo maker. It was fairly cheap, and its power is minimal, but it allows me to create that allows you to make pretty simple logos from an image and some words. The other is a thing called videos, which is an online clip generator that makes dramatic clips, and sometimes I like to incorporate dramatic clips. So I picked that up. Just a couple of video tools that kind of fall into the tool kit on the side. Now, finally, it cut. When it comes to Pro Show, I happen to use Pro Show producer, which is the commercial license, because I'm selling and reusing the things that I produce. If you're just using it for yourself, you can pick up a copy for about $70. Now the producer copy is going to cost you more like 2 50 then they have these style packs that extend the styles of slides and transitions and so on. And they're about 20 bucks a pop. So keep your eye out for coupons right now is of the publication of this course. There's a coupon out called Too Sweet 15. That gives you 15% off any purchase and notice what that does to these prices above a basic developers licenses. Now less than $60 you can get for 2 12 you can get a commercial license, so keep your eye out for coupons if you're gonna by pro show tools. In my case, I have producer and I bought four style packs. I want weddings, photos, vintage and another 10 grunge. I thought it would be fun to see what the extensions looked like, and I kind of like them. I like having them, especially when you can get them is cheapest $17. And then there's Camped Asian nine, which I'm using to record thes slides. And I used to record live screen demonstrations. As you're seeing in this lesson, it comes with the screen recorder and a powerful video ender. The problem is, is it costs about 200 bucks, so once again, keep your eye out for a coupon. I've gotten as much as 50% off this product, and I would say its powers about medium and its difficulties about media. It's not easy tool to use because it is quite powerful. But once you learn all the different features, it becomes easier to use. And with that, you'll need a microphone. I have the high end blue Yeti microphone, which costs actually $129 not $199. So there you go. I just saved you $70 you're welcome. I got it it's a little expensive, the version that I got $129 because it comes with a nice pop filter and these cool JBC headphones that I'm wearing right now and here I'm editing a screen session where I've done a screen capture appear, and here I can pull the play head along the capture here. Do watch what's going on and what I'm doing in this presentation down here of the words, I can see my voice line and I could go here, and I can cut out particular sections of this to clean it up. So if I have any mistakes, I cut those out. I can even rerecord over sections of I make a big boo boo. So that's how I get screen recordings and edit video. Okay, finally, what I want to show you is how all these pieces fit together. So I would use the gimp to maybe modify an image, maybe perk up some colors, maybe crop. It rotated and I'd produce a J peg file, which I would then load as one of the slides into pro ship. I could do the same thing with Power point or out of the other side, I could generate a presentation that I record through Can't Asia and turn that into an MP four that I load in as a slide into power show. And then I could use videos and a logo to do the same thing except with a A logo. I usually can produce PNG ease because that will produce a transparent background. I can overlay them over things now, once I produce all of these things, we know what to do in power show and how to create an MP four. Then all you gotta do is uploaded to the video distribution service that you're interested . I sometimes load videos directly into Facebook more often into YouTube distributive. I have a Emil account for sharing customer videos. My brother uses SmugMug quite a bit, but he uses it more for pictures. And then finally, I'm gonna be loading this particular video in the U Demi for sale. So that's how all the pieces come together. You can see that it's more than just pro show. You're gonna need other things like image editors. Probably Power point. Maybe Camp Tasia. You're gonna do screen recordings and voice overs, and then you pull them all together in Pro Show and upload them to the distribution source . It's is easier that, and I'll see you in the next course.