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Secrets of ProShow® Experts: The Official Guide to Creating Your Best Slide Shows with ProShow Gold and Producer

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"Secrets of ProShow Experts: The Photodex Official Guide to Creating Your Best Slideshows" teaches creative techniques for creating more professional-looking and polished slide shows with ProShow software. This one-of-a-kind guide provides readers with easy-to-follow examples and expert advice on topics like understanding your audience, using motion to convey emotion, controlling the feel of a slide show with audio, and more. ProShow users of all levels and anyone wanting to learn how to share their digital images in a compelling slide show will find this guide useful. Whether users are new to the software or are seasoned experts, this book offers valuable creative techniques from an expert author. Includes a bonus DVD with sample slideshows, slide styles, and a trial version of the ProShow software!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Introduction
    1. Using the DVD Examples
    2. Other Sources
    3. DVD-ROM Downloads
  5. 1. Technique—Not Technology
    1. Process
      1. The Right Way Is Whatever Works
      2. Sight Versus Sound
    2. Understand Your Goal
      1. Why Are You Doing This?
      2. Target Audience
      3. Messaging
      4. Emotional State
    3. Review
  6. 2. Telling Your Story
    1. Use Emotion to Convince Your Audience
    2. Tell a Story
      1. Make the Audience Think
      2. Find a Theme
      3. Order Your Visuals in Time
      4. Include Plot Twists
      5. Communicate Thoughts and Feelings
      6. Eliminate Unrelated Subjects
      7. Avoid Overdoing It
      8. Don’t Leave Loose Ends
      9. Be Careful with Captions
        1. Avoid Unnecessary Words
        2. Simplify Your Captions
    3. Break Your Production into Sections
    4. Review
  7. 3. Ways to Work Smarter
    1. Plan Your Workflow
      1. Know the Process
      2. Edit
      3. Don’t Resize Your Photos
      4. Understand All Possible Delivery Mediums
      5. Resolve Resolution
      6. Use Styles
      7. Use Copy+Paste for Consistency
    2. Find More Ideas
      1. Photodex Resources
      2. Online Forums
    3. Review
  8. 4. Space and Simplicity
    1. Space—It Is Your Density
      1. Focus
      2. Edges, Frames, and Letterboxing
      3. Balance
        1. Rule of Thirds
        2. Angular Agreement
      4. Layout
        1. Focal Flow
        2. Fighting Versus Cooperation
        3. Face the Middle…Mostly
        4. Barriers
      5. Portrait Images
        1. Side-by-Side
        2. Alternation
        3. Avoid Mixing Portrait and Landscape Images
      6. Captions
        1. Font Choice
        2. Outlines, Shadows, and Colors
        3. Placement
        4. Animation
        5. Consistency
    2. Simplicity
      1. Everything Needs a Reason
      2. Avoid Gimmicks
      3. Include Necessary Content
      4. Remove Unnecessary Content
      5. Be Conservative
      6. Add Style, Not Distraction
    3. Review
  9. 5. Motion and Timing
    1. The History of Motion
      1. Movement, with Reason
      2. Move Slowly
      3. Control Flow of Focus
      4. Motion and Audio
      5. Common Motion Examples
        1. Move and Hold
        2. Group Pan
        3. Background Motion
    2. Timing and Pacing
      1. Consistency
      2. Pacing
      3. Timing
      4. Caption Timing
      5. Music and Pacing
    3. Review
  10. 6. Basic Techniques
    1. Beginnings and Endings
      1. Simple Curtain Opening
      2. Layered Curtain Opening
      3. Movie Reel Intro
      4. Motion Picture–Style Captions
      5. Endings
        1. Fade the Music
        2. Remember the Story
        3. Still Credits
        4. Scrolling Credits
        5. Scrolling Credits with a Big Image
    2. Image Presentation
      1. Move and Hold
      2. Full Frame
      3. Backgrounds
        1. Complementary Colors Under Photo
        2. Consistent Background Under Photo
        3. Same Photo Adjusted and Enlarged Under Photo
        4. Same Photo Adjusted Moving Under Photo
        5. Pattern Background with Aggressive Linear Motion
        6. Video Backgrounds
      4. Photo Frames and Borders
      5. Black Point and White Point
      6. Grayscale, Sepia, and Colorization
    3. Transitions
      1. Cuts and Fades
      2. Fade Through Blank Slide
      3. Fade Through Colorization
      4. Spinning Out and In
      5. Cut Blast
      6. Portrait and Landscape Transitions
      7. Shaped Transitions for Progressive Changes
      8. Panning Transitions to Shift Entire Slide
    4. Captions
    5. Animation Tricks
      1. The Road Trip
      2. Highlighted Bullet Points
      3. Using a Pointer
      4. Using a Highlight Image
      5. Animated GIFs
    6. Audio
    7. Common Mistakes
    8. Review
  11. 7. Better Content, Better Results
    1. Photography Tips
      1. Shoot Horizontal Only
      2. Shoot More Than the Whole Picture
      3. Move Around
      4. Try Different Angles
        1. Change of Elevation
        2. Odd Personal Interviews
        3. Feet Are a Good Filler
      5. Shoot Related Subjects
    2. Why Use an SLR Camera?
    3. Rapid-Fire Shots
      1. Bride and Groom Walking the Aisle
      2. Sunrise, Sunset
    4. Post-Processing Photos
    5. Review
  12. 8. Tricks with Source Material
    1. Cropping and Adjustment
    2. Borders
      1. Simple Photo Border
      2. Polaroid Border
      3. Picture Frames
      4. Reusable Picture Frames
      5. Photo Stacks
    3. Caption Motion
      1. Caption Graphic with Transparent Background
      2. Big Panning Caption Effect
    4. Vignettes
      1. Adding a Vignette to a Photo
      2. Using Multiple Images with Fuzzy Borders
    5. Image Stylization—Canned Effects
    6. Fake Masks
      1. Employing Holes and Windows
      2. Creating Layered Depth
      3. Controlling Attention
    7. Chopping Up Photos
      1. Changing Backgrounds
      2. Using Pieces of Photos
    8. Tricking ProShow Gold with Video Output+Input
      1. Creating Moving Backgrounds
      2. Morphing Images
      3. Cheating with Animated Caption Layers
    9. Review
  13. 9. Audio and Synchronization
    1. Importance of Audio
    2. Audio as a Reinforcement of Emotions
      1. Select Music for Emotion
      2. Use Music as a Background
      3. Match the Music to Your Visuals
      4. Amplify Emotion with Musical Events
      5. Be Wary of Music Legalities
    3. Beat Synchronization
      1. Cut to the Beat
      2. Load Example Shows
    4. Voice-Over Tips
      1. Don’t Be an Announcer
      2. Relax, Slow Down, and Enunciate
      3. Avoid Pops
      4. Use Better Equipment to Get Better Audio
      5. Create a Do-It-Yourself Audio Booth
    5. Sound Effects
    6. Segue Between Topics Using Audiovisual Gap
    7. Review
  14. 10. Multiple Images
    1. Head Shots and Objects
      1. Single Subject Overlay
      2. Multiple Subject Overlays
      3. Highlighting People and Objects
        1. Highlighting a Subject
        2. Enlarging a Subject
        3. Enlarging a Subject with ProShow Producer
    2. Orientation
    3. Horizontal Image Blending
      1. Multiple Image Composition
      2. Vignette Masks with ProShow Producer
      3. Multiple Images Through Time
    4. Transparency Tricks
      1. Background Transparency
      2. Partial Transparency
      3. Transparent Pieces
    5. Tricks with Multiple Slides
      1. The Impossible Fade
      2. Symmetrical Montages
    6. Creating Looping Video Backgrounds
    7. Review
  15. 11. ProShow Producer Techniques
    1. How Is ProShow Producer Different?
    2. Producer Techniques
      1. Big Panning Caption
      2. Background Image Blur
      3. Collapsible Curtain
      4. Photo Frame Glass
      5. Soft Focus
      6. Radial Soft Focus
      7. Sliced Masks
      8. Sliced Adjustment Layers
      9. Image Reflections
      10. Quick Image Morph
      11. Object Wipe
      12. Combining Adjustments with Transitions
      13. Adjusting Part of a Photo
      14. Falling Pieces Using Keyframing
      15. Slow Motion Video
      16. Travel Path Animation
      17. Modifier Examples
        1. Shaking
        2. Bobbing
        3. Pendulum
        4. Adjustment Oscillation
        5. Rolling Wheels
        6. Circular and Elliptical Movement
      18. Feats of Complexity and Amazement
        1. Invisible Control Layer for Position
        2. Invisible Control Layer for Brightness
        3. Multilayer False Perspective
        4. Rotating Target Masking
        5. Nested Target Depth
        6. Checkerboard Mask Depth
        7. Chroma Keyed Video as Self-Adjustment
        8. Text Exploded by Upward Panning Image
        9. Clever Scrolling Credits Trick
    3. Review
  16. 12. Delivering Your Show
    1. Video Versus Real-Time Playback
      1. Video Playback
      2. Real-Time Playback
      3. Both Is Better
    2. Discs: CDs, DVDs, and BDs
      1. PC Playback Discs
      2. DVDs
        1. DVD History
        2. The DVD Format
        3. DVD Compatibility
        4. DVD Media and Compatibility
        5. Which Brand Is the Best?
      3. BD—Blu-Ray Discs
        1. BD History
        2. Blu-Ray Compatibility
        3. Blu-Ray on DVD
      4. Disc Packaging
        1. Disc Labeling
        2. The Sharpie
        3. Adhesive Disc Labels
        4. White Ink-Jet Printable Discs
        5. LightScribe Discs
        6. Silk-Screened Writable Discs
        7. Slip Covers
        8. Jewel Cases
        9. DVD Packaging
        10. Blu-Ray Packaging
        11. Professional Packaging
      5. Professionally Manufactured Discs
    3. Video Files
    4. The Internet and Web Shows
      1. Photodex Show Sharing
      2. Photodex *.PX Format
      3. Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo
      4. Flash Video Output
    5. Live Shows
    6. Review
  17. Guest Experts and Their Insights
    1. Kelli Etheridge
    2. Jennifer Clark
      1. Zoom Out to Reveal
      2. Zoom In to Force Focus
      3. Pan Across Photos of Large Groups
    3. Drew Cowan
    4. Marc Benjamin Anacta
    5. Michael Gregg
    6. Sherron Sheppard
    7. Jean-Pierre Druffin
    8. Dale L. Fenimore
    9. Stanley Ashbrook
    10. Simona (Mona) Wiener