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New Effects Tools in ProShow Gold 6: Watch Them in Action

New effects tools in ProShow Gold 6.

The all-new ProShow Gold 6 delivers an impressive set of new creative tools —including blur, vignettes, adjustment effects, saturation boost + caption motion effects. These new features introduce an invigorating creative energy to ProShow Gold and offer so many new possibilities for polishing up your slideshows — plus, they’re really easy to use!

To see the new tools in action, let’s create an effect that you can use as a beautiful title slide for your next slideshow.

Create a Polished Title Effect

The blurred background trick

  1. Start by creating a new slide using any photo you want. The easiest way to do this is to drag-n-drop a photo into the slide list. (Note: For this specific how-to example, horizontally-oriented images will work better than vertical portrait images)
  2. Set your slide time to 3.0 seconds. In our example, the intro & ending transitions are 1.0 second.
  3. Double-click on the slide to open up Slide Options. Click on the Layer Settings tab and change the Scaling option to Fill Frame.
    Change the scaling to Fill Frame.
  4. Click on the Effects tab > Click on the Starting Position preview (on the left) to make it active. Set the Blur settings to 100%. If you want the blurred image to be more vibrant, set the Saturation to 100% as well. Leave the Ending Position unchanged (at 0% Blur / 0% Saturation).
    Set the blur settings for your slide.
  5. If you would like, add a zoom effect to the background for a little extra energy. (Try setting the Starting zoom to 145% and leave the Ending zoom at 100%).   

The blur tool minimizes the focus of any image — a very handy and strategic option for creating soft, rich backgrounds for text and photos, without drawing too much attention to itself. The blurred background trick also adds fullness, depth and color that solid color backgrounds do not have.

Add a custom vignette border to photos

  1. Add a new layer by clicking the (+) button in the Layers list (left-hand column in Slide Options. Select a photo to add. This will be positioned on the left side of your slide.
  2. Make sure the new layer is the top layer in the list (layer 1).
  3. Click on the Layer Settings tab >  Set the Zoom at 60%. Change the position to -50 x 0.
    Set the Zoom and change the Position.
  4. Click on the Adjustments tab > Click the Vignette button (under Editing tools).
  5. Customize your vignette photo border. Set the Vignette Type to ‘Solid Color’. Change the color to white. Set the Vignette Size to 8%. Check the boxes for ‘Solid borders’ and ‘Fill corners’. Click OK to exit the vignette settings window.
    Customize your vignette photo border.
  6. Right-click on Layer 1 (the vignetted image) and select ‘Duplicate Layer’. This will create a copy of the original layer, retaining all current settings so that we don’t have to repeat the same setup steps.
  7. Right-click on the new duplicate layer (either one is fine –  they are identical) and select ‘Select File’ to replace the current photo with a new photo. Select any photo you’d like. (Note: Again, it’s best to pick horizontal images for this example, and ideally the photos should have very similar proportions (i.e. aspect ratio) for symmetry). The new photo will appear to be covering up the other photo underneath it.
  8. Click on the Layer Settings tab > Change the position to 50 x 0 (this will move the layer directly opposite of the original layer).
    Change the position of your layer.

Add text with a zoom caption motion effect

  1. Add a caption by clicking the (+) button in the Captions list (left-hand column in Slide Options. Enter a title or caption in the ‘Selected Caption Text’ box. In this example, we’ll type ‘Vacation 2014’, with a line break after ‘Vacation’ to break it into two lines of text.
  2. Format the text by choosing your preferred font, size, color, position, etc. This example uses Lobster font, 36pt, white, center aligned, drop shadow enabled. I also prefer to select the ‘Included in slide transition effect’ checkbox.
    Pick a font, size, color and position for your text.
  3. Click the Effects tab to set the motion for your caption > To create a zoom-in effect for the title, set the Ending Position font size number so it is larger than the Starting position font size. For a faster, more dramatic or playful zoom motion, make the Ending font size a bigger number. For a subtler effect, make the number only slightly greater than the Starting font size.
  4. In this example, we’ll use 36pt for the Starting font size, and 48 pt for the ending font size. (Note: To set Starting or Ending position values, you must click on the corresponding preview window to edit any associated values. (For extra polish, I also selected Fade-in / Fade-out effects under ‘Caption Behaviors’).
    Set your starting and ending position font sizes.
  5. Preview the effect to see the results > Click the play button at the bottom of the Slide Options window or in the Main Preview.

For an even more dynamic look, you can change up the Starting / Ending position and rotation for captions as well. The new caption motion effects offer a new degree of flexibility in styling your text that allows you to create subtler or more dramatic effects than ever before.

Create Your Own Custom Variations
Now that you have this new title effect setup, you can fine-tune it however you like. Create new variations with simple changes to the font, or adding a fade-to-grayscale effect (using a similar technique as the blurred background (except altering the Colorize settings for start / end). You can also try adding motion effects to the two foreground images or remove one of the foreground images and offset the title to one side (opposite the main foreground image) to produce a new layout.

And don’t forget — you can always save any slide as a Slide Style in order to re-use the effect in other slides or slideshows. (For more details on how to Create a Slide Style, click here).

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As the head of the Creative team at Photodex, Leslie is involved in the design & production of ProShow demos, slideshows & special effects. She is a self-professed Crazy Cat Lady who is into horror movies, music, good food, and riding her bike around Austin.