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Advanced Photoshop & Lightroom Workshop with Suzette Allen

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Suzette Allen, Photoshop instructor of 15 years, is teaching two private Advanced Photoshop & Lightroom classes held in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 15 & 16, 2016.

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Annual Photoshop World Conference and Expo Next Week

Photoshop World 2014

From Photoshop guru Julieanne Kost, to internationally acclaimed photographer Joe McNally, Photoshop World is full of exceptional instructors giving inspiring presentations about Photoshop, Lightroom and Photography.

You’ll also discover the latest and greatest technology, products and services at the Photoshop World Expo. The expo is where you’ll find us (booth #431) showcasing the latest features and effects in ProShow, giving away cool Photodex gear and offering some amazing show specials.

Want to attend the expo? We’ve got free expo-only passes that will get you and a friend into the expo for free! The expo floor is always a blast. Great classes, fun photo shoots and tons of awesome vendors to check out. Click here to download the free expo pass PDF. For a complete listing of Expo class sessions, visit Photoshopworld.com/schedule/#expo.

Are you going to Photoshop World? Let us know in the comments below, we look forward to seeing you at the show!

 

ProShow Plug-in for Lightroom Now Supports Video Exporting

ProShow Plug-in for Lightroom

The ProShow plug-in for Lightroom has just been updated to support video exporting. Now, when working in Lightroom, you can export both photos and videos in one easy click. Select the content you want to send to ProShow, click the Export button, select ProShow Gold, Producer or ProShow Web, fine-tune your settings and you’re done!

The plug-in will automatically re-size and export your photos and videos from Lightroom into a new slideshow in either ProShow Gold, Producer or ProShow Web. From there you can fine tune in ProShow and output your final video slideshow.

In the Export dialog inside Lightroom, you’ll notice a new Video section where you can choose your video format and quality settings.

If you’re shooting both stills and videos for most of your projects this new addition comes in very handy! Download the ProShow Plug-in for Lightroom for free. Works with Mac and PC. Compatible with Lightroom 3, 4 and 5.

 

Image Preprocessing for Photo and Video Slideshows

Image Preprocessing for Slideshows

When it comes to using still images in a multimedia production, people often wonder how much preprocessing is actually necessary. The truth is, not much. Slideshow tools like ProShow can handle just about any images you have on hand. There are, however, a few things you can do to make working with those images a bit more efficient. The key is knowing what to edit and what to leave alone.

Resolution

The most important thing to understand about preparing still images for the video slideshow world is that you’re dealing with limited resolutions. Every medium through which a slideshow is likely to be presented (Blu-ray, YouTube, DVD, stand alone video, EXE, etc.) effectively uses a much lower resolution than your average digital photo. The de facto standard in video resolutions right now is 1080p, which uses 1,920 pixels of horizontal resolution and 1,080 pixels of vertical resolution. That may sound substantial but it’s really only about 2 megapixels. Consider that most modern digital cameras support shooting at 10+ megapixels and you begin to see the disparity.

When preparing still images for a video slideshow, consider resizing those images to a resolution more in line with what you’ll actually need. Smaller images take up less space and are easier to process, leaving more time for you to actually work on your slideshows! I like to target about 5 megapixels when resizing my images. At that size I can work with just about any zoom factor without running into scaling artifacts. If you’re resizing by resolution, rather than megapixels, just make sure the longest edge of your image is restricted to about 2,800 pixels.

Format

ProShow supports a wide array of image formats, some more complex and difficult to process than others. If you’re going to resize your images anyway, consider saving them as JPGs. This compressed image format loads quickly, saves on hard drive space, and is more than sufficient for a quality HD slideshow. When asked to choose a JPG encoding quality, choose a value that is just below the maximum (ex. 10 out of 12). This will ensure that you get a quality image at a reasonable file size.

Details

In most cases, preprocessing images to correct for orientation, aspect ratio, composition, and other image attributes is not necessary. ProShow does a great job with images in the standard 3:2, 4:3, and square aspect ratios while using metadata to adjust for things like orientation. It is also very forgiving of minor compositional flaws, where the subject of an image may not be in the optimal frame position. Save time by letting ProShow make automatic adjustments and using the extensive settings in Slide Options to make any other necessary corrections.

If you have Lightroom, still image preprocessing is nearly automatic. Just get the free ProShow Plug-in for Lightroom, which supports ProShow Producer, ProShow Gold, and ProShow Web. This plug-in provides automatic image resizing and JPG conversion as part of the export process. It’s quick, easy, and designed to streamline your workflow.

Make your slideshow creation experience as easy and efficient as possible by using only the image data you need and letting ProShow handle all the other details. The goal is to import quality content that is quick to process so you can focus on the business of making slideshows.

 

ProShow Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5

ProShow plug-in for Lightroom

Using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom? Download our free plug-in. It automatically re-sizes and exports your photos from Lightroom directly into ProShow Producer, ProShow Gold or ProShow Web for super-fast slideshow creation. And, it’s now updated for Lightroom 5!

Using the Plug-in with ProShow Gold + Producer
In Lightroom, select the photos you want to include in your slideshow and choose the ProShow Producer + Gold preset option under the Export dialog. The ProShow plug-in automatically exports your photos right into ProShow Gold and Producer – collected, prepped, and dropped right into the slide list or show wizard.

Using the Plug-in with ProShow Web
In Lightroom, select the photos you want to include in your slideshow and choose the ProShow Web preset option under the Export dialog. The plug-in automatically uploads your re-sized photos to ProShow Web, into a new show or an existing one.

The ProShow plug-in for Lightroom is one of the top 5 most popular plug-ins for Lightroom and has been downloaded over 100,00 times! Download it free here >>

Updated ProShow Plug-in for Adobe Lightroom Released

We’ve just updated our popular ProShow plug-in for Adobe Lightroom to add support for ProShow Gold and ProShow’s wizard. The plug-in is now compatible with all three versions of ProShow and Lightroom versions 2, 3 and 4.

The plug-in provides a seamless bridge between ProShow’s unique and visually-compelling slideshow output and Adobe Lightroom. It can be used to conveniently resize and export photos from Lightroom directly to ProShow Producer, ProShow Gold or ProShow Web.

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ProShow Plug-in for Adobe Lightroom

The ProShow plug-in for Lightroom has just made it into the top 5 most popular plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom! Thanks to everyone who’s downloaded and made this happen!

If you’re using ProShow and Lightroom, this is a must-have tool. It makes exporting your photos into a ProShow slideshow easy and hassle-free.


Watch the video on how to use the ProShow Plug-in for Lightroom.

The plug-in exports your photos directly to ProShow from Lightroom, re-sized and ready for show creation. Export a group of photos directly to ProShow Producer to create a quick slideshow or upload directly to your ProShow Web account, into an existing slideshow or create a new one.

Download it free from our site.