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Tips for Creating a Custom Wizard Theme in ProShow

If you’ve ever used ProShow’s wizard to create a slideshow then you know just how easy the process can be. Add some images, maybe a few captions, then put in your music and away you go. You’re just a theme away from a quality slideshow.

What you may not have realized is that you have a lot of control over how the wizard creates your slideshows. By customizing and creating your own wizard themes you can dramatically alter the resulting shows. Themes tell the wizard what pool of effects it can pick from when creating your show and a well designed theme can really bring a composition together. It’s all about picking the right effects.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when customizing or creating your own wizard themes in ProShow

1. Know your effects.

This is the most basic necessity when modifying or creating a theme. You want shows that contain styles and transitions which work well together. When the effects in a show are too disparate the progression from slide to slide can be jarring to the viewer. By creating a theme with a cohesive set of effects you’re ensuring that the resulting shows will be a pleasure to watch.

2. Organize your effects.

Categorizing your effects is a great way to keep track of what can end up being hundreds, even thousands, of slide styles and transitions. Keep in mind that effects can have multiple categories and will show up under each one. In this way you can separate out your favorite styles and transitions into logical groups that will make them easier to find later. Use the Effects dialog (Tools > Manage Effects) to see and alter those categories.

3. Start small.

A good theme results in a show that is enjoyable to watch. Interestingly, this can often be done with relatively few effects. Try not to add too many styles or transitions to a theme on the first pass. Use your new theme with just a handful of effects and see what happens. You might be surprised at the results. If the resulting shows are not diverse enough then return to the theme and build on what you liked about the show, removing what you disliked. Pretty soon you’ll end up with a theme you can use over and over again.

Watch the video below to learn how to create your own, custom wizard themes in ProShow.


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