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How To Use Text Layers in ProShow Producer 6

Text Layers in ProShow Producer 6

One of the cool new features introduced in ProShow Producer 6 is the ability to convert your caption to a Text Layer. This new creative feature unlocks a whole new realm of options for captions and titles. Use them to apply slick effects like 3D tilt motion, blur and masking to text, without needing to create a rasterized text image in a photo editor to hack together the same results.

How does it work? By converting a caption into a Text Layer, your caption inherits new ‘special powers’ as a slide layer (basically anything you can do with a photo layer), while still preserving original editable details such as font, point size, color, fly-in / fly-out effects and more. You’ll find Text Layers located in your slide’s Layers List, now in the same group as any photo or video layers you may also have in the slide.

What is a Text Layer?

Watch the video below to learn how to use Text Layers in ProShow Producer 6.

5 Creative Tips for Using Text Layers in your Shows:

  1. Use a Text Layer as a Transparency Mask. Nest an image or video inside your Text Layer mask to contain the image inside the shape of the word(s) in your Text Layer.
  2. Use a Text Layer as an Adjustment Layer. Similar to the masking approach, you can change the look of all underlying images by applying White Point / Black Point / Colorize / Blur and other adjustments that are visible only within the shape of the words used in your Text Layer. This option is a creative time-saver, great for applying a Text Layer-based Adjustment Effect (e.g. brighten / burn-in / turn black & white) to a bunch of layers at once. No need to apply the same change to each and every nested layer.
  3. Need to change wording or font choice? Edit anytime. Text Layers preserve all the original dynamic properties of a caption, so changes to content or formatting are always easy and flexible. I like this new option so much better than my original method of opening up Photoshop, changing up my rasterized text graphic, re-saving it, then re-importing it into ProShow. Text Layers are much more efficient!
  4. Experiment with rearranging the order of Text Layers in the Layers List. Because Text Layers are on the same level of the slide hierarchy as photos + video layers, you can move them below / behind image layers to create clever ‘reveal’ effects (e.g. imagine text on a card, as it slowly emerges from an envelope).
  5. Those of you who make slide styles will love this next detail — ProShow Producer 6 introduced layer linking for Text Layers used in slide styles. This means that just like how duplicate image layers are linked in slide styles, any duplicate Text Layers used to create a style, will be linked with the same word content once the style is applied. (Note: Duplicate layers can exhibit unique effects settings and behaviors but they must have identical caption content for ProShow to link them). To see this linking in action, try applying any of the ‘Text Layer Title…’ styles in Producer. If you edit the wording in one Text Layer, the other linked layers will auto-update! No need to manually change them all.
  6. Want more ideas? The new Producer 6 demo video uses Text Layers throughout the presentation. Watch the video here to get your creative juices flowing on different ways to use this awesome new feature!

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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.