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Creative Tip: Colorize Your Photos with Slide Transitions


When it comes to slideshow creation, it seems that there are two distinct schools of thought: a) visual effects can be used to spice up your shows and maintain viewer interest for a longer period of time, or b) your images should be the focus of the show and effects should be used sparingly, if at all.  But there’s nothing preventing you from getting the best of both worlds, so long as you choose your effects wisely. Today I’m going to show you a simple type of effect for ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer that can keep your slideshow visually interesting without detracting from the imagery.

We’ve probably all seen an image fade from black & white to full color within a slideshow. Unfortunately, this effect is a bit of a one-trick pony, and you can only get away with it a handful of times. But by varying the way your images transition to color, you can re-use the same concept and keep it fresh. To do this you’ll need two back-to-back slides with the same image, and a transition in between them.

  1. Insert an image into a show to create a new slide
  2. Click on the slide, press Ctrl+C to copy it, then press Ctrl+V to paste it.
  3. Double click on the first slide to open it. Click on the image in the layers list to the left to select it if it’s not already selected. Go to the Adjustments tab and click the Colorize checkbox.
  4. Now that you have a black and white version of the image followed by the full color version of the image, you can choose a slide transition between them.

The key is picking the right type of slide transition. You’ll want to look for transitions in which the previous slide stays on screen rather than moving out of the frame. This way, it will appear as if the color itself is being drawn on top of the existing black and white image. Here are a few transitions that work well for this application:

Clean Strip Wipe – Glow (ProShow Producer only)


Texture Blend – Parallel Lines (ProShow Producer only)


Grayscale Doors (ProShow Producer Only)


Paintbrush (Included in ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer)


Bubble Drift – Wipe (From Transition Pack 2, for ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer)


There are a number of other transitions that can be used, of course, so feel free to experiment on your own. The “Wipes” category from the transition chooser is a good place to start. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below.

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Alex is the Product Technology Manager at Photodex. He is an avid music fan and spends his free time going to concerts, perusing record stores, and archiving his ever-growing collection of music videos.