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ProShow Plug-in for Lightroom

If you’re using ProShow and Lightroom, our free ProShow plug-in is a must-have tool. It makes exporting your photos and videos from Lightroom directly into a new or existing ProShow slideshow easy and hassle-free.Continue reading

Adobe Introduces Lightroom CC

Did you know Lightroom recently released a new cloud-based Lightroom called Lightroom CC? Did you also know that your current desktop Lightroom is now Lightroom Classic?

“The new Lightroom CC fulfills the demands of today’s photographers for a more accesible, cloud-based photography service for editing, organizing, storing and sharing their photos from wherever they are. With Lightroom CC, photographers can make edits on one device and automatically synchronize their changes everywhere.”Continue reading

Free ProShow Plug-in for Lightroom

Working with Lightroom and ProShow? Download our free plug-in for Lightroom to export your pictures and videos directly from Lightroom into a new or existing slideshow in ProShow. Simply select the content you want to transfer, click export, select ProShow Producer + Gold or ProShow Web, and adjust your settings.Continue reading

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.

They are small group coaching classes with a limit of 10 students each day.Continue reading

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.