Crop for Style

Slide styles are usually designed with the assumption that the photo’s main point of interest is close to the center of the photo. It often is, but when it isn’t, important parts of the image can be cut off. In a style where the photo isn’t panned, the adjustments to zoom and position are fairly easy as long as we remember to plug the new settings into each keyframe. However, when the style pans the photo, changing those settings can result in wreckage.
A solution: Go into Layers > Editing, and crop the photo so the point of interest is near the center.

But what about when the style has duplicates of the photo and those duplicates need, of course, to be exact matches?
A solution: Make sure the crop frame has one of its corners coinciding with one of the photo’s corners. Jot down the coordinates you’ve used, and then type in the same coordinates for the duplicate(s), making sure the crop corner sits flush with the same photo corner in each instance. NOTE: Michelle on the Enthusiasts forum has a much better way of dealing with copying the crop to duplicate layers. Just right click on the copy button on the editing tab and select “copy to other layers”. Choose all the different layers that have the duplicate picture.

Being contrary, we humans like choosing photos where there’s just no way the crop corner can coincide with any of the photo’s corners. For example, maybe we want to use a landscape photo in a style built for a portrait photo, and that portrait photo is duplicated.
A solution: Forget ProShow. Crop the photo in your image editor, save it as a copy of the original, and you’re good to go.

Published in: on November 6, 2010 at 10:26 am  Comments Off on Crop for Style  
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