Basic ProShow Producer Transition and a Little 3-D

A ProShow transition is a specialized slide style, which means that if you can build a style, you can build a transition. The following instructions begin with a simple transition setup, and then add a little magic. If you’ve never created a transition, following the instructions will get you started.

Preliminary setup:
1. Create a blank slide of 2 to 4 seconds with no transitions before and after it.
2. Add 2 Solid Colors of different colors and set them to “Fill frame.”
3. Rename layer 1 to “Source” and layer 2 to “Destination.”
4. Select the Source layer’s keyframe 2, setting its vertical position to -100.
5. Select the Destination layer’s keyframe 1, setting its vertical position to 100.

Layer Setup Layer Setup

Play the slide to see what you’ve created.

Beginning of 3-D:
6. Set the Source layer’s Rotate Center to 0,50 for both keyframes. This centers the pivot point on the bottom edge.
7. Set keyframe 2 of the Source layer’s vertical tilt to -90, causing its top edge to tilt away from you.

Begin 3-D

Play the slide to see how, as the Destination layer rises, the Source layer also rises, appearing to fold back.

Completing the 3-D effect:
8. Select the Destination layer and set its Rotate Center to 0,-50 for both keyframes.
9. Select keyframe 1 of the Destination layer, setting its vertical tilt to 90, causing its bottom edge tilt away from you.

Finish 3D

Play the slide. It looks like the front and top of a rotating box, doesn’t it?

Turn the slide into a transition:
10. Right-click the Source layer & choose Use as Transition Layer > Source Slide.
11. Right-click the Destination layer & choose Use as Transition Layer > Destination Slide.
12. At top left of screen, click on “Slide Settings” & then “Create Transition.”
13. You’ll see all kinds of information to add, but for now, just name your transition “3-D Fold” with “My Own Transitions” as its category.

Add a photo to each of two slides, set both photos to “Fit to frame,” and crop them into perfect squares. Set the transition between the two slides to around 3 seconds, and apply your 3-D Fold transition. Play the two slides. Nice, right?
Here’s a screenshot of mine:

3-D Fold Example

You don’t have to crop the photos if you set them to “Fill frame” or if they have exactly the same ratio such as 3:2 or 4:3.

Some notes:

  • You don’t have to use color solids for the source and destination slides. You can use a photo, which can be preferable when you need to see a good representation of what the transition will do.
  • Why set those layers to Fill Frame? It’s to ensure that the entire area of the first and second slides is used.
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5 Comments

  1. Thanks for posting this – I’ve been playing with it, trying to understand it as well as follow directions! However, I think there’s an error in the instructions: #9 should read “Select keyframe 1 of the Destination layer”, not keyframe 2.

    • Thanks, Julie! I’ll have to take a look at it and see what the devil I was talking about. πŸ™‚

      –Barbara

    • You are absolutely correct. I’ve corrected the error and updated the article. Thank you so much!

      • You’re welcome πŸ™‚ Love the blog, I’ve learned a lot from it!

      • I’ve been using Producer for years and I’m still learning. How? By asking the question, “What would happen if…?” Much of the blog resulted from that question. The question has also led to some stunningly bad results.

        –Barbara


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