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.

Transitions Instead of Styles – Gold & Producer

This is something occasionally discussed over on the ProShow Enthusiasts forum, but threads have a way of being pushed down into oblivion, and so it seemed appropriate to document this lovely old trick where it can remain visible, the trick being to use transitions instead of slide styles.

The best way to understand the process is to do it for yourself:

  1. Add 4 or 5 photos to slides.
  2. Set all slide durations to 0 seconds.
  3. Set all transition durations to 2 or 3 seconds.
  4. Select all the slides (click on first, hold shift key, click on last).
  5. Click on one of the transitions and then choose something simple such as a Push – Up.
  6. Play the slides to see what happens.

Here’s how the slides appear in the timeline:

Push Up

Interesting, isn’t it, that even though the slides are set to zero seconds, the photos nevertheless appear? This is because a transition includes the slide even if the slide itself isn’t “seen.”

Here are a couple more that, during testing, worked well:

Flip – Perspective Left…

Flip Perspective Left

Slide Close – Horizontal…

Slide - Close Horizontal

Continue playing. Some experiments won’t work, while others will be charming. Once you’ve found a few you really like, start mixing them, perhaps placing one transition between slides 1 and 2, another between slides 2 and 3, yet another between slides 3 and 4, and so on. It’s quicker and easier than designing a slide style!

Published in: on November 27, 2012 at 8:49 am  Comments Off on Transitions Instead of Styles – Gold & Producer  

Old ProShow Trick – Transitions, not Styles

We’ve all become so used to slide styles that many of us have forgotten an old trick: using transitions to create apparent motion inside a slide. Using a transition inside a slide isn’t what’s being talked about here. Instead, it’s the transitions between slides. Since ProShow 4.5, we’ve had a world of new transitions available to us, so you’re in for some fun if you’ve never explored the method.

Try this: Add photos to a few slides, set the slide duration to zero, set the transition duration to 6-8 seconds, choose your transitions, and then preview the effect. Change the transitions to different ones and preview again. If your photos don’t remain onscreen quite as long as you’d like, increase the slide durations by small amounts (even just parts of a second) until you have what you want.

New tricks don’t necessarily make the old ones obsolete.

Published in: on November 3, 2012 at 10:19 am  Comments (5)  
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