Classic Photo Effects in ProShow Producer

Though we can simulate a number of classic photo effects in the Adjustments tab, if we add a mask, we double the chance of success because the mask allows us to multiply and alter any effects we’ve applied to the photo. Try this:

1. Add a photo to a blank slide.
2. Duplicate the photo.
3. Turn the top layer into a grayscale mask. (Photo turns dark, probably too dark.)
4. Change the mask to “Grayscale Inverted.” (Weird.)
5. Select layer 2 in the Adjustments tab, setting White and Black Points to 100%. (Film negative.)
6. Set the mask layer to regular “Grayscale.”
7. Select the mask in the Adjustments tab and set Sharpen to 100%, White Point to 100%, Black Point to -100%, and Contrast to 100%. (Oh my!)

Continue playing, doing anything you want to the layers. Notice how often the mask literally affects the effects.

ADVICE: If you like an effect but want to play some more, duplicate the slide, playing with the copy so you don’t lose the original.

Playing as described above, I created 5 classic photo effects:

Posterize: Simulates a soft wash of color with black ink giving definition.

Classic Posterize

Photocopy: Harks back to old photocopiers that turned photos into b&w graphics.

Classic Photocopy

Antique Photo: A soft sepia with sharp edges and an optional mask to create torn edges.

Classic Antique

Grain: There was no way around it–an extra layer was required for the grain.

Classic Grain

Soft Focus: This can’t be properly achieved by just blurring a photo. The result is a blurry photo. By masking the photo, sharpness can be added back in.

Classic Soft Focus

All 5 effects are available as a free set of styles called “Classic Photo Styles.” Go to The Frame Locker and click on “Free” at the bottom of the page.

Play with your own layers! Play with the styles you’ve been given! Have fun!


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Motion via Placement in ProShow

Since the advent of ProShow version 4, we’ve been buried in slide styles, but some of the older ways of doing things not only still work, but they continue to be admirable.

Once upon a time, we not only used zoom, pan, and rotation to create motion; we used placement, too. In its simplest form, you’d have one slide with the photo on the left and the next slide with the photo on the right. With a cut in between the two slides, and if you ran the slides, a photo would pop into view on the left and then pop off as the photo on the right popped into view. Not a single special effect was used, and yet there was motion.

This idea is still valid, and it can extend itself to any number of slides. For instance, one might have photo 1 at top left, photo 2 at top center, 3 at top right, 4 at middle right, and so on until a complete circling of the screen is accomplished. Running the slides causes the perception of motion where absolutely none exists. And guess what? This was the original idea that launched the invention of film.

Published in: on May 25, 2011 at 9:17 am  Comments (6)  
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What Does It Say?

It’s always a good idea to choose slide styles that suit the photo. If we don’t pay attention to what’s happening, we can easily create atrocities such as slicing up our mother, sending half the photo with half our mother off the screen to the right and the other half of our mother to the left. What’s this saying? Nothing we want to think about. That same slide style might work, however, if we have a photo with two people standing on either side of the split. Unlikely, but possible.

You can’t go wrong if you always ask yourself what a special effect is really saying.

Published in: on May 19, 2010 at 10:29 am  Comments Off on What Does It Say?  
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