Slideshows are a fun way to display your photos. And they are easy and quick to create using the Photoshop Elements Slideshow Builder.
The Slideshow Builder is available in either the Mac or PC version of Elements 13 and can be accessed from the organizer or from the editor.
In this quick tutorial, we'll look at creating a slideshow from the Elements Organizer.
Start by going to the Elements Organizer and selecting the photos that you want included in the slideshow.
When selecting photos, keep the following tips in mind:
With your photos selected, click on Create and choose Slideshow from the drop down menu.
The Elements' Slideshow Builder will open.
The first screen allows you to choose from seven predesigned themes. There's Classic Dark, Array, The Minimalist, Memories, Album, Party Poppers and Holiday Season.
Pick the theme you like—don't worry to much about this because you can change it later if you like—and click on the Next button at the bottom right of the window.
After churning for a second or two, you will be presented with a first preview of your slideshow.
During the preview, a bar will appear floating near the bottom of the slideshow whenever you move your mouse:
Now you have a chance to customize your slideshow.
To close the preview, either click on the Edit button in the bar floating towards the bottom of the slideshow…
The slideshow preview will close and the Slideshow Builder dialog box will appear, showing thumbnails of the photos included in your slideshow. You'll find a Zoom slider at the top of the dialog box. Slide it back and forth to zoom in and out on the photos.
To customize your slideshow:
You can add in more photos by clicking on the Add Media button.
You can change the order of the photos using the drop down box at the top left of the window. You can change the order of to Newest First, Oldest First or Custom.
When you choose Custom, you can click and drag photos within the Slideshow Builder window to change the order in which they will to appear in the slideshow.
You can change the theme using the button found along the bottom of the window.
You can change the music that plays with your slide show by clicking on the Audio button at the bottom of the interface.
Each slideshow theme comes with a default audio track built in. You can change to use any of the other audio tracks that come loaded with PSE13 or you can browse to select an audio file from your computer.
You can choose to show captions below your slideshow images. These captions can be added within the Organizer or you can add them directly from the Slideshow Builder window.
To show captions, click on the Captions button until it says Caption On.
With Captions On, any captions that have already been added to the photos in your slideshow will appear below the thumbnail for that image.
You can add captions for other photos (or edit the captions already there) by clicking in the space below an image. A text box will appear. Type in your caption.
Finally, you can also add one or more text slides to describe and narrate your slideshow.
To add a text slide, click on the Add Text Slide button. A blank slide will be inserted just before the currently selected slide. Type in whatever text you would like. Then click and drag the new slide to reposition it as you like.
You can add as many Text slides as you like.
As you are customizing the project, you can preview your work at any time by clicking on the Preview button. The slideshow preview will appear on your screen. Press the Escape key to return to the Slide Builder window.
The Save button allows you to save your project file. You will be prompted to name your slideshow project before it's saved automatically into the Elements Organizer. With the project file saved, you could reopen and continue working with it at a later date.
Finally, you can export your completed slideshow for sharing.
Click on the Export button.
The Export drop-down menu gives you options to save the slideshow as a mp4 video file to your local hard drive or upload and share it directly to Facebook.
If you choose to export the slideshow to a video file, you will need to give the file a name, choose its location and decide on a quality setting (720p HD or 1080p HD).
If you decide to share it directly to Facebook, you'll first have to authorize Elements to upload media to Facebook. The video will then be uploaded and posted to your Facebook page for all your friends to see!
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