Tutorial: Pan Following, Parts 4a and 4b “Follow Me”

This is another tutorial in the Pan Following series. People want to know how to get a series of images to travel across the screen, one after the other, so that they look like they are all in “lock-step” with each other. There are many requests for how to do this effect.

So, I delved into that topic with this set of tutorials. I have provided a manual (non-modifier-based) method of accomplishing the effect and two different modifier-based techniques. The manual method and the first modifier-based method use a static background. The second modifier-based method covers how to get these multiple images to follow a background layer. Part 4a is just over 10 minutes long and Part 4b is over 12 minutes long. You should find the tutorials fairly in-depth in explaining why the effect works like it does.



Tutorial: Pan Following, Part 3 (Captions)

This is the 3rd tutorial in a series of a Introduction to Pan Following Tutorials for ProShow Producer. This tutorial deals with captions that pan follow captions or layers and layers that pan follow captions. The unique characteristics of captions are covered because they can impact the pan following for captions and layers.


Tutorial: Pan Following, Part 2

This tutorial presents more information on how to pan follow. As given in the previous tutorial, Pan Following involves at least two layers: Master and Subordinate. The master layer provides the positioning information that the subordinate layer uses to adjust its own position.

In this tutorial, we apply the pan following modifiers, create the subordinate layer’s offset positions, enter the master layer’s travel path, tweak the subordinate layer’s position relative to the master layer, and (finally) making adjustments to the master layer’s path.

This tutorial demonstrates how easy and simple it is to create some complicated looking motion without a lot of keyframes or a lot of work. It also demonstrates that adjusting the motion of one layer does not necessarily mean adjustments to the other pan following layer.

Pan Following, Part 2 Tutorial

Tutorial: Pan Following

Time and again I see people ask how to “lock layers” in Producer. No such feature exists (or probably ever will) and even modifiers do not lock layers. While pan following modifiers come close, all they actually do is align the subordinate layer’s center to the master layer’s center. The layer with the modifier uses the information that modifier reads from another layer to adjust its own behavior. Pan following modifiers have the potential to save time and effort.

If you’ve ever tried to use a pan follow modifier with a layer that was sized at other than 100%, you might check this tutorial out to find out what to do so that it actually works correctly.

Pan Following Tutorial

TUTORIAL: Advanced Outlines and Shadows in ProShow Producer

I recently wrote an article about creating layer outlines in ProShow. Photodex published a synopisis of it: http://www.slideshowblog.com/2013/09/using-layer-outlines-in-proshow-5/. YOu can find the full article here (Photodex thought the consideration of manually created outlines was way too advanced).

The impetus for the article was actually to deal with ProShow’s woefully inadequate outline function. What we are left with is manually creating our own outlines. I added the shadow tutorial (listed below) to deal with the ProShow’s inadequate native shadow function, even in Producer (where you might expect more control).

I followed the Layer Outlines article with a video tutorial dealing with an introduction to outlines. That was followed by another video tutorial dealing with an introduction to shadows.

The following video tutorial, however, deals with the combination of manually created outlines and manually created shadows to create more sophisticated looking “frames” for your images. I go from the very simple to the more complex by combining a number of simple techniques the tutorial introduces.


MONTAGE FOLDS 2 for ProShow Producer

Not long ago, Someone the ProShow Enthusiasts forum mentioned how much they like the IPad’s IPhoto Origami theme. That resulted in the creation of the folding effects in Montage Folds. I started working on an additional set of folding effects immediately after the initial set was released. That resulted in Montage Folds 2.

This additional set adds 5 image montages and another 39 transitions. The number of transitions and their associated montage styles provide plenty of options for making some really nice, effective, and appealing image presentations.

So, all together, the full Montage Folds collection (Montage Folds and Montage Folds 2) is composed of 20 Image Montage styles and 93 transitions. Of the transitions, 27 are for Producer v5.0+ and the remaining 66 are compatible with Producer v4.5+.

The Montage Folds collection is composed of two basic montage types: A and B. The “A” styles break the screen into 3 equal vertical segments while the “B” styles break the screen into 2 equal vertical segments. Mixing and matching the various transitions among the montage image styles works really well.

The following demo shows each of the available Image Montage styles but only a small subset of the available transitions.



MONTAGE FOLDS for ProShow Producer

Not long ago, Someone the ProShow Enthusiasts forum mentioned how much they like the Origami theme available on the IPad. I pointed her to a number of effects I’d already created which approximated what she was looking for. But, nothing I was oriented to a montage of images … they simply went from one slide to the next. So, I started working on effects specifically oriented toward a montage of images on a slide. Going was slow because I’ve been under the weather for nearly the entire month of August. Thank God for doctors!

Anyway, one thing led to another and I came up with the Montage Folds bundle: a set of 15 Image Montage Styles and 53 Transitions to go with them (PSP v4.5+: 31 transitions, PSP v5.0: 21 transitions). The number of transitions and their associated montage styles provide plenty of options for making some really nice, effective, and appealing image presentations.

There are two basic montage types: A and B. The “A” styles break the screen into 3 equal vertical segments while the “B” styles break the screen into 2 equal vertical segments. There are at least 2 different transitions for each style. But, mixing and matching the various transitions among the montage image styles works really well.

The following demo shows every Image Montage style but only a small subset of the available transitions.



Images Hang Line V2 — A Variable Length Clothesline Effect

The initial versions of the 3 Clothesline style (Images Hang Line 1’s, Images Hang Line 2’s, and Images Hang Line 3’s) featured a large white border, like older Polaroid pictures. Within this frame, images could be resized and panned.

In this 2nd version, the large white constraining border was removed from the 3 clothesline styles. The images are now unconstrained by any mask. You specify the image’s final size.  All other features and capabilities are the same in this revision.

These effect’s flexibility (all 6 Clothesline styles) is considerable and unprecedented to any other Clothesline Effect:

  • An 8 Image carousel quickly becomes a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 image carousel with a few settings changes.
  • Assign a caption to each image, if desired.
  • Change the images travel direction:  Right to Left or Left to Right.
  • Mix Landscape with Portrait oriented images in the same carousel
  • Add rotation and/or tilt to each image separately. Make them look like they’re flapping in the wind if you want!
  • Replace the clothesline (hang line) with a different one (or remove it altogether)
  • Replace the clothes pin (image holder) with a different one
  • Change the background to one of your choosing
  • Adjust the Clothesline (Hang Line), Image Hanger, and/or Images up or down on the screen, as desired


Grid Grid Pro, Style for ProShow Producer 4x

I’m not sure what prompted this effect but, it was based on a freebie effect I’d created called The Grid Grid. Anyway, I looked at that freebie one day and wondered if I might improve upon it. The result was a set of 3 Grid-Based Carousel effects.

Extensors. Then, extending the carousels to include new images was, I thought, a worthy consideration. So, I provided 3 styles, one for each grid carousel, that transitions each carousel existing carousel image with a new image. Next, why not create a way to transition between each grid carousel? That is, go from a 3×3 carousel to a 3×2 carousel. That led to 6 more styles. Finally, I thought that each of those extensor styles should let you use them as styles in their own right, if you wanted them to. That is, to display the images without any consideration of using them as an extension to any grid-based carousel. So, these 9 styles became dual use styles: as an extensor for extending a grid carousel or as an ordinary style for showing off your images. The result: more flexibility in displaying your images and more bang for the buck (that is, for those not familiar with the phrase: you get more for what you pay for).

There are 12 different Styles for 4:3 (Standard TV) and 16:9 (Widescreen) shows. The effect is designed for use with 3:2 images. However, you can adjust the size of images of other aspects to fit accordingly.



Carousels V

Carousels V is a set of 8 styles for 4 different carousels, three of which are extensible.

Three years ago I created a style I called Lazy Susan, an extensible 4 image carousel that used portrait and landscape images in the same carousel. Lazy Susan 2 is a complete revision that improves upon the original by, among other things, adding the tilt feature to give a more 3D-like appearance while rotating the next image into view (while still retaining backwards compatibility to Producer v4), better image border/framing, and the rotation direction is now reversible. The update also made some name changes to the extender styles to make them more descriptive. The extender styles extend Lazy Susan 2 +1 (formerly Lazy Susan 2 Simple) extends the carousel by 1 image or while Lazy Susan 2 +3 (formerly Lazy Susan 3 Add) extends it by 3 images per slide.

I also created two other interesting carousel styles that use 2:3 aspect portrait images. 3 Image FlipStay flips through the 3 images in-place. 3 Image FlipRight is an extensible carousel designed for 2:3 portrait images, but accepts mixed image aspects. The images in this carousel flip while rotating into their next position. 3 Image FlipRight+ extends the carousel by 1 image per slide.

The last carousel, 5 (co)Talls is a 5-Image carousel that can display an extra 5 images next to each carousel image. They display over the carousel images queue. This variation is useful for displaying two different images in graduation, retirement, memorial, or birthday shows (for instance, a younger picture alongside one of the same guy today). Turn the display of the co-images off if you don’t want to use them. The side on which the images and captions are displayed is switchable. The style provides for 2 captions per image set (a carousel image with co-image or just a carousel image). Don’t need all 5 sets of captions? Turn off the caption(s) not needed (the caption box disappears too if both associated captions are turned off). The style accepts portrait images in the 2:3 and/or 3:4 aspect images. The extender style, 5 (co)Talls+, adds an image at a time to the carousel. Up to 16 variations are built into this single style.

So, take a look and let me know what you think.


FOLDS for ProShow Producer 5+

I was watching TV one day when I noticed a certain effect in a commercial. The Center Folding effects were the result of that inspiration. The Accordion Folds were inspired by the folding used in the Center Folding transitions.

So, there are 6 variations each of the Center Folding and Accordion Folds transitions for 16:9 Widescreen show in ProShow Producer 5+


Find them here: Folds

ACCORDION for ProShow Producer 4.5+

I got an idea to slide some layers across the screen to see how it would look … simple idea for a simple enough effect. The result was pretty nice. The effect is simple, at least in concept (and in how it looks). Useful for a variety of different types of shows.

There are 8 variations of the idea in this set of transitions for ProShow Producer 4+ shows.

Find them here: Accordion

Images Hang Line — 3 Clothesline ProShow Producer v5+ Styles

Not long ago, someone at the ProShow Enthusiasts forum asked how to extend the Photodex Picture Line style to display more images. I do not have Photodex’s effect. However, its design made the obvious recommendations impossible. The images moved across the screen in time with a graphic that had holes in it through which the images peaked through. That made changes difficult. It meant that without the necessary number of images for the provided 5-image or 10-image effect, empty images holes were the result. Anyway, before I knew what the design limitations were I started working on my own version of the effect to see what the issues might be. After I discovered the design limitations of the original effect, I decided to finish work on my version. This is the result.

While the Photodex version is useable in Gold, this one is not. Further, these are only for 16:9 aspect shows. These effects are infinitely extensible: make each hang line effect as long as you need. There is a lot of flexibility included in these 3 effects.

The Images Hang Line 1’s version uses 2 images; extensions are added an image at a time.
The Images Hang Line 2’s version lets you use from 2 to 8 images; extensions are added using between 1 and 6 new images at a time.
The Images Hang Line 3’s version uses from 3 to 8 images; extensions are added using between 1 and 5 new images at a time.

In the case of Images Hang Line 2’s and 3’s,  just a couple of quick settings changes adjusts the number of displayed image from the default 8 images. In each case, the simple setting changes also let you add additional slides seamlessly. The direction of travel across the screen is user selectable: to the left or to the right.

Use portrait or landscape images. Give each image a descriptive caption. Want to adjust the tilt-horizontal, tilt-vertical, or rotation of the image? Do it for any image. In fact, a few simple adjustments can make the images appear to swing in the wind! If the default hang lines or image holders are not working for you, swap them for another.  Provided with these effects are 11 different hang lines, 10 short image holders, and 7 tall image holders.

Images Hang Line 1’s Demo

Images Hang Line 2’s and 3’s Demo

Find it here:  http://fenimorephotovideos.com/psp_styles1.html

Slat Swing Cascade

At the beginning of the year, I created a few of these effects but couldn’t find the time to finish them. I got involved in doing taxes for others and this was a busy tax year! After the tax season ended, I was finally able to finish them. These 8, any aspect, transitions are useful for a variety of show types. They look better when transition times somewhere around 8 seconds are used. Check out the demo … visit my site!

Any Aspect shows, ProShow Producer v5+


All-4-Corners, ProShow Producer v4+ Styles

It’s been awhile since I actually did much of anything in ProShow. As a seasonal tax preparer, I’ve been pretty darned busy the past 4 months. But, I worked on things every now and then. This is one of the effects I’ve been working on.

This is a set of 3 effects, each a variation of the other. The basic effect is the same for each. There are 4 landscape oriented images located in the screens 4 corners. Each image, in turn, moves from its corner to full screen and back. Each image has a border frame which always stays with the image as given below:

  • In variation A the frame sizes off-screen as the image fills the screen.
  • In variation B, the frame sizes off-screen only after the image becomes full screen.
  • In variation C, the frame stays on-screen. At full screen, its blur and opacity settings can override the default settings for a customized view.

(1) The border frame is user replaceable. PROVIDED: 10 different frames, 2 variations each (for a total of 20 frames). (2) Change color of all frames using brightness, white point, black point, contrast, and hue. (3) Adjust their appearance using blur and/or opacity. (4) Use either portrait or landscape oriented images. (5) Images sized larger than the reference frame, can use pan to reposition the image in the screen. You chose the image’s size at any point in its display.

Easy to use, flexible, simple looking, All-4-Corners uniquely provides opportunities for presentation customization simply unavailable elsewhere. It is like having many styles in one.


Chevron, ProShow Producer 4+ Transitions

A couple of months ago I experimented with chevrons as a way to transition from the current slide to the next. Instead of just having a graphic slide across the screen in some fashion, I wanted to try something a little different. So, the chevrons actually pick up screen segments and move them off-screen, or they drop segments to build the next slide. So, it’s a bit of a different effect than what you might normally expect to see.


Slivers (Transitions as Styles)

I was going to create these effects as transitions with a specific graphic. But, then I thought that it might be nice if the user could change the graphic in the effect’s slivers. So, the effects in this bundle (with a few exceptions, which I will deal with later) are created as if they were a transition, but are saved as a style. That is, the effect is in a slide between the initial and next slides. The transition slide will have a copy of the image from the initial and next slides. The effect will begin and end with the transition slide. If you want to transition between more complex slides (that is, ones with multiple images) you can convert the transition slide to a transition as desired.

I’ve provided two styles that contain 20 gradients and 12 graphics, respectfully, that can be used as replacements for the default sliver skin (which is gradient number 1). That is, the provided gradients and graphics provide a starting point for changing the default look of each transition’s slivers. Mix gradients with graphics and/or images for a more sophisticated or interesting look. Further, you can change the hue (it’s easy) of all of the slivers (using a reference control layer) to give a slightly different look to your effect.

So, these effects provide you plenty of flexibility in how your transition looks. It’s a new way of treating styles and they provide you with unprecedented flexibility in their use. But, you are also provided with two sliver transitions that transition from the previous to the next slide directly. Enjoy.

What’s Provided: 8 Styles of transition effects, 2 bonus transitions, and 2 styles containing starter replacement graphics and gradients.

The Demo

A quick intro to Slivers

Carousels V; Styles for ProShow Producer 5+

Carousels V includes 3 different carousel effects (in 6 styles). Each carousel can use either portrait or landscape images, or a mix of each. The FlipRight and FlipStay effects are 3 Image Carousels while Lazy Susan 2 is a 4 image carousel. The FlipRight and FlipStay Effects provide for a quick and easy way to increase the default size of the image at screen center. FlipRight+ extends the FlipRight effect by 1 image at a time. The Lazy Susan 2 style, usable in either Producer v4 or v5+ allows the horizontal tilt to be turned off (to make it look like the original Lazy Susan rotation). Also, the rotation direction can be reversed (it’s like having 2 styles in one!). Included are two styles that extends Lazy Susan 2 by either 1 (1 rotation) or 3 images (two rotations).

Tiles Strips Flip & Tiles Strip Swings

These each are 4 new (8 total) transitions for ProShow Producer 5+. There are 4 variations of horizontal strips and 4 variations of vertical strips of the screen that swing or flip to reveal the next slide. This last two sets in the Tile Flip series, transition the current slide into a kaleidoscopic screen that breaks into strips that reveal a kaleidoscopic version of the next slide. That display moves toward to viewer until only there is only a single kaleidoscopic screen tile.

(Note: if you’re a Firefox user … I’ve noticed lately that FF’s latest iterations aren’t playing the embedded videos reliably (I get a black screen!). Apparently the problem might be a flash player later than v10.3. Please view them directly on the YouTube side by clicking on the “YouTube” button in the lower right to watch them directly on YouTube.]

Tiles Strips Flip

Tiles Strip Swings

Tiles Flip, ProShow Producer 5+ Transitions

I’ve been playing around with copies of an image that, when properly arranged give an interesting visual presentation. These two transition bundles present 4 transitions each which make use of this visual presentation of your image(s).

As the current slide moves away from the viewer (into the screen) a wonderful visual presentation is created. Upon stopping, the entire screen then flips on one edge to the left (or right, up, or down). The effect is similar to my Slides transitions (Originally created as Styles long before the version released by Photodex’s Facet Push Left/Right/Up/Down). As the flip proceeds, the next slide is revealed.

Tiles Flip reveals the slide as is while Tiles Flip to 1 reveals a display of the next slide that has been retreated into the screen. Upon being revealed, the displayed image changes size until only one copy of the next slide is revealed.

Tiles Flip

Tiles Flip to 1

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TilesSwap, Transitions (Producer 5+)

Five unique ProShow Producer transitions to create a phenomenal visual effect for going from one slide to the next. Each transition is Any Aspect.


While working on these and the Cube Turns transitions, I realized the backgrounds that were being developed for them might be an interesting addition to my transitions offerings. One thing led to another and that led to both the PrismTiles and Kaleidoscope styles.