If you want to include music in your show, double click on the Soundtrack
area or select Show>Show Options and click the Soundtrack button. ProShow
Gold supports MP3 and WAV files, and you can have multiple soundtracks in a
show. If the length of your soundtrack and the length of the slide show don't
match, it's a simple step to synchronize the whole thing--click the
Sync Show Length To Soundtrack and you're good to go.
The final step is to put your masterpiece on CD or DVD. ProShow Gold offers
a range of choices here. In addition to the CD and DVD options, you can create
a web show, screen saver, executable for computers, or shared on Photodex's
website. I've placed the sample show used here on my website for anyone
interested--www.joncanfield.com/ outputoptions/webshow. (#5.)
Burning your show to DVD or one of the other output options is
the final step.
If you're a Photoshop or Photoshop Elements user, you might be surprised
to know there is a very capable slide show feature included. The PDF Presentation
option under File>Automate will create a slide show with transitions and
music that can be viewed on any computer with Adobe Acrobat. (#6.)
Photoshop and Photoshop Elements allow you to create a PDF slide
show that plays on any computer.
Roxio includes a DVD Builder application with their Roxio Easy CD & DVD
Creator Suite. (#7.)
#7. Most of the CD and DVD creation software include a slide show
Tips For Better Shows
Most of us have experienced the never ending vacation slide show. Here are five
tips to keep your shows interesting.
· Try to keep the total time to 20 minutes or less. Much longer than this
and people get restless.
· Five seconds is long enough. Unless you have a real story to tell about
a photo, 5 seconds is enough time to spend on one image.
· Don't mix horizontal and vertical images. Your show will flow
smoother if you can avoid mixing images. If you can't avoid it, try to
keep it to a minimum.
· Pick music that enhances the photos. Music should complement the images,
not compete with them. I tend to favor classical or new age style music with
· Tell a story. A slide show that tells a story about something has much
more impact than one that is a hodge-podge collection of images.
If you haven't tried creating your own slide shows yet, give it a shot
and be your own TV star!
Jon Canfield is the co-author of "Photo Finish: The Digital Photographer's
Guide To Printing, Showing, and Selling Images," published by Sybex. You
can see Jon's work on his website, www.joncanfield.com.