Slide Styles for Proshowby Shawn M. Tomlinson
ProShow Gold, ProShow Producer and ProShow Web are three variations on the Microsoft Windows program that allow you to create slideshows on your computer. You also can use ProShow Web with an Apple Macintosh computer, but the home versions work only on Windows. Unlike other slideshow software packages, ProShow offers a comprehensive solution to creating professional slideshows because it focuses only on this task. Along with photos, drawings and graphs, you also can add videos and music to your slideshows. One of the best features of the program is the wide range of styles available for slide presentation.
The way ProShow works allows you to import images into the basic interface, then work with individual images or groups. In this case, a single image is a good place to start for styles. When you have images in the Time Line area at the bottom of the interface, you can double click an image to add a style. The program, whether ProShow Gold, Producer or Web, has a variety of styles built-in, such as "A Moving Background." To get there, after you double-click the image in the Time Line, click the "Slide" tab and then the "Slide Styles" subtab. Click the "A Moving Background" selection. This adds a motion effect that appears behind your slide and gives the impression of movement, even though your slide itself does not move.
Like most multimedia software packages, ProShow gives you the ability to add many types of borders to your images. You can use one of the many built-in borders, such as a simple photo border. Because of ProShow's popularity, you also can find free, add-in slide styles, including other types of borders, online. One of the key design considerations for your slideshow is consistency. If you use a particular type border on one slide, you should use the same or similar borders on all of them. If you change borders with every slide, it creates a chaotic impression in the viewer's mind. To get a range of borders, use the "All Categories" scroll button to select "Frames and Borders."
You do not have to settle for a single image shown at a time in ProShow. You can use one of several multiple image styles to create a montage look. For example, you can choose "Photo Stack Expanding" or "Photo Stack Contracting" to show several images in an apparent stack and in motion. You also can use variations of a classic design style that sets one large image with several smaller image as one slide, such as the "Three to One" style.
Motion is a common theme in slideshows. The old, traditional, darkened room with a screen and slide projector may conjure up memories of sitting bored through someone's vacation slides. With actual film slides, there was little the presenter could do to liven things up. However, with modern software, such as ProShow, you can add motion effects to keep your audience's interest. For example, "Spin" is a common, simple motion style that causes your image to spin in or out toward the viewer. Again, any such slide style can add flare to a slideshow, but if you overdo it, your viewers may find the presentation annoying. Use "Spin" and other motion effects sparingly.
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