Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Digital Slideshows Made Easy: Projecting Slideshows
Get out the screen and turn down the lights—now the classic slideshow can be updated with modern digital projectors
Next, open up each photo (since they're smaller in size now, you can open up many of them at once), then go to the source photo and drag its adjustment layers to the new photo. Adjustment layers aren't size- or shape-specific, so if your photos vary a little, you'll have no problem doing this. You simply click and hold on the adjustment layer, then drag the layer all the way onto the new image (you must get that cursor all the way onto the other photo or the layer won't transfer).
Now, look at the photo. If it needs further adjustment, you have the advantage of reopening an adjustment layer. Just double-click the adjustment icon on the layer and you'll have the original adjustment settings that can be changed as needed.
Fixing contrast problems can be troublesome. Try using the bottom, output sliders in a Levels layer to reduce the white and black (move the sliders in from the ends). Brightness/Contrast sometimes works.
Reds can be fixed with the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. Since not every image is going to have red problems, you should do this photo by photo. When needed, click on the Master colors of the control (this is true for most image-processing programs) to get a list of individual colors. Choose red, then reduce the saturation, which will limit this change to red.
The obvious way to deal with text is to use larger fonts. Slideshows of pretty pictures shouldn't have small text anyway-look for something bold and easy to read.
I think we've entered a new era of photography. The potential for slideshows is great, and projectors enhance that experience. At this stage in the process, you do need to do some tweaking.
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