Dec
18

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Free Printable DVD Cover Template for Your Video Slideshows

Free DVD Cover Template

Going the extra mile when packaging gifts makes a big difference in the overall impression one has on the receiving end. If you’re planning to give a DVD slideshow as a gift or as a deliverable for clients, fortunately, there are many tasteful options for packaging your discs.

If you’re looking for an affordable do-it-yourself option, try our FREE printable DVD cover templates. All you need is a color printer and a few minutes. Includes editable template options for Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Word (1997 and up). Download them today!

Free DVD Cover Template Download

Download: DVD Cover Template

Template Dimensions (designed for standard clamshell DVD cases):
Full Bleed Print Size: (11″ x 7.45″) | Final Trim Size: (10.77″ x 7.2″)

  • (.PSD) template is compatible with Adobe Photoshop* CS2 and up. (Due to the complexity, Photoshop Elements is not supported).
  • (.DOC / .DOCX) templates are compatible with MS Word* (97-current)

*For assistance on how to use either of these programs, please consult the software documentation

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Using the Photoshop Template (.psd)

The following tips assume a basic-intermediate proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop. Please consult Photoshop’s documentation for more in-depth instructions on using a certain feature.

Open the .PSD file in Photoshop. The editable layers will be grouped as shown below. (To see the guides & front-only / back-only previews, turn on the hidden layers within the ‘GUIDES…’ layer group).

Free DVD Cover Artwork

To edit text, select the ‘T’ type tool and click in any text placeholder to start typing. You can change the font and colors as you like. Colors for header bar, text & spine can also be customized.

Free DVD Cover Artwork Layout

To swap the existing sample photo with your own photo, double-click on the photo placeholder (it should read ‘Open/Add Image/Save’). You will see a (.psb) smart object window pop open. (You can also right-click on that photo layer instead of double-clicking and select ‘Edit Contents’ to open the .psb smart object window). Place or paste your own image on top of the original photo layer. Make sure you resize your photo appropriately to fit. Save and close the .psb file (but keep your DVD template .psd open).

DVD Cover Artwork Free download

Once the DVD template has been customized and you’re ready to print, make sure all optional ‘Guides & Previews…’ layers are hidden. Also check to see that the ‘Trim Marks’ layer group IS visible. You will want these to assist with cropping your DVD cover to its final trim size, once printed.

DVD cover artwork download

If printing directly through Photoshop, in the Print settings dialog, set the orientation to ‘Landscape’, with paper size set to 8.5 x 11″ or larger. Note: The template will flow right up to the edge of the sheet, meaning a small, but acceptable margin may get cropped off). Once printed, trim using the built-in crop marks.

Using the Microsoft Word Template (.docx)

The following tips assume a basic-intermediate proficiency in using MS Word. The template may or may not work correctly in other programs (such as OpenOffice, Google Docs). A .doc version of the template is also included for MS Word 97, though images will need to be manually added instead of using the newer ‘Change Picture’ feature (available in the .docx version).

Open the .DOCX or .DOC file in MS Word. To edit text, click in any text box and start typing. You can change the font, size & text color.

Free DVD Cover artwork download for Word

To change the color of the header background or spine, right-click on the area you want to change until you see an option for ‘Format Object’. (You may need to do this a few times until you get the right spot, since it is important that your cursor be hovering over the correct object and not overlapping boxes in the same spot). Under ‘Fill Color’ – pick the hue you want to use.

Free DVD Cover artwork template for Microsoft Word

To change a photo in the template, right-click on either photo placeholder (the template will have 2 sample photos, one on both the front & back). Select the option > ‘Change Picture’. Select a photo on your computer to use. (Note: In this template, landscape / wide orientation photos work best. Portrait photos will also work but you will most likely want to resize them after they are added).

Free DVD Cover Template Download for Microsoft Word

Once you have finished setting up your DVD cover and are ready to print, select the ‘Print’ option. The template is setup to print on 8.5 x 11″ or larger sizes of paper. (Note: The margins will be very narrow on the edges – if one of the edges of the trim guide gets cropped after printing, use a ruler or straight edge against the header background edge to draw any missing trim lines. Trim the edges with scissors or paper cutter and insert into your case. Voila! Your DVD is ready for gifting.

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Dec
17

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ProShow Producer Tip: Create Realistic Lighting When Tilting Images

StudioLighting

The Tilt feature in ProShow Producer can be a great tool to add some 3D effects to your images. But to create a more professional 3D look, you’ll want to make sure that your image reflects light in a realistic way. Today I’m going to show a creative technique that can help enhance your custom effects.

The Basic Concept

When you use the tilt feature, envision a source of light in relation to the image. It may help to hold a glossy photo in your hand and see how it responds to light as you tilt it. In my example, I’m going to have a source of light that is directly in front of the image (or more realistically, somewhere behind the viewer).  As I tilt to the left, the light’s reflection will move toward the right of the photo; as I tilt to the right, the reflection will move to the left.

To recreate a light source, my preferred method is to use an Adjustment Layer. The adjustment layer will be configured to increase the brightness and contrast of the image. I’m using a gradient for my adjustment layer so there is a smooth transition from the white (affected) and black (unaffected) parts of the layer. From there, it’s a matter of using pans to position the adjustment layer – and more specifically the white parts of the adjustment layer – over the image in tandem with the tilt behavior of the image.

Note that the following steps will allow you to create a very specific example of this effect, but hopefully with a decent understanding of the concepts, you should be able to apply it in any custom scenario you want to create.

Setting Up the Slide

  1. Insert an image into your show to create a slide; I’ll be using one with a 3×2 aspect ratio.
  2. To better visualize the effect at the beginning and ending of the slide while I’m working on it, I’m going to use zero-second transitions and a 5-second slide time.
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  3. Open slide options, then in the Layer Settings tab, change the Zoom of the layer to 85%.
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  4. Next, click the [+] above the layers list and choose Add Adjustment Layer > Add Gradient.
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  5. In the Gradient window, set your gradient up like what’s shown below. Note that the type is set to Linear, there are 3 color stops (black on the left and right, white in the middle), and that the angle is set to 0. Click OK when finished.
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  6. Once the gradient adjustment layer has been created, make sure it’s selected in the Layers list, then go to the Adjustments tab. Here we’re going to change the brightness to 75% and the contrast to 25%.  By doing this, the lighter areas of the gradient will increase the brightness and contrast of the image below it.
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Creating the Motion

Now that the slide has been set up, you will have a gradient adjustment layer (the light source) and an image underneath it. The next step is to apply your motion. In my example, I’m going to do a simple left-to-right tilt.

  1. Go to the Effects tab and select layer 2 (your image).
  2. Add a keyframe in the middle of the timeline (2.5 seconds for a 5-second slide time).
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  3. On keyframe 1 of the image layer, change the Horizontal Tilt to 20. On keyframe 2, change the horizontal tilt to -20, then on keyframe 3 change the horizontal tilt to 20.
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  4. Next, let’s select the gradient adjustment layer (layer 1), and add a keyframe in the middle of the timeline (2.5 seconds).
  5. On keyframe 1 of the gradient layer, change the Pan values to [75, 0]. On keyframe 2 change the Pan to [-75, 0]. Then on keyframe 3, change it to [75, 0] again.
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  6. Preview the effect to make sure it works well for your images. If you have a wider image, you may want to increase the pan values (e.g. 90 and -90 for the Pan values); for narrow images, you may want to decrease them (e.g. 60 and -60).
  7. Lastly, to make the effect fit in with the other slides in your show, change the transition times around the slide from zero to something larger like 1 or 2 seconds.
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Your slide should be complete now, and it should appear as if light is reflecting against your image as it tilts. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below.

TIPS:

  • If you’re not familiar with the Tilt feature in ProShow Producer or you just want to get more hands-on experience with it, check out this tutorial on Creating a 3D Tilt Keyframe Effect.
  • When using adjustment layers that are set to the default ‘grayscale’ mode, remember that the white areas of your layer will apply the adjustment values to the images below it, and the black areas will not. Gray areas will apply the adjustment to a limited degree.
Dec
15

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New ProShow Web Theme Released: Holiday Aura

Just in time for the holidays, we’ve released a trio of new themes for ProShow Web called ‘Holiday Aura’. Each one turns your photos, videos and music into a polished video, complete with holiday ornaments, cool animated effects and festive backgrounds. ProShow Web makes it easy to highlight your favorite photo & video memories of family, friends and clients.

To add a festive holiday look to your videos, use the new Holiday Aura theme and pair it with one of our great holiday music selections available in the ProShow Web music library. Below are a few of our favorite songs for the holidays!

Top ProShow Web Songs for the Holidays:

  • Carol of the Bells by Chris Haigh
  • Deck the Halls (jazz piano mix) by Olive Musique
  • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fiary by the Apollo Symphony Orchestra
  • It Came Upon the Midnight Clear by DnRtracks

Make a holiday video slideshow today >

 

Dec
12

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FAQ Friday: Top ProShow Questions and Answers

ProShow Frequently Asked Questions

The top 5 most buzzed about topics and questions about making video slideshows withProShow. These come directly fromProShowusers just like you and are collected by our customer service team every other week! Read the round-up below to see what people are curious about this week.

    1. How do I zoom out the preview in Slide Options so I can see the outer area of the slide?
      In Slide Options, locate the magnifying glass button at the bottom of your Slide Options window and adjust the value from 100 to 20. You can either drag the slider to the left or type in the value to zoom out the preview.zoom_preview
    2. How do I switch slides while working in the Slide Options in ProShow?
      In Slide Options, click the left and right arrow buttons located at the bottom of your Slide Options window to go to the previous or next slides in your show.next_or_previous_slide
    3. I built my show using the Wizard. How do I use the wizard on the new content without having to rebuild my entire show?
      In ProShow, we have an option called Remix that allows you to add new content into the Wizard without having to rebuild you show. To remix your new content, select the slides in your timeline (Hold Ctrl while clicking on each slide) that you’d like to remix, then select the Remix button on the toolbar at the top. Once your new content is loaded into the Wizard, follow the steps on screen to apply effects to your content.remix_button
    4. Can I replace a layer with a new image without having to rebuild the slide or apply the style again?
      Absolutely! To replace an existing layer with a new image, double-click the slide (to open Slide Options), right-click the layer and click on Select File to load the new image into the slide. Using this workflow will maintain all settings that were applied to the layer when you selected the style for this slide.select_File
    5. How do I turn on the show size meter in the main ProShow interface?
      By default, this option is disabled in the main interface. To enable the show size meter, click on the Window drop-down menu at the top and mouse over Show > Show size. Additionally, you can toggle this option on/off by pressing Ctrl+Shift+F9 on your keyboard. The Show size meter gives you an estimated show size for specific outputs to make sure your show will fit when publishing. Click on the meter to toggle to your desired publishing method (Blu-ray, DVD, EXE, Web) for a more accurate estimate.show_size_meter

If you are looking for an all-in-one slide show creation tool that includes a built-in library of royalty free music, we suggest you tryProShow Web. ProShow Web includes over 380 royalty free tracks and is free to use, Click here to sign up.

Want to submit a question about making video slideshows with ProShow? Please ask a question in the comments below and we’ll get back with you right away!

 

Dec
11

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Free Holiday Effects for ProShow 6: Christmas, Hanukkah & More

Free Holiday Effects for ProShow

It’s the end of the year – a time for reflecting upon your experiences over the last 12 months, and also looking forward to the future. ProShow slideshow tools make it easy to highlight your favorite photo & video memories of family, friends and clients. To add a festive holiday look to your videos, download the FREE ‘Holiday Aura’ effects for ProShow! See the demo below.

Watch the ‘Holiday Aura’ Effects In Action

Download: ‘Holiday Aura‘ Effects

This set includes effects designed for: ProShow Gold 6 and ProShow Producer 6
You’ll need to download and install your new effects into ProShow to use them. (Once installed, they will appear under the ‘Themed’ category in Transitions). For help, see this how-to article. ProShow Web users are able to use these effects as part of the themes titled ‘Holiday Aura’.

Download

Free Holiday Effects for ProShow

Free Holiday Effects for ProShow

Free Holiday Effects for ProShow


 

Got the right tool to build your slideshow?

Planning to make a slideshow for the holidays? With ProShow, it takes just a few minutes to create a beautiful slideshow video using the automatic wizard and instant effects. To get started on your slideshow, get ProShow 6 today. Upgrade or try it free.

Free Holiday Effects for ProShow

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More Effects for Holiday Slideshows

The following options include featured styles & transitions from ProShow Effects Packs, available for $19.95 each. you can also check out our other free effects available for download.
Holiday effects for your ProShow slideshows

 

Dec
10

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Choosing the Right Monitor for Working on Your Slideshows

ChoosingTheRightMonitor

Monitors are more affordable than they have ever been, but many people buy them without ever seeing them first-hand. Because of this, it’s very important to know what to look for on a spec sheet.  The number of pixels tells only a small part of the story, and more is not always better. Today I’ll try to narrow down the important factors to consider when shopping for computer monitors.

Resolution

The pixel dimensions on the screen are often the thing that people look for.  For example, a full HD monitor will be at least 1920×1080 (“1080p”).  In 2014, there really isn’t a good reason to buy a new desktop monitor with a resolution less than this. I personally prefer 1920×1200 over 1920×1080 due to the extra vertical workspace, but these are becoming harder to find.

Monitor Size

There is a very important balance between the size (diagonal measurement) of the monitor and its resolution. For example, a 1080p monitor at less than 22″ is most likely going to be an eyestrain due to the high pixel density. On the other side of the coin, a 27″ or larger monitor that’s only 1080p may be unnecessarily taking up desk space.  My recommendation for 1080p would be somewhere around 24″. If you’re going to get a monitor that’s 2560×1440 or 2560×1600, make sure it’s at least 27″.

4K Monitors

These days, there is a lot of buzz around 4K monitors, and many manufacturers are rushing to get something to the market. While there a handful of affordable 4K (3840×2160) monitors out there, unfortunately many of those have refresh rates of 30hz rather than the standard 60hz. Additionally, those that display 4k at 60hz may still only opearate at 30hz due to limitations of your graphics card. Running a display at 30hz will mean that any motion on your screen – even your mouse cursor – will not be as smooth as you’re used to seeing. The moral of the story: make absolutely sure that you’ve got all your bases covered when thinking about a 4K monitor. The technology is still in its infancy despite the buzz in the tech world.

IPS Technology

Many higher end monitors use a technology called IPS, or in-plane switching, which allows for better viewing angles and superior color reproduction. Since IPS monitors are becoming much more common and affordable, I would make it a priority when searching for a monitor. There is also a competing technology called PLS (plane-line switching) which promises the same benefits but with lower power consumption, so keep an eye out for that as well.

Graphics Cards

Monitors won’t display anything without a graphics card (GPU). While you certainly have a discrete or integrated graphics card in your system at the moment, you’ll want to make sure it supports your monitor’s native resolution and refresh rate.

General recommendations

If you’re doing a lot of photo editing, slideshow creation, and graphic design, you probably won’t be satisfied with a run-of-the-mill $150 HD monitor. One of the safest bets for graphic and multimedia work is Dell’s Ultrasharp line, and you can find a list of recommended models for Dell and other brands here.

This guide is really just skimming the surface of technical specs for monitors. Below is a list of some more comprehensive resources so that you can make a more educated decision.

Dec
8

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Falling Snowflakes Transition Effect for ProShow

An oldie but a goodie! One of our most popular freebie FX for ProShow Gold, ProShow Producer and ProShow Web is our Falling Snow transition effect. It features snow softly falling while the previous slide is replaced by the next slide. Use it throughout your holiday slideshows to reinforce a wintery, festive theme. Also works great for outdoor, nature-oriented shows that feature winter scenery. Be sure and download this free effect if you haven’t already!

Download: Falling Snow Transition

Download the free Falling Snow transition effect for ProShow. Compatible with ProShow Gold, ProShow Producer and ProShow Web.

Click to download this free transition set >
(ProShow Web users, this effect is built-into your service. Find it under Transitions > Categories > Themed > Snow)

Download

Need help installing these effects? Click here for a helpful how-to >>
Once you have installed the file, you’ll be able to access and use it just like you would for any other slide style or transition! Enjoy!

Want more effects for your holiday slideshows?

Spruce up your holiday and end-of-year slideshows with fun, seasonal effect from our Effects Packs. Go festive with gorgeous theme transitions such as Frosty Snowflakes and Bokeh Blur from Transition Pack 2. Want more styles for multi-photo montages? Check out StylePack 5 – it’s chock full of montage effects that are perfect for your end-of-year recap shows. Get it for only $19.95 >

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Free Printable DVD Cover Template for Your Video Slideshows

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Going the extra mile when packaging gifts makes a big difference in the overall impression one has on the receiving end. If you’re planning to give a DVD…

ProShow Producer Tip: Create Realistic Lighting When Tilting Images

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Tilt feature in ProShow Producer can be a great tool to add some 3D effects to your images. But to create a more professional 3D look, you’ll…

FAQ Friday: Top ProShow Questions and Answers

Friday, December 12, 2014

The top 5 most buzzed about topics and questions about making video slideshows withProShow. These come directly fromProShowusers just like you and are collected by our customer service…

Choosing the Right Monitor for Working on Your Slideshows

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Monitors are more affordable than they have ever been, but many people buy them without ever seeing them first-hand. Because of this, it’s very important to know what…