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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!
Template Dimensions (designed for standard clamshell DVD cases):
Full Bleed Print Size: (11″ x 7.45″) | Final Trim Size: (10.77″ x 7.2″)
*For assistance on how to use either of these programs, please consult the software documentation
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Planning to make a slideshow for the holidays? With ProShow, it takes just 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 today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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″.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Click to download this free transition set >
(ProShow Web users, this effect is built-into your service. Find it under Transitions > Categories > Themed > Snow)
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!
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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