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Organize your images. First make the necessary edits to the images you plan to use in the slideshow.

The slideshow will be shown full screen, so for the best image quality the size should be at least 1280 x 1024 pixels with a resolution of 72 pixels per inch. (For more information on sizing your images see “Use the correct image size” on page 5.) After you are through editing the images, place them all in one folder for easy access.


Create your title slide. In Photoshop Elements, choose File > New. For Height and Width, enter the same pixel values that you used for your slide images. The resolution should still be 72.

In the new file, select the color that you want to use for the background by clicking the Default Color icon (). Select a color from the Color Picker that appears. Then click the Paint Bucket tool () and click anywhere in the image.

Finally, select the Type tool (). Position the cursor in the center of the image. Click to enter your title text.

Change the font and text color. Double-click to select the text. On the options bar, use the pop-up menus to select different fonts and sizes. To change the color, simply click the color swatch on the options bar and use the Color Picker to select a new color.

Choose File > Save As and save the file in the Photoshop format in case you want to make changes later. Be sure to save it in the same folder as your other images.

Note: To find out about creating a title slide with a photographic background, see Project 12.


Choose the slideshow images. Choose File > Automation Tools > PDF Slideshow. Under Source Files, click Browse and navigate to the folder that contains your images. Select the folder and click Open.

When you are inside the folder, hold down the Shift key to select multiple images. After you have selected all of the images, click Open.

In the PDF Slideshow Source window, you will see a list of images. The slideshow will start with the image at the top of the list. You can reorder the images by clicking and dragging them into the correct sequence.


Set up your final options. Under Output Options select the Slide Show option.

In the Slide Show Options area, you are going to set up your advance timing, looping, and transitions.

The default setting for advancing the images is five seconds. If your slides are images only, this may be too long. If your slides have any text, this may be too short. Decide what time works best for your slides and enter that value. If you want the slideshow to repeat after it’s finished, then select the Loop after Last Page check box.

Finally, choose the transition that you want to occur between slides. You may want to experiment to see which you like best.


Choose your compression. Click Advanced. This brings you to the PDF compression settings. The default setting is JPEG with a quality of Maximum. If you are posting this slideshow to the Web, you might want to make the Quality setting lower, to create a smaller file. The rest of the default settings are fine. Click OK to create your slideshow—and you’re done.



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