Who would have thought about creating a Photoshop slideshow? I didn’t even know it was possible until I came across the idea with a friend.
What Is a Slideshow?
Slideshows are a great way to show images in a sequence. They provide the viewer with a chosen set of images that can present a topic, idea, or project.
The best thing about them is the ultimate control over every component. You can also loop slideshows, meaning there doesn’t need to be any interaction once the slideshow is in place.
For me, they are a great way to show my images to prospective clients. A slideshow is more personal and provides more than a digital portfolio alone. A hint of unique goes a long way.
How to Make a Slideshow Easily in Photoshop
A slideshow is essentially a video made from still images. They are placed in successions, allowing them to transition from one to another in a variety of ways.
It is easy to create a slideshow in Photoshop by following a few simple steps.
Things to Consider When Making a Slideshow in Photoshop
There are some things you need to consider before you begin making a slideshow in Adobe Photoshop. First of all, do your images work in a slideshow? If you only have a few, then a slideshow isn’t the best way to show your pictures.
Another thing to look at is image orientation. Repeatedly transitioning from portrait to landscape orientated scenes could become frustrating. Especially if the scene is pushed to the edges, creating a slideshow of different sizes.
Before opening Photoshop, you need to resize all images to the same size. If you don’t, the photos will jitter as they transition. The faster the speed, the more obvious it is.
I would go for 1920 x 1080 pixels, as that is a default setting for all modern monitors, meaning fewer problems down the road.
Once you have these ready, let’s begin.
Open Photoshop, and Open… your first image. Don’t worry if this isn’t the opening scene; you can re-arrange them later.
Next, we need to create a timeline to add the images to. Go to Window>Timeline.
Click on Create Video Timeline, located at the bottom of the screen, in the middle.
At the moment, you only have one image in your timeline, so we need to add more. To do so, click on the filmstrip icon in the Timeline toolbar at the bottom, located on the left.
Click on Add Media to add more scenes.
When you have the images added, you are free to place them in any order you wish. All you need to do is drag-and-drop them.
By default, each scene is only five seconds long. You can lengthen or shorten the duration of each image. To do this, click and drag the left or right edge.
NB: One thing to consider here are the transitions. If you want to make a smooth transition between the scenes, they can last from one second to as many as you wish. If you use a one-second transition, then 50% of this will cover the first image, and the other 50% will cover the second. A five-second segment could have four seconds or less due to the transitions, take this into account.
To add transitions between images, click the duo-tone icon, above the filmstrip in the timeline toolbar.
Here you can choose from transitions such as ‘Fade With Black/White’ or ‘Cross Fade’. At the bottom, you can change the duration of each transition. Click on the one you want and drag it between the chosen images.
NB: To delete a transition, click on it and press the ‘Delete’ key, or click on ‘undo’.
Once you have all the images in order and changed the length of your scenes, it is time for sound. If you don’t want audio, you can skip this step.
To add sound, click on the musical note icon below the filmstrip. From here, select your track and drop it in.
You are free to edit the track by dragging in the sides to reduce the length. Click-and-drag to place the sound in the right order.
To finish, you need to click on the hamburger icon Render Video. This takes all the information you added and creates the video for you. It will ask you where you want to save it.
Bingo! Your Adobe Photoshop slideshow is complete.
NB: There are other settings you can use and adjust, such as frame rate, and adding more video lines for multiple and complex transitions or effects. This requires a little knowledge of what you are doing and a little patience also. Don’t try them when under a deadline.