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PicturesToExe Tutorials-Page 01

Making audio visual slide shows, using your own photographs, can be a lot of fun and you will also find that it is very addictive. There are a number of software programs that are able to create slide shows but, I have found that by far the best one available is called 'PicturesToExe'. The programs been around for a long time now and has matured into the current version 8 which you can purchase from the WNSOFT web site.

PicturesToExe is available in two editions - Essentials and Deluxe and you can Compare the two versions by visiting the PicturesToExe web site and then clicking on the Compare Editions link that you will see on the left side of the page. However, if you are only interested in making basic slide shows, then the essentials version will be all you will need for now, after all, you can always upgrade when you have mastered the basics.

In this first set of tutorials, I will be concentrating on showing you just the basics and I feel quite sure that you will very soon be proudly displaying your first slide show to family and friends. As a first project, have a look at my tutorial called, 'Creating your first Slide Show'

Download a 3 or 5 page sample of any tutorial to see for yourself and then, if you like what you see, please go to the Contact Me page and email me with the number and name of the tutorial(s) you would like. I will then email the pdf(s) back to you as soon ASAP.

All my tutorials are completely free and you are very welcome to use them as you please.

Making your first Slide Show - Part 01 (11 Pages)

This is the first of a 3 part series that will guide you though everything you need to know about making a basic audio slide show. This first part deals with 'A Basic Workflow and creating a Folder Structure'.

Making a first slide show, from your own photographs, is a very exciting experience and it is really quite easy, as long as you don't expect to be an expert from the start because there is a 'learning curve' that you will need to go through and you will most likely need some guidance on how it is all done and that is where this set of tutorials might help you.

I will show you the basic steps required to build a simple but professional looking slide show using Photoshop and a software program call 'PicturesToExe'

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Making your first Slide Show - Part 02 (7 Pages)

Before you can begin to make your first slide show, you must first carry out some preliminary work, on the photos that you intend to use, in an image editor such as Photoshop.
Your photos will most likely have been taken with a digital camera so will probably be large high resolution images. These will be much to large for an audio slide show.

The actual size will depend on how you intend to view the finished slide show, e.g. If you have a wide screen television and want to view you show on that, a size of 1920x1080 pixels would be an appropriate size to use. Also, your photos would need to be saved as jpeg images.

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Making your first Slide Show - Part 03

This is the third and final tutorial in the series and it deals with the fun part of 'Making the Slide Show'

I will show you how to use those jpeg images, that you saved in Part 02 of this set of tutorials, to make a slide show that only requires you to have basic knowledge of the program. In later tutorials I, I will deal with the more advanced stuff like transitions, animations, Audio and the creation of DVD's and MP4 High Definition Videos

For this tutorial, I used the current version 8 of the PictureToExe software although you can also use earlier versions, if you have one of those.

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The 4 Way Split - Part 01 - (11 Pages)

This popular tutorial has now been updated for use in PicturedToExe version 7 onwards and it will also require you to have a version of Photoshop and, for this tutorial I have used version CS5 but it can also be used with CS6.

The procedure is not difficult and my tutorial will guide you through the whole process, with easy to follow written instruction supported by screenshots that will show you what you should be seeing on you screen at each stage.

Although this tutorial is in six parts (46 pages in total), don't be put off by thinking that it will take forever to complete because it takes much longer to explain the process than it does to actually carry it out.

The final result. is a very nice animation effect that can be used anywhere in you slide show, but is particularly effective as an opening sequence.
If you would like to see how I used this effect, go to the Slide Shows page and choose the 'Cardiff Bay' slide show.

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The 4 Way Split - Part 02 - (7 Pages)

In this part I will show you how I prepared the Original Main Image (the one that you split into 4) in the PicturesToExe software.

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The 4 Way Split - Parts 03, 04, 05 - (23 Pages)

This part gets quite exciting because it shows you how to use the 'Objects and Animation' features of PTE, to animate the 4 separate part of the image. This animation can be what you want it to be but I am going to show you how I created the animation that you can see in my 'Cardiff Bay' slide show (go to the Slide Shows Page on my web site to see it)

Although 23 pages long, much of the work is repetitive so hot really won't take you very long to complete it.

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The 4 Way Split - Parts 06, 07, 08 - (5 Pages)

This final part is dived into 3 separate sections and consists of just 5 pages that just deal with that important matter of saving your hard work as a PTE 'Project File'. It is just a reminder really because, I am quite sure that you will already know how to do this.

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One Page Menu
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When presenting a number of different slide shows to an audience, it will look very professional if you present the shows on a 'One Page Menu' that will allow you to select a particular show, with just one click of the mouse.
The image above is a demonstration of what you will learn in this tutorial but, it only contains 3 icons that will trigger the start of each slide show. You can add up to 16 icons on your own menu by simply creating the icons in a smaller size.

This tutorial will show you how to create such a menu, using an image editor such as Adobe Photoshop and the excellent slide show creating software called 'PicturesToExe'

This tutorial is in 3 Parts:-

Part 1 - Will show you how to create a set of folders into which you save all files to be used in the 'One Page Menu' project. The work is carried out in Windows 10, using the File Explorer.

Part 2 - Will show you how to make a Menu Template, using an Image Editor such as Photoshop.
I will be using Photoshop CC but any previous versions will be ok to use I guess.
If you intend to make more than one 'One Page Menu' this template will save you a whole heap of work so, it is well worth the extra effort needed to create it because it can be used over and over again, as long as you remember to number each menu from 1 upwards.

Part 3 - This is the final part of the tutorial and is very detailed but, you will find it the most interesting because it deals with adding your PTE Slide shows to the Template that you have created in Part 02 and now that you have made the Template, we can think about adding the actual PTE Slide Show itself.

As you work through this tutorial you will realise that it is very detailed and you will probably need to spend a whole lot of time in completing it and you will not want to lose your work. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that you save your project file at very regular intervals. I suggest, at least, after every page.

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