Topic: 7 Typical Mistakes to Avoid While Making a Slideshow
You’re new to slideshow making and want to improve the quality of your projects? If so, we encourage you to get familiar with 7 typical mistakes and avoid them in your slideshows.
1. Black bars on your slides
It’s the most common mistake new users make. In SmartSHOW 3D you only need to click the “Photo Position” button and choose the “Fill Frame” option to stretch the photos. You can always adjust the photo position manually using the slide editor.
2. Overload of special effects
Special effects definitely add some “spice” to a slideshow, but don’t go over the top, because the slideshow may become unwatchable. Of course, simple effects such as smooth motion or slow zoom suit almost any photo.
3. Too long slideshows
The recommended duration of a slideshow is 3 to 7 minutes, including up to 50 photos. Here’s a tip: pick only great and stylish shots rather than insert all of the photos from your recent journey.
4. Low-resolution photos
If you want to make a Full-HD slideshow, your photos’ resolution must be at least 1920x1080. If you’re gonna use pan & zoom, you’ll need photos that are at least 3500 pixels wide. Otherwise, photos will look blurry and uncool.
5. Wrong montage
The optimal way is to alternate close, middle and long shots. It’s not a good idea to put 10 panoramic shots or close-ups in a row, it’ll simply look boring.
6. Random transitions
Using the random transitions feature is convenient if you need to make a slideshow quickly, otherwise it is recommended to pick transitions manually. Remember that transitions should correspond to the theme of the project. For a slow-paced slideshow smooth gradients will work fine, while 3D transitions work better with a fast-paced project.
7. Sloppy titles
Title slides introduce your whole project so take your time designing them. Think about harmony, when you choose the color and size of text captions. And don’t put subtitles too close to the borders of the slide– leave about 10% of space so everything looks OK.