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Preparing Your Images
Chapter 2
Preparing Your Images
ProShow can work with most image types,
including TIFF, BMP, JPEG, GIF, and, in the
case of ProShow Producer, some RAW  les.
But these  les are often not in the right size
for your show. Although you can let ProShow
resize images to  t the selected output
options, you can control how those images
are resized by doing it yourself in advance.
If you know that your show will be shown
only at a certain resolution—for example, on
the Web—you can size the images appropri-
ately to about 800 x 600, which will work  ne
on most monitors and keep the show playing
smoothly over an Internet connection.
For general use, however, I suggest setting the
resolution to 1920 x 1200.  is will be large
enough to create a high-de nition (HD) show
on a Blu-ray disc.
If you use Adobe Photoshop, you can
easily resize images to t within speci c
dimensions.
To resize images for specifi c
dimensions:
1. Open your image in Photoshop.
2. Choose File > Automate > Fit Image. Youll
see the Fit Image dialog (Figure 2.1).
3. Enter the dimensions you want to use. In
the example shown here, I’ve used 1920
for Width and 1200 for Height.
4. Click OK. Your image will now be sized to
t within these dimensions, with no side
being longer than 1920 pixels or higher
than 1200 pixels.
Figure 2.1 You can use Photoshop to resize your
images to fi t within specifi c dimensions. The Fit
Image dialog lets you set the size of the image
regardless of the image orientation.
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Preparing Your Images
If youre using Adobe Photoshop Elements,
youll need to use the Image Size command
(this also works in Photoshop).
To resize using the Image Size
command:
1. Open your image in Photoshop Elements.
2. Choose Image > Image Size to open the
Image Size dialog (Figure 2.2).
3. Be sure the Resample Image check box is
selected, and then enter either the width
for landscape orientation or the height for
portrait orientation. As long as Constrain
Proportions is selected, Photoshop
Elements automatically enters the correct
number in the other dimension box to
maintain the proportions of your image.
Setting the Resolution
For screen display, a lower resolution is
appropriate. Although you might print with
300 pixels per inch (ppi), a computer display
or TV doesn’t need this much resolution. In
fact, high resolution will provide no addi-
tional bene t and will increase the  le size of
your images. A good choice for image resolu-
tion is 96 dots per inch (dpi).
To set resolution in the Image Size
dialog:
1. With your image open, choose Image >
Image Size.
2. Enter 96 for the resolution, with pixels/
inch as the scale. Click OK to set the reso-
lution of the image.
Figure 2.2 In Photoshop Elements you use the
Image Size dialog to set the dimensions of your
images. You’ll need to input either the width or the
height, depending on the orientation of your image.
Photoshop Elements will enter the other number
automatically when Constrain Proportions is selected.

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