Learn Simple to Complex Masking in ProShow Producer
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Learn Simple to Complex Masking in ProShow Producer

Learn how to create, animate, and use Masking Layers in Slide Styles, Transitions, Text Layers and Video Files.
4.8 (103 ratings)
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390 students enrolled
Created by Jennifer Clark
Last updated 4/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 31 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn the difference between Transparency and Grayscale Masks
  • Create mask shapes such as rectangles, squares, diamonds and circles from within ProShow Producer
  • Import odd shapes, such as hearts and paint splatters to be used as masks
  • Create more subtle effects using gradient masks
  • Create animated masks
  • Use Text Layers with masks and AS masks
  • Create a transition that uses masking layers
  • Use a Video Mask
  • Use a Video file AS a mask
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Requirements
  • You must have either ProShow Producer 6 or 7 to take this course (Producer 5 is fine, too, but you won't be able to take the Text Layers lessons)
Description

In this course you'll learn all about Masking in ProShow Producer!

Each lesson provides step by step instructions for you to create every single one of these effects all on your own. When needed, downloadable files are included for you to complete the lesson.

You'll create your own effects using all of these types of masks:

  1. Basic Shapes, created right inside Producer
  2. Unique shapes, such as hearts and paint splatters, that are added as Masking Layers
  3. Animated effects by keyframing masks of all shapes and sizes
  4. Collage Effects that use multiple masks and text layers.
  5. Gradient Masks, for more subtle effects
  6. Text Layers underneath masks
  7. Text Layers AS masks
  8. Video Masks

This course is taught in ProShow Producer 7, but is also 100% compatible with Producer 6. If you are using ProShow Producer 5, you can still follow along with nearly all of the lessons, except the two that use Text Layers. Text Layers were added in ProShow Producer 6.


Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about the Masking feature in ProShow Producer
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Curriculum For This Course
31 Lectures
02:55:23
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Masking Basics
3 Lectures 08:01

In this course you'll learn all about these types of Masks:

  • Transparency and Grayscale Masks
  • Create mask shapes such as rectangles, squares, diamonds and circles from within ProShow Producer
  • Import odd shapes, such as hearts and paint splatters to be used as masks
  • Create more subtle effects using gradient masks
  • Create animated masks
  • Use Text Layers with masks and AS masks
  • Create a transition that uses masking layers
  • Use a Video Mask
  • Use a Video file AS a mask
Preview 01:05

A transparency mask in ProShow Producer works a little like a Stencil in reverse. It will HIDE everything in the transparent areas of a masking layer while SHOWING everything in the colored area.

File Types that preserve transparency:

  1. PSD
  2. PNG
  3. GIF

JPEGs do not preserve transparencies in an image.

Preview 03:56

Grayscale Masks read the lightness and darkness of an image, AND all of the levels of gray in between. Just remember that White Reveals and Black Conceals. So, Gray will hide or show as much of your image as the level of white and black in the Gray.

Preview 03:00
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Shape Masking
9 Lectures 58:23

You can create some very basic shapes right inside Producer, such as rectangles, squares, diamonds and circles. Don't be fooled by thier simpliciy...basic shapes can be used to create some stunning effects!

Preview 00:36

To create a rectangle mask, simply add a solid layer and set it as a mask. You can adjust the width and height of the layer by:

  1. Unlocking the Zoom and changing either the X or Y values
  2. Changing the original resolution of the solid layer
Preview 07:19

The key to creating a square, either as a mask or when cropping an image, is to make the Height AND Width values the same.

  • an advantage to using a mask is that you can zoom or pan the photo under the mask, while retaining the shape.
  • a disadvantage to using a mask is that some effects, such as Vignettes, Shadows, and Outlines may not be seen.
Square Frame
10:46

Diamonds can be quite tricky...you can't create them with a simple crop! With some extra steps, you can have a diamond mask to create beautiful animations.

Diamond Frame
04:51

Creating a circle in Producer is a simple two step process:

  1. Create a square from a rectangle by making both resolution numbers the same
  2. Add an "Ellipse" Vignette and change the Vignette Size to 0.

Ta Da! You have a circle!

Circle Frame
07:35

Shapes beyond the basic can't be made in ProShow Producer. If you have a photo editing program, such as Phototshop, you can make a mask of any shape that you'd like! Be sure to save that shape as a PNG file, NOT a JPEG.

Heart Frame Part 1
06:22

When using an image, such as this Heart.PNG, it can be used as either a Grayscale mask or a Transparency mask. If something looks a little odd, you may have the mask setting to Grayscale instead of Transparency.

To change the Abstract046 video file to a nice red, use the Colorize Tool.

Heart Frame Part 2
09:30

In this lesson, we'll use the Paint brush image as a mask twice to create a multi-layered effect.

Paint Brush Mask Part 1
04:35

To give our effect some continuity, we're going to use the same Paint Brush image that we used as a Mask as a colored canvas underneath a caption.

Paint Brush Mask Part 2
06:49
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Gradient Masking
4 Lectures 16:58

Gradient Masks allow you to use all levels of gray in your mask, instead of all white or all black.

Preview 00:19

This simple Gradient Effect illustrates the difference between using a Gradient Mask vs. a Vignette on a layer.

Simple Faded Mask
04:52

Gradient Radial Masks are a great way to create a "fake" 3D sphere look!

Radial Mask - Bubble - Part 1
05:34

When using many layers, staying organized by renaming your Layers as you create or duplicate them can be very helpful!

Radial Mask - Bubble - Part 1
06:13
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Motion Masking
8 Lectures 53:07

Animating your mask along with your images can get complicated, but it's where some really amazing effects can start to happen!

Preview 00:27

This is a very simple animated mask effect, but one that opens the door to an infinate amount of possiblities!

Double Line Swap
08:34

This is, by far, one of the most requested tutorials about masking! The difficulty lies not in creating the effect, but in applying it to different photos, if you save it as a slide style. Remember, all photos are unique and will require adjustments to make the Magnifying Glass appear over the portion of the photo that you want it to.

Magnifying Glass - Part 1
05:54

This is, by far, one of the most requested tutorials about masking! The difficulty lies not in creating the effect, but in applying it to different photos, if you save it as a slide style. Remember, all photos are unique and will require adjustments to make the Magnifying Glass appear over the portion of the photo that you want it to.

Magnifying Glass - Part 2
04:59

This beautiful effects requires that the images and masks all move, scale and tilt in the same manner. Rotation Center is absolutely key for this to happen!

Triple Circle Tilt - Part 1
07:44

Duplication and Copy/Pasting Keyframes makes keeping multiple layers in unison much easier!

Triple Circle Tilt - Part 2
08:50

In this lesson we'll create a multi-layered Masking effect, where the masks come on screen, and go off, at staggered times. WE'll also use a Text Layer for our title. If you are using Producer 5, you can simply use a Caption Layer, although it won't be hidden under a layer.

Collage Masks - Vacation Title Sequence - Part 1
07:07

In this lesson we'll create a multi-layered Masking effect, where the masks come on screen, and go off, at staggered times. WE'll also use a Text Layer for our title. If you are using Producer 5, you can simply use a Caption Layer, although it won't be hidden under a layer.

Collage Masks - Vacation Title Sequence - Part 2
09:32
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Specialty Masking
7 Lectures 38:54
  1. Masking to create a transition
  2. Text Layers as a mask
  3. Text Layers with a mask
  4. Video Mask Layers
  5. Video files as a Mask
Preview 00:25

Using Masks when creating transitions is no different than using them to create a Slide Style. Just remember to keep the rules of transition creation in mind and the possiblities are endless!

Masking in a Transition - Triple Circle Transition
11:12

Using a Text Layer as a mask gives even more depth and creativity to your designs!

Text Layers as a Mask
05:19

Text Layers can also be used underneath masks, which can be very important when creating a reflection.

Text Layers with Masks - Reflection Text Layers
08:08

Video Masks cannot be created inside Producer, nor can they be created from existing video files. The creator of that video file must have already created and included a separate Alpha (or Masking) file to go with the original.

Video Masks
03:15

In this lesson, I'll show you how to use a full color video file as a masking layer to create snowfall. You can use any video file as a masking layer, but when doing this, it's best to choose a file that has very high contrast between the dark and light areas.

It is also important to note that you cannot use a Mask inside of another mask.

Snowglobe
09:49

The coupon codes for both the Udemy courses and ChoiceSlides.com are in the CouponCodes text file. All of the effects we created in this course are in the Slide Styles and transitions zip folder. Links to Choice Slides and my other Udemy courses are listed below, as well.

Bonus Lecture! Styles, Transitions and other Goodies!
00:46
About the Instructor
Jennifer Clark
4.8 Average rating
722 Reviews
4,380 Students
9 Courses
ProShow Guru and Graphic Designer

Jennifer started her career as a Video Editor and Graphic Designer back in the 1990s. With the launch of the ProShow Slide Show software in the early 2000s, she was able to combine her professional knowledge of Video and Graphic Design with this robust, but novice oriented program.

With over 20 years of experience in Video Graphic Design, Jennifer creates stunning Slide Styles and Templates that anyone can use to create beautiful shows using the ProShow Software. Her teaching style also earned high marks by Photodex, who has invited her to be a guest speaker at two of their ProShow Conventions as well as being a contributor to their ProShow Book, "Secrets of ProShow Experts".