Mastering Modifers in ProShow Producer
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Mastering Modifers in ProShow Producer

Learn how to create Animated Elements and Parenting Layers using Modifiers in ProShow Producer
4.8 (61 ratings)
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Created by Jennifer Clark
Last updated 10/2016
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 31 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create animated elements using Modifiers
  • Create Parenting Motion Effects using Modifiers
  • Create "Puppeting" Modifiers that are hidden off screen
  • Create Text Effects using Modifiers
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  • Students must have ProShow 6 or higher to take this course. It was recorded in Producer 8.

This is an in depth course on one of the most advanced and complex features of ProShow Producer: Modifiers.

This course is very hands-on; you'll be working right along side me as we build Animated Elements, Motion Effects, and Adjustment Effects that are all created by using Modifiers.  You must be using ProShow Producer 6 or higher, as several of the effects use Text Layers, not Captions. 

Modifiers can be quite complex, as they are based largely on mathematical equations.  So, I've also included a PDF script for each lesson that you can download and print off to have in front of you.  I've highlighted all of the essential numbers and settings in bold.

All project materials are included as well as 17 pre-designed Slide Styles!

By the end of this course, you will master modifiers by creating:

  1. A Spinning Wheel
  2. Animated Clock Hands
  3. A Photo Swinging on a Ribbon
  4. Two Beating Hearts
  5. A Butterfly with Flapping Wings
  6. Falling Elements, such as leaves and snowflakes
  7. Photos that follow the motion of a wall (Parenting)
  8. A Photo that swings with a frame and a Text Layer
  9. A Flickering Candle
  10. A Flashing Title
  11. A Focus Blur based on another layers Rotation
  12. A Fading Bar Mask using Opacity Modifiers

One of the great reasons to take courses on Udemy is the fact that there is no time limit to take the course or each of the lessons.  If you need to watch a lesson 3 or 4 times, go right ahead!  This course will always be available for you to check back in whenever you need a refresher on Modifiers.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for intermediate to advance ProShow Producer users
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Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
Introduction to Modifiers
1 Lecture 02:23

What is a Modifier and how is it used?

Preview 02:23
Creating Animated Elements
6 Lectures 59:31

In this first lesson, we'll disucuss some of the basics of what a modifer does and how it differs from Keyframed animations.  We'll create a basic spinning wheel using the Amount from Function Modifer, then apply a Linear Ramp.

Preview 11:41

This lesson is a continuation of using a Linear Ramp Function Modifier, this time with two elements (the Hour Hand and the Minute Hand) rotating at different speeds.

Rotation Modifiers - Clock Hands

In this lesson, we'll continue working with Rotation Modifiers, but we'll use our Rotation Center to determine where the rotation originates from.

Rotation Modifiers- Swinging on a Ribbon

Scale, or Zoom, Modifiers can be fun to play with and we'll create two different heartbeats in this lesson; one using a Sine Wave and the other using a Block Wave.

Preview 07:44

Modifiers, by nature, tend to be based on repeating patterns.  When adding a repeating Tilt Modifier to two butterfly wings, you can create your own animated flying butterfly!

Tilt Modifiers - Butterfly Wings

A single modifier can create a very obvious pattern: a spinning wheel or a swinging frame.  Adding multiple modifiers to multiple settings, such as tilt, rotate, and position....and you can create what appears to be a natural randomness to your effect, which is perfect for falling objects, such as leaves and snowflakes.

Falling Elements - Snowflakes and Leaves
Using Modifiers as a Parenting Tool
5 Lectures 29:28

So far, we've learned how to add different types of Modifiers to individual layers.  Now, we're going to discover what you can do when you add a Modifier to one layer based on another layer!

Preview 00:59

Parenting one layer's position based on another layers position lends itself beautifully to creating this wall of frames, with 8 photos that all follow the position of the wall based on Modifiers.

Parenting Position - Photos on a Wall

In this lesson, we'll combine the two types of Modifiers we've already learned.  We'll add some Tilt and Rotation modifiers to one layer, then parent those settings to another layer using Modifiers.

Parenting Position and TIlt - Swinging Frames

Parenting Modifier don't only apply to image layers.  You can parent a Text Layer to an image layer as well!

Parenting Text Layers

Hidden layers can be used as a Parenting Layer as well.  This type of Parenting is commonly called "Puppeting", as the "Parent" Layer is hidden off screen, much like a Puppeteer controlling a puppet.

Parenting Using a "Hidden" Modifier Layer
Using Modifiers with Adjustments
6 Lectures 01:02:26

Modifiers can also be applied to Adjustment Effects!  In this lesson, we'll create this beautiful flickering candle.

Brightness Modifier - Flickering Light

In this lesson, we'll create a Flashing Text Layer using Hue Modifiers with a Block Wave algorithm.

Preview 07:21

This Focus Blur effect looks simple, but it actually uses multiple modifiers:  one layer has a Rotate Modifier, then we add a Blur Modifier that is Parented to the other layers Rotate Modifier!

Blur Modifier - Focus Roll

In this lesson, we'll create a multi-layered masking effect that uses opacity modifiers simulate a barred transparency cycle.

Opacity Modifiers - Fading Bars Pt 1

Taking our Bar Mask Transparencies one step further, we create an animated mask that we can use over multiple photos, instead of just one!

Opacity Modifiers - Fading Bars Pt 2

In this Bonus Lesson, we'll use Puppeting Position Modifiers to create this Kinetic Typography Title Slide.

BONUS LECTURE - Kinetic Typography using Modifiers
About the Instructor
Jennifer Clark
4.8 Average rating
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4,754 Students
10 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".