3. In Step 3 of the Wizard, customize your slide show by using the following options, shown in Figur

• Title: If you want your slide show to have a title screen, select this option. Enter a 30-character or less title in the Title text box. The first photo of your slide show will be used for the title page, as shown in Figure 17-8. No caption will be displayed on the title page.

• Photos Per Page: From the pop-up menu, select the number of photos you want to display on each page.

• Include Captions: Check this option if you want your captions to appear under each photo, as shown in Figure 17-9.

• Background Music: If you want background music to play during the slide show, choose a file from the pop-up menu or click Browse to locate an MP3 or WAV file. Album installs some sample files that you can use if you're short on music.

The pop-up menu lists only music files that have been imported into your catalog. If you browse and select a music file, Album automatically imports it for you. For my Disneyland show, I included a clip of kids laughing. But a kid's tune would have made great background music as well.

Figure 17-7:

Customize your slide show with music, captions, and transitions.

Figure 17-7:

Customize your slide show with music, captions, and transitions.

Play/Stop Next slide

Next slide First slide

Last slide Close

Figure 17-8:

Adding a title page is a nice way to introduce your slide show.

Figure 17-8:

Adding a title page is a nice way to introduce your slide show.

When selecting background music for slide shows, use MP3 files whenever possible. When using the other format, WAV files larger than 2MB may not play properly.

• Play Audio Captions: Select this option to play audio captions that you have recorded for your photos. For details on creating audio captions, see Chapter 6.

• Transition: Select how you want one image to change to the next from the pop-up menu. You have your choice of fades, wipes, dissolves, boxes, random, or none. Fade is my personal favorite.

• Page Duration: Choose how long you want each photo to be displayed on-screen. You can choose 2, 4, or 10 seconds from the popup menu or you can type a time into the text box. I usually use 2 to 3 seconds, but it is up to you.

Figure 17-9:

Including captions can make your slide show more personal.

Figure 17-9:

Including captions can make your slide show more personal.

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Include Play Controls: Select this option to include an on-screen panel of controls for playing and stopping the slide show (refer to Figure 17-8).

Pause on Start/Manual Advance: Choose this option if you don't want your slide show to play automatically. With this setting, only the first page displays. The viewer then clicks the Play controls to advance the next slide.

Allow Video to Resize: If you have a video clip in your slide show, select this option if you want the clip to resize itself to the dimensions of the slide show's window.

Be careful about resizing video clips. The average video clip doesn't have a high resolution, so making it larger may degrade the image quality significantly. I recommend allowing video clips to display at their original resolution settings. Smaller and sharper are always better attributes than larger and lousier.

Start Slide Show Automatically: Choose this option if you want the slide show to display the first page at full screen and then automatically play the show. If you don't select this option, the slide show opens in Acrobat or Acrobat Reader. The recipient can then choose to either play the slide show or view the pages in the Acrobat or Acrobat Reader window. However, viewers won't be able to hear any audio, view any video, or see any transitions.

• Repeat Slideshow: Choose this option if you want the slide show to loop, or repeat continuously until you make it stop.

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