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Tutorial for 3DT Present Templates
Styles contained in 3DTPresent package are designed for creating dynamic and interactive slideshows. They are different than other 3D-Album styles in terms of the usage. Each style allows you to divide photos into several sections. You can compare each section to a PowerPoint slide and you use PgUp or PgDn to navigate among sections in manual mode. This style is extremely suitable to real time event presentation such as weddings, memorials, special gatherings, church worships, music concerts, class room presentations, etc.

The main idea of the Presentation Templates is to divide your photos into different sections (groups or slides), and each section may be used for a particular period of presentation, for instance, a prelude section, an announcement section, a keynote presentation, a photo show section, and a postlude section. Of cause you are free to include as many as sections (slides) you want, and for a particular event during the presentation, you can have more than one sections.

When you first start a 3DT Presentation style in 3D-Album, you may find that the Presentation style is just a simple plain photo show style. Don't get disappointed too quickly because you haven't done anything yet. Contained in this package is an amination library from which you can select differnt backgrounds, animations and overlays for each side contained in a presentation. This provides a much more flexible way to construct your own animation.

Unlike other 3D-Album styles, this style uses the album folder to store section related settings. When you select a different album/presentation folder, all section related settings will be changed accordingly. If you recall the usage of other 3D-Album styles, when you change to a different album folder, the background and other graphics selected for the previous photo folder will be reused in the new folder. This is because the settings are stored in the style's folder, not the album folder. In Presentation styles, all graphics and animations you selected for this presentation will not be transferred to a different presentation. However, default settings, like as in other 3D-Album styles, are still stored in the style path. Therefore, you still need to build your album/presentation to transfer default settings into your presentation. The "Build" step in 3D-Album acts like a "Save" step. You can edit and change your built (saved) presentation in 3D-Album's "My Albums" tab. Please note, other 3D-Album styles do not allow you to change photos in a built album from "My Albums", but the presentation styles allow you to do so.

The Presentation style will rename your photos into different sections. We recommend that you always start your presentation with a new empty folder and then use the Edit Album tool to import photos to your presentation. If you plant to work on your photo folder directly, make sure you have backed up your original photo folder.

There are three styles in the 3DTPresent package. Each style has a different way to set up the background animation for the presentation. TDTPresentPS0001 lets you select a set of photos as background and define pan and zoom animation for a section. TDTPresentPS0002 lets you select an animated background from the animation library. TDTPresentPS0003 provides a 3D terrain as background and you can select different sky and ground images for each section.

This tutorial will guide you step by step to create a prelude section in your presentation. The style used in this tutorial is TDTPresentPS0002. During any step, you can click the Finish button in the Edit Album Dialog to preview the work you created.

1. Create a Presentation. We will start a new presentation from new folder. Click the New Album Folder button (1). In dialog, enter the folder where you want to create the presentation (2); and then the name of the presentation folder (3).

2. Create a Section. Click the Edit Album button. In Edit Album, click Add Section button (1). In dialog, enter the section name, Prelude (2), then click Add to add a section. Section names are displayed in the left. Click the section name in the left to choose the current section to work with. The right side of the window displays all elements used by the current section. It is empty right now.

3. Add Photos into Section. Because the presentation is grouped into sections by photos. You have to have at least one photo for each section. Even you do not want any photo to show in this section, you still need to add a transparent image. To add a transparent image, click Import in the Photo frame (1). In dialog, click the Template tab (2). At left panel, select the Solid folder (2). At the right panel, drag the Transparent image into the bottom slot (3). In the left panel, select the Text Image folder and then the subfolder Titles. While you can drag multiple images into the bottom slot, at current time, we just need one. Click the Apply button to close the dialog.

4. Select Background. In Background frame, click Add button(1). In Background Animation browser, click item on the left to select Nature > River0001(2). Click Okay button to add the background.

5a. Set Background. In Background frame, click Property button(1) to edit background. In Object Attributes dialog and the General setting tab, click Calm Lake option(2). In Camera Speed, set the value to 0. This will disable the camera pan effect.

5b. Set Background. In Object Attributes dialog, click the Texture setting tab and then the Background image thumbnail (1). In the opened image browser, select a background image (3dt_outdoor0004.jpg) under HTexture21 > General Large > Outdoor category (2). Click Okay button to select the background image. Click Done button in Object Attributes dialog. This completes the background setup.

6. Add Back Overlay Object. In Add overlay 3D object frame, click Add button in the Back slot(1). In Pick Object browser, click item on the left to select 3DT Animation > Particles > File & Smoke >Sparcle0006(2). Click Okay button to select the object.

7. Edit Back Overlay Object. In Add overlay 3D object frame, click Property button in the Back slot(1). In Object Attribute Dialog, set Number to zero (2) - this means stars will emit forever (otherwise, stars will stop to emit after the given number is reached. Also, set Color Variation to zero (3) - we do not color variation. Because our background is blue, we need to change the star image to blue.

8. Edit Star image in Back Overlay Object. Because our background is blue, we need to change the star image to blue. While you can use the image browser to select a different image, we will show you how to edit the image using 3D-Album. Right click on the star image, choose Edit Image menu. This will open an Edit Image dialog. 3D-Album Image Editor has two sets of interface. If you are not in the Advanced set, click the Advance tab to show tools in advanced mode (1). In Advanced toolset, select the Image Effect tool (2). In a list of image effects, select the Color category (3), and then the Hue & Saturation tool (4). In Hue & Saturation Setting frame, slide the Hue slider to the left side until the image turns to the blue color you want (5). Click the Apply button (6). Click the Done button at the top right corner to finish editing. A dialog will pop up to remind you to save the image. Click Save to save the image.

9. Add Front Overlay Object. In Add overlay 3D object frame, click Add button in the Front slot(1). In Pick Object browser, click item on the left to select 3DT Animation > Image Animation > ReflectAndShadow001(2). Click Okay button to select the object.

10a. Edit Image in Front Overlay Object (Delete flower image). In Add overlay 3D object frame, click Property button in the Front slot(1). In Object Attribute Dialog, Right click on the star image, choose Edit Image menu to open an Edit Image dialog. Select the Marquee tool (1). Press Ctrl+"a" key to select entire image, and then press the "Delete" key to delete the flower image.

10b. Edit Image in Front Overlay Object (Resize). Right click on image and select Resize Image menu (1). In dialog, check off Constrain proportions(2). In the Width and Height input, enter 1024 and 256 (3). Click Okay to apply the change.

10c. Edit Image in Front Overlay Object (Add text). Select the Art Text tool (1). Select the first category in the top (2), then, the GrayBevel template (3). Click once in the document window (4) to create the text. Right click on the text and select the Edit Text menu. In the dialog, enter "celebrate" in the text input field (5). Click Okay to apply the change. Repeat the above to add a second text and change the text to "Moon Festival". To move the text, simply drag it. To resize the text, make sure sashes around the text are square dots (if it is the rotation sash, click the text once to toggle to the resize sash. Drag one of the square dots to resize the text. Make an arrangement as shown in the right picture.

10d. Edit Image in Front Overlay Object (Save Image). Click Done button. In Save Reminder Dialog, click Save to save the image. Another dialog will pop up to ask you whether you want to keep floating object layers in the image. Click Keep button so you can edit text later. In the Save dialog, just click the Save button to save the image. Do not change the file name.

11. Change Front Overlay Object Attribute. Set Shadow intensity to 20%; Shadow Length to 400; and Size to 60.

12. Add Animation to Front Overlay Object. Click Animation tab (1). Click the start key frame(2). In the x position field (3), enter 80; Click the second key frame(4) and enter 60 in the x position field (3); Click the third key frame(5) and enter -60 in the x position field (3); Click the end key frame(6) and enter -80 in the position field (3); This will make the object move across the screen from the right to left. In the right side of the setting frame, click the Loop button to enable animation loop. Click Done to finish front overlay object editing.

13. Add Overlay Image. Each section may contains several overlay images. You use Up and Down arrow keys to advance overlay images. The main purpose of overlay images is to provide texts such as key notes, headlines, etc. However, in this section, we'll use overlay images for a different purpose. The first overlay image is just for decoration and it will display during the prelude period. When the celebration starts, you use the down arrow key to advance to the second overlay, which is a semi-transparent black mask to darken the entire scene. To add first overlay image, click the Add/Remove button in the Add overlay image frame. In the image browser, expand the template list at the left to ImageObjects > Masks > Center, and drag the 3dt_tree001.png image to the bottom slot. Click Done to add the overlay image.

14. Add the Second Overlay Image. We are going to create the second overlay image. Click the Create button in the Add overlay image frame. In Edit dialog, select the Flood Fill tool (1). Select Uniform fill tool (2) and choose the black fill color. Click on image (3) to fill the transparent image to black. Select Erase tool (4). In left brush panel, select a round smooth edge brush. Set the brush size (5) to 1200. Set the amount (6) to 50. Click once in the Document window (7) to erase part of the image in the upper center. This part will show the moon in the background. Click Done in the Up Right corner to finish editing. In Save Reminder popup, click Save. Do not change the filename in the save dialog.

15. Edit Overlay Image Animation. In Add overlay image click the Animation button (1). In Animation dialog, all overlay images for this section are listed in the bottom slot (2). For the first overlay image, we just need turn off the Keep Ratio (3) option, because the overlay image should be stretched to fit the entire screen no matter what the proportion of the screen is. Click the second overlay image in the bottom slot(2). Turn off the Keep Ratio (3) option. Also, we want to change the start animation time slower. Check the Start Animation at the right panel. In the Time control (5), enter 10 (seconds). The fade in animation of the second overlay will take 10 seconds.