14 Replies Latest reply: Dec 10, 2007 6:45 AM by (Isidore_Gould) RSS

    Moving multiple slides in slideshow editor

      I am creating a slideshow with Photoshop Elements and I have hundreds of slides imported into the slideshow.

      My question is how can I move more than one slide at a time. I have tried Ctrl, cut, paste and it will only move one slide at a time. I have whole groups of pictures that I need to reorder. Can anyone help?

      Thanks
        • 1. Re: Moving multiple slides in slideshow editor
          johnrellis MVP
          Hmm, Shift and Ctrl works for me with PSE 6 on Windows XP. Which version
          and platform are you on? To make sure we're talking about the same thing,
          here's what I did:

          - Selected 500 photos in the Organizer Thumbnail View.
          - On the Task Pane, selected Create and then Slide show...
          - Accepted the default preferences for slide shows.
          - In the Slide Show Editor, in the storyboard of thumbnails along the
          bottom, I can select multiple photos by clicking on the first one and then
          Shift-click on the second one to select all the photos in between.
          Similarly, Ctrl-click adds individual photos to the selection. Then I can
          click and drag the photos to another position on the storyboard.

          The Quick Reorder button on the lower left of the Slide Show Editor allows
          you to more easily reorder a larger number of thumbnails.
          • 2. Re: Moving multiple slides in slideshow editor
            Barb__O Community Member
            You did not say which version of Photoshop Elements you are running.

            What I have done in PSE 5 is to make a Photoshop Elements
            b Collection
            of photo files inorder to establish the basic sequence
            b before
            I start the slide show Creation process.

            When displaying the Collection, I am able to use Ctrl to select multiple not contiguous photo files (or shift to select multiple contiguous photos files) and move them to a new place in the sequence of the Collection.

            The sequence of the Collection then becomes the starting point for my sequence in the Slide show.

            Note: Sometimes people have already established the sequence they want in a single Windows Folder. If that is the case, the process is somewhat different so if that is your objective, please tell us.
            • 3. Re: Moving multiple slides in slideshow editor
              Community Member
              I am using PSE 5.0 on XP. But I already created about 15 collections and then created/imported those collections into the slide show editor.

              So in the slideshow editor I can select multiple slides in the quick reorder screen by using Ctrl click, but when I go to drag OR cut and paste from the Edit menu, it only grabs/cuts "one" slide. I have done so much work on the slide show already, I would hate to start all over by re ordering them in the photo editor first and then recreating a slide show. Any thoughts?

              Thanks for your help.
              • 4. Re: Moving multiple slides in slideshow editor
                Community Member
                John, I tried your suggestion and it worked. Where I was going wrong is letting go of Shift before I grabbed the selection to move it. Its not like a microsoft product after you highlight something, you can grab it after you have let go of the shift/ctrl button.

                Thanks a bunch - I knew there was a way.

                By the way, have you down many slide shows before for like a birthday party. I'm doing one for my wife's 40th. I was wondering if 3 sec slides and 1 second transitions for about 25 minutes total would be too long or quick?
                • 5. Re: Moving multiple slides in slideshow editor
                  Barb__O Community Member
                  First, I am curious

                  - what is the total number of slides in this slide show?
                  - what is the megapixel resolution (not the file size) of these photo file?

                  Second,
                  In PSE 5 on XP Home SP2, I just did a Quick Reorder first using the Shift for contiguous multiple and then using the Ctrl for 2 not continguous. Both times it moved the multiple slides that were selected.

                  Now I did need to make that Selection within the Quick Reorder window itself: if I made the selection using the thumbnails along the bottom or the Slide Show Editor screen, it did not work.
                  • 6. Re: Moving multiple slides in slideshow editor
                    johnrellis MVP
                    Great that you figured it out. PSE 6 follows the Windows convention more
                    closely and allows you to release Shift.

                    I don't have much experience delivering slide shows, so perhaps others can
                    weigh in with advice on timing.
                    • 7. Re: Moving multiple slides in slideshow editor
                      Community Member
                      Well I am trying to get the slides down to a reasonable level ..... its for my wife's 40th birthday party. My goal is 25 minutes long, 3 sec per slide and 1 sec per transition. So somewhere between 400 and 500 slides. Some of the quality isn't that good, because they are scanned from prints. Those scans were in the 300 dpi range. Of course the digital photos I took are a better quality 3.0 to 7.0 megapixel.

                      On the reorder issue, I figured out what I was doing wrong, I was letting go of Shift before I grabbed the selection to move it. Its not like a microsoft product after you highlight something, you can grab it after you have let go of the shift/ctrl button.

                      Do you think my slide show may be too quick and too long?

                      I really appreciate your help.

                      Thanks
                      • 8. Re: Moving multiple slides in slideshow editor
                        Barb__O Community Member
                        My concern is whether your PC will have the capacity be able to process this slide show of 400-500 slides.

                        Do you intend to play your slide show on a PC or on a TV?

                        Timing is such a subjective question, I hesitate to answer. The slide shows I have done have been much shorter in total duration: but they were often only covering one event so they are really not comparable.
                        • 9. Re: Moving multiple slides in slideshow editor
                          Community Member
                          Well at first I wanted to burn it to DVD and play it on a TV. But I don't think I'll have time for that, so I was just going to play it from my PC. It seems to play ok when I do a test run .... although I have not let it go all the way thru yet. My laptop is about 4 years old. It definitely is taxing the RAM, I can hear it ...

                          Any suggestions for a back up plan ... it would be a bummer if it fails.

                          Thanks for your help.
                          • 10. Re: Moving multiple slides in slideshow editor
                            Barb__O Community Member
                            > It seems to play ok when I do a test run .... although I have not let it go all the way thru yet

                            - By a test run, do you mean using the Preview area of the slide show editor or do you mean using the Output command to write a wmv file?

                            - I do suggest that you let it run and see if your images are ok all the way to the end, even if you are not finished tweaking all of the photos, transitions and text. If there will be a problem it does not always show nearer the beginning of the slide show. It runs ok for awhile and then all that is seen is a black screen.

                            >Any suggestions for a back up plan

                            Suggestions to try to avoid the problem are usually to run the Windows Disk Cleanup function to delete unnecessary files and specifically to clean out Temporary Files that are no longer needed. A Defrag of the hard drive after the Cleanup can also help performance

                            The most usual action after the problem happens is to go back and decrease the resolution of the photo files - not fun. That is why I asked now instead of waiting to see if you have a problem.
                            • 11. Re: Moving multiple slides in slideshow editor
                              Community Member
                              On the test run, I mean preview in PSE (not full screen). I will let it run today to see if I have any problems.

                              I did use the clean up function last night (after I backed up my catalog to an external hard drive) and I gained a great deal of hard drive space. I could not defrag because there is not enough available hard drive space (it requires 15% and I only have 11%). I will also work on freeing up some space.

                              I have an external DVD burner, so what is the best way to play the show from the computer or burn it to a dvd? I was afraid it would take too long to burn because of the size of the show. But you mentioned a wmv file ... or is there another format I should consider?

                              I will let you know how the full length test goes. Thanks so much for your help.
                              • 12. Re: Moving multiple slides in slideshow editor
                                Barb__O Community Member
                                My first conclusion is that making a WMV file is better choice now because you seem to be short on time and short on hard drive space. In the Output command parameters to save as a WMV file, I would choose the largest dimension choice (on your system it may be 800x600).

                                However be aware that making a WMV file will still take a long time for that many slides from high resolution photos. And we will not know if you have sufficient disk space until you try.

                                --What is the total size of this hard drive that has only 11% free?
                                Yes, do work on freeing up more space.

                                Making a video DVD would take more time, additional software and probably more disk space during the process of making the DVD. That is why I do not recommend it for you now. It could be done later when you are under less time pressure.

                                PDF slide shows have the following limitations
                                -- can not use pan and zoom on the slides
                                -- can not effectively time the music or other audio to specific slides
                                -- not all transitions are available
                                So unless you can not successfully make a WMV file, I doubt that a PDF file is your best choice.
                                • 13. Re: Moving multiple slides in slideshow editor
                                  Community Member
                                  Ran the slideshow thru twice only on the computer ......... and no problems - ran on time and no black screens. So cross your fingers that it works when it counts.

                                  Thanks for all your help.
                                  • 14. Re: Moving multiple slides in slideshow editor
                                    Community Member
                                    Success ........... it worked perfectly. I just ran from the slide show editor.

                                    I so appreciate your help - thanks again.

                                    Is this part of your job or so you just help folks out here?