"Dream Studio" Tutorials

  1. Creating a Simple Slideshow
  2. Description of Special Effects

Introduction.

Sanriotown's Dream Studio section has been designed with both the novice and the seasoned user in mind. The user-centric interface is context-sensitive meaning that you will find your way around the application quite easily. In a matter of minutes, you can build eye-catching Flash Videos that are sure to impress your friends. Dream Studio is pre-loaded with a wide variety of special effects, and further experimentation will lead to mastery of the program. Only constant practice will make you a "power user". We give you the tools; you supply the imagination.

This guide will introduce you to the basics but if you wish to learn more advanced techniques and effects you can head to the next section, which thoroughly discusses each effect in detail.

The Interface.

Pay attention to the image below and you will notice that the interface is actually divided into two parts. The bounded red area is the Slide Control Box while the yellow bounded area is our Workspace.

This peach-colored box is the Slide Control Box. This is where you create new slides and input photos and movies. Slide duration can also be adjusted. The current build of Dream Studio section supports JPG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP for photos, and AVI, MPG, MPEG, MOV, and ASF for videos.

Figure 1 Slide Control Box

The space below the Slide Control Box is the Workspace. This is where most of the editing, text inputs, and special effects are done.


Creating a Slideshow

Let's Create a Simple Slideshow

For this example, we are going to create three (3) slides, add introduce some simple effects.

Let's add a slide now by clicking on the "Add" button. Do this three times in sequence to make three. If you made a mistake don't worry, you can always delete a slide you don't need.


Just select the slide you want to remove and click the "Delete" button. You will be prompted to confirm this command.

Uploading a Photograph.

Select the slide you want to work on (in this case Slide 1) and click the "add" photo button. Select the image you want uploaded into the slide.

Aha! It appears that our image is bigger than the actual workspace. No worries. You can easily adjust the scale, rotate or flip the photo just like in any other commercial paint program.

Dragging on the at the right corner of the bounding box allows you to rotate the photo movie.

To resize the photo or movie, drag the bounding box.

For now, we'd like to adjust the image with the correct aspect ratio. Let's grab the upper left resize node and drag it towards the center so it fits, like so.

To further edit the effects you have added, first highlight them by clicking on them. An button will appear at either the top left or top right corner of the effect, with a bounding box around the effect as well. Clicking on the button will give you access to either cut, copy, paste, or delete the effects. You may also select the layer to display that effect, by either bring it to the front, or sending it to the back.

Alternately, you can also use the Photo control box on the left to make precise adjustments. Additionally, you can also flip, undo, redo and add a hyperlink to the image.

Let's play with some effects now

Let's add an effect now. Click on the [+] that precedes the Color heading to collapse the menu.





A). Select Sepia effects to apply that "Antique" look.

Feel free to try all the effects available in the library. The nice thing about Sanriotown's Dream Studio's editor is that it's got an instant preview so you can try out everything to find an appropriate effect. Get creative!





B). Once satisfied with the effect, click "Apply" to make changes permanent. You can also choose "Apply to All" to apply those changes to all the images in your Slideshow.





Don't forget to click on the button every time you have chosen the effect to add to the photo or movie.

You may preview the editing you have done to your photo or video by clicking on the button.

The "Sepia" adds an aging effect as the slides are played. Most of the effects here are animations and transitions, which are played out for the duration of the slide.

For the next example, we've added a couple more photographs to take up the next two slides. We assume you already know how to upload new photos or movies into your project.

Save your Slideshow

Don't forget to save your Slideshow! Upon saving, your works can be posted immediately on the gallery (if you choose to). Provide a title and add some descriptive text and your Slideshow is ready for viewing.

Users will be prompted to type in the title and a brief description of the Slideshow. You can choose to have your Slideshow posted on the gallery for more exposure. You can also allow linking for other people to link your video to other websites. Once the information is typed in, click

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Description of Special Effects

Now that we've tackled the rudiments of the editor, feel free to experiment with all the effects available. Remember, the outcome of the project is only limited by your imagination. We supply you the canvass and the tools with which you create your blazing masterpiece.

Here's the complete and detailed list of the effects you can use.

Photo Effects