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Photoshop elements slide show quality

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by emdeekay, Aug 9, 2006.

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  1. emdeekay

    emdeekay Thread Starter

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    I have Photoshop Elements (and Photoshop CS2). I like to make slide shows of parties and give them to the participants. The quality of the show when shown on a TV is crappy; fuzzy & edges cut off. Can I edit the show to fix this somehow? I also can't seem to get my slide show wizard to come up.

    Thanks for reading!
     
  2. thecoalman

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    There's a couple of reasons for what you see.

    The fuzziness can be attributed to the difference in the resolution of your images and TV. TV's have a pixel equivalent of 720x480 (NTSC), for example the red area would represent a 3.2 megapixel image. The blue area would represent what that image would have to be re-sized to, when you re-size you lose detail. Note these aren't the actual sizes, just representations

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    As far as the edges the first reason the edges get cropped off is because TV's have what is called an overscan area. This is an area of the signal that is not viewable on the TV. The black is an approximate representation of the amount that will be unviewable. This does not affect playback on a computer monitor.

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    The second reason depends on the aspect of the images and how the software is manipulating them or if you have burned them as data discs how the player is displaying them. Regular TV's have a aspect of 4:3, if for example you scan a 6x4 image it has a aspect of 6:4. This cannot fit into a 4:3 box as illustrated here:

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    The blue area represents the aspect of a 6x4 image. To play it full screen and keep the aspect it has to be enlarged which will push the left and right sides off the screen. It can also be stretched vertically but this ruins the aspect, balls will take on the shapes of eggs. Again, it depends on what the software or your DVD player is doing. they usually have options for this.

    One last thing to note, TV's do not like crisp edges. This will cause the edges to flicker. Software for creating DVD's and possibly DVD players will apply a slight blur to the images by default to prevent this which can also account for the fuzziness. Anyhow you can't expect them to look anywhere near what they look like on your monitor. Even the very best and largest HD TV is incapable of reproducing the detail a decent monitor can.

    Having said that....;) Try using some software specifically for making DVD slideshows.

    http://www.photodex.com/products/proshowgold/
     

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  3. emdeekay

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    Makes eminent sense, Coalman. Thank you very much indeed!
     
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