Creating the “Spotlight Effect”

ProShow Gold, ProShow Producer

Many of the effects found in ProShow are not just the pushing of a button, but require some creativity to make them work. A common effect that is asked for is the ‘Spotlight Effect’. This is where it appears as if the image in focus has a spotlight on it, and that spotlight can move across the image to change its position.

To create the effect, we will need to go through a series of steps.  Keep in mind the steps provided are to help ‘learn’ the effect, and the values used may not always be relevant to your slide being edited.

Spotlight effect_Adjustments tab 

Note: The steps provided below are for ProShow Producer only.

Here’s how to create the Spotlight Effect

  1. Create a new slide by dragging the image you would like to use into the Slide List.
  2. Open the Slide Options for the new slide. Create a new black solid color layer
  3. Select the solid color layer in the Layers pane on the left and then click on the Layer Settings tab and check the box next to Mask. Make sure it is set to Transparency.
  4. Click on the Adjustments tab and check the box next to Vignette under Editing Tools.
  5. Click the Vignette button to open the vignette configuration window.
  6. Change the shape of your vignette to an Ellipse, set the type to Transparent, and set the size to 64. Click on Ok.

The base for the effect has been created. We have our vignette mask arranged, as well as our background image. In order to make the spotlight appear lighter with a darker background, we need to add another layer using the same image.

  1. Add another image layer. Select the same image you’re already using in the slide. Move the new layer to the bottom of your Layers list.
  2. Select the Adjustments tab, and choose Layer 3 from the Layers list on the left. Change the Opacity to 30%.
  3. Click on the Effects tab. Select Layer 1 and add a new keyframe.
  4. In the Keframe 1, move Layer 1 into the bottom left corner of the slide.
  5. In the Keyframe 2 position, move Layer 1 into the upper right corner of the slide.
  6. Select Keyframe 3. In the Ending Position, center Layer 1 and change the zoom to 300%.

You have now configured the motion for your “spotlight” so that it moves across the slide, and then zooms in to appear as if the whole slide becomes lit by it at the end. To finalize the effect, we will add a bit of motion to our background image layers.

  1. Select Layer 2 and in the Ending Position set the zoom at 150% and the rotation to 10%.
  2. Select Layer 3 and repeat step 13.
  3. Click Done and press the green preview button to view your creation.

This effect creates the spotlight illusion by masking the full image using your vignette. The duplicate image layer that is set to 30% is visible everywhere but the spotlight mask, making that area appear to be brighter. This kind of masking effect can be used in many ways, and gives you a good idea of just what you can do with vignettes in combination with masking.