Creating custom transitions in ProShow

ProShow Producer

To create a custom transition in ProShow you need to go into the Slide Options and click on Slide Settings found on top-left of Slide Options window. Then click on the ‘Create Transition’ button located under Slide Tools to start creating your own custom transition.


Only ProShow Producer supports the creation of custom transition effects. Creating a custom transition is a great way to capture an effect for later use and will save you time, so you can focus on the more important aspects of your show for your client or viewer.

Here are a few things to keep in mind while creating your custom transition effects:

  • Always set the transition time to zero. ProShow will remind you if you don’t
  • You must have at least one source layer and at least one destination layer. A transition requires that you start with something and end with something
  • You can have more than one source and destination layer. If your effect needs more than one copy of the source or destination slide, just mark multiple layers as the source or destination
  • For best results, start with your source layer filling the screen. If at least one of your Transition Source layers doesn’t start exactly filling the screen, you may see the slide pop, snap, or jump when the transition starts.
  • For best results, end with a destination layer filling the screen. Along the same lines, if your transition doesn’t end with a Transition Destination layer full screen, you’ll probably get a pop or jump when the next slide starts.

How to create a custom transition effect in ProShow…

    1. Create a new slide by right-clicking in the Slide list and choosing Insert> Blank Slide.
    2. Set the transition times for your new slide to zero seconds by clicking in the transition times and typing ‘0’.
    3. Double-click the new slide to open the Slide Options

Now that we’ve got your slide created, its time to add our transition layers. You can use any layer as a transition layer – it can be an image, video, or a solid color layer. For this example, we’ll use solid color layers.

    1. Click the Add Layer (+) button next to the layer list to add a new layer and choose Add Solid Color. Pick a color (any color) and click Ok.
    2. Repeat step 4 again to add another solid color layer.  Be sure to pick a different color, or it may be hard to tell if your effect works later!

Let’s make these layers into Transition Layers. This will tell ProShow that these layers represent slides. Remember that a transition happens between two slides – the slide your coming from (source) and the slide you’re going to (destination).CustomTransition_source_destination

    1. Right click on Layer 1. From the menu pick Use as Transition Layer > Source Slide. This marks Layer 1 as representing the slide before the transition.
    2. Right click on Layer 2. From the menu pick Use as Transition Layer > Destination Slide. This marks Layer 2 as representing the slide after the transition.

You’ll notice that in the Layers list, your layers now say ‘Transition Source’ and ‘Transition Destination’. Nowits time to actually add the fade that will create our effect.

    1. Select Layer 1 (Transition Source) and click on Effects at the top of the window.
    2. Now click on Keyframe 2 (ending position) and set the Opacity to ‘0’ for keyframe 2. This will make layer 1 fade out over the course of the effect.  We want the source to start visible, then slowly fade out.
    3. Select Layer 2 (Transition Destination), and set Keyframe 1 (starting position) Opacity t0 0. This will make the destination start out hidden, then slowly fade in.

At this point, if you play the preview in the window, you should see our effect is taking shape. Now all that’s left is to save this effect as a transition.

  1. Open the Slide Settings clicking on Slide 1 Settings found under Slide Options on top-right.
  2. Click the Create Transition button located under Slide Tools.
  3. In the Create a Transition window you can specify various settings for your transition, including your transition name, your publisher information, type of aspect ratio you want the transition to support, transition icon to show when browsing for the transition and finally a description of the transition for the viewer.
  4. For now, be sure the name is set to Transition 1, and click Ok.

That’s it! You’ve build a cross-fade transition! To see it in action, add some images to your show, go into the Choose Transition window and look for your new transition under My Own Transitions (the default category for custom transitions).