This is a quick tutorial demonstrating how to create a Reel for Picture Slots 4.x. If you have not already downloaded version 4.x of Picture Slots – get it now.
Before you begin creating a Reel you should copy all the pictures you want to use into a single folder. You can use images from seperate folders if you want, but you have to put them into the Set Builder one at a time, whereas if you copy them into one folder you can do nearly all of them at once.
You should also ensure that the images are the correct dimensions, that is 113 pixels wide by 125 pixels high for the single cells and 565 wide by 375 high for the Big Picture. These dimensions mean that the single cells are “Portrait” style (taller than they are wide) and the Big Picture is “Landscape” style (wider than it is tall). If you are going to make a theme then you must make certain the Background Image is 1024 x 768 pixels.
The Big Picture is roughly the same dimensions as a standard 6 x 4 inch photographic print. You will need 8 single cells and 1 big picture.
The most common mistake people make when building a Reel is that they use images that are not the right dimensions. If you took a photo that is “Landscape” style and use it as a single cell the image will be distorted because the Set Builder shrinks it down to “Portrait” style. If you make sure your pictures are oriented correctly before you begin, life will be easier for you.
Although the Set Builder will resize down to the correct sizes, ie 113 x 125 etc, it is much faster if you resize them yourself. And if you don’t have the correct proportions they will squashed up.
The process for creating a Theme Pack is much the same as it is for creating a Reel. The only real differance is that you also add a background (1024 x 768) which has been created using the templates available from this web site. When creating a Theme Pack you can also change the “Free” and “Wild” symbols.
When creating new backgrounds, or using existing pictures as a background it is important that the image be at least 1024 x 768 pixels (Wide x High). If it is smaller then Picture Slots will stretch the image to fit the screen which makes it look like crap. Never use small images as background please!
Let’s Get Started
Ok, you have resized your images and put them into a single folder. Now, load the “Set Builder” which was installed with Picture Slots and can be found on your “Start | All Programs | Picture Slots” menu. The screenshot below shows you what you will see next.
Now, clicik on “New Set” which tells the Set Builder to clear all image slots and prepare to receive pictures. Then click the “Open 8 Singles” button to display the file open dialog box. If you are creating a Theme look at the image after this one.