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  Making a Simple Book  
 
This Tutorial was created in Producer 6, however, the Book Effect will also work in Producer 5 with the same settings.

 

Creating this effect requires the use of many features in Producer. In this tutorial, you will work with the following:

 

► Layers
► Keyframes
► Solid Colors
► Masking Layers
► Tilt Settings
► Rotation Centers
► Vignettes
► Outlines
► Opacity Settings
► Backgrounds
► and, of course, Photos

The video (right)
shows the process
we will use to create
the Book Effect

   

A Book with turning pages is a popular effect in Producer. This is probably because it has so many different applications and can be used in a variety of shows.

In this tutorial, we will create a simple book with a single turning page. Once you have an understanding of how the effect works, you can then move on to create books of your own design with as many pages as you need.

The book we will create in this tutorial is in widescreen (16x9) and is 15 seconds in length.

Start by creating a new show with a 15 second slide and 3 second transitions either side.
(As shown in the graphic right.)

The first thing we need to do is set the background.

I have selected a simple gradient.

To keep the creation of our book simple, we will position it in the centre of the screen. This means that the turning page rotates about a point on the centre line.

In a little while, we will need to set Rotation Centers that are on that line, so we need to activate the Grid Lines which we can use as a guide.

Right click on the Preview screen and tick "Show Grid". (as seen right)

The default Grid layout is perfect for our needs, so we don't have to change it.



Step 1

The first part of the book to create is the cover.

Above the Layers list, click on the
LAYERS "+" button and select
"Add Solid Color"

Set the size of the new solid color to 1280 x 720.

Now set the Color.
I used #7F0606








With the Effects tab selected, set
the size on Keyframe 1 to:

Zoom X = 72%
Zoom Y = 73%

Now right click on Keyframe 1
and select "Copy to Next Keyframe".





Now select the Adjustments tab.

In Editing Tools add a Black Shadow with 50% Opacity.

Now add an Outline with a size of 2 and set the Color.
I used #B07D1E.

Finally, Rename the Layer and call it "Cover"









Step 2

The second part to create is the static inner page.

This Layer is again created using a Solid Color.

Click on the LAYERS "+" button above the Layers list and select "Add Solid Color".

This Solid Color is set to the same size as the previous Layer - 1280 x 720.

Next we need to set the Color.

We are going to use this Layer as a page in our book, so it needs to be a lighter color.

I used #FFF9E4.

With the Effects tab selected, go to Keyframe 1 and set the size to

Zoom X = 70%. Zoom Y = 70%.

Now right click on Keyframe 1 and select "Copy to Next Keyframe".

We are now going to add a border to our inner page. This time we will use a vignette to add the border as we don't want to increase the size of the Layer.

With the Adjustments tab selected, go to Editing Tools and click on Vignette.

This will open the Vignette settings box.


In Vignette Type, select Rounded Rectangle, then click on Solid Color.

Now set the Color. I used #CAB384.


In Vignette Options, use the following settings:

Vignette Size = 0

Border Size = 4

Corner Size = 0

Now tick the Solid borders box and the Fill corners box

 


Finally, Rename this Layer and call it "Static Page".



Step 3

We are now going to create the 2 image masks for the Left & Right photos.

These are created using Solid Colors, set to white, which will later be used as Masking Layers.

Using the same method that we used before, create a new Solid Color set to white
with a size of 1280 x 720.

In Effects - Motion & Audio, use the following settings on Keyframe 1:

Pan = -17.2 x 0

Zoom X = 30%

Zoom Y = 61%

Now right click on Keyframe 1 and select "Copy to Next Keyframe".

Now Rename this Layer and call it "Left Mask".

We are now going to create the Right Mask.

To save time, we will use the copy function to do this.

Right click on the Left Mask in the Layers list and go down the menu to "Copy"
then select "Copy to Specific Slide(s).

In the Copy Layers box, tick Slide 2 (the15 second slide) in the Destination Slides list, then click on Copy & Close.

The new Layer will now appear in the Layers list.


With the newly created Layer selected, make sure you have the Effects tab selected and go to Motion & Audio.

The only setting you need to change here is the Pan.

Select Keyframe 1

Change it from -17.2 x 0 to 17.2 x 0

Now right click on Keyframe 1 and select "Copy to Next Keyframe".


Now you can Rename this Layer and call it "Right Mask".



Step 4

Adding the static Left Photo.

Drag your first photo onto the Slide and Rename it as "Photo 1".

Now move it down the Layers list until it is below the Left Mask.

We want to use the Left Mask as a Masking Layer, so right click on it and select "Use as Masking Layer".

When you have done this, the Mask and Photo will be linked and slightly indented. (as seen right)

We are now going to set the size and position of the photo.

With the Effects tab selected, go to Motion & Audio.

With Keyframe 1 selected, set the Pan to -17.2 x 0

You will need to set the size (Zoom X & Y) but I cannot give you this setting as it will depend on the size and shape of your photo.

As you can see from the graphic (right) I set the Zoom to 88%.

Don't forget to right click on Keyframe 1 and select "Copy to Next Keyframe".



Step 5

Adding the static Right Photo.

Drag your second photo onto the Slide and Rename it as "Photo 4".

(This is the 4th image to appear in the book.)

Now move it down the Layers list until it is below the Right Mask.

We want to use the Right Mask as a Masking Layer, so right click on it and select "Use as Masking Layer".

When you have done this, the Mask and Photo will be linked and slightly indented. (as seen right)

We are now going to set the size and position of the photo.

With the Effects tab selected, go to Motion & Audio.

With Keyframe 1 selected, set the Pan to 17.2 x 0

You will need to set the size (Zoom X & Y) but I cannot give you this setting as it will depend on the size and shape of your photo.

As you can see from the graphic (right) I set the Zoom to 82%.

Don't forget to right click on Keyframe 1 and select "Copy to Next Keyframe".



So far, everything we have created in this book, has been static and has not required any additional Keyframes. In fact, it's all been very straight forward. Now, however, we are about to introduce the Turning Page, which requires a little more work.



Step 6

Adding the Turning Page

Make sure you have Layer 1 (Right Mask) selected in the Layers list and add a new Solid Color.

This will become the moving page, so we need to set the size to half the static page.

Set the size to 640 x 720.

The color needs to be the same as the static page.

Which I set to #FFF9E4.

Before we go any further, Rename this Layer and call it "Moving Page".

It's a good idea to Rename Layers as you go to prevent confusion.


We now have to add some Keyframes. The page will start to turn at 5 seconds and complete its turn at 16 seconds.

Add these 2 Keyframes now :

Keyframe 2 at 5 seconds
Keyframe 3 at 16 seconds



Here are the Keyframe Settings for the Moving Page Layer

Keyframe 1 Keyframe 2 Keyframe 3 Keyframe 4
Note: The Zoom X & Zoom Y settings are locked and are the same value.

Pan : 17.5 x 0
Zoom : 70%
Horizontal Tilt : 0°
Rotation Center : -50 x 0


Pan : 17.5 x 0
Zoom : 70%
Horizontal Tilt : 0°
Rotation Center : -50 x 0

Pan : 17.5 x 0
Zoom : 70%
Horizontal Tilt : 180°
Rotation Center : -50 x 0

Pan : 17.5 x 0
Zoom : 70%
Horizontal Tilt : 180°
Rotation Center : -50 x 0

The graphic (right) shows the position of the Rotation Center. The insert (in the red box) shows the Rotation Center symbol highly magnified.

Note how the Rotation Center is positioned on the center vertical grid line.

You will need to set a Rotation Center for your photos later in the tutorial and this is the position you must match.


Before we finish with the moving page, we must add the Vignette to match the static page.

With the Adjustments tab selected, open the Vignette box and use the same settings that you applied to the static page.

Vignette Type

Shape : Rounded Rectangle

Click Solid Color and set the color the same as you did on the static page.
I used #CAB384


Vignette Options

Vignette Size = 0

Border Size = 4

Corner Size = 0

Tick both the Solid border box and the Fill corners box.



Step 7

Adding the Moving Mask

Make sure you have Layer 1 (Moving Page) selected in the Layers list and add a new Solid Color.

This will become the moving mask.

Set the size to 1280 x 720.

As this is going to be used as a Masking Layer, the color needs to be white.



Here are the Keyframe Settings for the Moving Mask Layer

Keyframe 1 Keyframe 2 Keyframe 3 Keyframe 4

Pan : 17.5 x 0
Zoom X : 30%
Zoom Y : 61°
Horizontal Tilt : 0°
Rotation Center : -58 x 0


Pan : 17.5 x 0
Zoom X : 30%
Zoom Y : 61°
Horizontal Tilt : 0°
Rotation Center : -58 x 0

Pan : 17.3 x 0
Zoom X : 30%
Zoom Y : 61°
Horizontal Tilt : 180°
Rotation Center : -58 x 0

Pan : 17.3 x 0
Zoom X : 30%
Zoom Y : 61°
Horizontal Tilt : 180°
Rotation Center : -58 x 0

Before we finish with this Layer, don't forget to Rename it.

Name it "Moving Mask".



Step 8

Adding the first moving photo

Drag your third photo onto the Slide and Rename it as "Photo 2".

(This is the 2nd image to appear in the book.)

Now move it down the Layers list until it is below the Moving Mask.

We want to use the Moving Mask as a Masking Layer, so right click on it and select "Use as Masking Layer".

When you have done this, the Mask and Photo will be linked and slightly indented. (as seen right)

Before we go any further, we have to establish a Rotation Center for your newly added photo.

To discover the Rotation Center setting for your photo, follow these steps:

● Select Keyframe 1 on your newly added photo.
● Set the Pan to 17.5 x 0
● Set the size (Zoom X & Y (locked)) such that the photo fits the mask.

(see the graphic right)

● Now set the Rotation Center setting so the Rotation Center Symbol (the little cross) lines up with the center vertical grid line.

The Rotation Center settings will vary according to the size and shape of the photo.

The Rotation Center setting I used is : -55.5 x 0

   



These are the Keyframe Times for Photo 2

Keyframe 1 Keyframe 2 Keyframe 3 Keyframe 4 Keyframe 5 Keyframe 6

start


5 seconds

10.45 seconds

10.5 seconds

16 seconds

end


These are the Keyframe Settings for Photo 2

Keyframe 1 Keyframe 2 Keyframe 3 Keyframe 4 Keyframe 5 Keyframe 6

Pan = 17.5 x 0
Zoom = your value
Horizontal Tilt = 0°
Rotation Center = X,0
Opacity = 100%


Pan = 17.5 x 0
Zoom = your value
Horizontal Tilt = 0°
Rotation Center = X,0
Opacity = 100%

Pan = Auto
Zoom = Auto
Horizontal Tilt = Auto
Rotation Center = Auto
Opacity = 100%

Pan = Auto
Zoom = Auto
Horizontal Tilt = Auto
Rotation Center = Auto
Opacity = 0%

Pan = 17.5 x 0
Zoom = your value
Horizontal Tilt = 180°
Rotation Center = X,0
Opacity = 0%

Pan = 17.5 x 0
Zoom = your value
Horizontal Tilt = 180°
Rotation Center = X,0
Opacity = 0%
The Zoom value in the table above is the size you determined earlier.
The Rotation Center setting in the table above is the value you determined earlier.


To set a Keyframe function to Auto
un-tick the relevant boxes as shown in
the graphic right.



Step 9

Adding the final photo

Drag your final photo onto the Slide and Rename it as "Photo 3".

(This is the 3rd image to appear in the book.)

Now move it down the Layers list until it is below the Photo 2.

Now we must attach this photo to the Mask above.

To do this, click on Photo 3 and drag it upwards until it attaches itself to the bottom of Photo 2.

We now have to establish a Rotation Center for your newly added photo. To do this, repeat the process we carried out a moment ago.

To discover the Rotation Center setting for your photo, follow these steps:

● Select Keyframe 1 on your newly added photo.
● Set the Pan to 17.5 x 0
● Set the size (Zoom X & Y (locked)) such that the photo fits the mask.

(see the graphic right)

● Now set the Rotation Center setting so the Rotation Center Symbol (the little cross) lines up with the center vertical grid line.

The Rotation Center settings will vary according to the size and shape of the photo.

The Rotation Center setting I used is : -56 x 0



These are the Keyframe Times for Photo 3

Keyframe 1 Keyframe 2 Keyframe 3 Keyframe 4

start


5 seconds

16 seconds

end


These are the Keyframe Settings for Photo 3

Keyframe 1 Keyframe 2 Keyframe 3 Keyframe 4

Pan = 17.5 x 0
Zoom = your value
Horizontal Tilt = 0°
Rotation Center = X,0
Opacity = 100%


Pan = 17.5 x 0
Zoom = your value
Horizontal Tilt = 0°
Rotation Center = X,0
Opacity = 100%

Pan = 17.5 x 0
Zoom = your value
Horizontal Tilt = 180°
Rotation Center = X,0
Opacity = 100%

Pan = 17.5 x 0
Zoom = your value
Horizontal Tilt = 180°
Rotation Center = X,0
Opacity = 100%
The Zoom value in the table above is the size you determined earlier.
The Rotation Center setting in the table above is the value you determined earlier.


Finally, we need to flip Photo 3 so it appears correctly.

Select the Adjustments tab and go to Editing Tools.

Tick the Flip Horizontal box.


And that's it.

You should now be able to play the slide and see the book page turning.

If you want to add more pages, you will need to repeat Steps 6 - 9 (for each new turning page) and make sure that you position each set of Layers for each new page, below the previous page in the Layers stack.