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This page is for anyone wanting to learn how to create their own effects in Producer.
All you need is Producer 5 (or above) and a bit of spare time.


I have been asked dozens of times how I learned to create effects in Producer. The answer is simple - Perseverance and an "I won't let this thing beat me" attitude. Plus, of course, a desire to create shows that are entirely my own work.

When I started, I found the best way to learn was to imagine an effect on the screen and then find a way to create it. It was like setting myself a series of puzzles, which, by solving, taught me how to use all the functions in Producer.

On this page, I have created a series of "puzzles" for you. Each one is designed to teach you something new about Producer. These are not Tutorials - I'm not going to explain how to reproduce the effects - these are learning puzzles, which by solving yourself, will teach you more than any tutorial ever could. It goes without saying that this is not everyone's way of learning, but it worked for me. If you have an enquiring mind, why not give it a go.

To give you a head-start, I have also given you a screen capture of the Layers List for each of the effects. But after that - you're on your own.

We'll start with something very simple and work our way to the more complicated stuff as we go down the page.

Have fun - And before you know it, you could be designing your own fantastic effects in Producer.



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Puzzle 1
What you see

A photo with a white border and rounded corners moves from right to left without pausing.
   

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Puzzle 2
What you see

A Photo set in an ellipse and with a white border moves from right to left without pausing.
   

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Puzzle 3
What you see

A photo with a very large white border moves from left to right without pausing.
   

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Puzzle 4
What you see

A photo with a white border moves diagonally across the screen, pausing in the center for a couple of seconds.



   

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Puzzle 5
What you see

A photo with a white border zooms into the centre of the screen and then pauses.

   

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Puzzle 6
What you see

A photo without a border zooms into the centre of the screen and pauses before continuing to zoom without the image size increasing.
   

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Puzzle 7
What you see

A photo with a white border zooms into the centre of the screen and pauses. After the pause, the zoom resumes but the image remains the same overall size within the border.
   

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Puzzle 8
What you see

A photo with a white border and shadow zooms into the centre of the screen and pauses. After the pause, the zoom resumes but the image remains the same overall size within the border.
As this happens, a background image zooms out and finally softens as the effect comes to a close.
   

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Puzzle 9
What you see

The centre of a black and white image gradually turns to colour as the outer fringes become dark.
   

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Puzzle 10
What you see

The border around a circular image rotates as the image zooms in. While this is happening, the background image, which is soft, zooms out.
   

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Puzzle 11
What you see

An image zooms in while, at the same time, the outer fringes of a vignette soften and become pale.

   

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Puzzle 12
What you see

The two subjects of a photo break away from the main image and drift apart, while the main image softens. At the same time, a new image, in a white border, zooms in to the centre of the screen and is flanked by the two breakaway images.
   

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Puzzle 13
What you see

A white circle with a blue border, creating the effect of a simple magnifying glass, moves from right to left across a map. As it moves, it appears to magnify the image within the circle.
   

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Puzzle 14
What you see

A photo with a white border and rounded corners appears to tilt in three dimensions, while the background image zooms in and softens.
   

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Puzzle 15
What you see

Two photos with white borders and rounded corners appear to tilt in three dimensions and move apart, while the background image zooms in and softens.
   

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Puzzle 16
What you see

A photo with a white border moves back and is followed by a black and white reflection. This is set against a green gradient background.
   

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Puzzle 17
What you see

A photo in a white border rotates and turns through 90°, moving off the screen. As it moves away, it is replaced by another photo which rotates into view, ending in the centre of the screen.
As this happens, the background image zooms in and softens.
   

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Puzzle 18
What you see

A photo with a white border emerges edge on and turns through 90°. As this happens, the background image zooms out and softens.
   

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Puzzle 19
What you see

Two photos with white borders turn in unison, giving the impression of a box turning. As this happens, the background image zooms in and softens.
   

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Puzzle 20
What you see

Four photos with white borders and rounded corners rotate around a common point, while the background image zooms in and softens.
   

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Puzzle 21
What you see

A black and white photo with a white border and rounded corners spins around a central point. As it passes the 90° point, the photo turns to colour.
While this is happening, the background image zooms in and softens, while turning from colour to black and white.

   

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