Create a Flash Slideshow for Your MySpace Profile

By Community Member FlashKit

An elegant profile page or blog that features a Flash photo slideshow can enhance the visibility of your MySpace presence. This tutorial will show you how to create a Flash photo slideshow in just a few simple steps.

In this tutorial, we'll be working with the Wondershare Flash Gallery, which is available in a standard version, or a deluxe version, both of which can be downloaded for free. To work through this tutorial, you'll need your own MySpace account, some photos to use in your slideshow, and the free trial version of Wondershare Flash Gallery software.

As an example, we'll create a MySpace flash slideshow banner for an outdoor sports organization to show their concept of "Sports Make Life Easier!" which we are hoping will attract other sports lovers to join in.

Going forward, we'll assume that you have already downloaded and installed the Wondershare Flash Gallery software, have your MySpace account set up, and have your photos ready for use.

Step 1: Import Your Images

In this step, you will import the pictures related to your business, and then process them with the built-in editing tool if needed, which includes some basic functions like crop, rotate, filter, etc. This is also where you will add a hyperlink for each picture you use. Below are sample pictures about outdoor sports that we'll use for our tutorial.

Step 2: Select Your Template & Effects

Here we are going to select the "RedRight" Template and the "Fade" transition effect. After that, right click on a photo on the Story Board to set the "Duration Setting". Set "Picture Duration" to 2 seconds and "Transition Duration" to 1 second, then check the option "Apply all settings to all pictures".

Step 3: Decorate Your Images

Now you'll want to "Decorate" each picture with text. Click "New Text" to add text, select font, size, color, text effect, etc. for your photos. Here I selected Font "Happy", Size "22", Color "Gold", Effect "Fade":

Step 4: Publish Your Flash Banner

Here you'll need to modify the "Publish Settings" to optimize the Flash banner for your particular application, and then click "Create SWF Movie". A pop-up window will prompt you to save your created work:

This is where you have to obtain the URL address of your SWF slideshow so you can use it later. If you want to view it using Microsoft Internet Explorer, you will simply right click on the file itself, choose to open it with IE, and save the link address which appears in the browser's address bar. If you are using Firefox, you may right click on the file, and in the popup menu, select "Copy Link Location", and get the link address that way.

The link address should look similar to this:

That's all there is to it! Now you can add the banner to your MySpace profile page just like you would with any other Flash movie, by embedding it where you want it to appear. Once it's done, it should look something like this:

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