Borderless Wide Screen Ready Slide Shows From PSE

Photoshop Elements has an easy to use Slide Show Editor that is really quite powerful. One of its features is the ability to apply pans and zooms to your still images, commonly called the Ken Burns Effect. Many other slide show programs also include this feature, for example Photo Story 3 by Microsoft. However, I find PSE’s very easy to use, so it is my personal choice for making slide shows.

One of the prime ways I use to share the pictures I take is to make a slide show, and then burn it to a DVD for viewing on a widescreen high definition television. PSE cannot actually burn the DVD, but it can produce a video file that can then be imported to a typical video editing program for the burning of the DVD. If you also have Premiere Elements, there is even a more direct way to produce the DVD that is compatible with players attached to your TV.

However, what has been somewhat frustrating, is PSE, even PSE 7, does not directly support producing borderless wide screen or 16:9 aspect ratio .wmv files. It does support producing DVD quality .wmv for standard 4:3 aspect ratio DVDs. Questions on how to do this with PSE frequently come up on user forums. The following link is to a recent discussion on this topic.


After participating in some of these discussions and trying various experiments with PSE 7, I have come up with a series of steps that at least work for me for making a .wmv file in the Slide Show Editor of PSE which can then be imported to a video editing program for burning the DVD which will be borderless when viewed on a high definition widescreen TV.  True there is certain level of loss quality that results from making the intermediate .wmv file, but frankly I can’t see it, the final results look great on my wide screen TV.


Ok, with that as a background here is what I did.


  • Resize/Crop the slide show images to a 16:9 aspect ratio. I used 1920×1080 pixels.

This not only gets the images to the right aspect ratio, but it tremendously reduces the image file size which will make rendering the slide show movie a lot easier and quicker. You do not need anything near your camera’s image resolution to produce a high quality DVD.

  • Put a checkmark in the Landscape option in the Slide Show Preferences dialog.

When you start a new slide show the Slide Show Preferences dialog pops up. See the figure below. As it turned out, this was the key to producing a borderless DVD.



  •  After you have designed your slide show, and are ready to share/produce or output it, select Output > Send to TV > Widescreen High Definition (720p) to produce the .wmv file.

This is not the recommended output format for producing DVDs as described in the slide show editor.


  • Open Premiere Elements (PRE) or another DVD burning program such as those from Nero or Roxio etc, and import the .wmv video file from the above step.
  •  In PRE Burn the DVD using the WS 720p preset. Similar profiles are presumably in other DVD burning programs.

 The advantage of the above approach is all of the transitions, pan/zoom effects etc that were easily generated in the PSE  Slide Show Editor are maintained.

 I still have some details to work out regarding things like how to handle portrait images, what if the images are not cropped to a 16:9 aspect ratio, and how best to handle extreme zooms.  But at least the above process results in a very good quality DVD that plays on my widescreen TV without the borders.

Until next time.


2 thoughts on “Borderless Wide Screen Ready Slide Shows From PSE

  1. Hi Don – I have been a student in all of your photo classes in Torrance and am having a problem creatin g a slide show using a 16:9 aspect ratio for wide screen viewing on TV. I have PSE 5 and saw your blog on this topic but do not know how to resize photos. Actually I do know how to resize using the Editor but that is so labor intensive to take 400 photos and resize each one individually in the Editor – there must be another way. I burn with Premiere Elements 3 and have other burning software that I also use. I must tell you that since taking your class where you learn how to create slide show projects, I have made serveral amazing slide shows, mainly of my travels and now friends are asking me to made their photos into slide shows. I also add audio that I rip from CD’s but have a problem where I want one song to glide into the next and continue uninterruped, but there always is silence for 1 or 2 slides before the next song starts. I do make sure there are “touching”in the audo bar, but there still is a break between each song. I tried using Movie Maker to see if I could do it there, but it was worse. Thank you for all of your classes and help – I has been great fun!!!


  2. Hi Jane,

    That is a good question. To begin with, as far as I know there is no PSE-compatible plug-in that automate the process of croping images to 16:9 format. You indeed need to do it one image at a time.

    Moreover, I can understand why this is so. Each image will need to be cropped slightly differently depending upon the composition you want to end with. And besides, the composition you end up with may very well be a compromise to be used only for your DVD.

    Opening each image in the PSE Editor to do this when you have a large number of images is a real drag.

    However, there may be a faster way to do this. Don’t use PSE for your cropping. Use the crop to 16:9 preset in Vista’s Photo Gallery. If you are not using Vista, use the free Live Photo Gallery, which has the same command. You still have to do one picture at a time, but I believe it will go much faster.

    Here are the general steps I would do if I had a large number of pictures.

    1. Make an Album (Called Collection in PSE 5) and order the pictures to your liking.

    2. Select all of the pictures, and then click File > Export.

    3. In the Dialog box, change them to JPEG. You may also want to reduce their pixel size to speed up later rendering.

    Also, Chose a Common base name, so the order will be the same as you adjusted in your colletion.

    Export the pictures to a special temporary folder.

    4. Open that folder using Photo Gallery.

    5. Crop each picture to 16:9 by clicking on Fix, and then Crop. Then select 16:9 preset. You can select multiple pictures and do cycle through them pretty quickly.

    6. Once all have been saved, use the Get command to import them into PSE Organizer.

    7. Make your slide show in the Slide Show Editor and proceed as usual.

    I said above the folder was temporary. Once your slide show has been produced on a DVD, you could delete the 16:9 copies from the Organizer in the usual way. However, you ould never be able to modify the slide show.

    Alternately, you could move the 16:9 images offline so they don’t take up much space on your hard drive.

    Hope this helps somewhat.

    By the way, it was such a good question, don’t be surprised if you see it as a future post in my blog.

    Take care,



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