I am going to use Premier Elements to make a slideshow from photos. I am new to Premier. I have 2 questions.
Can I add a few words of plain text to the bottom of the photos? No special effects.
If this is possible, can someone give me a brief step-by-step, please.
The only option I can find (Grisetti's book) is to add a new element between photos called a Title. I do not want new elements.
Grisetti recommends downsizing photos before bringing them into a project. He mentions the Process Multiple Files feature in Photoshop Elements. I do not have Photoshop. Is there another application or method to do this, or should I purchase Photoshop?
You don't actually add the title between the photos. It is added on the video line above your photo track. There is no other way to put text into your slide show. There are a lot of title choices. One is very simple text.
My practice has been to NOT include downsizing as a processing step. It may be that when our computers and software were less powerful, downsizing was needed.
Try setting up a quick test. Open a new project and add a hundred random image files and see how it works. It was a few years ago in a similar discussion on this forum that I tried it. I did it with large RAW files and resized JPEGs. I saw no significant difference.