Make a Black and White Movie Effect

Present Your Modern Photos in the Style of a Silent Film
Black and white movie demo

Are you a fan of old black and white movies? This glamor cinematography uses subtle colors rather than bright and vivid hues. However, the gradations of silver and beige can be really expressive when applied to your own imagery. Now you can easily recreate the charm of the movies made in the 1930s. Give the photos in your slideshow a retro touch by using a film strip effect. That way your pictures will look like grayscale frames in an old-fashioned movie tape.

Why should you try a black and white movie effect?

  • It is a great alternative to common photo slideshows
  • You can try a unique way of presenting modern pictures
  • You’ll get a stylish photo movie with both videos and music

Black and white movie effect

Read this tutorial till the end and you’ll learn how to create a retro photo project with the help of a convenient slideshow maker.

Step 1. Install SmartSHOW 3D to Your PC

SmartSHOW 3D is the best photo movie software for stylizing your pictures and turning them into a vintage slideshow. Download the program from the official website. When download is complete find the .exe file in your Downloads folder. Follow all the instructions of the installation wizard and start the program once the installation process is complete.

Step 2. Apply a Grayscale Filter to Your Photos

Before you start working on your film noir you need to pick suitable photos. Choose pictures with a vintage feel about them that won’t look strange in this aesthetics. Good news is you don’t have to choose black and white images as you can easily apply a vintage movie effect to any of your pictures right in the program. Click Edit Slide and switch to the Layer tab. Push the Photo Filters button and find a grayscale filter in the list of instant artistic effects. Tick the box and get a black and white photo in a single click.

Make your photo monochrome
Turn your photos black and white with a grayscale filter

Step 3. Choose a Mask to Stylize Pictures

Now the photos in your slideshow seem rather old but you still need to give them a film strip look. In the slide editor, take a look at the bottom section of the Layer tab and click Select Mask. Browse through the collection of layer shapes until you find a suitable one. The program will put the mask layer over your photo. After that, apply the same mask to other pictures in your slideshow.

Add a suitable mask layer
Apply a film strip mask to your desaturated pictures

Step 4. Make Your Photos Move with Transitions

It’s time to make your photos move. For that, switch to the Transitions tab in the main program window. To imitate the smooth movements of a movie tape, it’s better to pick a simple transition where one slide is replaced with another by sweeping from right to left, or vice versa. Choose the transition you like and click Apply to All so you won’t have to add this effect to each photo manually. If needed, change the duration of the chosen transition to slow down or speed up the change of slides.

Add transitions between slides
Finish the work on the old film effect with suitable transitions

Do you know that first movies were silent? In fact, early screenings featured live music contributing to the atmosphere of a particular film. These musical scores were either composed or improvised by a musician (often, a guitarist or pianist). Thankfully, today it’s no problem to accompany your photo movie with any track to your liking.

Step 5. Insert Music & Save Your Movie

Unlike silent movies, your slideshow doesn’t have to be musicless. Move to the Music tab and insert a suitable track from your folder or choose it from the vast program library. We’d recommend adding some lyrical music to better suit the atmosphere of your photo movie with a black and white film effect. When all is done, switch to the Create tab and decide how you’re going to save your slideshow. You can save it as an HD video to play on TV, upload it to YouTube and other social networks, or burn it to DVD and give as a gift.

Spice up your slideshow with music
Add some music to better recreate retro atmosphere

With SmartSHOW 3D software, you can also make other fascinating projects with your own pictures, video clips and music. Create a vintage wedding slideshow, a retro photo album with a page turn effect, or a retrospective presentation featuring the life of your family. Share your ideas and creative works in the comments!

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