Creating slideshows in iPhoto

Steve Paris
6 May, 2011
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1. Instant slideshow

Select an album, event or just some images you’d like to use, then click on the Slideshow button, located at the bottom of the interface. You get to choose a theme and a song, but not much else – you can’t even reorder the images, and there’s no way to save or share the result with others.

2. A new Slidebar menu

Select some photos, but this time go to File > New > Slideshow. A new section will appear in your sidebar if this is the first time that you’ve done this. This is where all your slideshows will be stored. You can rename your slideshow at any time by clicking on its current title.

3. Slideshow creation

The main part of your interface is taken up with the currently selected photo. At the top of the interface is a row of thumbnails representing all the shots you chose to add to your slideshow. Click on one of these to see the corresponding photo in the larger preview section.

4. Adding, reordering and deleting

To add more photos, select them from an event or album, and drag them onto your slideshow’s title in the Sidebar. Once there, you can re-order your images by selecting their thumbnails and dragging them from left to right. To remove one from the list, select it and hit the Delete key.

5. Choosing a theme

The Classic theme is selected by default. To use a different one, click on the Themes button in the Toolbar – you’ll be presented with a choice of 12. Choose one that appeals to you, but don’t worry if you change your mind, you can select a different theme at any time.

6. The Start slide

By default, the text slide at the start bears the name of the slideshow. You can, however, change it to whatever you like – as long as it fits in the space provided. To do this, select the slide in the thumbnail section, then click on the title in the larger preview area to edit the text.

7. More titles

That slide is anchored at the start, but you can add other titles anywhere else in the slideshow. To do this, start by clicking on the Text Slide button. You can then drag the image to its desired location in the thumbnail section and rename it as you did in the previous step.

8. Adding music

The theme’s own music track is selected by default. If you’re not enamoured with that choice, you can select your own. To do this, click on the Music button, on the lower right of the interface. A small semi-transparent window will appear. You can then select a song from either GarageBand or iTunes.

9. Multiple songs

If you plan to create a long slideshow, you could choose to include more than one song. To do this, make sure that you tick Custom Playlist for Slideshow. Next, drag all the tracks you’d like to use into the field beneath that tick box. When ready, click on Choose.

10. The duration

It’s time to work on your settings. Click on the last remaining button on the lower-right of the interface. Your first option is to select how long each slide should be played for. You can set a minimum time for all your slides or tick Fit slideshow to music to avoid your music looping back to the start.

11. Other options

You’ll notice that there’s an option to remove the opening title slide if you’ve decided you don’t need it. You can also choose to have your slideshow on a continuous loop, although this preference only applies if you’re going to play your slideshow from your Mac: an exported movie won’t loop by itself.

12. Photo effects

Click on the Settings window’s This Slide tab to see what unique options are open to you for the selected photo. What you have is a choice of three special effects. Only one can be applied at a time and when it’s selected, a large On label is added to that thumbnail. To remove it, click on it again.

13. Previewing

To see how your slideshow is looking, click on the Preview button. This will play it back within the confines of the iPhoto interface. If you want to see it full screen, press Play instead. To stop playback in Preview mode, click anywhere on the main part of iPhoto while in full screen, and hit Escape.

14. Sharing

When you’re ready to show off your creation, click on the Export button. You’ll be given simple choices along with an idea of which device would be able to play it back successfully. Tick on any or all of these options. By default, they’ll all be sent to iTunes, so you can easily sync it to an iOS device.

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