macOS High Sierra

Create and work with slideshows

You can use a group of photos to create a slideshow, then add text, choose a theme, add music, and set how long each slide appears. You can also include video clips in a slideshow, and export the slideshow to play on a Mac, iOS device, or Apple TV.

Photos window showing a slideshow in the main part of the window, with Preview button, Play button, and loop button under the main slideshow image, thumbnails of all the images in the slideshow at the bottom of the window, and at the right, the Theme button, Music button, and Duration button.

Note: You can quickly view a group of photos as a slideshow without creating a slideshow project. For more information, see Play an instant slideshow. For information about sharing a slideshow, see Export photos, videos, and slideshows.

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Create a slideshow project

  1. Select the photos you want in your slideshow.

    You can add or remove photos later (see “Add or remove photos and text,” below).

  2. Choose File > Create > Slideshow.

  3. Click the Slideshow pop-up menu and choose New Slideshow.

  4. Type a slideshow name in the Slideshow Name field, then click OK.

  5. To reorder photos, drag photos into the order you want them in the bottom of the window.

  6. To select a theme, click the Themes button , then click a theme.

    You can change the theme at any time. The theme you choose determines the text position, fonts, and the transitions that appear between slides. The pan and zoom effect, also known as the Ken Burns effect, is available only for the Ken Burns theme.

  7. To select music for the slideshow, click the Music button , click the down arrow next to Music Library, then select a song or songs.

    Choose Theme Songs from the pop-up menu to see music included with Photos, or choose iTunes to see music from your iTunes library. Drag the songs you selected to change the order they play in. To delete a song, select it and press Delete.

  8. To change how long each slide appears, click the Duration button , then do any of the following (not all options are available for all the