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 themes):

    • Set the slideshow to match the length of the selected music: Select Fit to Music.

    • Set a specific display time for the slideshow: Select Custom, then drag the slider to specify how long the slideshow should play.

    • Set a transition for the entire slideshow: Select the Transition checkbox, then choose a transition type from the pop-up menu.

    • Set slides to fit the screen: Select the “Scale photos to fit screen” checkbox.

  9. To see a preview of the slideshow, click the Preview button. Click Preview again to stop the preview. You can also set the slideshow to loop continuously by clicking the Loop button .

  10. To play the slideshow, click the Play button .

To stop playing a slideshow, press the Escape key. You can also press the arrow keys to skip forward or back through the slides, and press the Space bar to pause the slideshow.

Add or remove photos and text

After you create a slideshow, you can add or delete photos at any time. You can also add text to selected slides. The text position and font is determined by the theme you chose. When you add a Live Photo to a slideshow, it appears as a still image.

  1. Click a slideshow under Projects in the sidebar.

  2. Do any of the following:

    • Add more photos to a slideshow: Select a photo in the row of thumbnails at the bottom, click Add object button, then click Add Photos. Select the photos you want to add, then click Add.

    • Add text to a slide: Select a photo, click Add object button, then click Add Text. Select the text in the text box, then type the text you want.

    • Delete text from a photo: Select the text in the photo or select the T frame before the photo in the row of thumbnails, then press Delete.

    • Delete a photo from the slideshow: Select the photo you want to delete, then press Delete.