Create slide shows in Photos on Mac
In Photos, there are two ways to create slide shows. You can quickly play a slide show of the photos in a moment, complete with a theme and music.
If you want to have more control over the options in your slide show, you can create and save a slide show project. You select a group of photos, then add text, choose a theme, add music and set how long each slide appears. You can include video clips in a slide show and export the slideshow to play on a Mac, iOS device or Apple TV.
Play an instant slide show
You can quickly play a slide show of the photos in a moment. You can select a theme and music for the slide show, but you can’t customise the slide show further.
In the Photos app on your Mac, click Photos in the sidebar, then click Moments in the toolbar.
Select some photos in a moment, then choose File > Play Slide Show.
Click Themes, then select a theme.
A preview of the theme appears in the pane.
Click Music and select the song you want.
To turn off music, click the song again to unselect it.
Click Play Slide Show.
To stop playing the slide show, 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 slide show.
Create a slide show project
In the Photos app on your Mac, select the photos you want in your slide show.
You can add or remove photos later (see “Add or remove photos and text in a slides how,” below).
Choose File > Create > Slide show > Photos.
Click the Slideshow pop-up menu and choose New Slide Show.
Type a slide show name in the Slide show Name field, then click OK.
To reorder photos, drag photos into the order you want them in the bottom of the window.
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 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.
To select music for the slide show, 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.
Note: If you don’t see your iTunes music listed, close Photos, then open iTunes and sign in if you haven’t already. With iTunes open, open Photos again, then select your slide show. Click the Music button and choose iTunes from the pop-up menu to see your music list appear.
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 slide show to match the length of the selected music: Select Fit to Music.
Set a specific display time for the slide show: Select Custom, then drag the slider to specify how long the slide show should play.
Set a transition for the entire slide show: Select the Transition tick box, then choose a transition type from the pop-up menu.
Set slides to fit the screen: Select the “Scale photos to fit screen” checkbox.
To see a preview of the slide show, click the Preview button.
Click Preview again to stop the preview. You can also set the slide show to loop continuously by clicking the Loop button .
To play the slide show, click the Play button .
To stop playing a slide show, 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 slide show.
For information about sharing a slideshow, see Export photos, videos and slide shows.
Add or remove photos and text in a slide show
After you create a slide show, 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 slide show, it appears as a still image.
In the Photos app on your Mac, click a slide show under Projects in the sidebar.
Do any of the following:
Add more photos to a slide show: Select a photo in the row of thumbnails at the bottom, click , then click Add Photos. Select the photos you want to add, then click Add.
Add text to a slide: Select a photo, click , 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 slide show: Select the photo you want to delete, then press Delete.