iPhoto ‘11: Make a slideshow

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Make a slideshow
Get Started: Make a slideshow

You can create two kinds of slideshows in iPhoto:

  • Instant slideshows: When you want to quickly show a selection of your photos—with a theme, music, and transitions—you can create an instant slideshow. If you show the same selection again, the same settings apply. However, you can’t change the photos included or customize the slideshow further.

  • Saved slideshows: For more control over your slideshow, you can save it and then make changes to it, such as reordering photos, changing transitions between photos, adding the Ken Burns effect, and more. A saved slideshow appears in your Source list, so you can play it and modify it any time.

Make an instant slideshow

  1. Hold down the Command key as you click some photos, or drag across a range of photos, to select them for your slideshow.

    You can also simply select an Event or album.

  2. Click the Slideshow button in the toolbar at the bottom center of the iPhoto window.

    Image of Slideshow play button

    The first slide opens in full-screen view.

  3. Select a theme in the window that appears over the slide.

    To see a preview of each theme, move your pointer over the thumbnail image.

  4. If you want to set the slideshow to specific music, click Music at the top of the window, and then choose an item from the Source pop-up menu.

    The Source pop-up menu features all the songs in your iTunes and GarageBand libraries.

    If you want to turn off music for the slideshow, deselect the “Play music during slideshow” checkbox.

  5. Click Play in the bottom-right corner of the window.

  6. To control slideshow playback, do the following:

    • To jump ahead or back to a particular photo, move your pointer to the bottom of your screen. A series of thumbnail images appears, representing all the photos in your slideshow. Click a thumbnail to jump to that photo.

    • To pause or stop the slideshow, or to change themes, music, or settings, move the pointer anywhere on the screen to reveal the slideshow controls.

      Image of slideshow playback controls

Make a saved slideshow

You create a saved slideshow when you want more control over the settings.

  1. Hold down the Command key as you click some photos, or drag across a range of photos, to select them for your slideshow.

  2. Click the Create button in the toolbar at the bottom of the iPhoto window, and then select Slideshow in the pop-up menu that appears.

    Image of Create button

    A new slideshow appears below Slideshows in the Source list (along the left side of the iPhoto window). The first photo appears in the main viewing area of the iPhoto window. At the top of the iPhoto window, the photo browser opens, displaying thumbnail images of all the photos in your slideshow.

  3. Double-click the placeholder title in the Source list, or double-click the text that appears over the first photo, and type a title for your slideshow. Click anywhere outside the text when you’re done typing.

  4. In the photo browser at the top of the iPhoto window, drag the photos into the order you want.

  5. To select a theme for your slideshow, click the Themes button in the bottom-right corner of the iPhoto window.

    In the Themes window that opens, you can preview each theme by holding your pointer over its thumbnail.

  6. Click a theme, and then click Choose.

  7. Click the Slideshow button in the toolbar at the bottom center of the iPhoto window.

    Image of Slideshow play button

    The slideshow plays in full-screen view.

  8. To control slideshow playback, do the following:

    • To jump ahead or back to a particular photo, move your pointer to the bottom of your screen. A series of thumbnail images appears, representing all the photos in your slideshow. Click a thumbnail to jump to that photo.

    • To pause or stop the slideshow, or to change themes, music, or settings, move the pointer anywhere on the screen to reveal the slideshow controls.

      Image of slideshow playback controls

You can always add more photos, change the music, add text over photos, and adjust slide transitions and speed.

For more information on creating, editing, or sharing your slideshows, click the Browse Help button above, click “Share photos digitally,” and see the topics in the Slideshows section.

Published Date: Sep 3, 2015
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