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Create and Save an iPhoto '11 Slideshow on a Mac

Mac's iPhoto '11 lets you create two different slideshow types: a quick showcase called an instant slideshow or a saved slideshow that appears in the source list so that you can play it over and over or make changes at a later date.

In an iPhoto '11 slideshow, your pictures can have a soundtrack from your iTunes library. You can slowly pan across photos while zooming in and out employing the Ken Burns Effect, named after the documentary filmmaker. You can apply other themes as well, and then either instantly display the slideshow or save it for use later on.

Create an instant iPhoto '11 slideshow

To create an instant slideshow, follow these steps:

  1. Choose the photos you want to have in your slideshow from an album, an event, or a photo book.

  2. Click the Slideshow button on the toolbar.

  3. Choose one of a dozen themes from the slideshow panel that appears.

    Among the choices are origami, reflections, and Ken Burns. If you select the Places theme, iPhoto will download the appropriate maps for the pictures you're including and show their location on an animated map.

    Try each theme to see what you like or what best shows off your pictures. You can preview the various themes by mousing over their respective thumbnails.

  4. In the slideshow panel, click the Music tab to change the accompanying soundtrack.

    You can choose from themed music supplied by Apple, select one of your own iTunes ditties or playlists, or go with one of your own GarageBand compositions.

  5. Click the Settings tab to change other slideshow settings.

    Options include showing the title slide, changing how long each slide will appear on the screen, choosing how a caption will appear, and determining whether to play the slideshow as long as the music plays.

  6. Click Play to get on with the show.

    Press the Escape key to stop playing the slideshow.

Create a saved iPhoto '11 slideshow

Creating a saved slideshow is similar to creating an instant slideshow and involves the following steps:

  1. Choose the photos you want to have in your show.

    You can select the photos from an event, a Faces or Places group, an album, or a project.

  2. Exit full-screen view (if you're in that view) by clicking Full Screen on the toolbar.

  3. Click the Create button on the toolbar and then choose Slideshow from the pop-up menu.

    Alternatively, choose File→New Slideshow.

  4. Type a name for your slideshow in the source list where a placeholder for the slideshow name appears.

  5. If you're happy with the order in which photos appear, leave them be. If you want to change the order, drag them around the photo browser at the top of the window.

    You can also display photos in random order by selecting that option in Slideshow settings.

  6. Click the Themes button on the toolbar and choose a theme.

    Your choices are the same as for an instant slideshow.

  7. Click Play to begin the slideshow.

    You can make the controls appear when a slideshow is playing by moving the mouse. If you click the Settings button on the controls, you can change settings related to the slideshow.


You can add or remove pictures in a saved slideshow. To add pictures, select the picture or pictures that you want to include in your slideshow and then click the Add To button on the toolbar. Then click Slideshow from the Add To pop-up list (your other choices were Album, Photo Stream, Book, Card and Calendar).

Click New Slideshow to add the selected images to a brand new slideshow collection, or click the name of any slideshow that you have previously created. Your chosen pictures land in the appropriate slideshow.

To remove pictures from a slideshow, select the slideshow in the source list and click the doomed photo in the photo browser at the top of the window. Press Delete.

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