Create and Save an iPhoto '11 Slideshow on a Mac

If you're of a certain generation, you may remember your parents pulling out the Kodak Carousel slide projector. Modern slideshows, in care of a Mac, bring a lot more pizzazz. Your pictures can have a soundtrack from your iTunes library. You can slowly pan across photos while zooming in and out and employing the Ken Burns Effect, named after the documentary filmmaker.

iPhoto lets you create a couple of slideshow types: a quick showcase called an instant slideshow and 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.

To create an instant slideshow, follow these steps:

  1. Choose the photos you want to have in your show from an album, an event, or a photo book and choose one of the following.

  2. Click the Slideshow button on the toolbar.

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

    Try each of these themes to see what you like or what best shows off your pictures. Among the choices are origami, reflections, and Ken Burns. If you select the Places theme, iPhoto downloads the appropriate maps for the pictures you're including and shows their location (if known) on an animated map.

    On the Advanced tab in iPhoto Preferences, consider setting the Look Up Places option to Automatically (as opposed to Never). You can preview these 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 themed music supplied by Apple, select one of your own iTunes ditties or playlists, or go with one of your own GarageBand compositions. You can also create a custom playlist for your slideshow.

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

    Options include showing the title slide, setting how long each slide appears on the screen, choosing how a caption appears, 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.

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 Add To button on the toolbar and then choose Slideshow→New Slideshow.

    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. You can make the controls appear when a slideshow is playing by moving the mouse.

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

    Your choices are the same as when you created an instant slideshow.

  7. Click Play to begin the slideshow.

You can add pictures to or remove pictures from a slideshow. To add pictures, select the picture(s) that you want to include in your slideshow, click the Add To button on the toolbar, and then choose Slideshow from the Add To pop-up menu. (Your other choices are Album, iCloud, 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 previously created. Your chosen pictures land in the appropriate slideshow.

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

You can do even more with slideshows. You can burn your slideshow to a CD or a DVD, assuming of course a burner is available; share it online; export it to an iPod, an iPhone, an iPad, or an Apple TV; or use it in other applications on your Mac.

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