How to Create Slide-Show Effects on Your iPad

Both the Settings options and the Slideshow button on your iPad enable you to add special effects to your slide shows. Under Settings, you can alter the length of time each slide is shown, change the transition effects between pictures, and display images in random order. With iPad's Slideshow Options, you can add transitions and music.

From the Home screen, tap Settings→Photos. Then tap any of the following to make changes:

  • Play Each Slide For: You have five choices (2 seconds, 3 seconds, 5 seconds, 10 seconds, and 20 seconds). When you’re finished, tap the Photos button to return to the main Settings screen for Photos.

  • Repeat: If this option is turned on, the slide show continues to loop until you stop it. The Repeat control may be counterintuitive. If Off displays, tap it to turn on the Repeat function. If On displays, tap it to turn off the Repeat function.

  • Shuffle: Turning on this feature plays slides in random order. As with the Repeat feature, if it says Off, tap to switch it On. Conversely, if says On, tap to switch it Off.

Tap the Home button to leave Settings and return to the Home screen.

To select transitions and music for your slide shows, tap the Slideshow button to select options (refer to the figure):

  • Transitions: You can change the effect you see when you move from one slide to the next. Again, you have five cool choices (Cube, Dissolve, Ripple, Wipe, or a personal favorite of ours, Origami, in which the images fold out in ways similar to the Japanese folk art of paper folding). Why not try them all to see what you like?

  • Music: Adding music to a slide show couldn’t be easier. From the Slideshow Options window, tap the Play Music option so that it’s turned on. Then tap Music in the Slideshow Options overlay (shown in the figure) to choose your soundtrack from the songs stored on the device.

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Tap anywhere on screen during a slideshow to display additional information and controls; tap the Photos button in the upper-left corner to exit the slideshow.

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