iLife ’11: Assembling Pictures for an iPhoto Slideshow

2 of 12 in Series: The Essentials of Sharing and Presenting Photos with iPhoto

To choose photos for your iPhoto slideshow, you can browse and select thumbnails in the Viewer pane while browsing or select one or more events in Events, one or more locations in Places, or one or more faces in Faces. Or, you can select the most recently browsed event, Last Import, or Flagged in the Recent section of the iLife Source pane, or any photo album, any MobileMe, Flickr, or Facebook album, or any project.

You probably want to rearrange images in order to create slideshows that are at least interesting, if not dazzling. You can do this by choosing the best pictures and the most appropriate music.

iPhoto offers different ways to select pictures for a slideshow:

  • Show a photo album: The advantage of using a photo album is that the pictures in an album are easy to rearrange. Select a photo album in the Albums section of the Source pane, and then click the Slideshow tool. The slideshow consists of all pictures in the album, starting with the first picture. To start with a different picture, select that picture’s thumbnail first in the Viewer pane, before clicking Slideshow.

  • Show a selection of photo albums: The same advantage of using a photo album applies (as stated in the preceding bullet), and in addition, you can play multiple albums at a time by Command-clicking each one to select it first. The slideshow combines pictures from all the albums in the sequence in which they appear in the albums.

  • Show all pictures for a location, an event, or a face: Browse Events, Places, or Faces and select an event, a location, or a face. You may want to open the event, location, or face and sort the thumbnails first, to put them in a specific order (such as by date or title) for the slideshow. Then click the Slideshow tool. The slideshow starts with the first picture; to start with a different picture, select that picture’s thumbnail first in the Viewer pane, before clicking Slideshow.

  • Show the entire library: Browse Photos. You may want to sort the thumbnails first, to put them in a specific order (such as by date or title) for the slideshow. Then click the Slideshow tool.

  • Show selected pictures only: Select multiple thumbnails in the Viewer pane — either a range of pictures in consecutive order or individual pictures in nonconsecutive order. The slideshow uses only those pictures.

Not all photos fill the screen properly. You may want to use only photos that look good at full-display dimensions.

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