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How to Create Slideshows on Your MacBook with iPhoto

By Mark L. Chambers

MacBook users are excited about all the ways that iPhoto lets the work with pictures. In addition to editing, you can also create a slideshow with iPhoto by following these steps:

  1. Click the album or Event you want to display in the Source list; then click the Add To button and choose Slideshow.

  2. Click New Slideshow.

  3. iPhoto adds an unnamed entry under Slideshows in the Source list.

  4. Just like creating a new album, type the name of the slideshow in the text box and press Return.

    A scrolling thumbnail strip appears at the top of the Viewer, displaying the images in the album or Event.

  5. Click and drag the thumbnails to appear in the desired order.

After creating your slide show, here some ways to customize it with the Slideshow toolbar:

  • Themes: Click the Themes button on the Slideshow toolbar to choose the theme for your slideshow. The theme you choose controls the animation, transition type, and screen layout that iPhoto uses — everything from the classic Ken Burns “moving photo” animation to a nifty Sliding Panels layout.

  • Music: Click the Music button on the Slideshow toolbar to display Apple’s theme music as well as the tracks from your iTunes Library. To choose a standard theme, open the Source pop-up menu and choose Theme Music; select that perfect song and click Choose. To choose an iTunes song or playlist, open the Source pop-up menu and choose a playlist or choose one of your GarageBand compositions.

    You can also create a custom playlist by selecting the Custom Playlist for Slideshow check box. Then drag the individual songs you want to the song list at the bottom of the dialog. (You can drag them to rearrange their order in the list as well.) Click Choose to accept your song list.

  • Settings: Click the Settings button on the Slideshow toolbar and click the All Slides tab. In the dialog that appears, you can specify how long each slide remains on the screen, as well as select an optional title slide. Widescreen Mac owners appreciate the Aspect Ratio pop-up menu, which allows you to choose a 16:9 widescreen display for your slideshow.

    Click the This Slide tab to set the selected photo to display in black and white, sepia, or antique coloring. You can also set the display time and transition type for each photo from this tab.

  • Preview: To display a quick preview of your slideshow without leaving the iPhoto window, click Preview; this is a handy way of determining whether the theme and music you’ve selected are really what you want. When you’re ready to play your slideshow, click the Play button, and iPhoto switches to full-screen mode. To create a movie file from your completed slideshow, click Export on the Slideshow toolbar.