Saturday, April 10, 2010

How to Make an iPhoto Slideshow

For my non-Mac-head friends --please excuse this little tutorial that by default only speaks to some...I've promised to do a few sets of instructions on iPhoto slideshows.  An iMovie tutorial will be up in the next week or so.

How to make an iPhoto Slideshow

1. First things first.  Create a folder in iPhoto (“File” then  “New folder”) and drag all the photos you want to use for your slideshow into it.  Name it something easy like "Suzie's graduation" or "Billy's Christening Party."

2. Click and drag the pictures to put them in the order you'd like them to appear in the slide show. 

3. When you have the photos arranged the way you like them, click on the “Slideshow” arrow on the bottom center of the iPhoto menu.  Then you'll see 3 tabs that will help you set up your iPhoto slideshow.  They are:

There are six themes to choose from. Themes are the basic format of your slideshow and they include titles like classic, Ken Burns, scrapbook, shatter and sliding doors.  The themes are a background to your photos but they are also a transition from one silde to the next.

The iPhoto slide show program comes with a few versions of default music, but you can upload your own music as well.  You will see a setting where you can choose to import a song from iTunes or elsewhere on your computer and add it to your iPhoto library.  You can have just one song that repeats (or loops) or you can choose several different songs, making a customized playist for your slideshow.  I'm always on the lookout for great songs for different kinds of slideshows.

In the settings menu you can choose how many seconds you’d like each slide to remain on the screen or, as I often do, you can click the setting that asks the computer to set things so the slide show automatically adjusts to the length of the song.  There are a few other settings within this category for you to play with, so look carefully when you are on the settings tab.

 Once you have made your slideshow, you can share it in a number of ways; for example, via email, Facebook or Flickr.  Or you may want to make a DVD to share with your friends and family.

Making a DVD
Once you have made your slideshow and you are happy with the themes and music and settings, then you may want to burn a DVD to save it and share it with others.

So with your slideshow still selected, go to the top menu bar and click on “Share” and “send to iDvd”.   Then pick a theme for your iDvd,  double click the title and put your own title in, and then go to “File” and then, “Burn.”

There are all kinds of fancy things you could do when making the DVD but in the interest of keeping it nice and simple I’m leaving it at just a title. If you have questions feel free to email me, but this will get you started on making your own mini documentaries.  Let the Ken Burns games begin!!


An Evolving Artist @ said...

Hey, thanks Teri... I actually have a slide show with pictures in it. I have never down loaded any music. How about a mini tute for that?

Brenda said...

How did you know?

I am embarking on an adventure. I am going to make my daughter for her graduation present a slide show from 9th to 12th grade.

Thanks for the information on how to do it.

Perfect timing.

Gina said...

Thanks for this. I'm inspired to give it a try, don't know why I've never done a slideshow before. Thanks!, Gina