iPhoto 11 has new slideshow themes and a new way to customize the themes. You can simply play a slideshow, or create one in the left sidebar to use later. You can also export slideshows as video files.
Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today’s episode let’s look at creating slide shows in iPhoto 11. To create a slide show, first you need to select some photos. You can select an event, you can select an album, or you can select several photos inside of one of those. Once you have selected it, like say this one here, you can just click the slide show button at the bottom. When you first do this, it’s going to come up with a themes chooser, and you can choose various themes. Now, the classic and Ken Burns are the simplest. But you can also choose some really interesting ones here that use a certain amount of animation, and you can preview what they each look like. So let’s create this one here called scrapbook, and you can also then select the music that you want-I’ll just leave it to default for now-and some settings as well, for instance, how long to play each slide for or how to adjust the fit for the length of the music, where to show the title for the slide, that kind of thing. So we’ll select some different things here and then, when we’re done, we’ll simply click play and it will play the slide show.
Another way to create a slide show is to select some photos and then click on create at the bottom of iPhoto and then slide show. And this will create the slide show but save it to the left side bar. So, I can then use that slide show, go through all the different slides, and select different things about them. For instance, I can set the title here for the title here for the entire slide show. I can also change the themes, music, and settings for this. And, most importantly, I can export from here. And I can select different video formats to export or choose custom export and then I can even choose just about anything here using quicktime movie and options. So you have a lot of different things here, and this is ideal for, say, if you want to email a slide show to somebody. Also, in this mode, you can preview the slide show as well as play it, which will mean that it will play inside instead of going full screen.
One of the most interesting slide shows is the places slideshow. I’ll select the slide show here and change its theme to places. And when I do that it’s going to download maps. So each one of the photos in that event there has a location, and it’s a different location around the world. So what it’s going to do is download a map for each one of those to use as part of the animation, and it could take a while. So once it’s done it will start playing animation, when you want, and you can see that it’s going to show you this globe with all the dots on the globe where the photos were taken. And it will then show you these kind of two and one half debuts of the maps, zooming in on the different places and the photos for each of those places. If you look at the completed slide show, you can see that it actually shows you the different text frames here, so you can actually change things. For instance, I can select this and change from Alaska to something else on there and also on this frame as well. I can go back to each of the photos, by just double clicking on it, and change different things about the photos, including cropping and rotation. So you can do a lot of customization after the automatic slide show has been created.
So there’s a look at slide shows in iPhoto 11, ’til next time, this is Gary with MacMost Now.