Create Beautiful Photo Slideshows In Mac Keynote

While you can use iMovie or Photos to create slideshows, Keynote is probably the most advanced tool with the most options. You can quickly import many photos onto individual slides. Then you can work with each slide to scale and adjust each photo. You can add text and transitions. You can even create a Ken Burns effect by moving and scaling a photo over time. Once you have perfected your slideshow, you can export it as a video to share. You can also record naration to include in the video.

Comments: 5 Responses to “Create Beautiful Photo Slideshows In Mac Keynote”

    Linda Taylor
    4 years ago

    Thank you so much, Gary. I had no idea that Keynote had so many capabilities. I didn't hear you mention if these techniques are new in Catalina or if we users of Mojave can use these same techniques. I see many iMovie capabilities in Keynote now, so are there any advantages to iMovie now? The last time I used iMovie I was not at all impressed, so moving to Keynote might be a better choice for me!

    4 years ago

    Linda: None of these things are new. They all go back several versions, and most go back to the first version of Keynote. Try them.
    iMovie is mainly for editing video. There's no comparison to Keynote when it comes to that. Keynote is for creating presentations. But if you are creating slideshows there is a lot you can do with either one.

    Cameron C. Cook
    4 years ago

    Hi Gary, great article. I've never used Keynote but, with the help of this video, I certainly will start. Thanks!

    Douglas Brace
    4 years ago

    For me, I have found it easier to use "Insert > Record Audio" instead of "Play > Record Slideshow" for narration. Doing it this way allows you to record the narration in segments instead of all at once (very helpful if you had a pet or others around) and to trim the beginning and end of the narration of each slide. It also means that you do not have to start over if you mess up. The downside is that you still need to actually record the slideshow but all of the narration has already been done.

    Steve Cottrell
    4 years ago

    Thanks, Gary.
    I am discovering that I do not make good screen scraping videos using Quicktime. Think I'll try Keynote, sounds like I can produce better quality, "slow-motion", i.e., Keynote using series of short sound bites instead of a long (5 minute or so) single video. Makes me appreciate the high quality of your videos and tutorials!


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