MacMost Now 472: Creating Slideshows in iPhoto 11

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.

Video Transcript
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.

Comments: 27 Responses to “MacMost Now 472: Creating Slideshows in iPhoto 11”

    11/3/10 @ 7:17 am

    Have you added a text slide into a slideshow? I am having trouble with the text slides repeating, wondering if you or anyone else has seen this?

    11/3/10 @ 6:18 pm

    Depends on the theme, but on the bottom right, there is a button for Text Slide, you can add them there.

    Daniel EYER
    11/4/10 @ 9:13 am

    Once again, thanks for all the interesting topics!
    I would like to send these creative slide shows to either my MobileMe Gallery or to my Apple TV to see them on the big screen. Any ideas??

    11/4/10 @ 9:29 am

    To share with MobileMe, you could upload it (the exported video) to a gallery through the Web interface, through iMovie, etc. You could even re-import the video to iPhoto and do it from there.
    For Apple TV, just drop the video to iTunes. As long as you are sharing with your Apple TV it should appear there.

    11/5/10 @ 2:53 pm

    Hey Gary, did you find the Text Slide? If not, look at this image here:
    And look for the red oval. You can add it anywhere in the slideshow, except the beginning, needs to be after 1 photo slide.

      11/6/10 @ 6:29 pm

      Yea, I see what you mean. But I haven’t had time to play with it to see if I can reproduce your problem. Have any luck with it yourself? Did the iPhoto 11 update from last week help?

    11/8/10 @ 6:34 pm

    haven’t retried it yet, hopefully tomorrow!

    mich angeles
    2/3/11 @ 6:57 pm

    how to i arrannge the order of photos in my slideshow? im so confused.

      2/3/11 @ 8:59 pm

      You can drag and drop them in the list at the top.

        jeanne 23
        3/8/11 @ 9:14 pm

        Gary, I had my photos arranged the way I wanted then when i played the preview there where some out of order, now the last 4 will not move into the correct place when i drag and drop they just go back to where they where.

          3/8/11 @ 9:17 pm

          Hard to say what might be wrong without seeing it first hand. Just try playing around with it and see what you can do.

    Danny Titus
    2/25/11 @ 3:35 pm

    How do I export an iphoto 11 slideshow to DVD without having to use any iDVD theme, without loosing the iphoto 11-theme and without loosing quality? The created DVD will be played on Windows machines.

      2/25/11 @ 3:44 pm

      I would just export it as a video. Then see episode 514:
      Keep in mind, though, that DVDs are standard definition video. Which means 720×480. That is probably much lower than you are used to seeing those pictures. But that is what DVDs are. If the video is only going to be played on Windows computers, you may want to instead export an HD video from iPhoto and distribute that on a data DVD instead of a video DVD.

    Bill Dean
    7/12/11 @ 5:02 pm

    When you create an iPhoto 11 slideshow and select music, the system only shows a few artists to choose from. If you just select slideshow icon in an event and then select music, you can choose from itunes, just purchased, themes, etc.
    Seems like a bug in creating slideshows. It worked a few months ago and now it is broken. I am up to date on all upgrades to iPhoto 11. Any suggestions?

      7/12/11 @ 6:00 pm

      I get the same list of music either way. Are you sure you are choosing the same “source” in that dialog box?

        1/12/12 @ 2:54 pm

        Hi there I am using the photo mobile theme in the slideshow – where the pictures swings into the screen. Well can one edit the background if they don’t like the dots and the color?

        i was told I can go to library, application support, iphone then assets but I don’t see any folder for that theme.

        What can I do?

          1/12/12 @ 4:45 pm

          No, you really can’t edit that. I’m sure you can hack it if you know enough, but it isn’t something I believe you can easily do.

    Susan Dixon
    3/11/12 @ 10:44 pm

    Hi, Just wondering why my thumbnail photos are just grey boxes in iphoto11. It’s been like this since I did an update. I can click on one and it will show, but only one at a time. thanks

      3/12/12 @ 6:38 am

      Start iPhoto with Option key held down and rebuild.

    3/12/12 @ 9:53 pm

    It just asked me what photo library I want to use, when I start iPhoto with option key held down, so how do I rebuild it?

    3/12/12 @ 10:25 pm

    I’ve tried holding down the option and command keys to rebuild the thumbnails, but as soon as I close iPhoto then reopen, they’re gone again. How can I rebuild and keep them there when I reopen again?

      3/12/12 @ 10:29 pm

      Something is wrong. It shouldn’t behave that way. Perhaps have an expert take a first-hand look.

    Rolf Rylander
    11/26/12 @ 7:59 am

    Slideshows with video,
    How do I add music only to photos, volym is automatically lower for video but I would like to skip it totally when video is shown

      11/26/12 @ 9:32 am

      You’ll need to use something else to create your slideshow if you want that sort of detailed control. iMovie will do it easily.

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