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iLife '04: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Chapter 9. The iPhoto Slideshow

iPhoto’s slideshow feature offers one of the world’s best ways to show off your digital photos. Slideshows are easy to set up, they’re free, and they make your photos look fantastic. This chapter details not only how to put together an iPhoto slideshow, but how to give presentations that make you and your photos look their absolute best.

About Slideshows

When you run an iPhoto slideshow, your Mac presents the pictures in full-screen mode—no windows, no menus, no borders—with your images filling every inch of the monitor. Professional transitions take you from one picture to the next, producing a smooth, cinematic effect. If you want, you can even add a musical soundtrack to accompany the presentation. The total effect is incredibly polished, yet creating a slideshow requires very little setup.

The One-Click Slideshow

If you haven’t already tried iPhoto’s slideshow feature, give it a whirl right now. It requires only a single click.

With either a photo album or your entire Photo Library displayed in the iPhoto window, click the Play button under the Info pane (see Figure 9-1). A moment later, your Mac’s screen fades to black, and then the show begins. Each photo is displayed full screen for two seconds, and then softly fades out as the next one dissolves into view. The default musical soundtrack—J. S. Bach’s Minuet in G—plays in the background. (You’ll always find the currently selected soundtrack listed in the Info panel at the left side of the iPhoto ...

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