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. And in iPhoto ’09, they’ve been given a dose of steroids; the new slideshow Themes turn a humble batch of JPEGs into flying, animated, multipaned video presentations with a single click.
This chapter details not only how to put together an iPhoto slideshow, but also how to create presentations that make you and your photos look their absolute best.
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 add a musical soundtrack to accompany the presentation. The total effect is incredibly polished, yet creating a slideshow requires very little setup.
You always begin by selecting the pictures you want—by clicking an album or an Event header, for example. In iPhoto ’09, you can also make slideshows based on a particular person on your Faces board or a location in Places. At this point, you can kick off a slideshow in two different ways:
Instant. Click the Slideshow button in the middle of the iPhoto toolbar. The Themes box pops up, asking you to pick a visual animation style for your slideshow, as described below. Click to ...