Once you’ve imported a batch of pictures into iPhoto, what’s the first thing you want to do? If you’re like most people, this is the first opportunity you have to see, at full-screen size, the masterpieces you and your camera created. That’s the beauty of iPhoto’s slideshow feature, which comes complete with the tools you need to perform an initial screen of the new pictures—like deleting the baddies, rotating the sideways ones, and identifying the best ones with star ratings.
To begin the slideshow, click the Last Roll icon in the Source list at the left side of the screen to identify which pictures you want to review.
On a freshly installed copy of iPhoto, this icon is labeled Last Roll. If you’ve fiddled with the iPhoto preference settings, it may say, for example, “Last 2 Rolls” or “Last 3 Rolls,” and your slideshow will include more than the most recent batch of photos. If that’s not what you want to see, just click the actual photo that you want to begin the slideshow (in the main viewing area).
Now Option-click the Play triangle underneath the Source list. iPhoto fades out of view, and a big, brilliant, full-screen slideshow of the new photos begins, accompanied by music.
If you just click the Play triangle (instead of adding the Option key), you summon the Slideshow dialog box instead of starting the show. This dialog box has lots of useful options; for instance, you can choose the music for your slideshow, for example. If you merely want a quick look at your new pix, however, Option-clicking is the way to bypass it.
As Figure 4-9 points out, this is the perfect opportunity to throw away lousy shots, fix the rotation, and linger on certain photos for more study—all without interrupting the slideshow. You can even apply a rating by clicking the appropriate star in the band of five; later, you can use these ratings to sort your pictures or create smart albums. See Chapter 5 for full detail on rating stars and smart albums.
Figure 4-9. As the slideshow progresses, you can pause the show, go backward, rotate a photo, delete a bad shot, or apply your star rating to a picture, all courtesy of this new control bar.
Here’s the full list of things you can do when the onscreen control bar is visible:
Press the up or down arrow keys on your keyboard to make the slides appear faster or slower.
Click the rotation icons to flip photos clockwise or counterclockwise, 90 degrees at a time.
Click one of the five dots to apply a rating in stars, from one at the left to five all the way at the right. Or use the number keys at the top of the keyboard or on the numeric keypad; press 3 to give a picture three stars, for example.
Click the Trash can icon to delete a photo from the album you’re viewing (but not from the Photo Library). Or simply hit Delete (or Del) on your keyboard.
There are keyboard shortcuts for all of these functions, too, that don’t even require the control bar to be on the screen (page 196).
Click the mouse somewhere else on the screen to end the slideshow.