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Let's take a closer look at some of the controls we have to work with when making slideshows in iPhoto. Down here at the center, we have a couple of playback buttons. The preview playback, the one in the rectangle is great for watching your slideshow within the interface here, so you don't want to leave this area. You just want to see your slideshow, and then you have a full screen playback. And that's the one with the circle and that's when you want to get the final look at it before you export.
And speaking of export, this is the Export button right here and I'm going to cover that in an upcoming movie. And then, in terms of authoring the slideshow itself, you have a few controls over here on the right side. The first one being the Text Slide; so you can insert a text slide anywhere you want. Just choose the slide that you want and click Text Slide and it will add the text slide before the slide that you selected. Type your text and off to the races you go.
If you decide you don't want it, just highlight it and hit the Delete key and you can get rid off it. You have some themes to choose from, a whole bunch of them here that are pretty good and choose a theme that feels right for the slideshow. And Ken Burns is a good default theme as is classic, but if you're traveling you might want to use Places, or for holidays, hey try the Holiday Mobile. Do something a little different. Getting familiar with them ahead of time will help you make the right choice when you're ready to get down to business.
Your music is the next button over. iPhoto includes some theme music, but you can also pick music from your iTunes library. So, that's up to you. Just make sure that the box is checked, so that whatever you select will play with your slideshow. And then finally, over in Settings here in the far right, you have two tabs in Settings. You can set controls for all of the slides in your slideshow in the All Slides here and thats things like fitting the slideshow to music and things like that.
So, whatever you do in this tab applies to the entire presentation. Or if you just want to work on the individual slide, go over here and you have a few options including some effects in the Ken Burns, you can turn that off and on just for an individual slide. So, that helps you configure the slideshow so that you get closer to what your vision is for this presentation. Once you're done, you can just go ahead and close that. Take a good look at it with this Play button, and if you like what you did, then we'll export and that's in an upcoming movie.
And of course, if you want more details about slideshow authoring, we have iPhoto Essential Training here in the lynda.com Online Library.
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