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PowerPoint has an easy way to import your photos into a slideshow and make them look great. To begin with, I have all the photos I want to include already in one folder. You'll find these in your Exercise folders in Chapter 07 in a folder called Venice. I'd like to thank Jan Kabili for the use of her amazing photos during this chapter. We'll start by selecting the Insert tab and clicking the Photo Album icon. Here we can click to insert pictures from anywhere on our computer or any connected device or across the network.
I'll navigate to my exercise files, choose Chapter 07, and Venice. Here are Jan's great Venice pictures. I can choose to add these one by one by making a selection and clicking Insert, or to speed things up, I'll hit Ctrl+A to select all. When I click Insert, all the photos that I had selected are inserted. Here I can preview each picture, I can remove one from the list if I don't want to see it, or change the order they appear in.
I can rotate, adjust contrast and brightness. Before I create my album, I can also change the picture layout. This allows me to have multiple pictures per slide. But I'm going to leave it on the default, Fit to slide. This will give me a great full-screen photo album. Now I'll click Create and give PowerPoint a few moments to think. PowerPoint has created a new presentation file with a simple title slide and our photos to follow. Let's go ahead and change the name. Now I don't really want these to appear on my first slide.
In fact, I'd like my first slide to be just the first picture. So instead, I'll select these text boxes, cut them away, go to my second slide, and paste them in. We'll deal with the formatting in just a second. Let's eliminate the first slide by right-clicking on the thumbnail and choosing Delete Slide. Now I'll make our slide background look a little bit better. As you can see right now, we have a letterbox effect with white at the top and bottom. I'll click the Design tab, pull down the Background Styles choices and pick a color that I like or format my own.
I'm just going to go with a straight black background. Notice that every single slide has been affected. Now I'll make my text boxes look a little nicer. I'll make them both left-aligned, change the color, eliminate the bullet, and make them both bold.
My design work is done and now I want to create a transition to give me a fun way to move between the two photos. I'll click the Transitions tab and hover through the different options, Fade, Wipe, Uncover. Because this is a photo album, I can use some of the more fun and exciting transitions. How about Ripple? And since I want every single slide to have the same transition, after choosing my transition type, I'll click Apply To All. And that's it.
We're all set to show our slides. I'll press F5 to run the presentation, sit back and enjoy, and I'll click to advance each slide. Hmm, Duplicate. My next bonus tip will explain how to make the slideshow automatically advance every few seconds and loop back to the beginning when it reaches the end.
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