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Adding an iPhoto slideshow

From: iDVD '09 Essential Training

Video: Adding an iPhoto slideshow

In the previous movie, we looked at how to create an iDVD slideshow by first importing our photos into iPhoto and then choosing the Share > Send to iDVD command. We also saw that you can create a slideshow directly in iDVD by using the Add Slideshow button and then dragging in photos from the Media Browser. Now there is another kind of slideshow you can bring in and that's an iPhoto slideshow. There is a difference between creating a slideshow in iDVD with photos from your iPhoto library and actually generating a slideshow in iPhoto and then bringing it into iDVD as a completed project.

Adding an iPhoto slideshow

In the previous movie, we looked at how to create an iDVD slideshow by first importing our photos into iPhoto and then choosing the Share > Send to iDVD command. We also saw that you can create a slideshow directly in iDVD by using the Add Slideshow button and then dragging in photos from the Media Browser. Now there is another kind of slideshow you can bring in and that's an iPhoto slideshow. There is a difference between creating a slideshow in iDVD with photos from your iPhoto library and actually generating a slideshow in iPhoto and then bringing it into iDVD as a completed project.

Let's switch over to iPhoto. New to iPhoto'09 are a bunch of slideshow themes and you can create an instant slideshow simply by selecting some photos, in this case, I'll just select my Bryce Canyon album and then Clicking the Slideshow button in the toolbar. You can see we get to select from all these different themes. We have the Classic theme, which is sort of the old iPhoto slideshow capabilities. We also have things like Scrapbook, Shatter, Sliding Panels, Snapshots. I'll just play one or two of these for you. (Music plays.) I can actually change up theme on the fly. Maybe I'll choose Sliding Panels.

(Music plays.) You get the idea there, Snapshots. (Music plays.) So that's a great way to quickly generate an impressive looking slideshow on the fly, for when somebody drops in on you unexpectedly and you want to show them some pictures. But you can also create a slideshow project in iPhoto, which is a saved slideshow, in which you can specify settings and themes and music.

To do so, select the photos that you want to add to the slideshow project. Click the Add button in the lower left- hand corner of the iPhoto window. Select Slideshow and then give the slideshow a name. I'll just leave the default Bryce Canyon Slideshow name selected, and currently it says, "Use selected items in new slideshow" and I really only have one photo selected right now. So I'm just going to uncheck that. Click Create. So my slideshow is currently empty. So I'm just going to go back to my Album, select all those photos and just drag that into my slideshow. There we go.

So now we're in a Slideshow project and down near the bottom you can select from the different themes that we just saw. We have Classic, Ken Burns, Scrapbook, Shatter, Sliding Panels and Snapshots. We can choose from different music. We can access the Theme Music that's built into iPhoto or we could even go into our GarageBand or iTunes library. Now depending on which theme you selected, you'll see different settings available here. For example, with the Classic slideshow selected, like I have right now, I can choose different transitions. In fact, I could actually choose different transitions for each slide if I wanted to do that.

So there are a lot of different things we can do for our slideshows and I'm not going to get into too much detail here because this is not an iPhoto tutorial. If you do want to learn more about iPhoto slideshows and iPhoto, in general, be sure to check out iPhoto '09 Essential Training on the Lynda.com Online Training Library. But the point is you can do some things with slideshows in iPhoto that you can't do in iDVD, and that includes taking advantage of the cool new slideshow themes that are available in iPhoto '09 that we just saw. So if you like the effects found in iPhoto and would like to include them on your DVD, create a slideshow project here on iPhoto, and then adjust your settings.

I'll come in here and I'll choose the Scrapbook theme. Choose that and I'm just going to leave all the other settings at their default. Then with your slideshow selected, choose Share > Send to iDVD. iPhoto is telling me that I have currently selected a single photo and you can it's just one photo selected here. Do I want to send one photo to iDVD or the whole slideshow? In my case I do want to send the entire slideshow. So I'll choose Send whole slideshow. This exporting process is going to take a little longer than when we simply send photos from iPhoto into iDVD like we did in the previous movie, because in this case, iPhoto is actually generating the entire slideshow complete with all the related effects and music already attached. So this will naturally take a little bit longer than just sending the photos themselves to iDVD.

So now we're back in iDVD and we have a new Slideshow button added to our main menu, Bryce Canyon Slideshow. I can adjust the appearance of the buttons, like I did with the previous ones, so with that selected I could come over to Buttons and add that underline highlight so it goes in line with the rest of the buttons on the page. But unlike the Bryce Canyon Slideshow we created previously, where I could Double-Click that to go into the Slideshow settings and adjust my transitions and music and things like that, that's something I can't do with the iPhoto-generated Bryce Canyon Slideshow.

When I Double-Click it, I'm taken right into the slideshow itself. (Music plays.) That's pretty cool! We have a slideshow with all the features available in an iPhoto slideshow, which are not directly available in an iDVD slideshow, but we've been able to place that right into our iDVD project. But to stress again, you have to make sure that all the slideshow settings are the way you want them in iPhoto before you send it to iDVD.

If you end up wanting to make changes to the slideshow, you have to delete that slideshow from your DVD project. Return to iPhoto, make your changes whether it be in Themes, Music or Settings and then choose Share > Send to iDVD again. We go back to iDVD, and undo that. Also, you're not limited to having the iPhoto slideshow live here on your main menu. If you'd like to move it to a sub-menu, you can simply select it, choose Edit > Cut and maybe just as an example here I'm going to move this to this sub-menu here, the Southern Utah Trip, and I'll choose Edit > Paste. There it is.

Let's move it a little bit lower. So again, when I Double-Click on that, it still works. (Music plays.) You can also use the DVD Map function to move the slideshow but I prefer cutting and pasting. I'll be showing you this DVD Map feature in the next chapter though. So that's how we add an iPhoto-generated slideshow to our iDVD project. As you can see, you have plenty of options when it comes to adding still photos to your DVDs.

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