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iPhoto's slideshow capabilities have always been a great way to show your photos to your friends, but iPhoto '09 takes slideshows to a new level with a brand new set of themes and features. In this video, I would like to give you a brief tour of these new themes and show you what you can do with slideshows. Start off by selecting the photos you want to show. You can select individual photos, an entire event, or you even create slideshows based around a person's face in Faces, by selecting them in here, or you can even create a slideshow around a location in Places. For this example, I'll use the photos of all the locations that are displayed in my Places map. So if I switch to Column view, here you can see that all of my photos are selected. Once you have selected some photos for your slideshow, click the Slideshow button.
Now, here is where you can choose one of six new themes that are included with iPhoto '09. Placing your mouse over one of the themes gives you a preview of what that particular slideshow will look like. Each slideshow theme has its own built -in music, but you can select some of your own music by going to the Music tab and then browsing through the Theme Music that's included or through your GarageBand music or you iTunes library. The Settings tab is where you can make adjustments to your slideshow, like setting it up so that the slideshow duration fits to the length of the music, or shows your photos in a random order, and so on. The settings that you see under the Settings tab will vary depending on which theme you have chosen.
I am going to leave everything at its default and go back to Themes. Let's go with the Snapshots theme and click Play. (Jazz music plays.) So here we can hear the music that's built into this particular theme, as our photos go by. Now, while the slideshow is playing, moving your mouse brings up options to pause the slideshow, you can move forward or backward in your photos, or even pick different themes, music, or settings for the slideshow. Clicking the X button here leave the slideshow.
But let's say I wanted to just pick a different theme. I can click the Theme button here. It gives me the same Theme Chooser we just saw, and I'll choose Sliding Panels this time and click Play again. (Music plays.) Now, picking a different theme starts me at the beginning of the photos again. If you want to quickly jump ahead or back in your slideshow, move your mouse to the very bottom of the screen and you will get thumbnails for every photo in the slideshow. Simply click on a photo to jump to that particular part of the slideshow.
And just press Escape on your keyboard to leave the slideshow. So that's a really easy way to create professional looking slideshows on the fly, simply by selecting some photos and clicking the Slideshow button, but there will be times when you will want to have a slideshow ready to go without having to set it up first. So to create a slideshow project, have your photos selected, in this case I'll just go with all these photos again, click the Add button, choose Slideshow, create a name for your slideshow, and click Create.
The slideshow then appears as a project in your Source List here and now you are free to rearrange and customize the slideshow however you like. Changing the order of your slide is simply a matter of just dragging them to the left or right in the Photo Browser. To customize the slideshow settings, click the Settings button, and you can choose settings for All Slides or just for a selected slide. For example, maybe I'll just bump this down to 2 seconds for each slide. Again, depending on what theme you choose, you will see different options in here.
Go ahead and close that. You can click the Preview button at anytime to see how your slideshow will look with those settings applied. Click it again to turn off the Preview. The Preview is nice because it doesn't take you to full screen, yet you can still see what the slideshow will look like. If you want to change a theme, just select a different theme from here, click Choose, and you can Preview it again. (Music plays.) So now anytime you want to show this slideshow project, just select it in your Source List and then click the Play button to show your slideshow at full screen.
(Music plays.) You will still have all the options to jump forward or backwards using these controls here, or picking different themes or settings, and rolling your mouse to the bottom of the screen again lets you jump to a particular location in your slideshow. (Music plays.) Again, we can press Escape to leave the slideshow. Finally, iPhoto '09 makes it incredibly easy to export your slideshow so you can still share your photos with people who don't happen to be sitting directly in front of your Mac. With your slideshow project selected, just click the Export button, and this allows you to export your slideshow as a QuickTime movie.
From here you can select the size for your movie that best suits your needs. This chart here gives you an idea of what formats work best for playing back on iPods, iPhones, Apple TVs and so on. Rolling your mouse over the Info button lets you see some more information about these particular settings and gives you an approximate file size for the exported movie. So you can export any combination of these different settings that you want so you have different versions of the slideshow to send to say your iPod and to your computer or to your MobileMe account. You also have the option to send your movie directly to your iTunes Library from here once it has been exported, which makes it easier to sync the movie to your iPod or iPhone.
iPhoto even offers the option to fully customize your export settings by clicking Custom Export. You can take advantage of this if you are familiar with QuickTime settings. You can go into Options, go into Settings, and here you can choose all different types of codecs and settings, but I wouldn't recommend going in here unless you are familiar with QuickTime codecs. In most cases, sticking with the Mobile, Medium, Large, or Display settings are going to yield you great results. So those are the new features and settings for slideshows in iPhoto '09.
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