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iPhoto '09 has a fantastic new face recognition method: the Faces tool. From understanding the tool to sharing favorite shots on Flickr and Facebook, iPhoto '09: 10 Things to Know About Faces teaches iPhoto users how to take advantage of Faces. Instructor Derrick Story covers how to identify people in an iPhoto library, create a slideshow with Faces photos, and use Faces to organize collections. With all the new features of the Faces tool, iPhoto is a great family snapshot application.
Well, it's one thing to use these technologies to pull pictures together and get organized and all that good stuff. It's another thing to use it for something that's really fun and that people want to watch, and that's what we are going to do right now. We are going to create a slide show based on these faces that we have pulled together. And I think Josh and Alex are perfect candidates for this event. So we will go to our Smart Album of Josh and Alex. So this will become sort of reservoir that we pick from to decide which images we want to put in the slide show.
And it's easy enough, where you just pick the image, hold down the Command key and decide I want this one, I want this one, I want this one, I want this one. When you have all the images that you want, I really recommend making an album that is the basis for your slide show. I think it's easier to manage that way. So all you have to do is go down to the plus sign and then you'd give the album a name and I'll here just call it-- And whatever name you give it, by the way, will be the title of your slide show. So you do want to have something that will make a good title. And we have already created that so I'm not going to create it right now. I'll cancel that because I have it right here. Just all waiting for us in the oven, just pull it right out.
Okay, so we have our slide show images here. So all I have to do is click on the album to make sure it's selected, then you click on the Slideshow button. It may start playing if you've fooled around with it before, but I'll stop it and show you the settings. Let's just pause it here. We don't want to see that right now. What I want to show you are the settings that we use to create the slideshow. So first of all, you have to pick the theme and this will come up if it's the first time that you have done it at all. If you haven't done any slideshows at all, this will come up right away.
So I want to do the Snapshots theme. I like that theme a lot. Oh, very important! Click Use as default, because iPhoto will remember this and use it when we export it out, because we are going to export this outside of iPhoto too. Then we will go to Settings and I only want three seconds. You can set it for whatever you want. If you want longer or shorter. We will do three seconds. We are not going to fit it to music because the thing is when you fit to music, if the music is really long and you only have a few frames, they will be on there for a long time. It will be a very slow moving slideshow. I do want to show the title and that will be based on the name of the album. I don't want to shuffle the order. I want it to happen in chronological order and I don't want it to repeat. Just want to show it once and then have it end. And again, make sure this box is set: Use settings as default.
Now we can click Play and we can watch it for a second. Here we come. All right, I think we get the idea. It's working real well. I'll go ahead and pause that right there. Now, what I want to show you is that this is great, playing it inside of iPhoto, but what if we want to play it outside of iPhoto on other devices? We can do that. Watch. Again, just make sure our album is selected. Now, this time we are going to go to File > Export. We are going to go to Slideshow. We have some options here. I want to make a large one and that one is good for iTunes and things like that. And it even shows you, okay, this is good for TV, Apple TV, Computer, MobileMe, and I want to make a mobile one because I want to carry this around on my iPhone. That's what's really cool I think.
So iPhoto will make two copies for us, in each of these versions. I'm not going to have it automatically send it to iTunes, although you could. And if you are really good at this stuff, you enjoy making slideshows and so forth, you can click on Custom Export and make your own settings too. But these presets work really well. Now, I would click Export and it would build it for me and put it on my hard drive. We could hang out here for a few minutes and watch that, but I think you would rather just see the finished product. So I'll click Cancel.
I am going to minimize iPhoto and here we are in iTunes. Let's take it from the start. So you can see what I named the album is my title. This is an exportable slideshow. You can put it on a thumb drive and give it to someone else or mail it to them. Now here is where I think it gets really fun. I have my iPhone here. I'm going to open it up. Now, I have taken the mobile version of the slideshow, copied it into iTunes and said that I want it to go on my iPhone, and look what I can carry around with me.
(Music plays from iPhone.) It's pretty nice. Complete with sound. We'll stop that. That tune is going to get stuck in your head, I promise you. So this is something that I think is very exciting. I'll go back to iPhoto here just for a moment. It's one thing to use these technologies to organize. It's very helpful, but I think what I really like is when we get to use them to create things and share them with other people. These slideshows are terrific, the templates that iPhoto has are very good. You can play them in iPhoto.
You can play them in iTunes. You can share them with other people and you can carry them around on your iPhone. I think that's where we really get to realize the benefits of what we have here. So give this a try. If you haven't done it, do it. It's a lot of fun.
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