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In iPhoto '11 Essential Training, Derrick Story offers an in-depth tour of the popular photo management software from Apple, demonstrating its various features for organizing, editing, and sharing images. The course covers techniques to categorize and combine images into custom collections using iPhoto's geotagging, face detection, and Smart Album features, and offers insight on how to perform key image corrections and enhancements. Also covered are tutorials on building customized slideshows and outputting collections to calendars, books, and greeting cards. Exercise files accompany the course.
Let's build a slideshow. This is a lot of fun. I enjoy doing that. We already have one created. I did this earlier when you were having something to eat. One for Kauai. So let's build one from scratch with Germany. So I am just going to click on Germany, the event, and we will go down to the Slideshow button and click on that and we get this interface here that has three tabs. Themes, Music, and Settings. Now, we have new themes in iPhoto '11 and they're terrific.
All we have to do is mouse over a theme and you get a little sample of that. Pretty cool! So you just pick the theme that you want. We'll do Origami only because it's fun and new, and if you want this theme to be the default whenever you do something that's automatic that starts here, click the Default Settings box. I don't really recommend doing that because this is so easy to do and unless you're really in a hurry, most of the time you might want to make a choice for that particular slideshow. But it's there and that's what it does.
If you go to Music, and almost all slideshows benefit from having some music. So we would check this box to make sure that music plays with your slideshow and for the Source, iPhoto provides you with some theme music. This is royalty free. So you can use it anywhere and everywhere and you also have access to your iTunes library. Now, the only thing about that is if you share your slideshow online, make sure you have the copyright for the music. Otherwise use something that's royalty-free.
You can also create a custom playlist for your slideshow, which I just think is really fun, which means you can have more than one soundtrack. You can just drag them over here just like this, create this custom playlist, and then you can even move them around. There you go, and create the order, and once again you can use whatever you create as a default if you want. And if you decide you don't want this, then you can just click on them and delete.
All right! That's pretty nice. So we have our music set. We'll go ahead and do Endless Summer. I am sure you've heard that before. Then finally we have our Settings tab and this is where you get to determine how long each slide will play. Don't go longer than five seconds and a lot of times I like to go less. If you have a lot of animation such as Origami, you want to allow a little bit more time per slide. If you have something very simple where it's just dissolving from one slide to the next, you might want to take that down to three seconds.
Then you can fit your slideshow to the Music, and that means of course if the song is four minutes long and you have ten slides, then those ten slides will be stretched out for that four minutes. The only thing I need to warn you about is that sometimes songs have like silent periods at the beginning or at the end or they fade or whatever. So this doesn't always work out perfectly, but it's there and on some songs it actually works great. Showing the title slide, you get that choice right here. Shuffling the slides right here but you don't have any control over the shuffle, they do all the shuffling, and then whether or not you want to repeat the slideshow.
And of course, again, whatever choices you make here, you can use as your default settings. Once you have all of that, then all you have to do is click Play. (Music playing) You get the idea.
When you're done, just click the X. Now, as I mentioned before, iPhoto will remember those settings. So if I go back to Germany, and I hit the Slideshow button, it just picks up with those settings. So then the question would be well, what if I wanted to change my settings? It's great that iPhoto remembers that. Well, that's what this little gear is for right here. It allow you to change each of these settings here and it brings you up to the interface where you could also change music and themes, and these are themes and this is music.
So you can really start anywhere in this dialog that you want. That's how you change it. Once you make a change, then iPhoto will remember that new setting. It's really quite simple and it's a lot of fun. This is a terrific way, I am not going to editorialize too much here, but this is a terrific way to show off your photos to friends and family.
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