Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a slideshow album and picking a theme, part of Creative Slideshows with Aperture.
While slideshow presets are great and save a lot of time, they only offer limited controls. If you actually take the time to create your own slideshow you have a lot more customization options, let's explore. In our library here I am going to start and work with an album. Now you can use your own photos or continue to work with the demo exercise files we have provided. With the Smart Album selected I am going to make sure that all my images are active in that album.
If they're not, you could choose Edit > Select All. Once you have the desired images selected, just click the New button and choose Slideshow. When you do this the theme chooser comes up. Let's go ahead and name the slideshow and audition some of the possible themes. Some are highly stylized, like Holiday Mobile, others a little bit more traditional, like a Ken Burns, that puts slow zooms and pans on your photos.
Origami is a playful option that allows you to transition from one photo to another with a folding action and it often creates a collage with multiple images on the screen. Personally, I like the Origami option, if I have a lot of photos to show in only a short time to do it, it's going to create a combination with multiple images and it's a pretty straightforward collage approach. You don't have complete control over which images get paired, but it does a pretty good job of analyzing the images for portrait versus landscape aspect ratios and creates usually pretty visually pleasing pairings.
As you go through some of the other options here you will see a wide range of things like Edges, additional Mobiles, using geographic maps to tie it into a particular location. In this case, that one worked really well since all of my places were one place. But if you had several photos from multiple trips or from a long trip that might work really well. Reflections is another collage approach and this leaves a high-gloss reflection around the images, and this is very popular because it matches a lot of the advertising materials that Apple's produced through the years.
If you're looking for a very traditional approach, Scrapbook is going to go ahead and create an animated scrapbook approach with animated transitions between the pages. Shatter goes ahead and uses the color details in the image to create animated transitions based on color and lightness values. You are probably not going to use Shatter unless you're making skateboard videos or high-impact photo collages for extreme sports. It's pretty aggressive, but it does work and Aperture is a flexible application designed for lots of users.
To finish out our choices here, Sliding Panels is another tasteful collage approach. Snapshots, you saw earlier, just creates a long series of individual photos that slide onto the frame covering up the others. Vintage Prints is another collage approach, where color images are mixed in with grayscale or sepia tone versions of other photos. And lastly, watercolor panels is going to create other options here for animated transitions, using soft pastel colors.
For this particular case I am going to go with a nice Vintage Prints approach to create all of these great photos. I am choosing this theme because it feels to me the right match for my subject matter. I have a lot of photos of the desert, Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas Nevada, and this just felt right. But for your slideshow with different images or even this one using my photos, feel free to try a different theme. In fact, you could change the theme at any time if you'd like to experiment. When you're satisfied simply click Choose Theme to apply it, and you'll see that the slideshow album has been created.
You'll notice that because the two elements have the same name, Aperture has automatically added a number to notate that this is slightly different. You can go ahead and modify this, I can click on the text here, and single-click, and I'll just rename this, Red Rocks Canyon Slideshow, and you see that it updates. Now the text over here also updated so I want to modify that, I am just going to click on the text and delete away the word Slideshow, there we go.
If at any point need to change the theme, just click the Theme button and you'll see that the chooser comes back up, you could select a new theme and click Choose Theme. If you want to keep the currently selected theme, like I do here, I will just click Cancel. So as you see the name of the slideshow in your library doesn't have to be the same name it displays on screen. We are going to explore text options more in an upcoming movie.
- Rating and sorting images
- Creating a Smart Album
- Creating a slideshow with a preset
- Adding a secondary audio track
- Adjusting Ken Burns moves for individual slides
- Trimming a video clip
- Customizing transitions
- Timing transitions to music
- Playing back from Aperture
- Exporting slideshows