Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a slideshow with a preset, part of Creative Slideshows with Aperture.
The quickest way to put together a slideshow is using slideshow presets. Aperture ships with several built- in presets for a variety of styles. These can't be customized but they are super easy to use, here's how. Go ahead and select a project or an album and select all the images you want to use. If you want to control which images are in the slideshow, you can go ahead and click on an image, then hold the Command key to select other images inside the album.
If you want to use all images in the album, which we do in this case since it's a Smart Album based on our ratings, I could just press Command+A or choose Edit > Select All. Once that's chosen it's really easy, File > Play Slideshow. The shortcut is Shift+S. When you choose that, a very simple dialog comes up offering you presets.
You can choose from a variety of options including very tasteful ones like Dissolve or Fade through Black. You can use a Manual slideshow to control when you go from one image to the next, or take advantage of very fancy stylized options, such as Scrapbook, which will create animated backdrops. Let's take a look at a couple of these. I am going to start with a manual slideshow and then click the Start button.
The manual slideshow is a great option if you want to do a review session, or perhaps you're giving it to a room, a group presentation. Manual will let you control when you go from one slide to the next and lets you talk over your slides. This is great when you want complete control. You'll see here we are on our first slide. And I can go ahead and press the Spacebar and it will go in and start to move through our slides. Every time I click the Spacebar it will dissolve to the next image nice and cleanly.
You can also use the right arrow key to go on to the next image or the left arrow key to go back. When you go backwards in the slideshow it no longer dissolves or does the animated transition. So try to reserve doing that too often. When you're finished, just press the Escape key to exit from the slideshow. Let's go ahead and try out a couple other presets just to have a look at what's possible. Again, I'll choose File > Play Slideshow, or the shortcut Shift+S. Let's try the popular Ken Burns effect, which is going to add animated moves on our photos, and I'll click start.
(music playing) Notice pressing the Spacebar pauses the slideshow, so even though it's an automated slideshow, in this case one with music, you still retain control.
Now these presets are pretty flexible, I want to show you one more and then the rest you can explore on your own. To exit the current presentation, I am just going to press the Escape key, and then we will use the shortcut Shift+S to reengage the Play Slideshow command. Let's go ahead and try one of the most stylized options like Snapshots. Notice it's automatically taking the text from the smart album name. So if it's not the text you want simply click over here and customize the text before you engage the Play Slideshow command.
Let's go ahead and click Start. (music playing) So you see there are lots of great options. Let's keep exploring and going forward.
- 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