Photos: Create a Slideshow Project

6 Learners | 6 Completed Lessons | 2 Hours of Learning Time

Learning Activity

There are 2 ways to create a slideshow project in Photos. 

  1. You can quickly play a slideshow of the photos in a day, complete with a theme and music.
  2. Or you can create and save a slideshow project. 

In this activity you will create a slideshow project with at least 10 photos. Add a theme, music and text where appropriate. Take a screenshot of your slideshow whilst you're adding a feature to it, i.e. music. Upload the screenshot under Record Achievement.


Create a slideshow project

  1. In the Photos app  on your Mac, select the photos you want in your slideshow. You can add or remove photos later.
  2. Choose File > Create > Slideshow > Photos.
  3. Click the Slideshow pop-up menu and choose New Slideshow.
  4. Type a slideshow name in the Slideshow Name field, then click OK.
  5. To reorder photos, drag photos into the order you want them in the bottom of the window.
  6. To select a theme, click the Themes button , then click a theme.
  7. You can change the theme at any time. The theme you choose determines text position, fonts, and the transitions that appear between slides. The pan and zoom effect, also known as the Ken Burns effect, is available only for the Ken Burns theme.
  8. To select music for the slideshow, click the Music button , click the down arrow next to Music Library, then select a song or songs.
  9. Choose Theme Songs from the pop-up menu to see music included with Photos, or choose Music to see music from your Music library. Drag the songs you selected to change the order they play in. To delete a song, select it and press Delete.
  10. Note: If you don’t see music from your Music library listed, close Photos, then open Music and sign in if you haven’t already. With Music open, open Photos again, then select your slideshow. Click the Music button  and choose Music from the pop-up menu to see your music list appear.
  11. To change how long each slide appears, click the Duration button , then do any of the following (not all options are available for all themes):
    • Set the slideshow to match the length of the selected music: 

    • Set a specific display time for the slideshow: 

    • Set a transition for the entire slideshow: 

    • Set slides to fit the screen: 

  12. To see a preview of the slideshow, click the Preview button.

  13. Click Preview again to stop the preview. You can also set the slideshow to loop continuously by clicking the Loop button .
  14. To play the slideshow, click the Play button .

To stop playing a slideshow, press the Escape key. You can also press the arrow keys to skip forward or back through the slides, and press the Space bar to pause the slideshow.

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