Modifying Settings Applied to the Entire Slideshow

The onscreen duration of each slide, the type of transition between slides, and the length of the transitions are initially set by the theme you choose for the slideshow. However, you can change these settings at any time, along with the aspect ratio, background color, image borders, Ken Burns effect settings, and titles. For more information about working with slideshow themes, see Changing a Slideshow’s Theme.

For more information about specifying settings that are applied to the entire slideshow, see the following sections:

Note: The availability of controls in the Default Settings pane of the Slideshow Editor depends on the theme selected for the slideshow. Select the Classic or Ken Burns slideshow theme to view all of the controls in the Slideshow Editor. For more information about selecting a theme, see Changing a Slideshow’s Theme.

Setting the Aspect Ratio for the Slideshow

Determining the aspect ratio of the slideshow is the first setting you need to address. Aperture slideshows can be output at aspect ratios that match either the main or secondary display, the dimensions of a standard 4:3 or 16:9 widescreen TV, or the 3:2 aspect ratio of iPhone.

To set the aspect ratio for the slideshow
  • If the Default Settings pane of the Slideshow Editor is not shown, click the Default Settings button, then choose an aspect ratio from the Aspect Ratio pop-up menu.

    Figure. Aspect Ratio pop-up menu in the Default Settings pane of the Slideshow Editor.

Looping the Slideshow and the Main Audio Track

You can set the slideshow to play repeatedly in full-screen mode until you stop playback by pressing Esc.

Figure. "Repeat slideshow" and "Loop main audio track" checkboxes in the Default Settings pane of the Slideshow Editor.
To set the slideshow to loop in full-screen mode until stopped
  • In the Default Settings pane of the Slideshow Editor, select the “Repeat slideshow” checkbox.

You can also set playback of the audio clip in the slideshow’s main audio track to loop until the end of the slideshow.

To loop playback of the slideshow’s main audio track
  • In the Default Settings pane of the Slideshow Editor, select the “Loop main audio track” checkbox.

Applying a Title to the Slideshow

You can apply a title to the beginning of your slideshow.

Note: The title controls in the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor and the title options in the Slideshow Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon) are available for use only with the Classic and Ken Burns slideshow themes. If iPhoto ’11 is installed, a new Text control appears, allowing you to add text to any slideshow theme.

To apply a title to the beginning of the slideshow
  1. In the Default Settings pane of the Slideshow Editor, select the “Show title” checkbox.

    Figure. "Show title" controls in the Default Settings pane of the Slideshow Editor.

    The slideshow album’s name appears in a text box over the first slide in the slideshow.

  2. If you wish, double-click the title and enter new title text.

  3. If you would like to choose a specific font and font size for the slideshow text, click the “Show” Fonts button and select a font and font size from the Fonts window.

  4. If you would like to change the font color for the slideshow title, do one of the following:

    • Click the “Show title” color well, then select a color from the Colors window.

    • Click the disclosure button to the right of the color well, then select a color from the pop-up color palette.

You can also display your title over a solid background by inserting a blank slide.

To insert a blank slide for the title
  1. In the Browser, move the playhead to the beginning of the slideshow.

  2. Choose Insert Blank Slide With Text from the Slideshow Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon).

  3. If necessary, drag the blank slide to the beginning of the slideshow.

    A blank slide appears at the beginning of the slideshow with the title.

  4. In the Slideshow Editor, double-click the text in the slide and enter a title for the slideshow.

Setting the Length of Time Slides Play

Next, you need to set the length of time the slides play.

To set the length of time the slides play
  • In the Default Settings pane of the Slideshow Editor, specify the number of seconds that each slide should appear onscreen using the “Play slide for” value slider.

Note: Depending on which theme is applied to the slideshow, additional controls may appear for fitting the slideshow to the soundtrack and aligning the slideshow to beats. For more information about adding a soundtrack to a slideshow, see Adding Music and Audio to Slideshows.

Choosing a Background Color for the Slideshow

You can change the color of the background over which the slides play.

Figure. Background color well and disclosure button in the Default Settings pane of the Slideshow Editor.
To change the slideshow’s background color
Do one of the following:
  • In the Default Settings pane of the Slideshow Editor, click the Background color well, then select a color from the Colors window.

  • Click the disclosure button to the right of the color well, then select a color from the pop-up color palette.

Adding Uniform Borders to Slides

You can add a uniform border to the slides in your slideshow to help distinguish them from the background.

Figure. Border controls in the Default Settings pane of the Slideshow Editor.
To add image borders
  1. In the Default Settings pane of the Slideshow Editor, specify the width of the border using the Border value slider.

  2. To specify a border color, do one of the following:

    • Click the Border color well, then select a color from the Colors window.

    • Click the disclosure button to the right of the color well, then select a color from the pop-up color palette.

The border is applied to every image in the slideshow.

You can apply space between the image and its border using the Inset value slider.

To add space between the image and its border
  • In the Default Settings pane of the Slideshow Editor, specify the width of the inset (as measured in pixels) using the Inset value slider.

Fitting the Slides to the Aspect Ratio

After you have chosen an aspect ratio for your slideshow, you need to decide how you want your images to appear within the aspect ratio. Use the Crop pop-up menu in the Default Settings pane of the Slideshow Editor to choose to have the images fit within the frame of the slideshow aspect ratio, have the images fill the frame of the slideshow aspect ratio, or apply a Ken Burns effect to each image in the slideshow. A Ken Burns effect either zooms in to or out of the image while simultaneously panning along the widest dimension of the image.

You can have Aperture scale the images so that they fill the screen, with no part of the background showing. Keep in mind that Aperture must zoom in to most of the images to make them fit the aspect ratio of the slideshow. This means that parts of the images will be cropped.

Figure. Crop pop-up menu in the Default Settings pane of the Slideshow Editor.
To set the crop characteristics for your images
Do one of the following:
  • To fit every image in the slideshow within the chosen aspect ratio without cropping the images, choose Fit in Frame from the Crop pop-up menu.

  • To have every image in the slideshow fill the frame of the chosen aspect ratio, choose Fill Frame from the Crop pop-up menu.

    Cropping will occur along the longest dimension of each image unless the image’s aspect ratio matches the aspect ratio chosen in the Aspect Ratio pop-up menu. Drag within the images to set the portions of the images that are visible.

  • To apply a Ken Burns effect to the images in the slideshow, choose Ken Burns Effect from the Crop pop-up menu.

Adding Uniform Transitions Between Slides

You can add uniform transitions between the slides in your slideshow as well as set the duration of the transitions.

Figure. Transition controls in the Default Settings pane of the Slideshow Editor.
To add transitions between every slide in the slideshow
  1. In the Default Settings pane of the Slideshow Editor, choose a transition from the Transition pop-up menu.

    A preview of the selected transition plays below the Speed value slider. You can use the Transition direction buttons to preview the angle at which animated transitions enter and exit the frame.

  2. If you chose a transition that can be applied in more than one direction, click a Transition direction button to set the direction of the transition.

    The Preview area shows the angle at which animated transitions enter and exit the frame.

    Note: The Transition direction buttons appear dimmed if you choose a transition that can be applied in only one direction.

  3. Set the duration of the transitions between slides by specifying the time, in seconds, using the Speed value slider.

The chosen transition is applied uniformly between slides in the slideshow, with the direction and duration you specified.

Adding Text to Slides

You can display basic information about each image in your slideshow, such as each version’s name or caption text.

To add slide text
  1. In the Default Settings pane of the Slideshow Editor, choose the type of information to display with each image from the Text pop-up menu.

    Figure. Text controls in the Default Settings pane of the Slideshow Editor.
  2. If you would like to choose a specific font and font size for the slideshow text, click the Text Fonts button and select a font and font size from the Fonts window.

  3. If you would like to change the color of the slideshow text, do one of the following:

    • Click the Text color well, then select a color from the Colors window.

    • Click the disclosure button to the right of the color well, then select a color from the pop-up color palette.

By default, the slide text is displayed on the lower-left side of the image. However, you can choose where you want the slide text to appear onscreen.

To move the slide text
  • In the Slideshow Editor, select the slide text, then drag it to a new position on the screen.

    Yellow alignment guides appear to help you center the text horizontally and vertically or align the text in the upper third or lower third of the image.

    Figure. Image showing slide text being dragged to a new position and yellow alignment guides appearing to help align the text.

The slide text is moved to the new position, appearing in the same position over each slide.