Modifying Individual Slides and Transitions

After specifying the basic settings for a slideshow, you use the Selected Slides controls to modify or accentuate specific slides and transitions. You can set the length of time a specific image appears onscreen, change the background color for any slide, modify the border width and color for individual slides, modify the space between an image and its border, and set how a specific image is cropped when it is set to fill the screen. You can also apply a Ken Burns effect to a specific slide and set where the panning begins and ends within the image, apply or change an existing transition and its duration, and apply titles to individual slides.

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

Note: The availability of controls in the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor depends on the theme applied to the slideshow.

For more information about working with the default settings for a slideshow, see Modifying Settings Applied to the Entire Slideshow.

Working with Video Slides

In Aperture, you can add video clips as individual slides in your slideshow. You work with video clips in the Slideshow Editor and Browser in the same way that you work with images. However, there are additional controls in the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor for specifying the volume settings of the video clip. For example, you can mute the audio clip in the main audio track so that it doesn’t drown out the audio in the video clip while it is playing in the slideshow. You can also set duration of the fade-in and fade-out of the video clip’s audio to smooth out abrupt transitions between the video clip and the audio clip in the slideshow’s main audio track.

Note: To trim a video clip or duplicate a video clip so that you can use multiple portions of it in the same slideshow, see Listening to Audio and Viewing Video in the Viewer.

Figure. Video controls in the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor.
To set the volume for a video slide
  1. Select a video clip in the Browser.

  2. If the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor is not shown, click the Selected Slides button.

    Note: The video controls appear in the Selected Slides pane only when a video clip is selected in the Browser.

  3. Specify the volume of the video clip as it plays in the slideshow using the Volume slider and value slider.

You can set the volume of a video clip to smoothly increase over time by applying a fade-in. Adding a fade-in to a video clip helps prevent an abrupt transition from the audio clip in the slideshow’s main audio track to the audio in the video clip.

To add a fade-in to a video clip
  • In the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor, specify the duration of the fade-in, in seconds, using the Fade In slider and value slider.

You can also set the volume of a video clip to smoothly decrease over time by applying a fade-out. Adding a fade-out to a video clip helps prevent an abrupt transition from the audio in the video clip to the audio clip in the slideshow’s main audio track.

To add a fade-out to a video clip
  • In the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor, specify the duration of the fade-out, in seconds, using the Fade Out slider and value slider.

You can specify the volume of the audio clip in the main audio track or turn it off completely when a video clip is playing.

To adjust the volume of the audio clip in the main audio track while a video clip is playing
  • In the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor, make sure the “Reduce volume of main track to” checkbox is selected, then drag the slider to the left to decrease the volume, or to the right to increase it. You can also click the left or right arrow in the value slider to change the volume, or drag in the value field.

To mute the volume of the audio clip in the main audio track while a video clip is playing
  • In the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor, make sure the “Reduce volume of main track to” checkbox is selected, then set the slider to 0%.

Applying a Photo Effect to Individual Slides

You can apply an effect, such as a sepia tint, to a selection of slides in your slideshow.

To apply a photo effect to a specific slide or group of slides
  1. Select an image or group of images in the Browser.

  2. If the Selected Slides pane is not shown in the Slideshow Editor, click the Selected Slides button, then choose an effect from the “Photo effect” pop-up menu.

    Figure. "Photo effect" checkbox and pop-up menu in the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor.

The effect is applied to the selected slides. Deselect the “Photo effect” checkbox to turn the effect off.

Modifying the Display Time for Individual Slides

You can modify the length of time any image in your slideshow appears onscreen.

To set the display time for a specific slide or group of slides
  1. Select an image or group of images in the Browser.

  2. In the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor, select the “Play slide for” checkbox.

    Figure. "Play slide for" checkbox and value slider in the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor.
  3. Specify the length of time you want the slide or group of slides to appear using the “Play slide for” value slider.

The display time for the selected slide or slides changes to the duration you specified.

You can also tap record the durations of slides to match the slideshow soundtrack using the Slide Duration button. When you click the Slide Duration button, controls appear that allow you to set the length of time each slide plays on the fly while playing the slideshow.

To set a slide’s duration on the fly
  1. In the Browser, move the playhead to the beginning of the slideshow.

  2. In the Slideshow Editor, click the Slide Duration button.

    An overlay displays the length of time the slide is set to play.

    Figure. Slide Duration button and controls in the Slideshow Editor.
  3. Press the Space bar to play the slideshow.

    As the playhead moves over the selected slide in the Browser, the duration counter in the overlay counts the number of seconds. The playhead stops when it reaches the end of the slide, but the duration counter continues to count.

  4. Press Return to stop the counter and set the current slide’s display duration.

    The playhead moves to the next slide in the Browser.

  5. Repeat step 4 until the duration of each slide is set.

  6. When you have finished, click Done.

Changing the Background Color for Individual Slides

You can change the background color for any slide in your slideshow.

To change the background color of a specific slide or group of slides
  1. Select an image or group of images in the Browser.

  2. In the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor, select the Background checkbox.

    Figure. Background controls in the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor.
  3. Do one of the following:

    • 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 choose a color from the pop-up color palette.

The new background color is applied to the selected slide or group of slides.

Adding Image Borders to Individual Slides

You can apply a border to any image or group of images in a slideshow.

To add image borders to a selected slide or group of slides
  1. Select an image or group of images in the Browser.

  2. In the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor, select the Border checkbox.

    Figure. Border controls in the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor.
  3. Specify the width of the border using the Border value slider.

  4. If you want to change the color of the border, 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 new image border is applied to the selected slide or group of slides in the slideshow.

Setting the Crop for Individual Slides

You can make an image or a group of images in your slideshow fill the screen.

Figure. Crop controls in the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor.
To make the image or group of images in the slideshow fill the screen
  1. Select an image or group of images in the Browser.

  2. In the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor, select the Crop checkbox.

  3. Choose Fill Frame from the Crop pop-up menu.

The selected image or images fill the screen.

You can also choose which part of the image is cropped when you choose the Fill Frame item from the Crop pop-up menu.

To set the crop for images that fill the screen
  1. In the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor, click the Edit button to the right of the Crop pop-up menu.

    A crop overlay appears over the selected image.

  2. Drag the crop overlay over the part of the image that you want to appear in the slideshow.

  3. Click Done.

Applying a Ken Burns Effect to Individual Slides

You can select specific images in your slideshow that warrant additional emphasis and apply a Ken Burns effect to them.

Note: If the faces in the images have names assigned to them, the Ken Burns effect takes this information into account when cropping and positioning the faces in the slideshow.

To apply a Ken Burns effect to an individual slide in the slideshow
  1. Select an image in the Browser.

  2. In the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor, select the Crop checkbox.

    Figure. Items in the Crop pop-up menu in the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor.
  3. Choose Ken Burns Effect from the Crop pop-up menu.

A Ken Burns effect is applied to the image.

You can also choose where the Ken Burns effect panning begins and ends within the image.

To set the start and end frames for the Ken Burns effect
  1. Follow the steps above for applying a Ken Burns effect to an individual slide.

  2. Click the Edit button to the right of the Crop pop-up menu.

    The Start and End overlays appear in the Slideshow Editor.

  3. Drag the Start (green) and End (red) overlays over the parts of the image where you want the panning to begin and end.

    The yellow line between the center marks of the Start and End overlays indicates the panning path of the Ken Burns effect.

    Figure. Image showing Start and End overlays for the Ken Burns effect.
  4. If you wish, you can reverse the panning motion by clicking the Reverse button.

    Figure. Image showing the Reverse button for the Start and End overlays for the Ken Burns effect.
  5. When you are satisfied with the panning path of the Ken Burns effect, click Done.

The customized Ken Burns effect is applied to the image.

Tip: Click the Preview Slideshow button or press the Space bar to review the customized Ken Burns effect you applied to the image.

Modifying Individual Transitions Between Slides

You can add a unique transition in your slideshow or change an existing one using the Transition controls.

To add a unique transition between slides
  1. Select two images in the Browser that appear side by side.

  2. In the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor, select the Transition checkbox and choose a transition from the pop-up menu.

    A preview of the transition applied between the images appears in the Preview area below the Speed value slider.

    Figure. Transition controls in the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor.
  3. Set the duration of the transition in seconds using the Speed value slider.

  4. If the transition effect can be applied in more than one direction (the Move In transition, for example), you can set the direction of the transition by clicking one of the Transition direction buttons.

The chosen transition is applied between the images selected in the Browser with the duration and direction you specified.

Adding Text to an Individual Slide

You can add text to individual images in your slideshow using the Text controls. The text for the individual slides overrides any text applied to the entire slideshow using the Default Settings controls. Text that can be edited appears over the selected image or group of images in the slideshow. You can also automatically add text based on metadata such as the version name or caption.

To add text to an individual image in the slideshow
  1. In the Browser, select an image or group of images.

  2. In the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor, select the Text checkbox, then do one of the following:

    • To add custom text: Choose Custom from the Text pop-up menu.

      Text that can be edited appears over the selected image in the slideshow. Enter the text for the image here.

    • To add text based on the image’s metadata: Choose a type of metadata from the Text pop-up menu.
      Figure. Text controls in the Selected Slides pane of the Slideshow Editor.
  3. If you would like to change the color of the 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.

  4. 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.

  5. If you would like to choose where the text appears on the screen, select the text and drag it to a new position.