Slideshow Editor

You can use the Slideshow Editor to create slideshows that include video and audio clips as well as images. You can also use the Slideshow Editor to export slideshow movies that you can share via email, iPhone, iPod touch, iPod classic, or the web. To learn more about the Slideshow Editor, see About Creating Slideshows with the Slideshow Editor.

General Slideshow Editor Controls

The following controls are always available in the Slideshow Editor.

Figure. Controls in the Slideshow Editor.
Figure. Controls in the Slideshow Editor.
  • Theme button: Click this button to choose a theme for your slideshow.
  • Export button: Click this button to export your slideshow as a movie and choose a platform to share it on.
  • Slideshow playhead: Drag the playhead across thumbnail images in the Browser to see the slides and the transitions between them in the Slideshow Editor.
  • Play Slideshow button: Click this button to play the slideshow in full-screen mode.
  • Preview Slideshow button: Click this button to preview the slideshow in the Slideshow Editor. Clicking this button keeps the Browser open and the playhead visible as it moves across the images in the slideshow.
  • Slide Duration button: Click this button to set the duration of each slide as the slideshow plays.
  • Slideshow Settings button: Click this button to access controls in the Default Settings and Selected Slides panes.
  • Audio Browser button: Click this button to open the Audio browser.
Default Settings Controls

To show the Default Settings pane, click the Slideshow Settings button. You use the controls in this pane when you want to modify settings that are applied uniformly to every slide and transition in the slideshow.

Figure. Default Settings controls in the Slideshow Editor.

Note: The controls that appear in the Default Settings pane change depending on the theme selected for the slideshow.

  • “Repeat slideshow” checkbox: Select this checkbox to loop playback of the slideshow.
  • "Loop main audio track” checkbox: Select this checkbox to loop playback of the main audio track.
  • “Show title” checkbox: Select this checkbox to display title text over the first slide in the slideshow.
  • “Show title” Fonts button: Click this button to open the Fonts window and select a font and size to apply to the title text.

    Note: The Fonts button appears dimmed unless the “Show title” checkbox is selected.

  • “Show title” color well: Change the color applied to the title text by clicking the color well and then selecting a new color from the Colors window. You can also click the disclosure button (to the right of the color well) and select a new color from the pop-up color palette.

    Note: The color well and disclosure button appear dimmed unless the “Show title” checkbox is selected.

  • “Play slide for” value slider: Use this value slider to determine the amount of time each slide is shown during the slideshow.
  • Border value slider: Use this value slider to determine the width (or stroke) of the image border in pixels. A value of 0 (zero) applies no border.
  • Inset value slider: Use this value slider to apply padding between the image and the image border. A value of 0 (zero) applies no space between the image and the border.
  • Transition direction buttons: For transition effects that can be applied in more than one direction, set the direction of the effect using these buttons.

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

  • Text Fonts button: Click this button to open the Fonts window and select a font and size to apply to the text.
  • Text color well: Change the color applied to the text by clicking the color well and then selecting a new color from the Colors window. You can also click the disclosure button (to the right of the color well) and select a new color from the pop-up color palette.
Selected Slides Controls

To show the Selected Slides pane, click the Slideshow Settings button, then click the Selected Slides button. You use these controls to modify the behavior of individual slides in the slideshow.

Figure. Selected Slides settings in the Slideshow Editor.
  • “Photo effect” checkbox and pop-up menu: Select this checkbox and choose an effect from the pop-up menu to apply to the selected slides.
  • “Play slide for” checkbox and value slider: Select this checkbox to override the default settings and change the display time for an individual slide in the slideshow. Use the value slider to determine the amount of time the image will be shown.
  • Background checkbox and color well: Change the background color of an individual slide by selecting the Background checkbox, clicking the color well, and then selecting a new background color from the Colors window. You can also click the disclosure button (to the right of the color well) and select a new background color from the pop-up color palette.
  • Border checkbox and value slider: Apply a border to an individual slide by selecting this checkbox. Use the value slider to determine the width (or stroke) of the image border in pixels. A value of 0 (zero) applies no border.
  • Border color well: Change an individual image’s border color by clicking the color well and then selecting a new border color from the Colors window. You can also click the disclosure button (to the right of the color well) and select a new border color from the pop-up color palette.
  • Inset checkbox and value slider: Select the checkbox to apply padding between a specific image and the image border, and adjust the width of the padding using the Inset value slider. A value of 0 (zero) applies no space between the image and the border.
  • Crop checkbox and pop-up menu: Select this checkbox and choose an option from the pop-up menu to have the selected image fit within the frame of the slideshow’s aspect ratio, have the image fill the frame of the slideshow’s aspect ratio, or apply a Ken Burns effect. A Ken Burns effect zooms in to or out of the image and then slowly pans across it.
  • Edit button: Click this button to adjust the image based on the setting in the Crop pop-up menu. When you click the Edit button, you can adjust how the image fits the frame, choose the part of the image that fills the frame, or activate Start and End wireframes for the Ken Burns effect. You use the Start and End wireframes to set where the panning for the Ken Burns effect begins and ends in the image.

    For more information about creating custom Ken Burns effects, see Applying a Ken Burns Effect to Individual Slides.

  • Transition checkbox and pop-up menu: Select this checkbox to apply or modify a transition between selected slides. Choose the type of transition from the pop-menu.

    Note: A preview of the transition you choose plays beneath the Transition pop-up menu.

  • Transition direction buttons: For transition effects that can be applied in more than one direction, set the direction of the effect using these buttons.

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

  • Speed value slider: Use this value slider to set the duration of the transition.
  • Text checkbox and pop-up menu: Select this checkbox to apply text to appear over the selected slide in the slideshow. Choose the type of text, such as the version’s name or date, from the pop-up menu. You can also create a custom caption.
  • Text Fonts button: Click this button to open the Fonts window and select a font and size to apply to the text.
  • Text color well: Change the color applied to the text by clicking the color well and then selecting a new color from the Colors window. You can also click the disclosure button (to the right of the color well) and select a new color from the pop-up color palette.
Audio Browser Controls

Click the Audio Browser button to show controls for working with the audio tracks applied to the slideshow.

Figure. Audio browser controls in the Slideshow Editor.
  • Source list: Select the source of the audio track from this list. You can select a song or audio file from GarageBand, your iTunes library, slideshow Theme Music, and any audio imported into the Aperture library.

    Note: Make sure to use only DRM-free music from your iTunes library in slideshows that you plan to share with others.

  • Audio track preview area: Displays the available audio files from the item selected in the Source list. Select an audio track to accompany your slideshow by dragging it from the audio track preview area to the Browser.
  • Search field: Search for songs in your iTunes library or audio files on your system by entering descriptive text in the search field. The search is narrowed to the selection in the Source list.
  • Play button: Preview the selected audio file by clicking this button.