How to Create Slideshows

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Slideshows are a creative way to present information, photos and graphics to an audience whether it is in a room or online. With the invention of the computer and applications like Microsoft PowerPoint, Windows Movie Maker and Apple's QuickTime Pro, making a slideshow is as easy as placing photos and other graphical elements onto a template and adding titles, if desired. You can even add narration to each slide. Once created, the slideshow is easily emailed, uploaded to a web server or saved to a CD-ROM for distribution.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Windows Movie Maker or Microsoft PowerPoint
  • QuickTime Pro

Using Windows Movie Maker

  • Click "Start," "All Programs," "Windows Movie Maker."

    If you don't see the program on your All Programs menu, click "Accessories," "Entertainment."

  • Click on "Import pictures" under the "Capture Video" heading."

  • Navigate to the directory containing the pictures you want to use in a slideshow. Press the "CTRL" key on your computer's keyboard and click on each picture you want to use in the slideshow.

  • Click "Import."

  • Click and drag the first picture you want to use to the "Video" portion of the timeline at the bottom of the program. Release your mouse to place the picture.

  • Repeat the previous step for each picture you want to use.

  • Right click on a picture and select "Video Effects" to add special effects to the picture. Double click on the effect to place it on the photo. Click "OK" to accept the effect.

  • Click on "View video transitions" under the "Edit Movie" heading to select a transition for the pictures in your slideshow.

  • Click on the transition you want. Drag the transition to the first picture on the timeline. Repeat step for each picture. You can mix and match transitions.

  • Click on "Import audio or music" under the "Capture Video" heading" to navigate to a audio/music file you would like to place within your slideshow.

  • Click and drag the audio/music file you want to use to the "Audio/Music" portion of the timeline at the bottom of the program.

  • Click on "Make titles or credits" under the "Edit Movie" heading to add a title to your slideshow.

  • Click on "Add title at the beginning of the movie" to add a title at the start of the slideshow. You can also add credits to your slideshow; place a title before or after a picture; or place a title on a picture.

  • Enter the text for your title. Click "Done, add title to movie." You can also change the animation of the title, text color and font by clicking on the links "Change the title animation" or "Change the text font and color."

  • Click on the "Play" arrow on the video player on the right-side of the Windows Movie Maker screen to preview your slideshow.

  • Click on "Save to my computer" under the "Finish Movie" heading to save your slideshow. Other options include saving the slideshow to a CD, sending the file as an email, sending the file to a web server and sending the file to a Digital Video (DV) camera.

  • Navigate to the directory where you want to save the file to. Enter a name in the box next to the wording "File name:." Click "Save."

Using Apple's QuickTime Pro

  • Click on the QuickTime Pro icon on your Mac's "Desktop" to open the program or click on your Mac's Hard Drive icon and navigate to the "Applications" folder. Click on the QuickTime Pro icon.

  • Click "File," "Open Image Sequence."

  • Navigate to the directory containing the pictures you want to use in a slideshow.

  • Click on the first picture in the folder. Click "Open."

  • Click on the down arrow next to the wording "Frame Rate:" to select the amount of time for each picture to appear on the screen. Select "2" for a two-second hold or another value. Click "OK."

  • Click "File," "Save."

  • Navigate to the directory where you want to save the file to. Enter a name in the box next to the wording "File name:." Click "Save."

  • Click on the "Play" arrow on the QuickTime player to preview your slideshow.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also use Microsoft PowerPoint to create a slideshow on both Windows and Mac systems. Open PowerPoint, click "File," "New," "Blank Presentation." Click "Insert," "Picture," "From File..." Navigate to the directory containing the pictures you want to use. Click on the picture you want to place on slide "1." Click "Open." Click "Insert," "New Slide" to add another slide. Repeat the "Insert," "Picture," "From File..." steps for the next picture you want to add to the slideshow. To add a transition, click "Slide Show," "Slide Transition." Select the transition. Click "Apply All." To save the slideshow, click "File," "Save As." Enter a name in the box next to the wording "File name:." Click "Save."

References

  • Photo Credit slides and loupe image by tim elliott from Fotolia.com
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