How to Save iPhoto Slideshows As Files


Using iPhoto on your Mac OS X computer, you can create a slideshow of your photos. If you want to share your slideshow with others, you can export the slideshow to a movie file. This is a ".mov" format file that can be played on any computer using QuickTime, iTunes or other media player. While you can create a slideshow from your entire iPhoto photo library, slideshows are easier to manage if you create a new folder and drag your desired photos into that folder.

  • Create a new folder in iPhoto by clicking the "+" button on the bottom of the window. Give it an appropriate name for your slideshow.

  • Click the "Photos" library. Select the photos you want to appear in the slideshow and drag them into the new folder.

  • Arrange the photos in the order you want by dragging them into position.

  • Click the play button at the bottom of the iPhoto window if you want to add music to your slideshow, then click "Music" and select your desired song from the options provided.

  • Click the "File" menu, then click "Export... ."

  • Click the "QuickTime" tab.

  • Type the height and width of your movie in the text fields, or leave them at their default values.

  • Type in the number of seconds you want each photo to appear, in seconds, with up to two decimal places.

  • Click the color icon to select a background color. Alternatively, you can select an image to be displayed as the background by clicking "Image" and then selecting an image in the pop-up window.

  • Click the box beside "Add currently selected slideshow music to movie" if you want music to be played in the movie file.

  • Click "Export." Name your movie file and select a location to save it in the pop-up window. Click "OK."

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also put your slideshow onto a DVD by exporting it to iMovie.

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