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How to make a Keynote photo slideshow in ten minutes – Tutorial

Learn how to show off your images by creating amazing slideshows in Keynote

Creating elegant slideshows in Keynote is surprisingly easy. In this tutorial, we’re going to demonstrate how to use one of the 44 pre-installed themes to create a beautiful photographic slideshow to show off your images. Simply follow the steps to replace the placeholder images and text and then add your own using the media panel, adding images from iPhoto or Aperture and even music from iTunes and video clips. Learn how to apply one of the many transitions to make your presentation really captivating. You won’t need to dedicate hours to this project – all this can easily be completed in under ten minutes.

1: Select the size

Open Keynote and select the size from the drop-down menu. We’ve chosen 800×600, which is the resolution of most projectors.

2. Choose the theme

Choose one of the 44 pre-installed themes, then drag your mouse over the slide to view the slide designs. Either double-click it or hit Choose to open.

3: Design

Pick a design for the opening slide from the Masters drop-down menu at the top of the interface. There are plenty of combinations to choose from.

4: Edit

Replace the placeholder text by clicking the mouse in the text box, selecting the text and then typing. Edit the design of the text using the Font panel.

5: Adding images

To add images, open the Media panel and select Photos. Then select the image you want from iPhoto; drag and drop it onto the image you want to replace.

6: Edit Mask

Slide the button right to make the image bigger within the frame. Tap ‘Edit Mask’ and then hold the cursor onto the image to move it around inside the frame.

7: Add slides

Add new slides by hitting the ‘+’ icon at the top of the interface, then select the design of the slide using the Masters drop-down menu.

8: Transitions

Add a transition between each slide by opening the Slide Inspector and choosing from the ‘Effect’ drop- down menu. You can edit the duration in the next field.

9: Play

Check the progress of your slideshow at any time by hitting the Play button on the top left of the interface. When you’re ready to share, just save it.

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