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Lesson 13. Putting Your Slide Show on th... > Putting Digital Files into iPhoto

Putting Digital Files into iPhoto

Just as you did in Lesson 3, you're going to bring photos into iPhoto. And as you did there, you'll add folders of photos as if they were rolls. (Before, however, you were simulating importing rolls from a digital camera.)

Open iPhoto.

Drag and drop the Petroglyph Stills folder of photos from the Desktop onto iPhoto's Source column.

You can import a folder by dropping it in the main window, but you might as well take it right to Sources—this simultaneously creates an album for you, with the name of the folder (Petroglyph Stills), and loads all the photos into it (as well as into the Library).

Now all the stills from the video are in iPhoto, in an album and ready for you to organize.

Open the Petroglyph Stills folder.

Rearrange the photos to your liking.

As with editing video, they don't need to be in the order you shot them—and in fact, they probably shouldn't be.

Drag and drop the photos into a new order.

When you're ready to put your slides on the Internet, click HomePage.

This will let you access your .Mac account and open the album in a preset template.


If you don't see the column on the right of Themes, click the Show Themes button at the lower left of the window. There are a number of Web page themes to choose from.

The names under the images come from the filenames of the photographs. The style of the page is set according to your choice from the themes, presented along the right side of the window. Try a few different themes to see what they look like, but ultimately come back here, to the Aquarium theme.

Change the text on the page. You can change the title at the top of the page, the small block of text under the title, and of course the captions. Write a pithy description in the text block by first clicking the title. Click the photo names to change them into captions.

At any point in your creative process, you can change the theme.

Click the Pushpin theme.

When you've got the page the way you'd like it to be seen online, you're ready to publish it.

Click Publish.

Immediately, iPhoto makes a connection to your .Mac account—in particular, your allocated iDisk space—and uploads the photos from your computer to the .Mac server. (You must be connected to the Internet for this to work.)

In a few moments, the transfer is complete, your page is published, and a window pops up to alert you. You can visit the page directly, go back and edit the page if you'd like, or just click OK (and the window goes away).

Your .Mac account will email you (or the person listed on the account as the contact) with information about your new page—including the URL—as well as some other tips. So, although you may have the urge to write down this long Web address, you'll have other opportunities to save the page as a bookmark or email the URL to friends and family or a mailing list of customers.

Click Visit Page Now.

Your default Web browser will go to your new Web page. It will look pretty much the same as it did while you were building it, with the addition of one particularly interesting option. There's a button near the top that turns this Web page into a slide show. It's not an automatic show as in iPhoto; instead, viewers can manually move from slide to slide at their own pace.

Click Start Slideshow.

The slide show opens in its own window, and you can navigate it with the arrows in the bottom-right corner.

Peruse the slides you uploaded to the Web.



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