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Chapter 6. Sharing Photos > Slideshow Tips

Slideshow Tips

Although setting up and playing slideshows is easy, you can produce better results by keeping these tips in mind.

Slideshow tips:

  • To avoid black edges on monitors that don’t use a 4 × 3 aspect ratio (such as most of Apple’s flat-panel displays), crop images to the size of your screen.

  • When possible, use photos in landscape orientation, since portrait photos will have huge black bands on the edges.

  • Avoid using images smaller than your screen (in pixels), since they will look jaggy when iPhoto scales them up to fit.

  • If you really want to show small images, consider pasting them onto a larger background in a graphics program to increase their size and avoid iPhoto’s scaling.

  • Although iPhoto limits you to a single song per slideshow, repeating it as necessary, you can splice multiple songs together, either in iMovie or in other audio-editing programs. It’s probably easier to create the slideshow in iMovie entirely at that point.

  • Remember that PowerBooks and iBooks can display on TVs via an S-video cable (you may have to buy it separately). If you have a huge television handy, why not use that for a slideshow instead of the Mac’s monitor?

  • Another way of running a slideshow on a TV is to copy selected photos to your digital camera’s memory card via a USB card reader and then display them via the camera, with its TV cable. Make sure to name them appropriately and put them in the right location to fool your camera into displaying them.



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