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Chapter 5. Showing Photos Onscreen > Controlling Slideshows

Controlling Slideshows

Slideshow Advice

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

  • To avoid black edges (primarily with portrait-orientation photos) on monitors that don't use a 4 x 3 aspect ratio (such as most of Apple's flat-panel displays), either zoom in on photos or set the Scale Photos to Fill Screen option.

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

  • Remember that Macs can drive 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?

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

  • If you're repeating a slideshow, select a large iTunes playlist. That way, the music plays as long as the slideshow runs.

  • If you have two monitors, slideshows appear on the one containing the iPhoto window.

Configuring slideshows is easy, but controlling them while they run is even easier. Just move the pointer during a slideshow to show the hidden slideshow controls.



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