How to Do a Slideshow on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Do you want to create a stunning slideshow on your Mac? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of creating a captivating slideshow using the built-in features on your Mac. So, let’s dive in and learn how to do a slideshow on Mac!

Step 1: Gathering Your Media

Before we start creating our slideshow, make sure you have all the media files (photos or videos) that you want to include in your presentation. Organize them in a separate folder for easy access later on.

Step 2: Launching the Photos App

To begin creating your slideshow, open the Photos app on your Mac. You can find it in the Applications folder or by searching for it using Spotlight (Cmd + Space).

Step 3: Creating an Album

In order to keep your slideshow organized, it’s best to create an album specifically for this purpose. To do this, go to the “File” menu and select “New Album”. Give your album a name that reflects its content and click “OK”.

Step 4: Adding Media to Your Album

Now that you have created an album, it’s time to add your media files. Simply drag and drop the desired photos or videos from their location into the newly created album.


If you have a large number of media files, hold down the Command key while selecting multiple items. This will allow you to add them all at once.

Step 5: Customizing Slideshow Settings

To access the slideshow settings, select the album containing your media files and click on “Slideshow” at the top-right corner of the Photos app window. Here, you can choose various options to customize your slideshow:

  • Theme: Select a theme that suits the mood and style of your slideshow. You can choose from options like Classic, Ken Burns, or Origami.
  • Music: Add background music to enhance the viewing experience of your slideshow. You can select a song from your iTunes library or choose from the built-in music options.
  • Duration: Adjust the length of time each slide is displayed before transitioning to the next one.
  • Transitions: Choose different transition effects between slides, such as Fade, Slide, or Flip.

Step 6: Playing Your Slideshow

Once you have customized the settings to your liking, click on “Play Slideshow” to start presenting your creation. Sit back and enjoy as your photos or videos come to life in a beautiful and seamless manner.

Step 7: Sharing Your Slideshow

If you want to share your masterpiece with others, you have several options. You can export it as a video file by going to “File” > “Export” > “Export Slideshow”. Alternatively, you can also share it directly via email or social media platforms using the sharing options provided in Photos app.


To access additional sharing options, click on the Share button located at the top-right corner of the Photos app window.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to create a stunning slideshow on your Mac using built-in features. Now go ahead and unleash your creativity by showcasing your memorable moments in an engaging and visually appealing way!

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