How to Make a Slideshow on a Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Creating a slideshow on a Mac is a great way to showcase your photos and videos in a visually captivating manner. With the built-in software and powerful features, it’s easier than ever to create professional-looking slideshows. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of making a slideshow on a Mac, step by step.

Step 1: Gathering Your Media

Before you start creating your slideshow, gather all the photos and videos you want to include. Make sure they are saved in a folder or easily accessible location on your Mac.

Step 2: Launching iMovie

To begin creating your slideshow, open iMovie. If you don’t have iMovie installed, you can download it from the App Store.


If you’re using an older version of macOS that doesn’t have iMovie, you can use the Photos app to create a simple slideshow with music.

Step 3: Creating a New Project

In iMovie, click on “Create New” and select “Movie” from the drop-down menu. Choose any theme that suits your style or select “No Theme” if you prefer a clean and simple look for your slideshow.

Step 4: Importing Your Media

To import your media files into iMovie, go to the “Import Media” button or simply drag and drop them into the timeline at the bottom of the screen. You can rearrange them later as needed.


  • Bold: Organize your media files in separate folders beforehand for easy import.
  • Bold: Add a variety of photos and videos to keep your slideshow interesting.

Step 5: Editing Your Slideshow

Now it’s time to add some creative touches to your slideshow. You can trim and split video clips, apply transitions between slides, add text overlays, and even include background music.


  • Bold: Use the “Ken Burns” effect to add motion and zoom to your photos.
  • Bold: Experiment with different transition styles for a professional look.

Step 6: Exporting Your Slideshow

Once you’re satisfied with your slideshow, it’s time to export it. Click on the “Share” button and select “File” from the drop-down menu. Choose the desired resolution and quality settings for your final slideshow.


You can also directly share your slideshow on social media platforms or burn it onto a DVD using iMovie’s sharing options.


You have successfully created a stunning slideshow on your Mac using iMovie. Now you can share your masterpiece with friends, family, or even use it for professional presentations.

Remember, practice makes perfect! Don’t be afraid to experiment with different effects and styles to make your slideshows truly unique and captivating. Happy creating!

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