How to Make a Slideshow With Music on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Creating a Slideshow With Music on Mac

Welcome to this tutorial on how to create a stunning slideshow with music on your Mac. Slideshows are a great way to showcase your photos and memories, and adding music can bring them to life. In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of creating a slideshow with music using the built-in features of your Mac.

Step 1: Gathering Your Photos

The first step in creating a slideshow is gathering the photos you want to include. Make sure all the photos are organized in a folder or an album for easy access. You can arrange them in the order you want them to appear in your slideshow.

Step 2: Launching iMovie

iMovie is the perfect tool for creating slideshows with music on Mac. To get started, open iMovie from your Applications folder or launch it from the Launchpad.

Step 3: Creating a New Project

Once iMovie is open, click on “Create New” to start a new project. Give your project a name and choose the aspect ratio that best suits your needs. We recommend using the Widescreen (16:9) option for better compatibility.

Step 4: Importing Photos

Now it’s time to import your photos into iMovie. Click on “Import Media” and navigate to the folder or album where you have stored your photos. Select all the photos you want to include in your slideshow and click “Import Selected.”

Step 5: Arranging Photos

Once imported, you will see all your photos in the iMovie timeline at the bottom of the screen. Drag and drop each photo onto the timeline in the order you want them to appear in your slideshow. You can adjust the duration of each photo by clicking on it and selecting “Clip Adjustments.”

Step 6: Adding Music

To add music to your slideshow, click on the “Audio” tab in iMovie. Here you can browse through your iTunes library or import a specific song from your computer. Select the music track you want to use and drag it onto the timeline below your photos.

Step 7: Customizing Transitions

iMovie offers a variety of transition effects to make your slideshow more visually appealing. To apply a transition between photos, click on the “Transitions” tab in iMovie. Browse through the options and drag and drop the desired transition onto the timeline between two photos.

Step 8: Adjusting Slide Duration

If you want to change the duration of each slide, select all the photos in your timeline by holding down the Shift key and clicking on each photo. Then, right-click on one of the selected photos and choose “Clip Adjustments.” In the Clip Adjustments panel, set a new duration for all selected photos.

Step 9: Adding Text and Titles

If you want to add text or titles to your slideshow, click on the “Titles” tab in iMovie. Select a title style that suits your slideshow theme, then drag and drop it onto the timeline above a photo. Double-click on the title in the timeline to edit its text content.

Step 10: Previewing and Exporting

Once you are satisfied with your slideshow, preview it by clicking on the “Play” button in iMovie. If everything looks good, go ahead and export your slideshow by clicking on “File” > “Share” > “File.” Choose your desired quality settings and save it to your preferred location.


Congratulations! You have successfully created a slideshow with music on your Mac using iMovie.

With the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can now showcase your photos and memories in a captivating way. Feel free to experiment with different transitions, music tracks, and text styles to make your slideshow truly unique. Happy creating!

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