How to Make a Slideshow with Music
There is no better way to arrange your photos than a slideshow with music. Romantic story, holiday adventure or prom memories – the theme is totally up to you. Trust the creation of a slideshow to Icecream Slideshow Maker – a versatile application with a set of useful features for creating outstanding photostories.
This step-by-step walkthrough will help you create a great project with photos and music and immortalize your memories and make a slideshow with music in just a several easy steps.
Download and install the program
You should first download Icecream Slideshow Maker. You can do that by clicking on the “Download” button right on this page. Save a setup file on your PC and launch it to start the installation. Complete the process by following Wizard’s guidelines and run the program when you are ready to start.
Add photo oк folder with photos for future slideshow
The next step is adding files for your slideshow. There are several ways of doing that:
- “Add photo” or “Add files to start your photostory” buttons. Both buttons are located in the main window (upper left corner and center of it respectively). By clicking on one of them, you will open Windows Explorer. Now, you can import any files from your computer to arrange them in a slideshow later.
- “Add folder”. This option allows you to save a lot of time by importing a bunch of photos from a folder at a time. If there are subfolders in a chosen folder, their contents will also be imported to the program. The program works exclusively with images, which means none of the files with inappropriate extensions will be imported.
Configure settings for images and audio
- File queue is displayed on the left side of the window. In this section, you can set certain configurations, such as “Time” and “Transition”. The first one shows how long an image will be displayed until changed with the second one. The “Transition” option allows you to change the transition effect – just click on this option and select the desired effect from a dropdown menu (it will be displayed in the player on the right automatically). You can choose different time and transition values for each file in your queue. If you want to move an item up or down, you can either drag and drop it to a desired position or click on it and use the arrows on the right side of the panel. To delete a file from the list, simply click on the recycle bin icon.
- If you set different time and transition values for your files and want to change them to equal ones, look at the gray area under the queue. Time and transition values that you choose in this section will be applied to all items in the list. Besides, you can click on the “Clear list” button to delete all files added to the queue. The filename is displayed under this area – the default name looks like “sshow_yy-mm-dd_hhmmss” but you can change it if you want.
- There is a preview window on the right side – you can use it whenever you want to check the applied changes. Under the preview window you can find a number of settings: “Resolutions”, “Transition duration”, etc. Chosen values will be applied to all the files in the queue.
- There are several available resolution options such as 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024, and others. Click on the value to choose a desired one from a dropdown menu. The “Transition duration” option stands for the duration of transition effects and offers 3 values: 1, 2, or 3 seconds.
- You can find 2 checkboxes in front of the previous settings: “Scale to fit” and “Original ratio”. Check the “Scale to fit” box if you want to make the images fit your screen size; check the “Original ratio” box to keep the original aspect ratio of your images. There is a tiny question mark icon in front of each setting – move your cursor over it to learn more about this particular option.
- Now, it’s time to add music to your slideshow. Find the “Add audio” button in the slideshow settings area and press it to import a song from your computer using Windows Explorer. Once the song is uploaded, set the “Offset” and “Fade” values in front of the “Add audio” button. Negative offset means that the audio will start playing immediately, shifted by a certain time, while positive offset stands for playing after a specified time.
Make a slideshow with music
The process is started after pressing the “Create” button in the bottom right corner. Before skipping to the creation of the slideshow, check it in the preview window by pressing the “Preview” button.
“Pause/Resume” and “Cancel” controls down below will help you manage the process while it’s running. When the creation is completed, you will see a popup window with a quick report and the “Open folder” button in it. Press this button to view a created project in a containing folder.