18/04/19

How to make an online photo slideshow

In the vintage days slideshows were an actual thing. People would have their friends round for some food and drinks, get out the slide projector, draw the curtains, and bore them with mindless numbers of pictures from their holiday in Benidorm.

Thankfully, time has moved on, and the slideshow has been rescued from the 70s with the advent of photo sharing sites and social media.

So if you’ve a collection of photographs that go nicely together, we’ve checked out four websites that claim to make beautiful slideshows easily enough. So have a read and then why not get your mates round and show off your new photo editing skills?

 

Use any music to soundtrack your slideshow with slide.ly

You can upload from:

    • Facebook
    • Instagram
    • Dropbox
    • Flickr
  • Getty
  • Google images
  • Your computer

Google and Getty Images are particularly interesting because it means that you could make presentations on a theme using images that are not your own.

Can you add music? Yep. slide.ly lets you upload tunes from YouTube, SoundCloud, Dropbox, your own computer, and from its own music collections.

Are there exotic ways to present my pictures? There’s a handful of slideshow styles, but no straightforward option. You can either choose from something like a pile of Polaroid effects or one that zooms over your pictures like a drone.

You can edit the picture order easily, and then export your finished show to Facebook. Unfortunately for all its amazing other features, you can’t download it.

Anything else? If you choose to use music from YouTube, the video will show in the bottom right hand corner of your show and you can only have 90 images per presentation. Having said this, it should be enough to show off your holiday pics before everyone gets bored!

 

Go back to the early noughties and use kizoa.com

You can upload from:

  • Facebook
  • Your computer

Can you add music? Only from their own collection of jingles…

Are there exotic ways to present my pictures? Um yes, some very exotic ways to display your pictures. Kizoa has loads of templates, but no straightforward option that we could see.

You can edit the picture order and then export your finished show to Facebook, email it to yourself, upload it to YouTube, burn it onto a DVD, or simply download it to your computer. Not bad.

Anything else? It’s got a bit of an old school style interface, and I found it a bit crashy when I used it, but overall it was fairly simple to use.

 

Make a straightforward, no messing, slideshow with photosnack.com

You can upload from:

  • Facebook
  • Flickr
  • Google+
  • Instagram
  • Photobucket
  • SmugMug

If you’re uploading from the social media sites, Photosnack picks up the captions you’ve already written on the photos and adds them in automatically, great timesaver!

Can you add music? No. Not at all.

Are there exotic ways to present my pictures? No. Photosnack literally scrolls through your images for you, old school slideshow style. Which is great, if that’s exactly what you want. Less is more after all and sometimes fewer options can be less of a burden, if you’re even slightly indecisive!

You can edit the picture order and there are options to export to Facebook or you can sign up for an account to download your finished show.

Anything else? Nope. It does what it says on the can.

 

Include video as well as photos using animoto.com

You can upload from:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Dropbox
  • Flickr
  • SmugMug
  • Their image and video library
  • Your Computer

Can you add music? Yep, you can either choose from their library of what looks like unsigned artists or upload a track from your computer. Animoto helps you with your edit by putting pictures that won’t fit within the timing of the track onto an overflow board.

Are there exotic ways to present my pictures? There are a few different templates to choose from but again no straight slideshow version.

You can edit the picture order, and you can include video clips in your mix too. Once you’re done you can choose the resolution you want to save your finished slideshow in and then you can share it via email, Facebook, Twitter or on a link, and you can upload it to YouTube, get HTML for embedding it to put on a blog site, and last but not least, you can download it to your computer.

Anything else? If you want to remove the watermark, then you have to upgrade to a full (read: £££) account and bearing in mind how predominant the watermark is, you probably would want to. Or use another service.

 

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