How to Make a Photo Slideshow with Music

January 25, 2018

How to Make a Photo Slideshow with Music

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Photo slideshows with music are the best way to put all of your memories into a unique collection, show off your portfolio, or even show someone how much you care. Nothing quite says “I love you” like a visual presentation of all your greatest moments mixed with a delightful tune. It can also be a fun thing to do if you’re bored and have a few photos lying around. No matter the reason, learning how to make a photo slideshow with music can help you create beautiful art that you’ll want to share.

Unfortunately, it can be hard to get your project off the ground if you don’t know where to start, and that’s where we come in. We’ll point you in the right direction toward the best slideshow making platforms and give you some tips on how to create the greatest possible slideshow.

Before we jump in, it’s important to find the right music track for your slideshow. If you’re searching for some tunes, then browse our library of royalty-free music and find the song that works for you.

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Platforms to Use


Animoto is one of those online platforms that everyone raves about. It creates stunning slideshows by automatically including photos you’ve uploaded into a given template. You can also upload your music or use Animoto’s preloaded music. The only downside is there are limits if you use a free account—your slideshows will be watermarked and the longest your slideshow can be is thirty seconds. But the quality of the slideshows speaks for itself, and the step-by-step guides make this process easy and smooth.

Adobe Spark

Adobe has always been known for making high quality products that allow you to make high quality projects. The same is true for Adobe Spark, but it doesn’t take years of practice to master. In fact, all it takes is a short tutorial video on the Adobe Spark home page. Even without the instructional video, the slideshow making platform is very intuitive. You can choose from many templates, upload your own photos, and pick a song to accompany your masterpiece.

Any Video Editing Software

If you’re looking for a little more customization, try using any form of video editing software. From Adobe Premiere Pro to Windows Movie Maker, you can make photo slideshows with music in just about any editor. Sure it takes a little more effort and some editing chops, but you have full control over your slideshow. You can add unique effects and transitions, animate your photos, and cut and trim your photos any way you please. To point you in the right direction, here are a few editing platforms that will do the trick.

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How to Make a Photo Slideshow with Music

Now it’s time for the fun part—learning how to make a slideshow. We’ll stick to Adobe Premiere for this tutorial, but you can use these same concepts in other editors. All it takes is a few easy steps and you’ll have a masterpiece in no time.

Step 1: Import your photos and arrange them in the timeline

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Step 2: Animate the Scale and Position of the photos to add movement

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Step 3: Include various Video Transitions under the Effects tab

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Step 4: Import music and add it to the timeline

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Using After Effects Templates

Sometimes you just can’t make your photo slideshow interesting enough. No matter what you do, it’s still missing something. A lot of websites can be limiting and editing software can be hard to work with. Fortunately, there’s a solution—After Effects templates. These templates give photo slideshows a whole new meaning. They take your unique photos and put them into high quality animated sequences. Take a look at these examples.

Download this inspiring photo AE template.

Download this dynamic photo AE template.

Download this summer photo AE template.

On the downside, navigating After Effects can feel like an endless maze. It’s a complicated piece of software for beginners and these templates can be very intimidating. If you fall into the beginner category, check out our previous blog post that walks you through how to edit After Effects templates.

Now that you’ve mastered the art of making photo slideshows with music, it’s time to put those skills to the test. Download some After Effects templates from our library and create something that you’ll cherish forever.

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Christopher Petow

Freelance Writer

Chris is a freelance writer and filmmaker from Florida. A student in the University of Florida’s telecom program, he writes about film craft, After Effects hacks, and the best gear for filmmakers in the field.