Compiling photos into slideshows is a great way to create memorable videos of events or vacations, or even come up with presentations. However aside from the photos that are used what really sets slideshows apart are the other audiovisual elements – and they can have a profound impact on its appearance.

In short if you want to create an impressive and unique photo slideshow, you need software that will let you do more than just compile photos in sequence. That is why you should try using Movavi Slideshow Maker, as it is a specialized software with the tools you need to produce impressive slideshow videos.

The other thing to note is that Movavi Slideshow Maker has two distinct modes that you can use when you want to create a photo slideshow. As soon as you launch it you’ll be greeted by a ‘Welcome’ window where you can choose to create your slideshow using the ‘Slideshow Wizard’ (i.e. Easy Mode) or ‘Full feature mode’.

If you want to learn how to create a photo slideshow using Movavi Slideshow Maker, it would be best to know how to use both – so that you’re able to choose the one that you need in any given situation.

Creating a Photo Slideshow in ‘Easy Mode’

To start creating a photo slideshow in Movavi Slideshow Maker’s ‘Easy Mode’, you should select the ‘Slideshow Wizard’ option in the ‘Welcome’ window. Once you do, a new window will appear that will guide you through creating a slideshow in 3 simple steps:

1. Add Photos

In the first step you’ll get to add photos by clicking on the ‘+Files’ button and selecting them. Alternatively you could click on the ‘+Folders’ button to add entire folders of photos at the same time.

As you add photos they will appear in the central working area, and you can rearrange the order in which they appear by dragging them around. It is also possible to rotate any photos that aren’t oriented correctly, or remove unwanted photos from the slideshow.

Below the main working area you’ll see a ‘Slide duration’ setting that you can adjust to make the slideshow faster or slower. Beside it will be a checkbox that you can use to enable or disable the auto pan and zoom effect.

2. Choose a Transition Style

In the next step you can use Movavi Slideshow Maker to add transitions to your photos, or if you don’t want any transitions you can just select the ‘No transitions’ option. To insert animated transitions between all your photos you just need to select the style that you want to use from the options that are available.

If you want to make sure that the transitions you add don’t take up too much time, you can adjust the ‘Transition duration’ setting which will determine the maximum amount of time a transition can take.

3. Add Music

No slideshow would be complete without background music, and you can add that in the third and final step. Just click on the ‘+Audio’ button to use your own music file, or open the ‘Add one of our audio tracks’ list to choose from the built-in selection in Movavi Slideshow Maker.

As you may notice, it is possible to set the slide duration to match the music tempo, which may make it look more synchronized. However if the background music has a fast beat you may also want to set the ‘Minimum slide duration’ so that it doesn’t transition too quickly.
Once those three steps are done, your slideshow will be complete. All that remains is to save it by clicking ‘Finish’ then ‘Export’ and selecting the format that you want Movavi Slideshow Maker to use.

Creating a Photo Slideshow in ‘Full Feature Mode’

In contrast to the ‘Easy Mode’, Movavi Slideshow Maker’s ‘Full feature mode’ will provide you with an experience that is more like a video editor than a wizard. If you’ve used such editors in the past its timeline-based interface will look familiar, and you can start by clicking on the ‘Add Media Files’ button and selecting the photos that you want to add. In the ‘Full feature mode’ it is possible to add video clips into your slideshow as well.

When you add photos or videos to Movavi Slideshow Maker they’ll appear in the ‘Timeline’, and you can drag them around to adjust the sequence they’re in. Additionally you can edit the photos in the ‘Full feature mode’ and transform their frame and orientation, enhance their quality, split or trim videos, and so on.

After you structure the slideshow the way that you want, you can then add various other audiovisual elements using Movavi Slideshow Maker, such as:

  • Selecting individual transitions under the ‘Transitions’ tab and adding them between specific photos by dragging and dropping them into place.
  • Including background music or other audio tracks by clicking ‘Add Media Files’ and selecting an audio file.
  • Inserting customizable text elements by opening the ‘Text’ tab and selecting a style then placing it on the ‘Timeline’ and adjusting its appearance in the ‘Preview’ window.
  • Applying artistic filters under the ‘Filters’ tab by dragging and dropping them onto specific photos.

Make no mistake there are lots of other features in the ‘Full feature mode’ of Movavi Slideshow Maker that will allow you to fully customize your slideshow. In fact you can even record audio or video from within it, or edit audio tracks too.

When you’re done, click ‘Export’ and you can save your slideshow in a format of your choice.


As you can see both the ‘Easy mode’ and ‘Full feature mode’ will provide you with different ways to create a slideshow. If you want to create a slideshow quickly and easily, then opting for Movavi Slideshow Maker’s ‘Easy mode’ is probably your best bet. On the other hand if you’d like to have access to more features and be able to customize your slideshow more the ‘Full feature mode’ will be a better fit.

At the end of the day regardless of the option that you choose it should be clear that Movavi Slideshow Maker has everything you need to come up with impressive slideshows that fully leverage audiovisual elements so that they stand out and look amazing.