Create a Photomontage with iMovie

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Digitize your photos

Open iMovie

Before you begin assembling your photomontage, you'll need digital copies of all the pictures you plan to use. If the pictures come from a digital camera, or if you already have them scanned and saved on your computer, you're all set.

If you're dealing with standard photo prints, you can digitize them at home with a scanner. If you don't have a scanner, or if you have a lot of pictures, any local photography store should be able to digitize them for a reasonable price.

Once you have digital copies of your pictures, save them in iPhoto. Now you can open iMovie and get started on your photomontage.

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Access your photos through iMovie

In iMovie, select the Media button. Then, select Photos at the top of the page. This opens your iPhoto library, so you can choose the pictures that you want to include in the montage.

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Assemble the photos in the timeline

Drag your selected photos to the timeline. The red bar you see along the bottom of the photos indicates the computer's progress in transferring the files from iPhoto to iMovie. Once the transfer is finished and the red bars disappear, you can reorder your photos by selecting and dragging to the desired location.

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Adjust image effects

Use the Photo Settings menu to control how each picture appears in the video. Checking the Ken Burns box activates the motion effect, allowing you to zoom in on the pictures (click Reverse to zoom out). Set the duration you want the picture on ​the screen and how far in you want to zoom.

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Transition time

Transition effects smooth the breaks between photos. While iMovie gives you a wide selection of transitions to choose from, I prefer the simple Cross Dissolve for the way it seamlessly blends the images without calling too much attention to itself.

 

Open the Transitions menu by selecting Editing, then Transitions.

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Add transitions between photographs

Once you've selected the transition you'll use, drag it to the timeline. Place transitions between all of the photos.

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Give your work a title

The Titles menu (found in Editing) offers several different styles to choose from. Most give you two lines of text to work with, one for the title of your video, and a smaller one below for the name of the creator or the date.

You can view your title in the monitor window, and experiment with different titles and speeds.

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Put the title in place

Once you've created a title that you like, drag the icon to the start of the timeline.

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Fade to black

Adding a Fade Out (found with the Transitions) ends your video elegantly. That way, when the pictures finish you're left with a nice black screen, instead of a frozen final frame of video.

Apply this effect after the last picture in the video in the same way you did the title and the picture dissolves.

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Final steps

After completing the above steps, it's time to give your photomontage a test run. Watch it from beginning to end to make sure all the picture effects, transitions, and titles look good.

Once you're happy with your photomontage, you'll need to decide how you want to save it. The Share menu in iMovie offers many options for saving videos to ​a camera, computer, or disk.