How to Make a Photo CD With Background Music

Written by carl hose
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Photo albums today are often done digitally, with a variety of special effects that include stunning transitions between photos as well as customised music tracks. Creating digital photo albums for a photo CD is easy if you have the software to do it. Fortunately, there are a number of programs for Macs and PCs that will allow you to create music photo CDs easily, even if you are a beginner and know very little about using graphic photo editing software.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Slideshow software

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    Select the software you want to use to create your music photo CD. There are many choices. All of them work basically the same, though getting accustomed to individual features may take a little time. For PC users and Mac users who own Microsoft Office, PowerPoint is ideal for creating multimedia presentations that include pictures, music and transitions. Other software that allows you to create photo CDs with music includes Easy Slide Show Creator for PC users and SlideRoll for PC and Mac users.

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    Open your slideshow software and go to "File" and select "New." This will create a blank photo album document. Add photos to your slideshow one at a time by going to the "Edit" menu, selecting "Add Picture," then browsing to the location of the desired photograph on your computer. Click the photo to add it to your slideshow.

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    Go to the "Insert" menu and browse to the desired music you would like to add behind each photograph. Be creative and select songs that fit the image. Click on the music file you want to add. This can typically be an MP3 or a .WAV file. Many newer software programs support more audio formats. Add the music to your first slide.

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    Add a transition between the first photograph and the next by going to the "Transitions" menu and selecting the type of transition you want. These are typically effects such as roll, wipe, blinds, etc. Now go to the "Add" menu and select "New Slide" to insert another blank slide, then repeat the procedure until you have added all of the photographs you want.

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    Burn your slideshow to a CD by going to the "File" menu and choosing "Burn to CD." Some of these photo-to-CD software products have a dedicated "Burn" menu. Burning your photo album to disc will save the photo album either as a universal format or a self-executing program that can be viewed by almost anyone.

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