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How to Make a Father’s Day Slideshow in 3 Easy Steps

Planning to make a Father’s Day slideshow video for your Dad, Grandpa or husband? All you need is a handful of photos, a couple of his favorite tunes + a quality slideshow tool like ProShow (download it free here). In just a few minutes, you can knock out this easy DIY project and share your slideshow on DVD, HD video, or online. Grab a tissue box — there won’t be many dry eyes when it’s showtime! Learn how to prep for, create and share your Father’s Day slideshow in this easy how-to article:

1. Organize Your Photos

Before opening any slideshow tool, first pick out the photos and any video clips you want to use. If your subject – Dad, Grandpa, or husband is a little older and has been a father for many years, you might select photos using a biographical approach. If your subject is a younger father, it might feel more appropriate to focus on a modern-day highlight approach.

Selecting photos for a biographical slideshow
If you’re lucky enough to have both old and new photos of your subject, you can build your show around his personal timeline, starting with scenes from childhood and moving into the present day.

  • Try to round up 2-3 images to represent each major turning point in his life (childhood, school days, early adulthood, 30s, 40s, etc.).
  • For best results, avoid spending a lot of time on one particular period just because you happen to have a bunch of photos from then. Keep the flow going.

How to make a Father's Day slideshow

Selecting photos for a modern day highlight slideshow
If your photos are mainly from recent history, this is the type of show for you. Keep it modern and focus on showcasing photo highlights from the last 12 months, or make it a ‘best of fatherhood’ show featuring your favorite photographs of your subject being ‘Dad’ or ‘Grandpa’.

General tips on selecting and organizing your photos:

Prep your photos for a Father's Day slideshow

Keep it real. Mix in some candid photos that represent a day in the life of your subject to balance the posed shots. Action shots and silly pics can be especially endearing.

Small group shots are easier to look at than large groups. The more people in the photo, the harder it is to focus on the details, and the more zoomed out everybody’s faces will be. Images with 3-5 people are preferred over ones with 6+ people. Exceptions can be made, of course!

Clean up any obvious photo flaws. Red-eye, low exposure (too dark) and poor cropping are all common flaws that can be fixed in a basic photo editor or camera app. ProShow slideshow software includes built-in editing tools for quick, on-the-fly photo fixes.

Work from one folder. Organize your selected photos, video clips and music into one central folder for your slideshow project. It’ll make the next step go even faster!

2. Make your slideshow

Now that you’ve got your content ready, the next step is to make the slideshow. This is the easy part. If you haven’t already done so, get ProShow — available in both desktop software for Windows or a handy and easy-to-use online app for iPad and iPhone. Either version allows you to easily & automatically build slideshows, fine-tune and publish.

Add your content (photos + videos clips + music)
In ProShow, start by creating a New Show. If you’re using the desktop version, select the ‘Wizard’ option to start building your show automatically. Get started by adding your photos. If you have video clips and text for a title, you can add those too. Next, you’ll add music.

ProShow slideshow software

Next, pick a theme to set the style of your show.

ProShow's Wizard makes slideshows easy.

When you’re ready, click the Create / Build button. In a moment, you’ll be able to watch a preview.

instantly preview your slideshow.

Once you’ve got your slideshow built, you can make changes as needed. Customize effects and timing, plus add or remove content anytime!

3. Publish + share your slideshow

Want to watch your Father’s Day slideshow on the big screen TV, on a computer, tablet, phone or online? It’s up to you. ProShow lets you easily output to all the modern formats including DVD, HD video, Blu-ray, YouTube and Facebook.

Choose your output method.

Freebies for Father’s Day

Want your Father’s Day slideshow to have a modern yet themed look, tailored for the occasion? Check out these downloadable Father’s Day freebies + watch the sample video for inspiration!

For a biography / personal history slideshow, you might like the Timeline freebies for ProShow. Watch the effects in action and download them for free.

Free animated effects for Father's Day slideshows

Ready to get started?

With ProShow, it takes just minutes to create a memorable Father’s Day video slideshow. Create online or in the iPhone / iPad app with ProShow Web, or download a free trial of ProShow for your desktop today!

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As the head of the Creative team at Photodex, Leslie is involved in the design & production of ProShow demos, slideshows & special effects. She is a self-professed Crazy Cat Lady who is into horror movies, music, good food, and riding her bike around Austin.