How to Make Captivating Slideshows on TikTok (Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners)

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Hey there! Have you seen those artistic slideshow videos on TikTok with cool transitions between photos and video clips? Wouldn‘t it be amazing if you could make captivating slideshows like those too?

Well, you totally can! With TikTok‘s user-friendly editing tools, anyone can create eye-catching slideshows.

In this comprehensive beginner‘s guide, I‘ll walk you through step-by-step how to make stunning slideshows on TikTok using both photos and videos from your camera roll. Let‘s get started!

Why Make Slideshows on TikTok?

Before we dive in, let‘s look at some of the top reasons why slideshows are a great format to use on TikTok:

  • Showcase your best photos/videos creatively: Turn your favorite media into mini-stories! Transitions and music bring them to life.

  • Share memories and events: Take your audience through vacations, parties, weddings, conferences, your creative process, and more.

  • Increase engagement: Slideshows get more likes, comments, and shares than standard posts. The movement catches viewers‘ eyes.

  • Go viral: Well-made slideshows have great viral potential on TikTok. The format is popular and fun to watch.

  • Promote your brand: Businesses can showcase products, BTS footage, employees, stores, events, etc in engaging slideshows.

  • Easy to make: TikTok‘s tools make it simple for anyone to make a slideshow, no fancy editing skills required!

Clearly, slideshows are a versatile and engaging format with lots of upside. Let‘s look at how to make them step-by-step!

How to Make a TikTok Slideshow with Videos

First, let‘s go through how to make a video slideshow by combining multiple video clips from your camera roll using these simple steps:

Step 1: Tap the + Button

Open up TikTok and tap the "+" button at the bottom center to open up the camera and create a new video.

Step 2: Select Videos to Add

Next, tap on the "Upload" button at the bottom right and select multiple videos from your camera roll to add into your slideshow. Add as many as you want!

Select multiple videos

Step 3: Edit the Video Clips

This is where you can get creative! Rearrange the clips, trim them, add fun stickers, text, filters, effects, background music, etc. The editing possibilities are endless.

Some options to try:

  • Rearrange clips to perfection
  • Trim clips to highlight the best parts
  • Add music that matches the vibe
  • Use trending sounds for more reach
  • Add stickers, emojis, text for context
  • Apply filters to create a look
  • Use transitions for smooth animation
  • Add a voiceover or captions
Edit video slideshow

Step 4: Post Your Video Slideshow

Once you finish editing your video slideshow, tap "Next" and then "Post" to publish it to TikTok. Don‘t forget an engaging caption to introduce your slideshow to viewers!

And that‘s it! By following these 4 simple steps you can easily create a video slideshow on TikTok. Now let‘s look at how to make one using only photos.

How to Make a Photo Slideshow on TikTok

In addition to video slideshows, TikTok also allows you to create slideshows using just photos from your camera roll or album. Here‘s how:

Step 1: Tap the + Button

Open TikTok and tap on the "+" button as you normally would to access the camera.

Step 2: Select "Photos"

At the bottom of the screen, change the mode from "Video" to "Photos" so you can access your photos.

Change mode to Photos

Step 3: Choose Photos

Tap on "Upload" and select multiple photos you want to include in your slideshow. You can pick as many as you want!

Step 4: Switch to Photo Mode

Once you‘ve selected your photos, tap "Switch to photo mode" at the bottom of the screen. This is where the slideshow magic happens!

Switch to photo mode

Step 5: Edit the Slideshow

Now you can add music, filters, text, stickers, adjust timing, and reorder your photos. Get creative with different transitions and effects to make your slideshow pop!

Step 6: Post the Photo Slideshow

When you‘re happy with your edits, tap "Next" and then "Post" to publish your photo slideshow for the TikTok world to see. Remember to use captivating captions to draw people in.

And that‘s all there is to it! Just 6 quick steps to making eye-catching photo slideshows for TikTok.

Now let‘s get into some pro tips and best practices.

TikTok Slideshow Tips from the Pros

To take your TikTok slideshows to the next level, implement these top tips from the experts:

Pick a Central Theme or Story

The most captivating slideshows have a central narrative or theme that ties them together. This creates a cohesive feel. Tell a specific story chronologically or showcase a theme like travel, nature, fitness journey, etc.

Leverage popular TikTok songs, viral sounds, hashtags, or music genres that relate to your photos and videos. This helps more people find and engage with your slideshows.

Show Locations

Tag locations in your captions if it helps narrate the story. TikTok slideshows with location tags tend to get more engagement.

Mix up Transitions

Use a combination of transitions like fade, zoom, pan, spin, split, etc. Too much of one type of transition gets repetitive fast. Vary them to keep viewers‘ attention.

Add Captions and Text

Text adds context and personality to your photos. Use creative captions, subtitles, stickers, emojis, and text effects. But don‘t overdo it.

Add engaging captions

Customize Timing

You can adjust how long each clip or photo appears to match the vibe of your music. For example, quick cuts for upbeat songs, and longer shots for emotional songs.

Trim Long Videos

Trim longer videos into shorter 5-10 second clips so they seamlessly transition into your slideshow without jarring the flow.

Use Consistent Editing

Apply filters, text colors, and graphics consistently across your slideshow for a cohesive feel. But don‘t be afraid to experiment either.

Engage Viewers

Spark engagement by asking viewers questions in captions or comment requests. This drives likes, comments, and shares.

By applying these pro tips, you can take your TikTok slideshows to the next level and get more eyes on your content!

Now let‘s look at some slideshow ideas to get you inspired.

10 TikTok Slideshow Ideas to Try

Here are 10 creative slideshow ideas and examples to inspire your next TikTok video:

  1. Travel highlights: Showcase your favorite destination with photos and clips.

  2. "How it started vs how it‘s going": Show your growth and transformation over time.

  3. Fitness journey: Track your fitness progress with photos over weeks/months.

  4. Recipe tutorial: Show food prep steps with photos or video clips.

  5. Product launch: Tease new products with a "sneak peek" slideshow.

  6. Event recap: Share highlights from events like conferences, concerts, parties.

  7. Creative process: Show your artwork, designs, or products in progress.

  8. Photo challenge: Like #emptythecameraroll with random photos.

  9. Memory lane: Share throwback childhood photos or old family videos.

  10. Behind the scenes: Give a "making of" look at your business, art, or other projects.

As you can see, slideshows are incredibly versatile for showcasing your memories, projects, products, brand, and more on TikTok!

Now you‘ve got all the tools to make captivating slideshows like a pro. Let‘s do a quick recap:

TikTok Slideshow Summary

  • Slideshows are an engaging TikTok video format that showcase photos/clips creatively
  • You can make slideshows with videos or photos only
  • To make a video slideshow, upload multiple clips and edit with music, effects, etc.
  • For photo slideshows, upload photos and switch to photo mode to add transitions
  • Use trending sounds, varied transitions, text, trim clips, and more pro tips
  • Tap "Post" to publish your awesome TikTok slideshow!

So are you ready to make some showstopping slideshows and take your TikTok game up a notch?

I hope this beginner‘s guide gave you everything you need to start creating eye-catching slideshows on TikTok in minutes.

Now get out there and start slideshowing! I can‘t wait to see what captivating stories and memories you‘ll showcase. Your creativity is endless!

Let me know if you have any other TikTok tips and tricks you‘d like to learn. I‘m always happy to help walk through anything confusing!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.