Fade In/Out Slide Show

Hi all,

I wonder if some one can help?
I trying to create a slide show similar to


if you click on a name you will see the slide show.
I have the thumbnails loading fine but I need to have the images start to show when the thumbs have finished loading, then fade in and out. I would really like to still have the interaction with the buttons, so when clicked the image shows. I know its a lot to ask, but any ideas or tutorials would be great.