Create your first photo story

You can use Photo Story 3 for Windows in Windows XP to create visually compelling and fun stories using your pictures and music.

Opening Photo Story

To begin a new story, open Photo Story 3 from the Start menu.

To open Photo Story

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, and then click Photo Story 3 for Windows.

  2. On the welcome page, click Begin a new story, and then click Next.

Importing and arranging your pictures

First, add the pictures that you want to use in the story, and then arrange them in the order that they will be viewed.

To add pictures to your photo story

  1. On the Import and arrange your pictures page, click Import Pictures.

  2. In the File Browser dialog box, browse to My Documents\My Pictures.

  3. Add the pictures that you want, and then click OK.

    To add more than one picture at a time, press and hold the CTRL key and click the pictures you want to add.

  4. When you are finished making changes to your pictures, click Next.

Note

  • You can quickly make changes to your photos after adding them to the filmstrip. To rotate the photo, adjust the color, fix red eye, or add effects, click the photo, and then click Edit. You can also right-click a photo in the filmstrip to perform these actions.

Adding a title to your pictures

With Photo Story 3, you can add text to a picture to create a title for your story.

To add text to your pictures

  1. On the Add a title to your pictures page, click the first picture, and then, in the text box to the right of the picture, type My first photo story.

  2. Click the Select Font button.

  3. In the Font dialog box, under Font style, click Bold, and then click OK.

  4. To move the title up on the page, click the Align Top button.

  5. When you are finished adding text to your pictures, click Next.

Narrating your pictures

You can add narration and custom pan and zoom effects to your photo story to make it more unique and personal.

To add narration to your story you need to have a working microphone attached to your computer and set up correctly. A wizard will help you set up your microphone to record narration. There is also a text input area to create cue cards, which can be a helpful memory aid when narrating your pictures.

To add narration to your photo story

  1. On the Narrate your pictures and customize motion page, click the Microphone  button.

    The Sound Hardware Test Wizard will appear.

  2. Follow the instructions in the wizard. When you have completed the instructions, your microphone should be ready to record narration.

  3. Click a picture in the filmstrip.

  4. Add any desired text in the cue card area.

  5. To start recording, click the Record Narration button.

    The red dot in the record button will flash to indicate that recording is taking place. A timer is provided to help you keep track of your narration length.

  6. When you have finished narrating the picture, click the Stop Recording button.

  7. To preview your narration, click the first picture in the filmstrip, and then click Preview.

  8. Close the preview window, and then click Next.

Note

  • Narration for each picture cannot exceed 5 minutes.

Adding background music

With Photo Story 3, you can add music to your story by using WMA, MP3, or WAV files, or by using the Create Music option to create custom music.

To add pre-recorded music to your photo story

  1. On the Add background music page, click the first picture in the filmstrip, and then click Select Music.

  2. On the File Open dialog box, in the left pane, click My Documents.

  3. Browse to My Music\Sample Music, click Beethoven's Symphony No9 (Scherzo).wma, and then click Open.

    The music you just added is shown as a colored bar above the picture in the filmstrip. This helps you determine which pictures will be shown for each piece of music you add, and is particularly helpful when you add more than one song to your story.

To create music for your photo story

  1. Click the third picture in the film strip, and then click Create Music.

  2. In the Create Music dialog box, in the Genre drop-down list, select Soundtrack.

  3. In the Style drop-down list, select Soundtrack: Mysterious Cave.

  4. You can leave the default Bands and Moods, or choose different ones.

  5. To hear the music, click Play.

  6. When the music has finished playing, click OK.

    The music you just added is shown as a colored bar above the picture in the filmstrip.

  7. To see how well your music fits the story, click the first picture in the filmstrip, and then click Preview.

    You may want to adjust the music volume levels. To do this, click the picture in the filmstrip, and then adjust the volume slider bar. You may need to adjust the volume and preview your story a few times to get it the way you want.

  8. When you're done, click Next.

Saving your story

When you save your photo story, all the pictures, narrations, and music are compiled into a video file that you can view in Windows Media Player. You can use the default options if you're saving your photo story for playback on your computer.

To save your photo story for playback on your computer

  1. On the Save your story page, verify that Save your story for playback on your computer is selected in the activities list.

  2. Click Browse to specify the location and file name of your story.

  3. On the Save As dialog box, browse to My Documents\My Videos.

  4. In the Filename text box, type My First Story.wmv.

  5. Click Save, and then click Next.

Viewing your story

After your story is saved, the Completing Photo Story 3 for Windows page will appear. You can view your newly created story or begin a new story from here. To see what you have created, click View your story.

Note

  • Windows Live Photo Gallery offers faster and simpler ways to improve your digital photos, with more capabilitites to share your creations with your friends and family. To get Windows Live Photo Gallery—part of the Windows Live Essentials suite of products—simply upgrade to Windows 7.