To begin a new story, open Photo Story 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 the folder with your photos.
3. To add more than one picture at a time, press and hold the CTRL key and click on the pictures you want to add, and then click OK. To add all pictures in the folder, press Ctrl+A and then click OK.
All of your pictures should now be present in the filmstrip on the Import and arrange your pictures page.
Click Remove black borders and click on Yes to All. All the black borders will be removed and usually makes the pictures better. It may take a while to process all pictures. So please be patient!
The filmstrip in Photo Story is a great place to quickly make changes to your pictures and story. For example, you can drag a picture in the filmstrip to change the sequence. You can also use the arrows on the right to move pictures back and forth. If you want to delete a picture, select it and click the X on the right of the filmstrip.
You can click a picture in the filmstrip and click Edit to change the appearance of the picture by rotating it, adjusting the color, fixing red eye or adding effects. You can also right-click a picture in the filmstrip to perform these actions. Try adding an effect to one of the pictures to see what they look like.
4. When you are finished making changes to your pictures, click Next to continue.
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 type your title in the text box to the right of the picture.
2. Click the Select Font button.
3. In the Font dialog box, you can choose the font style (incl. color, size, font, bold) and where you want to have the title appear, and then click OK.
If you want to add text to another picture, repeat steps 1 and 2, and experiment with different text styles, sizes, and alignments, using different formatting buttons.
4. When you are finished adding text to your pictures, click Next.
Customizing the zoom effect To change how the pictures zoom in and out 1. On the Narrate your pictures and customize motion page, click Customize motion.
2. For each picture you can see the start and end position.
3. If you want to change the zoom effects, click Specify start and end position of motion at the top of the Customize Motion dialog and change the picture frame by dragging on the picture handles at the picture borders. You can also make the pictures small or larger.
4. The default time a picture is shown is 5 seconds. If you want to change that, click Number of seconds to display the picture and change the number in the box.
5. If you want to see what it looks like, click Preview.
6. To go to the next picture, click on the arrow. You will be asked to save.
Narrating your pictures
You can add narration 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 story 1. On the Narrate your pictures and customize motion page, click the Microphone button.
This will launch the Sound Hardware Test Wizard. Complete the wizard by following the onscreen instructions. Once you have completed the wizard, your microphone should be ready to record narration.
2. Click a picture in the filmstrip.
3. Add any desired text in the cue card area.
4. Click the Record Narration button to start recording narration.
The red dot in the record button will flash indicating recording is taking place. A timer is provided to help you keep track of your narration length.
5. When you have finished narrating the picture, click the Stop Recording button.
6. Repeat steps 2 thru 4 for each picture for which you want to add narration.
Note: Narration for each picture can not exceed 5 minutes.
8. Close the preview window, and click Next to continue to the next step.
Adding background music
With Photo Story 3 you can add music to your story by using Windows Media Audio (WMA), MP3, or WAV files or by using the Create Music option to create custom music that suites your story and taste.
To add pre-recorded music to your 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, click My Documents from the left menu.
3. Browse to the folder that contains the music file you want to use. Select the file, 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. This is particularly helpful when you add more than one song to your story.
2. In the Create Music dialog box, in the Genre drop-down list, scroll down and select a genre, for example 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. Click Play to hear what the music will sound like.
6. When the music has finished playing, click OK to close the Create Music dialog box.
There are now two different pieces of music shown as colored bars above the pictures in the filmstrip.
7. Click the first picture in the filmstrip, and click Preview, to see how well your music fits the story.
You may need to adjust the music volume levels to accommodate your narration. To do this, simply click the picture in the filmstrip and then adjust the music volume using the volume slider bar. You may need to adjust the volume and preview your story a few times to get it just right.
8. Click Next, to move on to the final steps.
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. Since you will play this photo story on your computer, you can use the default options when saving your photo story.
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 a new name, such as MyFirstStory.wmv and click Save. This .wmv file is the file to use when you want to show your photo story.
5. Click Save Project to save your photo story project file. You will use this file to re-open your photo story for editing.
6. Then click Next.
Viewing your story
When your story is built and 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. Windows Media Player will open and your story will begin to play.
Editing your story
If you want to go back and edit your photo story, you can use the Back buttons.
If you closed the Photo Story 3 for Windows program, you need to re-open it from the Start menu.
To edit your photo story 1. Click Start, point to All Programs, and then click Photo Story 3 for Windows.
2. On the Welcome page, click Edit a project, and then click Next.
3. In the Open dialog, go to your project file (.wp3) and click Open.
You can now edit your existing photo story.
Thanks to Daphne Guericke for all of this information and help!