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Directions for Using Photo Story 3 On Windows XP and Windows 7

Part 1: Download Photo Story
1. Photo Story is a free download from Microsoft. To download, begin by navigating to the following site:

2. Click on Download Photo Story 3.

3. Click on Continue in the middle of the page in order to begin the download

Part 2: Creating your first Photo Story
Opening Photo Story
To begin a new story, open Photo Story from the Start menu.

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

2. In the File Browser dialog box, browse to the location where you have saved your images for this project.

3. Add all of the pictures listed.

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 or you can drag your mouse over the pictures you want to add, thus highlighting them.

All of your pictures should now be present in the filmstrip, as shown in the following screen shot:

Filmstrip is the area where all the pictures you added are located

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 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.

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

2. Click the Select Font button.

3. You may change the Font and alignment of your text by clicking on the font and alignment buttons that are located above the text box.

4. 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. There is a text input area to create cue cards which can be a helpful memory aid when narrating your pictures.

1. Click a picture in the filmstrip.

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

3. 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.

7. Once you have added narration, click the first picture in the filmstrip, and then click Preview to see how your story looks and sounds.

8. Close the preview window, and click Next to continue to the next step.



Delete what you have recorded.

Since the first slide is selected, only the first slide will have what you are recording. To record your voice on additional slides, select the corresponding images.

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.

(Adding your own music)

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 on the music file you have brought from home.

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

(Creating music using the Photo Story software)

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

2. In the Create Music dialog box, in the Genre drop-down list, scroll down and select your desired genre.

3. In the Style drop-down list, select your desired style.

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.

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.

Create music using the Photo Story software.

Import your own music from your personal collection.

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.

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 your H drive or Flash Drive directory.

4. In the Filename text box, type the name you want to give your file.

5. Click Save
, and 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.

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