Photo Story 3 Slideshow to a Movie File

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Photo Story 3 Slideshow to a Movie File

1. In Photoshop, reshape/crop, resize, and optimize the images as .jpg or .gif versions. Save them in your class folder on your USB drive (not “www”).

To Reshape/Crop the Image

A. With the images open in Photoshop, choose the Marquee Tool.

B. In the Properties Palette, open the “Style” drop-down menu, and choose “Fixed Aspect Ratio”

C. In the Width and Height boxes, type “4” and “3” respectively (This is the aspect ratio for a TV screen.)

D. In the document window, drag a selection to highlight the part of the image you want to include.

E. Choose “Image > Crop” to trim the image
To Resize the Image

F. Choose Image > Image Size

G. Under “Pixel Dimension” in the “Width” box, enter “800

H. Click “OK”
To Optimize the Image as a .jpg

I. Choose File > Save for Web and Devices

J. Choose the “4-U” tab at the top

K. Select the upper, right-hand panel and then, from the settings menu on the right side of the window, try different quality settings from the drop-down menu. Look for the best combination of small file size (in the lower left of the image panel) and visual quality in the panel.

L. Click “Save” and save the image to a folder called “photo_story” in your class folder (not “www”)
M. Then, close the original image without saving it to preserve the original.

2. Open Photo Story 3 and import your optimized images from the folder “photo_story”

A. From Photo Story 3’s start page, choose “Begin a New Story”

B. On the next screen, click the “Import Pictures” button and navigate to your “photo_story” folder

C. Select the first image file on the list, then shift+select the last image file to select all

(alternatively, hit Cntl+a to select all, or hold down the Cntl button and cherry-pick the files you want)

D. Click “OK”

3. Put your images in sequential order and save the project in the “photo_story” folder

A. In the tray at the bottom of the Photo Story 3 workspace, drag the image icons to put them in the right chronological order for your slideshow

B. Click the “Save Project” button at the bottom. Give the project file a short but recognizable file name: all lower-case, all one word (or_words_connected with_underscores_if_necessary.

C. Save the file in the “photo_story” folder

C. Click the “Next” button

D. Skip the “Add a title…” screen buy clicking “Next” again

4. Customize the Motion on the First Slide to Create Zoom and Pan Effects (a.k.a. “Ken Burns Effect”)

A. On the screen “Narrate your pictures and customize motion,” find the first image in the tray at the bottom and, if necessary, click it to highlight. The image should appear in the main image window.

B. Below the image, click the “Customize Motion” button

C. At the top of the “Customize Motion” window, check the box “Specify start and end position of motion”

D. With the “Specify start and end…” box checked, notice that the image thumbnails under “Start Position” and “End Position” have handles

E. On the “Start Position” thumbnail, drag any of the handles to select the portion of the image to display when the slide first appears.

F. Do the same on the “End Position” thumbnail to select the portion of the image displaying just before the slideshow moves to the next slide

5. Set the Duration for the First Slide

A. At the bottom of the “Narrate your pictures and customize motion” find the “Duration” section

B. Select the radio button “Number of seconds to display the picture”

C. Enter the number of seconds in the box or select from the menu

6. Set the Transition for the First Slide

A. At the top of the “Narrate your pictures and customize motion” screen, select the “Transition” tab

B. Decide on whether you want the first slide to fade in or if the “transition in” should be a “cut”

C. If you want a transition other than a cut, check the box “Start Current picture using a transition. The default transition is a fade in lasting 1 second

D. Change the duration of the transition at the bottom of the window by clicking the radio button “Number of seconds to display the transition”

E. Click “Save” and then “Close”

7. Follow the steps for editing the motion, durations, and transition for the remaining slides

When you’re done with the last slide, click “Next” at the bottom of the main “Narrate your pictures…” screen

8. Add music or audio to the slideshow

A. On the “Add Background music” screen, click the “Select Music” button

B. Navigate to the music file on your USB drive

C. Click the “Save Project” button at the bottom

9. Preview your slideshow

Click the “Preview” button on the “Add background music” screen

10. Try Saving Your Slideshow as a .wmv video file (that should play on the Windows Media Player)

A. Click “Next” to move on from the “Add background music” screen

B. From the list under “What do you want to do with your story?” select
“Save the story for playback on your computer”

C. Under “File Name,” you can rename the file (or not) as desired

D. Click the “Browse” button to specify a location if desired.

E. Under “Quality Settings” click the “Settings” button and, from the “Profile” menu, choose the profile for “computers” and “800 x 600” size

F. Click OK to close the “Settings” window

G. Click “Next” to export the slideshow as a movie.
Note that your Photo Story 3 Project is still a separate file from the movie and is still editable with the Photo Story 3 software. If you make changes to the project, you will need to follow the steps in this section to create a new .wmv movie file.

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