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
(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.
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.