Using Photo Story 3 for Windows

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Using Photo Story 3 for Windows
Photo Story 3 for Windows enables you to combine writing, reading, and digital imaging skills to create dynamic, multimedia storybooks and presentations.
Photo Story 3 for Windows is an approved BCPS software application. It requires the use of Windows Media Player 10. The software is available as a free download from Microsoft at:

The school’s liaison will be able to arrange for its installation on school computers.

A microphone and headphones are required in order to create a digital photo story with narration.

In order to organize the elements of the photo story, it is advisable to develop a storyboard before beginning to build a photo story. The Storyboard Template provided includes the following for each picture in the story: picture description, title for picture, narration script, and background music.

Finding Images

You will need to find images that are copyright friendly. Two sources are listed below. Find images which support your storyboard and download these to your computer.

Microsoft Office Clip Art and Media Page

To download these images place a check under the image. Then follow the on screen instructions. These images will be downloaded to the Microsoft Clip Organizer folder in the My Pictures folder in My Documents.

Pics4Learning: Copyright Friendly Images for Education

To download these images right-click on the image and slide down to Save As. Save these images to My Picture folder in My Documents.

You can also use images from a digital camera. For more information regarding digital cameras visit the Office of Instructional Technology Software Tutorials web page. Scroll down to Other Tutorials.
Getting Started

  1. Open Photo Story 3 for Windows by clicking the Start button, then Programs, then Photo Story 3 for Windows.

  2. On the Welcome screen, select Begin a New Story.

  3. Click the Next button.

Importing Pictures

  1. Click Import Pictures.

    1. A File Browser screen will open.

    2. N
      View menu
      avigate to and select the My Documents

    3. Click on the My Pictures folder.

    4. If applicable, click on the Microsoft Clip Art folder.

    5. To view thumbnails of the images use the View menu.

    6. Click on a picture.

    7. Click OK.
    8. The picture will now appear on the Photo Tray.

  2. Follow your storyboard and continue to Import Pictures until all of the pictures to be used in the photo story appear in the Photo Tray.

  3. Use the control key to select multiple pictures and to import multiple pictures simultaneously.

  4. Click the Next button.

  1. A screen may appear asking if you want to continue without removing black borders. Click Yes.

Adding Titles to Pictures

  1. Click the first picture.

  1. Following the storyboard, type the text that is to appear on that picture.

  2. Use the buttons above the text box to alter the font and position of the text.

  1. Following the storyboard, click on each of the remaining pictures in turn, adding titles to each if appropriate, and manipulating the text as desired.

  1. Click Next. (Use the Back button to return to a previous step.)

Adding Narration and Motion

  1. Test the microphone and recording volume by clicking the microphone icon.

  1. The Sound Hardware Test Wizard will take you through a series of tests to make sure the microphone is working and the volume level is correct.

  1. Click a picture in the Picture Tray.

Delete Narration Button

  1. Using the script from the storyboard, click the Record button and record the narration for the picture.

  1. Click the Stop button after completing the narration.

  1. Click the Preview button to see and hear the photo story thus far.

  1. Repeat steps 3 - 6 to record the narration for each of the rest of the pictures.

  1. Use the Delete Narration button to delete narration so it can be recorded again.

Note: Titles and narration are not required on all slides. Please follow the storyboard.

  1. To add Motion to the photos, click a picture in the Photo Tray.

  2. Click the Customize Motion button under the photo preview pane.

  1. Click the Transition tab.

  1. Select a Transition by clicking on it.

  1. To adjust the duration of a transition, click the radio button next to Number of seconds to display a transition and enter the desired amount of time.

  1. Click Preview to see the transition.

  1. Click Save.

  1. Click Close to close the Transition window.

  1. Click Next.

Adding Music
If music is appropriate, use the Add Background Music window to add music. Click Next.
Saving Your Story

When a photo story is completed, and no additional editing will be done, it can be saved in various formats. Options include:

Save it for playback on the computer;

Send it in an email message;

Save it to playback on a pocket PC that has Windows Media Player 10 Mobile on it;

Save it to play back on a SmartPhone that has Windows Media Player 10 Mobile on it; or Save it for playback on a Media Mobile Player.

  1. Highlight Save it for playback on the computer.

  2. Click Browse to select the H: drive, then select a folder.

  1. Type a name for the file.

  2. Click Save.

Building Your Story

A series of screens like this one will appear as the story is being built to include the photos, text, recordings, and background music.

Saving the Photo Story 3 for Windows Project

  1. The photo story is now completed. It has been saved for playback as a Windows Media Video (.wmv). This playback version of the photo story cannot be edited or altered.

  1. Click on a radio button to View your story or Create another Story.

  1. When finished, click Exit.

  1. A screen will appear asking, “Do you want to save the project now?”

  2. Click Yes.

  1. The Save As window will open.

  2. Select the H: drive, then select a folder.

  3. Type a name for the file.

  4. Click Save.

  • By saving the Photo Story 3 for Windows file as a project (.wp3), the photo story can be edited and republished at a later date.

  • Remember, the published project is a Windows Media Video (.wmv) which cannot be edited at a later time.

Baltimore County Public Schools

Office of Instructional Technology: Using Photo Story 3 for Windows

April 2006

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