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Vista Photo Gallery

Friday, July 6th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized
 
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Q:
What can you tell me about the Photo Gallery feature that comes with Windows Vista? I haven’t gotten Vista yet, but this is one of the features I’m interested in learning more about before making the switch. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated!

A:
Ah, yes, the Photo Gallery. This is actually one of the new features that caught my eye when I first started researching the new operating system of Windows Vista as well. Awhile back, I quickly mentioned the Photo Gallery in an overview tip I did on some of Vista’s new features, but I didn’t go into much detail. So, what do you say we take care of that today?! Listen up, because here comes some great Photo Gallery information that you can really put to good use!

Basically, with the Photo Gallery, you can easily organize, find and enjoy your photos (and videos!) right from your Vista computer. With the new Photo Gallery process, acquiring and importing your photos and videos has never been easier. This new program is more flexible than ever as well. For example, you can even launch any other photo and video applications you’ve used in the past right into the Photo Gallery. So, if what you’re worried about is getting used to something completely new, you can ease your way in by using your old programs until you get acquainted with Vista’s version. Cool, huh?!

To get to the Photo Gallery, just go to Start, Windows Photo Gallery. A new window will open and any photos you already have on your computer will show up. Across the top, there’s a toolbar you can use to work with your photos and or videos. On the left hand side, you’ll see all the navigation you need to get started, along with all the organizational tools you can use to keep all your files right where you want them. There’s also a sliding bar you can use to resize your photos at any time or you can start up a slideshow with just a single click.

The Photo Gallery also comes with all the basic photo editing tools you’ll need to make your pictures as good as they can be. You can crop your photos, remove red eye and so on. Plus, if you make a mistake, you can easily undo any of the changes you’ve made. You can then go right back to your original image and start over.

Even more, printing your photos is extremely easy with the Vista Photo Gallery. You can print them via any local printer with the Photo Print Wizard or you can even use the online printing option. The online version will send your photos to a retail photo finisher where they will print your images in a professional like manner. And one more thing: If you combine the works of the Photo Gallery and the Windows Movie Maker, you can use your photos and videos to create a home video with special effects and transitions. How awesome is that?!

Now, going back to the organization feature of Photo Gallery (which I’m sure a lot of you are interested in), the coolest thing you can do is apply tags to your photos. Those tags then help you to find your photo and video files in mere seconds. You can add the tags in when you first import a photo or you can wait and tag several photos together at once. Along with that, you can use the Info Pane to add special information about your photos and videos. For example, you can put in information like the file name, the date it was taken, you can rate it, etc. It couldn’t be easier!

That is just a sample of everything you can do with Photo Gallery. You can do slideshows, create your own screensavers, make your own home movies and so on. And the best part? All of this and so much more can be found in one, easy to access program. If you have Windows Vista (any of the versions), you can start using the Photo Gallery today. I’ve given you an overview, so now it’s your turn to go and check it out for yourself. It’s one of the best features you’ll find in Vista and I highly recommend that you go and give it a try.

Have fun, my photo loving friends!

~ Erin

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