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Windows Photo Story (Part 2)

Windows Photo Story (Part 2)

Welcome back to the second part of this Photo Story tutorial!

As you may remember from Part 1, we have imported all of our photos into Photo Story, corrected them and added a few effects.

Now, we want to finish the job and get them to the “big screen!”

So, please click Next and you will see this screen:

This is the section where you can create titles for your slideshow.

If you select the first photo, it will appear in the large preview window.

Then, by typing your title text in the box (shown as # 1 in the picture), you will see the title appear on the picture.

You might also want some smaller titles during the show (for instance, “Our Family” or “Where We Lived,” etc. You get the idea). In which case, you could take other photos and do the same thing with them.

Now, if you are happy with that, you can skip past the next section until we come back to the Express Route part. (In other words, if you’re taking the Express Route, scroll down until you see the next section of this article. We’ll meet back up with you there).

For those of you who want to be a little more adventurous, let’s look a little deeper into what is on offer here.

First, (shown as #2) there is an effect that can be applied to this picture (identical to the Add Effect tab in our previous section). Please use with caution!

Section 3 enables you to change the font and font color used (in this illustration, I changed to Arial Bold in white so it would show up better on the picture). Click this icon to show this and you can then play with the fonts and colors to your heart’s content!)

Sections 4 and 5 enable you to adjust the horizontal and vertical positioning of the text you have created. (For instance, a subtext part way through might be better at the bottom of the screen rather than in the middle, but it’s your choice).

Now, we can welcome back our Express Route friends and click Next to move on to adding sound and transitions to our show!

Sections 1 to 3 in this picture deal with creating a narration for your show and Section 5 has to do with the transitions between slides.

Before starting the narration, it’s a good idea to configure your microphone so that it works properly and your narration is clear.

Click the microphone symbol (1) and a wizard will start up that will first of all, carry out an examination of your microphone and sound card. It will then lead on to the two screens below, which are virtually self explanatory. In both cases, they ask you to read some text and adjust the volume levels to get the best results.

When you get back to the previous screen, click on button 3 and start recording (there is a box (2) in which you can type some notes if you are not confident in getting it right without them). Press the Next button when you want to stop recording. If you are not happy with it (listen to it by clicking Preview), click on the last button, delete it and try again. (Deleting the narration will not delete any of the other effects you have done earlier).

Note: You should record the narration for each slide in turn (maximum of five minutes for each). You cannot record the narration for the whole show in one go.

Next, we deal with transitions, but if you are happy to accept the standard transition effects that the program gives you (and they are not bad), you can now scroll down again past the next section until we meet back up with the Express Route users again. (Just skip the next section if you are using the Express Route).

So, for the rest of us, let’s click on the button (5) Customize Motion and see what happens.

This is what you see. Immediately click the top right tab, Transition.

A new screen comes up and this is where you can select how you want to move from one slide to the next. You have a choice of about 48 different effects and can see how they appear on the thumbnails at the top of the screen. (Tick the box “Start current picture using a transition,” if necessary). In addition, you can alter the duration of the transition if you so wish, by means of the buttons (4) at the bottom.

Note: Changing the transition for one slide does not change it for all of them. You would need to move through each one in turn (use the forward and back arrow keys at the bottom to do that).

You might want to also click on the Motion tab and the Duration tab, which control where the entrance and exit points are for each slide. Frankly, for most of us, it isn’t worth the time and effort needed to do that and it certainly doesn’t come under this beginner’s guide, so if you want to experiment with that at your leisure, feel free.

Now, we can welcome everyone back for the final stages of our journey. We’ll now add background music.

Next will bring you here:

You will see three sections indicated.

Number 1 is the photo where the music should start (usually the first), #2 is for selecting your own prerecorded music and #3 is for creating some music included with the program (that’s free too!)

With the correct photo highlighted, click on Select Music and locate it on your computer. It will then be imported and you can select the volume level and preview it before saving.

Alternatively, you may click Create Music, which will produce this screen where you can select a wide range of tunes to suit any taste or atmosphere you want to create.

Section one will be the genre (whether classical, country, jazz or whatever), two is the style, three is the type of band, four is the mood, five is the tempo, six is the intensity and seven will allow you to preview the music and listen to the various options you have available.

When you have what you want (and you should certainly be able to find something), click OK to return to the main screen.

Click Next to move on to the final selection, which is “what you want to do with your show” and “how do you want to save it”? Here is the screen you will see:

If you want to play the finished slideshow on your computer or if you want to record it to a CD or DVD (more on that later), select the first option of “Save your story for playback on your computer.”

You will then need to tell the program what settings you want for this (#3 in the picture) and you will then be offered a wide variety of profiles from which to choose.

Thereafter, you will be given an estimate of the amount of space this will occupy.

You could also send it as an e-mail (the program will try to reduce the file size to an acceptable level for sending by e-mail). The saving options also include the possibility of saving to a Pocket PC or a Smartphone, each with its own profiles.

Select (in #2) where you want to save it and then click on the Next button.

Maybe you should now go and get a cup of coffee, because Photo Story will be taking four steps to produce your show (you will see a moving line as it goes through each step to show you the progress) and it could take awhile.

Once that’s done, you’re finally finished! You will see this screen where you can either view what you have done (and you will do that, won’t you?!) or you can go on to create another slideshow.

“But just a minute,” you may be saying. “Didn’t you say we could also show this on our TV”?

Yes I did, but you will have to move out of Photo Story to do that.

It is quite simple to do though.

If your DVD player supports Windows WMA format, all you have to do is burn the file you have created to a CD or DVD (other tips on WorldStart’s Web site explain how to do this if you are not sure).

If your player does not, you need to convert the .wma file to a format that the DVD player can read. There are a number of free pieces of software that can do that. Here is one you could choose from and it’s the work of a few minutes to do that and burn it to a DVD.

Then the floor is yours. You can give a professional show of your photos and trust me, people will come back asking for more. It’s guaranteed!

~ David Woodford