How to create a beautiful photo slide show

My darling granddaughter in Tulip Fields LaConner Washington
My darling granddaughter in Tulip Fields LaConner Washington

Fun and easy way to create a slide show of your favorite photos

I know you have family photographs stashed away on your computer or even in photo albums. Why not share them and create a special memory of the event? I know it sounds hard and time consuming. Well what if I told you it was easy and quick to do. Oh and did I mention that it's free too. I know I've got your attention now. This is just one program of many available on the world wide web these days - but I have also included some links below to some others I found interesting and wanted to share with you.

This program that I tried is called "Photostory 3" it's a program created by Microsoft that you can download "free" and store on your computer and create slide shows which will play on Microsoft Media player. You can quickly upload your photographs, add text to them, add a special effect so they open individually in different directions or styles, very cool feature. The other thing you can add is your own custom music. For instance if you are creating lets say a wedding slide show of someone's wedding, well perhaps they had a special song that was their wedding song. You can upload that and include it in their slide show. Neat idea - are you getting the picture now, no pun intended of course. This program is so easy to use - if I can do it, I know you can too.

After you have created this fabulous slide show, your friends and family will be so impressed and will love viewing their favorite photos to music. "Photostory 3" also has other built in music you can choose from to include in the slide show, if you do not have a special song to add. The other very neat thing about this program is that if you have a microphone connected to your computer you can record your own voice and narrate the slide show - how cool is that!

First step is getting all those pictures added in the program. The program will help guide you through getting them to fit just right on the boxes, make sure they do not have any black borders showing, the program will ask you if you want to remove the black borders, so make sure you do this it's a very important step. Then you can add text to your pictures, you can choose the style, color and size of font. Then you can arrange it anywhere you like on the photo for some cool effects.

Once you have completed the slide show you can preview it and then save it to your computer. You can also obtain the link which you can then send as an email attachment to those you are sharing this slide show with. Simple - yet impressive. What I like to do sometimes is after making a slide show is to burn the to CD's, then I create a very cool cover using a special photo from the slide show with their name's and dates etc. Looks great and makes a wonderful gift.

Well fellow hubber's until next time. I do hope this was helpful to you. The slide show I have included in here is of some of my favorite photos of the "Pacific Northwest" - enjoy! I am so blessed to live here - cheers!

After creating the slide show just upload to YouTube!

You will want to share the slide show - here's another way to do it!

Once you have created the slide show you can go to YouTube and open an account - it's also free. Then you can easily upload your slide show to the web. Then capture the YouTube link like I have here to add to hubs, blogs or to just send it to your friends and family so they can view it online. Whatever your desire is to create, you can do it easily and without a lot of hassle. Of course if you have printed photos you would have to scan them first - oh well have fun and enjoy!

Requirements before installing Photostory 3

Operating system:Windows XP or Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Media Center Edition; Windows XP Professional Edition ; Windows XP Service Pack 1; Windows XP Service Pack 2\

Processor Required: Intel P3 700-megahertz (MHz)
or an equivalent processor, or an Intel P4 1.7-gigahertz (GHz) or equivalent
processor which is highly recommended.

More things to know:

  • Need a microphone if you want to record your voice and narrate slide show.
  • You should have at least 400 MB of available hard disk space
  • 256 MB Ram or 512 MB Ram is even better
  • Monitor (800x600) Super VGA or a high resolution monitor & video adapter
  • For more details and requirements visit "Photostory 3"

© 2010 Mary Gaines

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"Quill" 6 years ago

Beautifully written, loaded with many tips and as always greatly appreciated.

Blessings and Hugs

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Whidbeywriter 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Thank you Quill, I enjoyed writing it and look forward to sharing more photo ideas in the future. Thanks for stopping in and reading - blessings and hugs to you too!

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rose56 6 years ago

Good hub.nice info. I love the first pic she and the flowers are beautiful.

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Whidbeywriter 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Thank you Rose56, she is my precious grandbaby Macie. Glad you enjoyed the hub - blessings to you!

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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

A very useful Hub. Much better than just neglecting those treasured memories

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Whidbeywriter 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Thank you Ethel, you are right we are in an age of computers and this is a way to use your computer to view those treasured memories. Cheers

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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

Thanks for this beautiful and useful hub. I am definitely going to try this.

By the way, I visited your art website. I love it! You are a great artist!

God bless!

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Whidbeywriter 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Hi Jill of alltrades, thank you for your comments, I hope you enjoy creating that photo slide show. Blessings to you!

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trnty69 6 years ago

thx for this informative hub. i'm just a beginner and was looking up to do slideshows when i found this hub. I downloaded MS Photostory as you had recommended and have made a sample project. so far, so good, thanks to you :)

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Whidbeywriter 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Hi trnty69, thanks for reading my hub and I am glad you tried it - I know you will enjoy creating these slide shows and sharing them with others. Cheers!

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jamila sahar 5 years ago

Fantastic hub, great info very useful ! Gorgeous picture with the flowers !

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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Hi jamila sahar, thanks for stopping in and commenting, I appreciate it!

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

That is a beautiful part of the country, and you have captured it so well on your slideshow. You've done a great job on the slideshow. I haven't tried Photostory but it looks like something very promising, especially since it is free! Voted up.

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Whidbeywriter 4 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Hi Millionaire Tips, thank you very much. I do live in a beautiful part of the country and yes I believe you will love using Photostory - it's easy and fun do use. Enjoy!

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