I like creating slideshows. They are a quick and easy way to show your creative side. You don’t have to be a master artist, or buy lots of expensive supplies, to create slideshows. All you need are the pictures you want to use, and a good slideshow maker program.
There are lots of freeware programs that allow you to make slideshows using your own digital photos. And one of these programs comes from a company that I’d say was pretty well known. It’s called Microsoft Photo Story.
What Is Microsoft Photo Story?
Microsoft Photo Story is freeware. As long as you are running genuine Microsoft Windows, you can download it for free.
Microsoft Photo Story is also fun to use and easy to learn. Whether your making your first slideshow or your fiftieth, you’ll be able to put this program to good use.
Adding Special Touches to Your Slideshows
With Microsoft Photo Story, you can create slideshows that include all sorts of special touches.
One unique feature of the program is the ability to add voiceover narration to your slideshows. This is something you can’t do with some slideshow makers. Or, even if you can do it, it’s pretty difficult.
You can add music to your slideshows too, creating a soundtrack that matches the tone and theme of your slideshow.
You can add effects to your slideshow. These effects include “camera tricks” like zooming and panning. You can change the color of your photos, along with making adjustments to the quality of your pictures. And there are over 40 transition effects (a familiar slideshow maker feature) to choose from.
And you can further enhance your slideshows using captions and titles.
Displaying Your Slideshows
With Microsoft Photo Story, you have a lot of options when it comes to displaying your slideshows. You can show them on your computer, of course. But you can also watch them on TV. So, for example, you can use Microsoft Photo Story to create fun slideshow presentations that you can show at your child’s next birthday party. And Microsoft Photo Story makes it easy to share your digital scrapbooking efforts with friends and family at home.
And you can share your slideshows with your friends online too, sending them by email, or uploading them to a website.
One cool way to use Microsoft Photo Story is to burn your slideshow to a CD or DVD, and give it as a gift. It would make a unique and special alternative to traditional greeting cards.
Help and Support
Getting help with Microsoft Photo Story isn’t a problem. The Photo Story website will give you all sorts of ideas on ways to use the software. In fact, I suggest giving the site a good looking over, and soaking in as much inspiration as you can.
Microsoft Photo Story is a free, and definitely fun, way to make slideshows and explore your artistic side.