Monday, May 17, 2010

Create an online photo album

Today’s Blog is all about Microsoft Live Photos – a Windows Live account is required to use this software or application.

Want to learn how to have more fun with your photos?  This article from Microsoft offers you one of many different ways you can create an online photo album to share with friends and family world wide!

If you don't have your own Windows Live account, go to and sign up today! It's free, it's easy, and it’s one convenient place online to share photos, files, e-mail, and see what’s new with your social network.

Because Windows Live Photos makes it so easy to upload, edit, store, and share photos, one of the first tasks most of us do is create a photo album of our favorite images. Some people create photo blogs that are more about images than text and upload photos from all over—posting the latest images from cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), webcams, and scanners and showing the world what's happening in their lives. 

Create an online photo album

What makes a good photo album? The answer is, just about anything—any topic, person, place, or event that you want to share. You might create a photo album to show the 10 finest photos from your best friend's wedding shower. Or you might create a photo album about the weekend you took your son to camp. Or you might simply have one photo album for each of your best friends, or your pets. Whatever the topic of the album, the idea is to group photos in such a way that the folks viewing them will understand how they're connected. You might even simply do a "day-in-the-life" photo album that shows images you captured throughout a single day.

You can stitch photos together, remove red-eye, crop, and tag photos on your PC with Windows Live Photo Gallery, then upload your albums to your Windows Live Photos page to share online with others. You can also add your favorite photos on your profile so your “What’s New” feed updates to keep friends and family up to date on your latest adventures.

When you're ready to create a photo album, follow these steps:

  1. Go to

  2. Click Create an album.

  3. In the Name box, type the name of your album.

  4. In the Share box, set permissions for those you would like to see your album. You can make your albums public so everyone can see them, share them just with the friends in your Windows Live network, select specific people, or keep them just for yourself.

  5. Click Next.

  6. There are several ways to create your photo album.

    Click Select Photos from My Computer to browse for a picture anywhere on your computer.

    Click Add from an Existing Album to add photos from an album you've already created and uploaded.

    Drag a picture from anyplace on your computer into the Drop photos here box. As soon as you add a photo, the name of the box disappears. To add another photo, drag it to the Drop More Photos here and upload when you're done box. The photo will move to the Drop photos here box

    Example of the Add Photos page. Add Picture box.

    When you've added your pictures, select the photos you want to Upload, and that's it! Your album is ready to share.

    You and those you've given permissions can choose to view your album as a slideshow or thumbnails.

    Example of a photo album with pictures displayed in the thumbnail view.

    Show your pictures in a thumbnail view.

    Example of a slide in a slideshow.

    Display your album as a slideshow.

    When you’re done, you can use the Options menu in the upper right to add themes, publish your album in an e-mail, and more.

    That's it! Now you can invite everyone you know to come see all your favorite photos. Have fun!

Author: Katherine Murray and Mike Torres

Thank you to our authors and their had work and research.

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