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This how-to guide provides you with an orientation on what you can expect when you click on the Create Montage button. In addition, this Guide will offer information on how to organize your photos/videos on your computer in preparation for your upload. We recommend that you use the Firefox or Google browsers when creating your Montage
You can also review the following video for creating your own custom Montage:
The important principles to follow for a properly scanned photo are:
1. Scan in preview first so you can properly crop the photo before scanning.
2. Set the image output format to PNG or TIF which enhances restoration efforts.
3. Set the output resolution to 300 DPI.
You can also review the following video on scanning photos:
There are many programs that will allow you to enhance your photos. For this how-to, the free Photo Gallery program from Microsoft Windows will be demonstrated. However, most photo enhancing programs function in a similar manner.
You can also review the following video on enhancing photos:
For the natural flow of a Montage, it is important that your video clips are approximately 10 - 15 seconds in duration. 10 - 15 second video clips transition nicely with photos to complement your Montage. Now that may not seem long but you will find those seconds are adequate enough to capture the essence of the person. Again, we do not make home movies, we make Montages.
You can also review the following video for how to edit (trim) your videos to the preferred duration:
This how-to provides guidance on organizing your digital photos and videos:
a) on your computer for upload to our site;
b) to place on a USB jump drive, Memory Stick, CD or DVD for sending purposes, or;
c) to generate a download link through a reputable third party file sharing site.
Guidance on applying text captions for your photos/videos will also be discussed.
You can also review the following video on organizing your digital photos/vidoes:
This how-to provides guidance on archiving (backing up) your photos/videos on your computer. This will protect your original photos from editing changes made as some of your photos and/or videos may be removed and some might be renamed when creating your Montage. There are three basic methods for archiving your organized digital photos and videos:
a) Merely copy and paste them over to their respective decade folder directly;
b) Archive by copying the photos back to their original folder(s) or;
c) Create a temporary archive folder. This is the preferred method.
This how-to provides guidance for sharing your photos/videos using an online file sharing site like Dropbox or OneDrive. Both work similar in the way photos/videos are uploaded and in how they generate a download link of those photos/videos which can then be shared with us to create your Montage.
You can also review the following video on sharing your photos/videos using OneDrive:
Before using an online file sharing site, it is important to compress the computer files/folders containing your photos and videos to reduce the file size and shorten the upload time. This how-to provides guidance in sharing your photos/videos with a download link through an online file sharing site. The two stage process involves:
a) Compressing your computer folder of photos/videos for subsequent upload, and;
b) Creating a download link for sharing purposes.
You can also review the following video for creating a compressed file (zipped) containing your photos/videos for upload to a file sharing site like MediaFire:
You can then review the following video on how to create a download link to share in MediaFire:
The download link discussed in the above video to copy and paste in an email to share, is the same download link you would share with us to create your Montage.
To share your photos/videos using an online file sharing site, it is important to first compress the folder containing your photos/videos to reduce the size of the file and to enable a quick upload.
The programs commonly used to compress computer folders are WinZip, WinRAR and 7-zip. All these programs work in a similar manner. If you do not have a compression program on your computer then we would suggest 7-zip. 7-zip is a free open sourced program.