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In Picasa 3 Essential Training, Dane Howard demonstrates how the latest upgrade of this free program from Google will allow photographers to organize, share, and edit digital photos more easily and effectively than ever before. Dane shows newcomers and experienced users how to archive and share photos from a desktop or online. Exercise files accompany the course, but using personal media is encouraged.
We're talking about editing the properties of your album. Specifically, we're going to talk about adding captions. Now captions can be added from the Picasa client itself. But once they are uploaded online, you're free to overwrite them or edit them. With any synchronized album, be sure to note that your captions will be synchronized and brought down correctly on the client, if you ever change them online. To edit your captions or add them, go ahead and select Edit and Captions now. You'll be presented with a really nice interface.
I really like this because it allows me to add a lot of captions very quickly. I'm going to go ahead and paste in a piece of text here, 'a few pastries from Laderee.' If you're ever in Paris, oh my goodness! You'll love these pastries. I'm going to go here and add another piece that says my favorite espresso in Paris. What to be mindful of is that any additional information you add to your photograph becomes almost metadata. So, espresso, Paris, favorite, pastries, all these things are added to the searchability of your photographs.
So, I just want to be mindful that if you wanted to add a little variant on this, like the packaging, this little bit of effort to add adds in the retrieval phase of this. Just be mindful that this is something that if it's searchable or if you share it, just be mindful of what you're putting in here. Notice there is no Save button on this, because as I move from one particular field to the next, you get a little checkbox. So if you lost Internet connection, the little check lets you know that this has, in fact, been saved and preserved and even hitting Done is just a method of going back to the album itself.
Now, you can see what captions look like. On hover, anything that's larger than a line would actually be shown like this. Same thing with any of those that you share it with. So, this gives you a little chance to see what captions look like once they're transferred into an online web album.
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