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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.
An important part of image editing can be the addition of text. You can use this in really creative ways. I'm going to take this last image that I edited and I'm going to add some text directly to the image itself. When you use the text editor, you can click anywhere inside the image. I'm going to add a little piece of text here. Call this my London trip 2009. By adjusting the Color and the Opacity gives me a chance to get exactly, what I want and place it in the right location.
So, that's one way to apply it. And now that text is editable. I can select it, I can go back into the text, you could see that I can show it and hide it at any time. So this is part of that nondestructive part of editing. Now text, there is three different basic kinds of text and I can keep adding text if I wanted. Let's say I wanted to illustrate where we stayed. Let's say our hotel. And then I'll illustrate that. So, if I wanted I could set the text to be black and I'll bring up the opacity.
So, now I've a layer that says that's our hotel. That was our London trip and I can start to illustrate a photograph this way. Well, this is super cool. That's one way of doing text. The second is the caption itself, which is outside of the image. I can just call this image, say this is a view of London and our hotel. And this is more of a traditional way of captioning. Any of this caption text is searchable, as we described earlier.
Well, the third is actually a watermark itself. And you actually create it. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to turn off this text layer. You can see it's nondestructive. It's all part of the editing. What I'm going to do is I'm going go to Export. This is the third type of text that you can add. So, I'm going to call this and put this in my city_scapes folder and it's this little button here, Add a watermark. What this allows you to do is add things like copyrights or if you have a company name, this is really helpful when you want to just export a whole bunch of images and put a watermark directly inside the image.
So, let's take a look what that looks like. So here we've got the city_scapes. Here's the location. It generates a new image. The only thing is it's non-editable. So, let's go to our city_ scapes and there is the watermark. And that's permanently in the image now. This is always going to be in the lower right-hand corner and it's always going to be in the image. That's the difference between this other version that we had before but we had actually the nondestructive text located within it.
Hopefully, that makes sense. That's a little bit of the highlights around having text inside the image, having it permanently burned as a watermark.
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