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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.
Next, we are going to talk about some advanced techniques for exporting, not just original images but you want to export them to Custom Galleries. We talked about uploading them to albums and which formats them and puts them into HTML automatically for you using Picasa's web albums, but what if you want to export your photos into a custom gallery? Well, a little known feature within Picasa has been around for a while and it's accessible through the Folder menu. Now, under the Folder menu, it will take everything that's currently in your tray and you are able to Export as HTML.
This is a really nice extensible part of the Picasa Export tool. So, you will recognize a couple of things like the size and the types of things that you want to output to, respecting to the size and possibly load time. It also gives you an ability to name it, so I'll call this my Travels_Demo and I'm going to put a little i next to it, because the i to me will mean interactive. Because what you are exporting is not just a group of photos, but you are going to exporting them into an interactive gallery.
So, I'm going to set this to about 800 pixels wide and there is no movies in this particular set. If there was, it would just export the First Frame. Now, the next step is pretty important. We can see that My Documents\ Picasa HMTL Exports\Travel_Demo. So, that was little different than the previous Export, where it was just put into a folder called Picasa_Exports. Now, the exciting part is the next part. Picasa has a bunch of extensible, customizable templates, via XML that you can change update and there has actually been a whole ecosystem of people that have been developing templates both in HTML and in Flash.
Now, if you are interested in any kind of customizable template, we'll talk about that in a later movie, but it gives you a way of selecting a variety of different templates that you can export directly into HTML. And it gives you the full HTML and everything works, so you can just drag that up to a personal website, you can customize it further. So, I have seen a lot of wonderful projects in this way. I'm just going to choose the Template 2. 2-page back background. When I select it, I'm going to go ahead and hit Finish. What it's going to do, it's going to take all the photographs and it uses the XML and it puts together a nice little folder that allows me to have a local version on my machine of the HTML.
I mean that's completed here, will be able to interact with it. Once the Export is complete, it will open up your default browser and it will present you the HTML it just created. What's very, very nice about this is that now you have something that probably would have taken you a lot of time to code or put together. Now you have got a really nice customizable gallery that can be put online, can be put inside of your website and it all interacts beautifully, all the HTML is all set up. In this particular example, it passed in the title here.
It knows that there are 37 images, so that's dynamic and then it's put in some instructions that is just part of this template. So, if you have some CSS skills or you want to go into any of these files, you can actually customize the CSS and the styling to make this just exactly the way you want it. So, have fun with this Export HTML functionality.
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