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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 have illustrated that you can edit photos really quickly, but what happens if you want to apply those effects across multiple images? Well, with Picasa you can. I'm going to show you two techniques. Now the first applies to an image where you already have effects, like this one right here. This used to be a color image, and it's got a bunch of effects already applied to it. So one of the coolest things you can do is go up to Edit, while the image is selected, and say Copy All Effects. That will take the effects from this particular image and copy to your Clipboard.
Now the next thing you want to do is select the photos that you want to apply those effects to. Go back up to Edit and you'll see that you can paste all those effects. Now watch what happens. It will take those black point settings and those compound adjustments and everything we did on that image and it'll apply it to these other images. Now you may or may not get exactly what you want because of course these are different images. But again you start to pre- visualize what's going on there. This is a super-cool way to pre- visualize and apply certain settings to others.
Everything is non-destructive, so I can select these images, right-click, and say Undo All Edits. It says are you sure you want to do this? Yes. And you are back to the original. So here is the second way of doing that. Second way involves you selecting the images themselves. First, then you go up to the Picture menu, and you say Batch Edit. Now this will give you a limited list. I wish this is a more comprehensive list, but this is what it gives you. You can perform Auto Contrast, Auto Color.
These are the same types of things that you would see in the palette menus. I am just going to show you Black and White as an example. Now notice the difference, this just performs the basic black and white. It's a little different than all of these compound effects. But what you do benefit from is performing multiple things across multiple images at the same time. Be careful, Batch Edit can get you in trouble really quickly. Try it out on a couple of images first, and then see where it takes you. Once you get used to it, you can do entire folders and turn them into black and white, and it will save you a lot of time.
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