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Batch-editing for speed

From: Picasa 3 Essential Training

Video: Batch-editing for speed

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.

Batch-editing for speed

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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Picasa 3 Essential Training

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Dane Howard
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  1. 2m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 6m 39s
    1. What's new in Picasa 3
      3m 2s
    2. Downloading and installing Picasa on the PC
      2m 17s
    3. Downloading and installing Picasa on the Mac
      1m 20s
  3. 34m 3s
    1. Organizational paradigms
      5m 36s
    2. Exploring the interface
      3m 27s
    3. Using the Task tray
      2m 28s
    4. Adding a custom button to the Task tray
      1m 48s
    5. Exploring the Help and Tools pulldown menus
      2m 58s
    6. Importing photos and movies from a camera or card reader
      3m 53s
    7. Searching and archiving your growing library
      5m 24s
    8. Remembering your memories
      6m 17s
    9. Using the new Desktop Photo Viewer
      2m 12s
  4. 29m 23s
    1. Using folders and albums
      4m 0s
    2. Tagging and rating your photos
      6m 58s
    3. Using filters effectively
      2m 51s
    4. Searching for photos
      4m 30s
    5. Deleting, hiding, and removing photos
      2m 46s
    6. Creating and editing a new online album
      5m 37s
    7. Screen captures made easy
      2m 41s
  5. 32m 21s
    1. Using the Basic Fixes palette
      4m 45s
    2. Using the Tuning palette
      1m 59s
    3. Using the Effects palette
      4m 32s
    4. Using the Retouch tool
      1m 32s
    5. Applying red-eye repair
      1m 10s
    6. Flirting with black & white, sepia, and tinting
      2m 55s
    7. Effective cropping and straightening
      6m 32s
    8. Adding captions, text, and watermarks
      3m 8s
    9. Using effects effectively
      3m 39s
    10. Batch-editing for speed
      2m 9s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Creating and playing a slideshow
      2m 36s
    2. Creating gift CDs
      3m 53s
    3. Uploading photos
      6m 23s
    4. Emailing photos
      4m 50s
    5. Using the Share button to upload and email photos at the same time
      1m 18s
    6. Setting printing controls for local printing
      6m 10s
    7. Exporting photos
      4m 9s
    8. Advanced exporting to HTML galleries and Flash
      3m 19s
    9. Customizing your export templates
      3m 28s
    10. Reordering and customizing your share buttons
      2m 8s
    11. Printing commercially
      1m 57s
    12. Creating a collage
      5m 34s
    13. Creating and editing movies and uploading to YouTube
      6m 56s
    14. Blogging photos quickly using BlogThis!
      2m 43s
    15. Creating a blog post via email
      4m 22s
    16. Sharing via Facebook
      1m 24s
    17. Sharing via Flickr
      2m 9s
    18. Uploading photos to SmugMug
      2m 23s
    19. Posting photos from iPhone to your web album
      1m 39s
    20. Viewing web albums on the iPhone
      1m 8s
    21. Downloading and synchronizing web albums
      5m 7s
    22. Turning a web album into a live RSS feed
      2m 9s
  7. 42m 13s
    1. Getting started
      3m 38s
    2. Creating web albums
      5m 53s
    3. Organizing and reordering albums
      1m 54s
    4. Deleting an album
      1m 0s
    5. Adding locations to albums and images using the Album Map
      1m 56s
    6. Adding captions to albums
      1m 58s
    7. Adding tags in web albums
      1m 46s
    8. Changing General settings
      3m 11s
    9. Changing Email Notification settings
      41s
    10. Changing Privacy and Permissions settings
      5m 39s
    11. Changing Storage settings
      2m 9s
    12. Identifying people in photos using face recognition
      3m 21s
    13. Sharing web albums
      3m 16s
    14. Downloading albums and downloading images
      2m 34s
    15. Creating projects using the Download tab
      2m 5s
    16. Ordering prints
      1m 12s
  8. 17s
    1. Goodbye
      17s

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