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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.
The next thing I'm going to talk about is sharing your photos on a blog, and one of the nice things about the Picasa is in the ecosystem of Google is they own Blogger. So directly from the button is Blogger. So this sharing task is pretty straightforward. Let's take a particular photo that you are interested in. I'll post it right there. I'll click on Blog This. If you don't have a Blogger account, you can easily set one up using the same Gmail account Username and Password.
Click on this and you'll get an overlay. If you haven't signed in, do that now. If you want it to remember your Username and Password, go ahead and click Remember Me. So the next time you don't have to sign in. Signing in will talk directly with Blogger and present to you one or several of the blogs that you have. I have two blogs upon Blogger. One called Visual Portals, other one called Visual Experiments. Then they invite you to choose a layout. You can see where the picture goes, and you have words wrap or words go underneath the posting left or right.
The Image size is also important. I just usually set it as Medium. Go ahead and click Continue. Now the default here is that it shows you the exact code. To some people this is like pretty straight forward, and they understand the language. If you click on Rich Text, it actually shows you what the piece will look like. You have more control over what's going on, you have a WYSIWYG Editor. So if I wanted to put the text up above, I can go ahead and do that. Say this was a great shot from my trip.
And I'll just call this, a few scenes from London. That becomes the title of the blog entry. Additionally, you can go in into the Text Editor and you can add a little bit of styling. I'll just add a bold to that. From here you can either Save as a Draft or Publish directly. And it looks fine, I'm just going to go ahead and publish. What it's going to do is prepare Publish, and then redirect into your blog account. Now it invites you to log in once again. So I'm going to go ahead and do that. Once you do that, you'll be presented with the interface itself.
You can see that the newest entry is right there, and I can Edit, View and I can go right into it. I'm going to go ahead and View this listing. Here is the particular listing of my blog, and there is the photograph that's been published. It takes on all the styling, and all the particular parts of the CSS that are your own blog itself. Now one thing to note is that it inserts a little tiny bug here that lets you know that this has been published directly from Picasa. Some people don't like that. So I'm going to show you in few moments another way to publish directly into your blog or website.
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