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Creating a collage

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The next share button I'm going to talk about is Collage and this is a really exciting way of combining a bunch of photographs into a single image. Now the default is that whatever is in your picture tray will be passed into the Collage. Now mind what folder you also have selected. So what will happen is a couple of new things. Notice in this new version that it allows you to tabulate between the Library and the Collage project itself. This is really helpful if you want to add new photos to the Collage itself. Another thing that you'll notice is that the settings are a lot more customizable.

Creating a collage

The next share button I'm going to talk about is Collage and this is a really exciting way of combining a bunch of photographs into a single image. Now the default is that whatever is in your picture tray will be passed into the Collage. Now mind what folder you also have selected. So what will happen is a couple of new things. Notice in this new version that it allows you to tabulate between the Library and the Collage project itself. This is really helpful if you want to add new photos to the Collage itself. Another thing that you'll notice is that the settings are a lot more customizable.

So the default collage would be the last setting. So in this case you can see there is a lot of different layouts. This one's called Mosaic. Some other things that you can do is adjust the spacing, and that spacing the layout directly corresponds to the format that you want. So if I wanted to maybe show this on my TV I'd show something like a 16x9 format. If I wanted to show something that was more like something I wanted to print, I'd have a completely different layout. Now the layout I can't really control, but what I can control is how the pictures are actually laid out, and they can be shuffled around.

So this is pretty helpful, when I start to see all of my images together. Another thing that's really nice is the ability to go in and actually adjust the images. So I remember this one that was in black and white, or this particular piece here, and I can go in and View and Edit directly from the item. So if I wanted to undo something that I had done previously or undo some of the tuning, or even take out some of the glow, I can start to do all of those things, and get back to the original. Now if I go back to the Collage, you can see that that image no longer has the black and white capabilities in it.

Well, one thing that's nice is if I go ahead and create this Collage, I'll generate the new image asset. So what happens is that it generates the draft and gives you some feedback as it pulls all of these pieces together. Once it's finished, it gives you an update on what's going on here. It has generated the new asset, and it has re-imported that into Collage. So it's written it out as a new file. This little piece will hang around, in case you've been off doing another things. Go ahead and close it down. Well, with this is a brand new image.

It honors the layout and the aspects that you set prior. With that, you can edit it, like give the entire thing Sepia. Let's go ahead and undo that, or I wanted to adjust the entire image. Notice how this entire image adjusts. So what I've lost is the ability to edit the individual images, but this is a single asset. But where did it put it? Well, under your Projects, you have something called Collages, and it automatically creates the collage. If you want to know where that is on your file system, go ahead and open that up, and you'll see you've variety of different projects.

Here is one called Travels that we just created. Let's create another one. To create another one go ahead and go into Collage, once again, and it's going to inherent everything from the picture tray. So the picture tray allows you to create a starting point. Let's choose a different layout. Let's choose this one called Picture Pile. Picture Pile gives you little bit more flexibility than in previous versions. You can see that I'm starting to drag-and-drop the items around in this collage itself. Little bit about the controls. If I click on the image itself, I get the four arrows.

This gives me a chance to literally move the images from one part of the screen to the next. Some of them go in front and some of them go in back. Well, in order to reshuffle or re- layer them, let me just right-click on any selected image. When you right-click I have a bunch of options. I can set this image as the background, I can change the border, I can rotate it, or I can bring it to top. Use this to actually arrange some of your photographs, rotate them and enlarge them to the way that you like.

Other options that it provides, I'll show you on a white background, just by clicking on the Eyedropper, you'll see that the Drop Shadow is more prominently displayed. This is where I can turn Drop Shadows on or off. This is another type of collage that you can create. Again, the layout corresponds directly to the format that you want to export. In this case, if I wanted to show this via print, I keep it 8.5 x 11. If I wanted to show this via my monitor, notice how it reshuffled.

Basically honored my layout, but I might want to do some tweaks. So this is going to be an example of something I might want to show inside of a slideshow. So I can add this as a more complex image. Once I'm done, I'm doing the same type of thing. I'll go ahead and create the Collage. Once the collage is complete, it will right out a new version of the file, and it will re-import into Picasa. Go ahead and click on the X to remove the progress bar. Again we still have a new asset here. I'm going to click and you'll see that it's been added to my Collages project.

Use collages in a really creative way. Try putting a bunch of them together and creating a nice collage project where you can upload or create prints, posters or a whole variety of quick layouts that you can use to share, upload, or create a whole book of images. Combined with other projects and exports, you can export these as prints, books, projects, or blog accounts in a really interesting way.

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Picasa 3 Essential Training

70 video lessons · 9822 viewers

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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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