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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.
So we've talked about demonstrating slideshows when people are at your computer. What if you wanted to share a slideshow with someone via CD or DVD? Well, in next movie, we are going to talk about that. This is called a Gift CD, and if you go directly up to any part of any shared folder, you are able to click on a Gift CD. Well, the Gift CD is very similar to archiving because it takes the media and creates a copy of it onto another piece of media. If you look at the previous movies when we talked about archiving you'll see a very similar interface.
So one thing to note about creating a Gift CD or DVD is the size of the media. Now a CD is about 700 megabytes, but a DVD is much larger than that, up to almost 2 gigabytes. So one thing you want to do is make sure that when you reach into your packet of DVDs or CDs, make sure you know what size you are working with, because if it's a very small slideshow, you might just want a CD. So you may not have to fill it up, but the program will help you. Toss a CD or a DVD into the CD drive.
Make sure you have a CD writer or DVD writer. The next thing you want to do is navigate to the part of your library that you want to share. Click it anytime to create a Gift CD. To do that, you'll be presented with interface at the bottom, and what it did was captured everything that was in that particular folder. You can do this with albums. You can do this with folders. It will start to collect things for you. In fact, it gives you a nice button says Add More. To do that, it'll give you selection interface. So if I wanted to give a presentation about my Travels and my London trip and remove the Demo photos, I can do that very simply.
In previous movies, we also created a whole album about just Notting Hill. If I wanted to tell that story, provide that as well. So now what it does is it begins to add up all that media and begins to arrange it for you. Something is really nice to note is the calculation down here at the bottom. You can see here that there is a series of files that are being added up, and the megabyte estimation is starting to add up here, but what's really nice is that the CD or DVD equivalent is beginning to show you how large a disc you'll need.
If you only have CDs, don't worry. It will distribute the slideshow across multiple CDs. If you have a DVD Burner, it will add all that up because it's a larger capacity. The other thing nice to note here is the slideshow capability itself will be included on the disc. Photo Size is also very important, if you wanted to share this for a large format or if you wanted to share it with someone so that they could just do it for playback only, or the possibility of print, you may want to have the original size. This nice pull-down menu gives you a series of photo sizes that you may want to share.
Now again it will automatically compact the image for you and adjust the size. This will also adjust the calculation. So if I adjust the size here, you can see that my estimation went down considerably. So use this to your advantage if you want to share very large library, but you don't really want to give them the original files. This is very helpful. The next thing you want to do is name your CD. This is what will show up when the person puts it inside of their computer. Now let's call this Dane's Europe Trip.
The other thing that's nice is that it will include Picasa with it, which is your option to include or not, and this is sometimes helpful. This is Google's way of distributing and sharing this nice program that's including. In this example I'm not going to include it. You are all set to burn the disc. Make sure your disc or DVD is in the tray and the last thing you will do is select Burn Disc. For the purposes of this movie, I'm not going to actually burn the disc just to save some time, but you can explore this option on your own and have fun burning Gift CDs.
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