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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.
Next, I'm going to talk about making slideshows. This scenario is that you invite someone over to your computer and you want to show them some of your images full screen, but there are a couple of ways to do it. First way is to find the media that you are looking for. So in this case, I've located Travels. But I may want to jump to the London trip. To do that, just click on the folder. If I go directly from here into the Play button, which is located at the top of every gallery, you can go ahead and go right into a slideshow from there. The default is that it goes full screen and it will present your images and immediately begin to cross- dissolve them according to the time that you've selected.
If you move your mouse during this session, what you get is some controls. Controls give you ability to pause, rotate, enlarge. This gives you the chance to pan and talk about a specific part of the image, and tell a little story. And you can even adjust the timing, you can Favorite, if I like this image, you can give it a star or un-star it, and adjust the transitions, okay. So this is a really helpful way to go in to a particular image and adjust the Display Time, and then if you want to go back to the slideshow, just hit the Play button, this will continue the slideshow.
If you want to exit at any time, you can either hit the Escape key or just click on the Exit button. So that's the first way to enter a slideshow. The second is to actually go up to the View menu. The View menu allows you to go into the slideshow directly, or hitting Ctrl+4. By doing this, it takes you into the exact same mode. There is only one mode of slideshow, but there are a couple of ways to enter it. I'm going to press Escape and show you one more view. And the view might happen, if you want to show something way back in your library in Time.
Earlier we talked about the Timeline. This is a separate mode in itself. It allows you to navigate through your entire library. That's a little different interface. So in this case, I may want to show some of my Demo photos and they have provided a really nice button here called Slideshow, directly from the Timeline. This allows you a nice interface to go back in time across the whole array of your images. If you wanted to go back even years and find a specific album or folder. Go ahead and click on the Play button. It takes you directly into the slideshow from there.
As you've noticed photos and video will be able to display directly inside of your slideshow, which is a brilliant way to illustrate and to put together a nice presentation in an array. You get full sound and audio when you do that.
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