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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.
Picasa has made it really easy to initiate creative projects directly from an online album. This is related to the sharing task because you could either be the author of this album or the recipient of someone who shared it with you. So, depending on the permissions inside the Download tab, you may see other things, like Print with Picasa, Make a Collage or even Make a Movie. Just because you don't have these photos in your Picasa to start with doesn't mean you can't jump into a project with them.
So, I just wanted to cover very quickly that Picasa now allows you from the web albums interface, now we are online, I could actually print someone else's photos directly from this particular interface. Let's take a look. I am inside of the Paris album here and if I select Print with Picasa it will invite me within the Windows machine to choose which application. Go ahead and hit OK and it will open up this interface which allows me to go directly from this particular interface, and to print the entire album.
We have covered printing, but this is just a way to show you that you have a creative and quick way to jump from online assets into the print interface. I'm going to go ahead and cancel out of that and go back to the interface prior. Let's cover the similar one, where we can make a specific collage or even a movie and you will be presented with the exact same functionality to say launch with Picasa and then you will go into those respective tasks. In the background, we'll be downloading the assets.
If this takes a little bit of time don't worry because you are basically asking it to download the entire album but also perform a task on top of it. The reason downloading happens first is that you need to be able to take all the assets to perform the creative task. Think of these as just shortcuts into these ways of quickly getting into that creative task. I just wanted to cover that so, people will understood that you could initiate these creative projects directly from the web interface.
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