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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 creating your very first Web Album gallery. Now, there is two ways to do this. One is through the interface itself, and to do that you can do it through the Upload tab. To upload, you can go directly into upload into an existing gallery, but notice this part right here, create a new album. When you click on that, you will be presented with an interface to invite you to name that album. So we can call this our test gallery. A Date of origination, so this might relate to a specific day, which is today, or when those photos that you know that you are going to put in there were actually taken.
Let's go ahead and leave it today. I'm going to call it my test images. Then the place that that was taken. Now, this is pretty cool. Since this is just a test and I'm recording here in Ventura, California, I'm just going to enter Ventura, California, and sure enough, it shows up right there. If you have specifics on the actual location, you can go ahead and put that in there, but this is where the location information gets put in there. Now, a word of caution and a word of encouragement. A word of caution is that you want to use the location very carefully.
If this is family related photos or things that include children or a particular event, please use these wisely, because this is information that you can see right here, if this is a public album, that people can start to associate certain events or things that are happening on location, you want to be really mindful of this. If this was just a sign in required, you have a lot more privacy just by combining the visibility. Since I want to make this an unlisted album, this is going to be something that's just like an unlisted phone number, and only the people that I share with will be able to discover it. So I just want to be really straightforward here and say that location is a fantastic thing, just be very mindful of the type of photographs that you associate with location.
Further down here, you will see the Name tag visibility. This is another part of your security. You may have people within these, and you want to make sure that if you start to show names with faces, that you want to be secure here. So it says Use my current account settings, which is Hide name tags, and unlisted sign in required. Hide name tags or Show name tags. I'm going to go ahead and Hide name tags. But it's important that when you create any new gallery, you understand some of these attributes. Now, a little note here says it relates to my account settings.
We are going to get into account settings in a little bit, which is a little bit about setting up your environment, we'll get into that and its a little bit more of an advanced topic, but we'll make sure that we cover that. Go ahead and hit Continue, and you will be presented with an interface that invites you to upload your photographs. If you don't know Picasa itself, this is just an interface that allows you to upload photos directly. So just for the sake of clarity, I'm going to go into my Pictures folder here, I'm going to upload one of my food photos. The food photos, open one that's oriented like this, and another one that's going to be oriented the other way.
So it's going to upload two photos here. Once I'm done, you can see that the path is there, and I'm going to go ahead and Start the Upload. What's really nice is the online storage piece. Talked a little bit about the free capacity that they give you when you first log in. I think they give you 1 gigabyte of free storage just to use the service, and I found it really helpful to upgrade. I think it's about $20 a year to basically have up to an additional 10 gigabytes of storage there, and you can get up to 15 gigabytes.
There are the two photos within this gallery. What's really nice is that there is a little cookie crumb here. You can see from My Photos, I now have within my test gallery the two photos themselves. That is the very first way of being introduced to creating a new gallery. Well, what's really nice now is I'm going to show you the second way. The second way within Picasa can happen within Picasa itself. Let's go to those food images right here. Now, I want to just introduce if you wanted to create a new album, you can certainly do that from Picasa itself, which is predominately the way that I do it.
I am going to hold down these three photos and I'm going to put them a hold, then I'm going to click Uphold here. This is pretty exciting, because this gives me an interface, very similar to what I just saw online. You can see here that there is a bunch of the same galleries that are in this list, and I'll just tab right over to here, are the same galleries that are up here. So you can see that this is a new gallery I just created, but I have been presented this whole list of galleries that I can upload to, directly from that area.
What's brilliant is that the food gallery that we just created already shows up in this list. But look at this right here, New gallery. So you can see if I wanted to create a new gallery, that's how I could do it, exactly from that list. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to go ahead and select Upload, and I'm going to show you the relationship of the album that we just created to what we are going to upload into. You can see the correlation there. So I'm going to upload into this existing food gallery. The next thing I'm going to do is I'm going to give it a Size. This is an Unlisted gallery, and that was the setting that we had before, and I'm going to go ahead and upload into it right there.
Well, as that's uploading, it's going to provide some feedback, as far as progress, and then I can go ahead and View Online. Let's go ahead and do that. When I View Online, it's going to open that tab. It's going to show me the photos that I just uploaded into there. So here I have got the food gallery and then I have got my test gallery. So you can see here, I had the food gallery and now I have my test gallery. You can see that I can move back and forth between those two galleries. But here is what's pretty amazing, if you ever are confused about what gallery and where the photos are, you can always edit and manipulate the things that are going on inside of a particular gallery.
So let's talk about that in the next movie.
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