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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 easy to customize your export templates in HTML and in Flash. Where this is located is inside the folder Export as HTML. Now, we've talked a little bit about the default templates that they give you. These are HTML galleries. Well, there's a whole underground of developers and designers that have developed templates against this schema and it's really beautifully and easily setup. So in order to customize this list, I'll show you that right now. Go to any default browser, and inside Google just do a search for Picasa export.
What you'll find is a bunch of different types of examples of templates that have been created by designers and programmers. This is one of my favorites. This is a project where I collaborated with a bunch of different designers across the world to create some customized Flash templates. You can download all of them in a single zip file directly from this page. You can also preview and see who designed each one. By clicking on the Download button, you download a zip file.
Go ahead and open it up, and you'll see all the different examples right there. Next, you want to go inside of the programs where Picasa is installed. To do this, go to your Computer, locate the disk where you've installed Picasa, go inside of Program Files, and then Google, and then Picasa3. Inside of the Picasa3, you'll find a web folder, and inside there is a folder called templates. So this list right here is the same default list that I just showed you.
What we're going to do is we're going to drag all of the new template files directly into this list here. As soon as that's done copying, we'll go back to Picasa. I have a series of folders that I've selected. I'm going to go ahead and select this Travels folder. What happens when you export from the folder, it's going to do the entire folder. So if you want a smaller set, you can do that by exporting a smaller set.
We'll go up to Folder, and say Export as HTML Page. Go and select your size, and I'll call this my Travels_demo and select Next. You can see here that a whole new set of templates have been added. You can experiment with these and play with the ones that you like. But what this will do is give you a lot of flexibility into the actual exporting capabilities of Picasa, which will create a local gallery that you can play with. I'm going to go and select one my from Josh Ulm created this gallery right here and go ahead and hit Finish.
This will export all the HTML, and the Flash, and the XML together. Once it's finished exporting, it will open up your default browser, and go directly to the file itself. You can see now that we have a really nice gallery, here I can just use my arrow keys and navigate between each individual photograph. What's nice about Flash is that we'll basically be resolution independent. As I resize my browser here, you can see that I can embed this Flash file inside of any webpage that I want. What's really nice about these templates is that they've been designed for scalable media.
So this particular template allows me to go back and forth directly and export and use my Picasa in a really lovely and beautiful way.
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