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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 just uploaded a photo from our mobile device into the Picasa Web Albums. This is a great introduction to bring you into the web albums itself. If you go to picasa.google.com from your favorite browser, you'll be presented with a page similar to this. If you go ahead and click on Picasa Web Albums, while you're logged in, you'll be presented with all of your galleries. Now look at this. Fantastic. This is something called the Drop Box, and when you upload directly via email, you can see a lot of these mobile images that I've uploaded.
In fact, here's the one we just uploaded directly on to the web. Now this could be immediately shared. I can use this to share this with family and friends. What's something amazing here is I can download the photograph or I can download the entire album directly into Picasa. Let's do that now. Step one, just download the photograph. You will be presented with an interface that will ask you, how do you want to open? You can save it directly or open it with a program of your choice. In this case, Picasa Photo Viewer. Let's do that now. This has now been downloaded, and it was very, very quick.
And you can see that I can do a lot of things. I can view it, and actually that was the image I actually took from the iPhone. Well, let's add it in Picasa. It's pulled into Picasa rather seamlessly. Here I've got all the Tuning effects that I can use on it. I can give it some highlights. I can give it a tint if I wanted. I can give it a nice, warm tint. I can bring in some of that color. Make it look a little bit more authentic. May give it a little Glow, because it was kind of magical. I can go back here and give it a little tiny crop if I want, just to give it a little bit of nice feel for it.
I can take this particular photograph, and I can do a lot of things with it. I can export it. I can go and Email it back up to the Drop Box, or I can share it on social networks. This type of thing has been fantastic. That's one way to get your photos off of the mobile device and into Picasa. Let me show you in a second. Well, this particular photograph was uploaded into an album called Drop Box, this is inside of the browser, or in Web Albums. Now one of the things that it gives you the opportunity to do is actually download the entire album to Picasa, which is fantastic.
And when I do that, it will ask me which application do I want open this entire album in? Go ahead and choose Picasa now. The Drop Box will be pulled into your entire web interface. You can take all these photos and download them and begin the synchronization process. Go ahead and do that now. The downloading progress will be as large as the album would take. This is a fantastic feature. Imagine you upgraded your computers, and you want to pull in some of your images from the web albums locally on to your machine. Notice how these will start to be added in a beautiful way into your Picasa Web Albums.
And what we're going to do is synchronize them. Once it's complete, understand you've got a brand new type of gallery that you can begin here. You can see here that a new category has been created called Downloaded Albums. Let's click on that now. The Downloaded Albums allows me to edit, manipulate and color correct all the different images that are in my album. There is that same image we uploaded just a few moments ago inside of our mobile device. Now this is where the magic happens.
I'm going to take one of these pieces here, and I'm actually going to make it a black and white, just to show you the difference. I'm going to take a black and white, and I'm going to give it a little bit of color, and I'm going to make it pretty sharp. Get a little bit of a Glow, just to show you the black and white version. Now the next thing, I'm going to do is go back to the Library, and I'm going to go up to this capability here and I'm going to Sync this to the web. When I synchronized it to the web, it will invite me to log in, so I'll go ahead and do that now. Synchronizing your albums to the web is something that's amazing to be able to keep your images synchronized from things that you upload to those that are on the web.
As this does it, you'll be able to see the relationship between the photographs that you've taken on a mobile device with the rich iterations and editing you have been able to do on Picasa. Once it's completed, you'll see the updated device, and the updated pieces inside of that account. Once the synchronization is complete, you can see that I've synchronized my photograph, and just that one that I took just a few moments ago has been edited, and you can see this is the black and white version. This is an unbelievable capability.
So to seamlessly synchronize between Picasa as the photo editing, the mobile solution, and the web album drop box. This type of functionality will blow your mind and make your photo editing behavior from the standpoint of where you were literally a few moments ago, you can see in London. You can see that the location was picked up, brought up to Picasa, edited, and then synchronized back to the web. Use this workflow to absolutely revolutionize the way you work from a mobile device.
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