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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.
The next sharing control we are going to talk about is emailing. You can email photos directly from Picasa. And some of the techniques here are pretty cool. So, one of the first things I'll remind you of is the E-mail tools. Now these are found under going to the Tools > Options folder. You want to just browse through some of the options here, because they are important. When you open up the Email button which is located down here, you will be presented with either your default mail program, which could be Outlook, if you have it installed or your Google account.
What I usually do is leave the default on, which is give me choice, because I have certain email that I sent via my Outlook account and others through my Google account. Now I often want that choice. Well, they give you that choice here just by leaving this radio button selected. The second thing to think about is your Output Options. When you send more than one picture, you can tell it what is the default size you want to resize it at. I found that their default, which is around 480, is not quite big enough. So, I move it up a little bit to around 800. It seems to be a nice tradeoff between the size of the attachment and the fidelity of the image.
When we send a single picture, resize to 800, which is designated by this slider or the original size. And I always resize it. Then the second is sometimes you kind of accidentally select a movie and that can be a pretty daunting attachment to email. So, they have a nice feature here, which is just extract the First Frame, and I'd leave this as a safeguard. If you select Full Movie, you will find that you are going to send the entire movie and it's going to spend quite a bit of time resizing that movie and then sending that movie via email.
I don't really recommend sending full movies via email. So, the last part here is has to do with Output Format. You can basically send inline, with captions, which is like HTML email or it will just send links to it. And I found that I'd just basically leave that alone. So, once you've set those, go ahead and hit OK. Now, you've got your email setup ready to share any of your photographs. Well, in the previous movie, we've talked a little bit about uploading. Uploading is just about the same as emailing, because you are creating a copy of the photograph and you are sending it to an online destination.
That destination just happens to be a recipient via email. So one of the things you will notice is that as you begin to share your photographs, this little arrow indicates things that you've already uploaded. You can see here from one of the previous movie, I have maintained my selection. So, what's great about the Share controls is I can diversify my Share task. I can upload some into a web album and then I can send people a link to go visit it or I can email the photos directly. Now, the biggest difference there when you share is that in one regard you are creating a destination that they can go visit and that's the web albums.
The difference is that when you email them, all the recipients in that email receive the actual photos and copies of that photos. So, that's a major distinction. Then think about that in terms of your efficiency, because when we talk about sending people your online web album, you can still email them and you can still use Gmail to email all of your friends, but you will email them a location and that's very different. Let's go ahead and click on Email. Here is that choice dialog that will show up. The reason it comes up right away is because I'm logged in.
Remember we talked about logging in directly. So, once you are logged in into your Online Preferences through Gmail, you don't have to this again. So, it will present your choice between Outlook or Gmail and then it gives you a chance to say well, if you don't have a Gmail account, you can go ahead and sign up for one. Go ahead and click on Gmail and it will present to you a nice dialog right inline there. Now, this is not necessarily the exact same interface you have when you are in Gmail, but it interacts beautifully for it. So, this is some of the first things that I do.
You can see the different pictures that are going to be attached to this email and they have already been resized according to your preferences. So, the first thing I do is I kind of delete all of these things in the mail and I just say Hey! There, did you see these photos? Now, all of these images will be attached, let me go ahead and send this to my wife here. So, what we are going to do is I'm going to send these directly to my wife and she will receive them via email. The last thing you need to do is just hit Send.
Now, if you want to add multiple people to the mail, notice how it remembers your send list. So, if I would also wanted to send this to, let's see, my dad, I can also include him in the mail as well. The last thing you do is hit Send and those will be sent.
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