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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.
Exploring your interface is really important setup for any image library. We've already explained some of the items on the interface itself. But let me show you a couple of things that you might miss that are inside the menu bar itself. The first of which is the Help menu. If you ever want to know if your running the most recent version of Picasa, go ahead and select Check for Updates. This will do a quick connection online and ensure that you have the right version. The second thing that's really helpful is to know what version your running.
This gives you a chance to do that by selecting About Picasa. This gives you a chance to triage which version you're running, and see if there is any conflicts to make sure that your running the most recent version, and the version you're running. The second thing I'll probably explain is the Tools menu itself. This is helpful in getting your setup environment exactly the way you want it. First thing I'll show you is the Options menu. Most important is a couple of these checkboxes that I found useful. There's a really version here called Single-click exit.
When this is checked, that gives you quick way to go in and out of a photograph between the Detail View and the Library View. I'll explain what that does in a moment. The second one that's really helpful relates to the size that you email. Oftentimes, I share photographs and the default size is set pretty low. I like to move that up about 800 pixels. This gives just enough resolution for the person on the receiving end to receive a nice clear photograph.
Other things that are helpful relate to the File Types. When you first install Picasa, oftentimes people ask me, hey! Some of the photos aren't showing up. Oftentimes, that relates to the file format. Let's say you work in Photoshop a lot. This allows your Photoshop files to show up. Sometimes, you shoot in RAW, Picasa supports RAW beautifully. When you show up and select the RAW format, all of your photos can be edited and seen inside of Picasa with RAW. Now RAW are large files, so sometimes if you have another editor you want to use, you may unclick this.
The last part is if you're a web designer and you export a lot in format related to GIF. This allows you to navigate all of your exports and things that you've done in GIF format. That's just a quick tour of some of the options that I use that are really helpful. Let's quickly go back to this one right here and see Single-click to exit, and I'll show you what that means. We're navigating your library. You oftentimes want to look at something in detail. To do that, you double-click. By having that one item selected, you can see that I can go ahead and edit, but on a single-click I can exit.
This just saves you a lot of time, I found. Because if you double-click, the default is that you've to move your mouse all the way over here and go back to the library. That's the only way to exit the Detail Mode. By having that one option selected, you can quickly select the image itself and your back at the library. That's a quick tour of the Tools menu. Let's move on to the next one.
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