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Exploring the Help and Tools pulldown menus


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Picasa 3 Essential Training

with Dane Howard

Video: Exploring the Help and Tools pulldown menus

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.
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  1. 2m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 6m 39s
    1. What's new in Picasa 3
      3m 2s
    2. Downloading and installing Picasa on the PC
      2m 17s
    3. Downloading and installing Picasa on the Mac
      1m 20s
  3. 34m 3s
    1. Organizational paradigms
      5m 36s
    2. Exploring the interface
      3m 27s
    3. Using the Task tray
      2m 28s
    4. Adding a custom button to the Task tray
      1m 48s
    5. Exploring the Help and Tools pulldown menus
      2m 58s
    6. Importing photos and movies from a camera or card reader
      3m 53s
    7. Searching and archiving your growing library
      5m 24s
    8. Remembering your memories
      6m 17s
    9. Using the new Desktop Photo Viewer
      2m 12s
  4. 29m 23s
    1. Using folders and albums
      4m 0s
    2. Tagging and rating your photos
      6m 58s
    3. Using filters effectively
      2m 51s
    4. Searching for photos
      4m 30s
    5. Deleting, hiding, and removing photos
      2m 46s
    6. Creating and editing a new online album
      5m 37s
    7. Screen captures made easy
      2m 41s
  5. 32m 21s
    1. Using the Basic Fixes palette
      4m 45s
    2. Using the Tuning palette
      1m 59s
    3. Using the Effects palette
      4m 32s
    4. Using the Retouch tool
      1m 32s
    5. Applying red-eye repair
      1m 10s
    6. Flirting with black & white, sepia, and tinting
      2m 55s
    7. Effective cropping and straightening
      6m 32s
    8. Adding captions, text, and watermarks
      3m 8s
    9. Using effects effectively
      3m 39s
    10. Batch-editing for speed
      2m 9s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Creating and playing a slideshow
      2m 36s
    2. Creating gift CDs
      3m 53s
    3. Uploading photos
      6m 23s
    4. Emailing photos
      4m 50s
    5. Using the Share button to upload and email photos at the same time
      1m 18s
    6. Setting printing controls for local printing
      6m 10s
    7. Exporting photos
      4m 9s
    8. Advanced exporting to HTML galleries and Flash
      3m 19s
    9. Customizing your export templates
      3m 28s
    10. Reordering and customizing your share buttons
      2m 8s
    11. Printing commercially
      1m 57s
    12. Creating a collage
      5m 34s
    13. Creating and editing movies and uploading to YouTube
      6m 56s
    14. Blogging photos quickly using BlogThis!
      2m 43s
    15. Creating a blog post via email
      4m 22s
    16. Sharing via Facebook
      1m 24s
    17. Sharing via Flickr
      2m 9s
    18. Uploading photos to SmugMug
      2m 23s
    19. Posting photos from iPhone to your web album
      1m 39s
    20. Viewing web albums on the iPhone
      1m 8s
    21. Downloading and synchronizing web albums
      5m 7s
    22. Turning a web album into a live RSS feed
      2m 9s
  7. 42m 13s
    1. Getting started
      3m 38s
    2. Creating web albums
      5m 53s
    3. Organizing and reordering albums
      1m 54s
    4. Deleting an album
      1m 0s
    5. Adding locations to albums and images using the Album Map
      1m 56s
    6. Adding captions to albums
      1m 58s
    7. Adding tags in web albums
      1m 46s
    8. Changing General settings
      3m 11s
    9. Changing Email Notification settings
      41s
    10. Changing Privacy and Permissions settings
      5m 39s
    11. Changing Storage settings
      2m 9s
    12. Identifying people in photos using face recognition
      3m 21s
    13. Sharing web albums
      3m 16s
    14. Downloading albums and downloading images
      2m 34s
    15. Creating projects using the Download tab
      2m 5s
    16. Ordering prints
      1m 12s
  8. 17s
    1. Goodbye
      17s

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Picasa 3 Essential Training
3h 42m Beginner Jul 31, 2009

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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.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the Picasa interface
  • Creating and managing web albums
  • Integrating Picasa and iPhoto workflows
  • Writing captions and text for photos
  • Creating and editing slideshows and movies
  • Using face recognition and geo-tagging to organize albums
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Picasa
Author:
Dane Howard

Exploring the Help and Tools pulldown menus

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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