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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.
Next, I'm going to talk about sharing photos in a way that takes copies of the images and puts them in a folder somewhere else on a hard drive or remote drive and that's called export. So, we talked about non-destructive editing, which means that any type of edit you put on an image, doesn't actually effect the original, but when you export images, they actually combine all of the edits and it will actually create a new copy and when you export you put all those copies into a new folder, you are actually generating new images.
So, let's talk about how you might use Export. Well, I have got a bunch of images here, the same set of images I've been using and we have illustrated how you can upload them, email them and even print them. The last benefit of sharing is creating copies and now you have all these great uses for individual copies. Well, when you click on Export, you will get a dialog that allows you to say well, what do you want to name this folder and this is really the fundamental basis of creating these copies is that you want to browse to a particular area and you can see the default here is that there is My Pictures and it creates a default folder called Picasa Exports.
I think, they do this just so that you can have a nice clean way of managing your exports, and a way to think about that also is that it keeps track of all of your exports here because you are creating copies and so when you think about creating edits and creating variations of your image, you want to actually access them later. So, we have exported a couple of other examples and we created some collages and we created some different projects. Now, I'm going to call this Travels_demo. This Travels_demo will be part of something that we want to use and leverage later.
Maybe it's like specific size or maybe it's a serious set of edits and it gives us a lot of the same controls that we had on upload. Now, how would you want to use this, do you want to use the original size, do you want to share them with someone or you might want to resize because you have this idea of putting them into another type of project, or putting them into another program? In this example I'm just going to pull them up to about 1200 pixels wide and then you have choice here on how the images will be exported. Now, these are going to create JPEGs and JPEGs have certain level of compression in them.
So, you have Normal, Maximum, Minimum or Custom, where you actually can set the slider here. So, you can see here even with the Custom it starts at 85, which is pretty high. If I just set it to Normal, that's pretty much the default. That's a good JPEG quality, just to let you know that you can control the quality. Another type here is it's detected that there is no movies in this selection. So, if you were to export them, you can actually use this to export entire movies or just the first frame of them. Another nice thing that's in here is the ability to Add watermarks.
So, when you add a watermark, it's going to put a tiny little piece of text in the lower right. You've done a nice job by putting a Drop Shadow around it. You can't control the color or the size or any of that but this just gives you the ability to put a particular type of watermark on all of your images, if that's your choice. I am going to deselect that and I'm going to go ahead and click OK. The Progress bar will happen in lower right and you can always tell that there are some type of activity going on in Picasa when look at the lower right. When it's completed the default is that it opens up the location on the operating system before that's located.
You will also notice that there is a little bit activity here in the lower right. Let's see what happens. So, I drag this over, you will see that it's not only pointing me to the folder of where it exported to you, but it also brought them back into Picasa, which is a nice convenient way of just kind of keeping everything intact. By double-clicking on this folder, you'll see I have all of those images that are ready to go and all of the edits are in it. If I added any kind of updates to this image, you can see that this started as color image, this is now permanently a black and white image.
I still have the original and I can go back to its original state but this is now a copy of that image. So, have fun with the export capability and use it to create duplicate exports of your images for other uses that you may want.
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