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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.
We are going to talk about the exciting world of Picasa web albums. Now, this is an online component of the Picasa client software that we have been talking mainly about. You may be introduced to the Picasa web albums in a couple of different ways. The first that you are seeing right here is via the website itself. We talked about downloading Picasa, the client software. You can also just jump right into the Web Albums, because the Web Albums is an online network of all these different types of photos that people have uploaded, think of it as an online community.
Back at the Picasa client, we talked about ways to upload your photographs. The only requirement for Web Albums is that you have a Gmail account and you must be signed-in in order to do that. So if you select photographs and upload them, that's one way you might be introduced to it. Now, the second way might be if you actually click on Web Albums itself. Let's go ahead and do that. So as you can see here, we are presented with the ability to sign in. It's telling you a little bit more about what to expect when you get in here. You can share photos with family and friends or explore public photos.
Let me go ahead and sign in right now. So what you are going to see here is a pretty mature version of a whole bunch of different albums. When you log in for the very first time, you won't have any albums essentially in your account. But the opportunity here is to do a little walkthrough of what to expect when your gallery begins to mature and you begin to have different types of galleries itself. The very top here, you will start to recognize that you are inside the photos world of Google. If you use some of their other services, you may be familiar with Gmail, Calendar, Documents, and this is how they tease you into the world of photos.
I have talked a little bit about the idea of your Web Albums and the photos that you upload, and you will see some new tabs that they have added recently, particularly the People. They have done some great recognition of facial software. You can see here, behind here is all the different people that it's recognizing and you start to associate faces with names. It's very, very exciting. The third tab is Explore. Explore is really, if you are interested in seeing other things that are out there. Picasa is an entire photo community. Now, I have about 62 albums and you can see here that this is my view logged in.
So what this means is that I get to see everything. I get to see my Drop Box. I get to see my private and my public albums. If you have a interest in how your public gallery may look to other people, you can click on that right there and you can see exactly the type of view that someone may see of your world here, sometimes that's really, really important to take note of. To get back to that, you just click on My Photos. So let's talk a little bit to what we see on the right-hand side here. Right now the default is that they are organized by the Album date.
You can also click on the Upload date. This really looks at the metadata and when you actually created that album versus when you uploaded it. You may be interested to actually create a little icon associated with your username. Then down below, you see all the different types of faces that have been recognized, and you can see I have started to associate certain names of family members with these faces. Down below you see most Recent Comments, and as you get further down here, you will begin to see your whole tag cloud. The tags are really the means by which you start to associate similar photos.
So I have a bunch of Europe, Italy, travel. These are some of the things that I primarily tagged and then anything that I have given a location starts to show up on the map itself. This is a really quick tour of what you can kind of expect. Next we are going to talk a little bit about creating your very first album.
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