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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.
I am going to talk about an exciting new feature that was added to Picasa web albums, and it relates to recognizing people that are in your photos. Now the way to think about this can be very powerful, particularly when sharing, or specifically when recalling memories. So a little while ago this whole area here was added to Picasa Web Albums. I'll show you how this works. So the first thing that you do is you want to add name tags. When you add name tags, what happens is it starts to go through your particular photo library, and what it's doing behind the scenes is it's recognizing faces for you.
This is a pretty amazing interface. So due to security reasons, some of these are kind of blurred out. They shouldn't be blurred out on your interface. We are just doing this to protect the identity of some of the people in my photographs. This is indiscriminate, in the sense that I'm going to pick out some of the photos here, and it does a really great job at recognizing the photographs that are here. These all happen to be of my son. What's interesting here is you can start to see like some of the preferences that have been setup. So I'm going to start to type the name of this person.
You can see that matches that are showing up from previous entries, or those that are from my Gmail account, are starting to match. This is pretty interesting, because you are mapping faces to those that are in particular albums. So I'm going to go ahead and say this is my son, Tucker. The next one you can see that most of these are my son Tucker, but except this one here. Don't worry if it's blurred out, just because it's going to be something that is associated with this particular technology, and I can say that this in fact is Tucker, so I can either type the name Tucker, or since it's been identified, I go ahead and click.
Now you can go ahead and click through this type of interface until you see quite a few of the different faces. What's amazing is what this does to the facial recognition when you start to do this a couple of times. I was amazed how quickly just by spending maybe 20 minutes in this, how quickly I was able to build-up a bunch of faces, and how smart it began to come. So I'm going to jump out of this. I'm going to show you what this does. So you can see that when I clicked into this, I'm now in the People tab.
So there is a couple of ways to go into it. There is My Photos, and then there is the People tab. How I got into it was really the same as adding name tags here. So there is a couple of ways into this. But let me show you what this does. Let me go down here to one of my family albums, and I'll show you what this does. This is pretty amazing. Here is a photo of my wife and my two kids here, but as I go over the faces, look how amazing the facial recognition works. So that means that this is the little face that was detected and associated with my daughter Chloe.
When I go back to View All, it starts to become a really important attribute. Well, let's say I wanted to share this with people. Well, the share task makes this extremely interesting. You can see that it's recognized the people that are in this album through the technique I just showed. So when I go to click Share, it starts to become a very interesting task.
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