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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, we're going to talk about connecting your camera or card reader to the computer, and importing your photos itself. So, most of you probably have a SD card reader, or a camera, or some way of connecting to your computer. My favorite method is just this USB Dongle with the actual card slot itself. A lot of them out there allow you to connect an SD card or a CompactFlash. This gives me a lot of flexibility because I can just pull it right out of my case, connect it, I don't even have to worry about a long cable and connecting my camera to it.
When you plug it in, one of the things that might happen on a PC is this AutoPlay. When you have Picasa installed, you have the choice of actually selecting Picasa directly from the list. This will take you directly into Import. If for some reason you've turned AutoPlay off, let me show what you can click on. With your card reader connected, go ahead and click on Import. This is the same as clicking on Picasa, from the AutoPlay. You'll go directly into the Import functionality and in Picasa 3 it has been improved.
Let me some of the things that have been improved here. First of all, you'll notice that there is an ability to just pivot between the different import devices. This can be a separate drive, this can be a USB stick, or dongle, or the camera itself. The next thing you'll notice is the delineation by date. This is super helpful, because as the items start to come in, you can start to just visually pick up on the fact that you know that you shot certain things on certain days. Just by selecting the camera, it will select everything on that particular day.
So, whether I select the individual photos themselves or the clock, I can go ahead and select multiple days. In this case, I'm going to go ahead and do that now. Here I've three days selected. Other options that are very helpful is this notion of excluding Duplicates. Let's say you are able to shoot multiple days and you copied just one particular day, and you've already imported it into Picasa. This is very helpful, because when you exclude duplicates, it will keep from there being duplicate files on your system.
Sometimes, you want to just import everything on the card itself, this allows you to do that just by selecting it. Importing selected, you can see I've 39 photos selected, all delineated by the blue outline here. I'm going to go ahead and do that now. When I select any Import task, it will ask me where I want to put them. Well, many times, you can see here. I've lots of photos distributed over multiple days. It gives you just one folder location initially. You can't break them into individual folders at this point. So, I'm going to give this a folder called my London trip.
You can see here it's been added to My Pictures folder. The default date is taken in here, based on the metadata, and I'm just going to say that it was actually happening in the London, UK. I can give an additional description if I want. Now, below is really important, take note, the default is Do nothing. That means on the source card, just leave it alone. Leave all the photos there. This what I recommend. The Safe delete is a nice feature. Oftentimes, you want to delete just the things that have been copied, so I suggest don't delete anything until you've confirmed a safe confirmation that your files have gone to the computer.
The last one, I would steer clear this. Wiping the card clean is oftentimes kind of risky, so I wouldn't do this very often. But what it will do is it will actually run a complete batch delete across your entire card, and it will be indiscriminant across anything that is on the actual card itself, whether those be files, or any other format that you may not be seeing at this time. So, I select Do nothing, go ahead and click Finish. This will import your specific photos directly, and they should show up right in the name of the folder that you've created.
You've just successfully imported your first files.
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