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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.
So the next share control I'm going to talk about is this button called Shop. Now in previous versions this used to be called export to print, or buy prints, and you can get that indication just on hover. But essentially, you're going to take your photographs and when you add them to your tray, you are going to take all of those, and when you click on Shop, it's going to redirect you to a series of services. You might recognize some of these services. These are all online printing services. And if you can find one that you work with or have an account with, go ahead and choose it now.
The example I'm going to choose the Shutterfly. I have an account with Shutterfly. Once you select your service, it will invite you to log in. I'm going to go ahead and do that now. Now remember, Picasa can keep a lot of different accounts for you. Just because this is my Gmail account, this is not the same login as I use for the web albums. This is your specific account for that printing service. Make sure you remember that. You can save the password if you like for return visits, and then also enter the album name.
Now the album name is different than the web album. This is not up on Picasa. This is a new folder that's going to be created up on my Shutterfly service. I'm going to call this Travels_prints. Once I hit OK, you get some dialog box that it's uploading those photos directly into the service. Once your upload is complete, you can see that it redirects you into your default browser and automatically logs you in into the corresponding interface. Since I chose Shutterfly, this is the place where it's going to send me.
You'll be presented with the corresponding interface. Now that your photos are uploaded in the respective service, you can do anything you want that corresponds to that service. In this case, order prints, make photo books, cards, etcetera. Use this to essentially print and deliver commercialized quality prints.
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