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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.
Your growing Picasa library is getting larger and you are starting to enjoy the benefits of finding and also archiving your photos. But here is something that's really important. This is the lost art of browsing behaviors. Many times when I ask people about their library themselves, they'll tell me, well, I don't really have that much time. It's a great place to be, but then they'll end up showing me some of their photographs and in the process of them showing me their photographs, they begin to tell me some stories. So I call this Browsing Behaviors and it really takes advantage of the fact that everyone needs more time.
But while you are browsing your photographs, start to remember the actual events that took place. So I'm going to invite you to select a couple of photographs from one of your albums, and we are going to turn them into something what I call author while you browse. I'm going to tell you a little story about this little walk in France one morning, and I found this little painting here. So just by holding down the Ctrl key, I'm going to make this little selection, and authoring while you browse, takes advantage of reminiscing over the sheer fact of browsing.
So what I'm going to do first is I'm going to do one of my favorite little things that's Collage. So when I go into the Collage, I now have the ability to kind of manipulate this memory a little bit, I can start to author it. This is authoring while I browse. I can create a new asset. I can start to remember and create a little type of memory just by grabbing the selections. I'm going to go ahead and create that collage. Now, while it's doing that, I'm going to go back to the library, and I'm going to go back to my Travels, and I'm going to go through and reminisce some more.
So while this is working for me, I'm back browsing. There is the photographs I just had, and then I went through the park and I took a picture, and I remember this really cool photograph here, and this would actually be a really great little story to tell my mom. So I'm going to go in, and I'm going to email these directly to my mom. Again, I have taken these photographs, and I'm going to go ahead and give her a little mail message. So I'm going to open up Google mail, and I'm going to login real quick. Now that I have logged into Gmail, I can send these photographs directly to my mom and tell her a little bit about my trip.
So again, this is authoring while you browse. My mom and dad will now benefit from some of these photographs that I have sent directly to them as I have just been thinking about my trip and they get to benefit a little bit from this time that I have spent inside Picasa. Again, you can see how powerful this concept is. Just in a few moments, I have been able to just take my browsing session and remind myself of a couple of things. Again, this little photograph reminds me of the walk I had with a good friend of mine Bryan as we were working on a project together.
I'm going to add a quick little note to this, my conversation to Bryan. This is where we talked about the design conference and how we may want to work together later. I am going to add this specifically to my particular item, and in fact, I'm going to upload it because I want to share it with him later. Well, now that I'm logged-in my account, you saw me logged into Gmail, it gives me a brand new interface here called the Web Albums. This is my first invitation to go into Web Albums. So I'm going to go ahead and select a new album, and I'm going to call this Walks to remember, because this will be a good context for things that I want to be jogged later.
When we go back, we are going to refer to this photograph, and we are going to share this photograph with Bryan and a few other of his colleagues, and these are just photos, remind me of great walks and visuals. Now, this is going to be an online album, we are going to get into this in-depth later on, but you can see just by having this little trigger of a jog of a memory, I'm going to take this single photograph and I'm going to upload it to a new online place. This is totally going to do this automatically for me.
You can see that already that photo is online and ready to be viewed. I'm going to store that away for a second here and get back to my browsing behavior. Back in my London trip, you can see that I have some other photographs here. This was Jamie Oliver's headquarters. I'm going to make a little note that this is the Jamie, so just putting this little note in here, gives me a sense of what it is. So in four different examples, I have sent an email, made a collage, uploaded a photograph, and edited some captions to refer to later.
This is a very powerful concept that you remember to actually take actions on the groups of photos that jog your memories. You will benefit greatly, and you can use the Taskbar to your advantage. The last little example, I'm going to give a quick little upload in real-time here of some of the photographs that I took in London. I'm going to hold down the Ctrl key, and I'm going to upload them directly to my Facebook account, so the world can take advantage of seeing the photos that I have taken in London. Let's do that now.
So I have selected some photographs, and I'm going to click on the Facebook Uploader. Now, we've added this a few moments ago as a Custom button. I'll log-in right now, and when you log- in using the Custom button, it makes a secure connection between Picasa, and your social network account, in this case, Facebook. I am going to create a new album. Well, I'm going to add to my album here called UK Trip, and I'm going to go ahead and upload it. Now, this takes the photographs directly from Picasa and posts them up on my Facebook account.
The moment it should open that up, I'll be able to post those photographs directly. So it asks for confirmation, and it will redirect me to those photos that I just uploaded. So very quickly I have taken these photographs and go ahead and select All and I'm going to approve these photographs because they have come from a trusted source. Now, these photographs have been added to my Facebook account. It's as easy as that to author while you browse. Remember that as you use Picasa, this is a critical part of getting your photos out there, getting them shared, and taking the most and making the most of your time.
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