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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.
The next sharing control we are going to talk about is printing. Now printing is a little different than this feature called Shop. Because Shop is taking your photographs and going externally to a service to have them printed. When you print, it's printing locally. So, one of the requirements is that you have a printer connected to your computer. So, let's talk about, we have all the different images in the tray itself, they are on hold and we've illustrated that you can use the same photos to upload, email and now we are going to do the same thing for print.
So, when you select Print, what you will see is the Print dialog box. Now Picasa has made some pretty amazing updates to the printing functionality within Picasa. It's very visual and it gives you a real time feedback of what's going on here. Let's talk about what's going on with the Print Layout. Now the Print Layout is directly corresponding to the paper that's sitting in your printer. So, by default, it's going to keep those last attributes set. So, first thing you want to think about is what size do you want to print it at. Everything from 8x10. Well, an 8 x 10 would look great on 8.5x11 piece paper, which you can see down here.
Well, you may want to print 4 x 6. 4x6 size on 8.5x11, what kind of paper do you have in your printer? Is it regular paper or do you want to quickly remind yourself to go switch into the photo paper. So, this is really a critical step, because you want to think about the size in relation to the piece of paper that's sitting in your printer itself. So, think that through a little bit and if you want to change the paper size, that's easy to do. I am going to go down here to the printer and in this case, we have multiple printers, so if you are in a work environment or if you have multiple printers on a network, well make sure you have the right printer that's set forth.
So, you can see here, there is Upstairs Color and Upstairs Black and White. What's really nice though is see how I changed it? Immediately it gave me a preview of black and white. Now wait a second, I know these were in color. Where is all the color? Well, be sure to check your printer and make sure that you are pointing to the color printer. It's smart enough to know that your prints are going to be in color. It's a really nice feature. The second is the setup itself. Some printers have multiple types of paper that can accept them. This is going to be a slightly different interface based on whatever printer you have connected.
But the concept is generally the same. You want to click on the Paper Size and make sure that you have the corresponding paper size. For instance, if I had little 4x6 photo paper in my printer, I'd want to select that from that list. This printer that I'm looking at right now accepts 11x17, just to show you the different relationship. Now, I've got 11x17 selected. Notice how when I select a variety of different choices here, notice also that the page count also is updated.
So, you can see here that I have a bunch of 8x10 prints. But if I change it to 6, it's going to rearrange them in a slightly different way. And now I only have two pieces of paper that are going to run through the printer at this size rather than four. Let's change this back to 8.5x11, just to illustrate a little bit further. This is called Letter and we have the paper that's laid out accordingly. So, I'm going to print 4 x 6 prints on 8.5 x 11. It's going to print out four pages and let's explore a couple more of the options here.
The default is Shrink to Fit. This is actually not going to crop any of the image. It's going to fit it, as best it can, within the constraints you have given it. The other option is Crop to Fit. Now, if I toggle between those, look in the preview. Slight differences depending on the images you have chosen. One will actually do a full bleed against that 4x6 area. I'm going to leave it Shrink to Fit and the next thing I'm going to do is do what they have added here called Borders and Text Options. This is a fantastic new option here and I'm just going to show you a few of the options and the real time feedback.
So, the first is a Border. Let's say you wanted to add a nice colored border because you were going to cut this or trim this with an X- Acto knife or paper cutter. Now the color that I wanted, it would be just a little bit of a black. So, I have a choice to have an even boarder and to preview it, just click Apply. You can see that there is a nice black border around there. That's a nice look. You can click on the eyedropper here and select from an entire range of different kind of color borders. Now, when I apply, it's blue. I'm going to change it back to black.
You can see there is another option here, which is Bottom only. Sometimes this is helpful if you want to just do, say, a caption or some text overlay, which is the next option. So captions itself allow you to go in and say well I want to add the caption and I want to have it at the bottom or I can do it within the image itself. So, you can see here that the caption, we can control the font size and even where it shows up. Let's go ahead and apply there. So, now I've got some particular text and I can set the text color say to white.
I can start to get real time preview of everything that's going to happen there. So, if you want to play with borders or if you want to play with a variety of different techniques, just go ahead and experiment with this option. You can get real time feedback. That's a little bit about the border and text. We talked about pointing to the right printer. The last option is just to say how many copies do you want of each. You can see that you can increase that or decrease that and you can see the real time feedback. Now, I have got 12 different pages I'm going to print here. So, let's reduce that down to one and the last little piece here is that you want to review all of your different pieces here and say actually I didn't want to print this one.
Well, the Review function is really nice. Without exiting you can click on Review, you can go through the whole array of photographs, select the one and I can just remove that directly from the array and I can go ahead and update my print and I have a really nice preview of everything that's going to be printed. The last part is to go ahead and hit Print. For this movie, we are not going to actually print them, but all you get is a dialog box that will show the progress and you will see some nice beautiful prints on the other end.
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