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Tagging and rating your photos

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Video: Tagging and rating your photos

We are talking about organizing your photos in this increasingly larger Picasa album. First, we talked about moving your photos directly across folders. Then we talked about adding them to albums. And you can see here that we start to have some additional icons here. So, let's talk about those. We have exported some images into a folder called personal_images and it's nicely put inside of this category. The folders themselves, these will be very different on your computer as you are looking at folders within your computer.

Tagging and rating your photos

We are talking about organizing your photos in this increasingly larger Picasa album. First, we talked about moving your photos directly across folders. Then we talked about adding them to albums. And you can see here that we start to have some additional icons here. So, let's talk about those. We have exported some images into a folder called personal_images and it's nicely put inside of this category. The folders themselves, these will be very different on your computer as you are looking at folders within your computer.

We have created a collage. That's denoted by the icon there. And then we uploaded a photograph into an online album called walks to remember, denoted by the little earth icon. That's going to create a new type of organizational paradigm where we use albums and we use tagging. So, to do that let's actually click on this icon here, under Create a new album. It will open up the Album Properties. Now, I went on a London trip but I went to Notting Hill on one of my days.

So, inside of this London trip there is 39 photographs but they are all co-mingled across different days, because when I imported them I imported them across multiple days. So, I'm going to create an album called Notting Hill because I want to tell that story independently. The next thing I'll do is I'll select a specific day on which that happened. I know that happened on May 30th. Now, the Place Taken, I'm going to go ahead and say Notting Hill, UK. And I'll give it a little Description, when I visited my friend Santi.

So, all this information can be edited and can be described later. I'm even going to put a little dollar sign because I know I bought something there and I'm going to hit OK. Now, what that did is it didn't create a new folder. In fact it created a new thing called an album. So, let's go ahead within the London trip and let's go find some of those images from Notting Hill. If you recall this can be done in other way when we were organizing folders. I could select a lot of these photographs specifically from Notting Hill, right-click and I could say Move to New Folder.

We did that before, but this time we are going to do something a little differently. We have created an album, and I'm going to drag those photos directly into that album. Well, that increased by 12 but notice that the actual folder from London trip did not decrease. So, we are not moving the images from folder-to-folder. This is a new type of album where it just keeps track of the images associated with it. So, if I click within the London trip, all of the images in Nothing Hill are still there.

If I click over to Notting Hill, I have them essentially duplicated or replicated. Now, this is really great organizational paradigm because I don't have to have thousands and thousands of folders just to keep my folders and my images organized. Let's do that again. I have a couple of images here, I'm going to go ahead and hold down the Ctrl key and I'm going to add some of these images from Notting Hill. Next, I'm going to add them or drag them directly over to this Notting Hill album itself. Now, the Album Properties, if I right- click and select Album Description, they are very similar to those in the folders.

So, I can go ahead and select my London trip, and you can see that the folder description has very similar attributes. But again I haven't moved the media and that's really important. Well, here is a second organizational paradigm and we call those tags. Now, think of tags as just merely post-it notes on the back of a photograph. Now, to access it, go up to the View menu and select tags or Ctrl+T. Now, this is a floating palette that gives you the ability to give attributes to one or several photos at a time.

So, I can go ahead and select multiple photographs and I'll say that this is outside. I'll go ahead and hit Notting Hill. You can see that's already in there. And I actually want to denote a couple of things around architecture. So, I'm going to go down and hold the Ctrl key and I'm going to select a couple of my shots that I really like that relate to architecture, and I'm going to type in architecture. So, I'll add those and just to show you the benefit of the tags, I'm going to go to completely different area in my folder here and within my trip.

I'm going to go down here to Travels to a completely different part of London here and I'm going to select this and I'm going to type architecture. So, I have added the keyword architecture to the Tower of London. It's not even located in Notting Hill. So, I can go ahead and do that. The benefit is when I retrieve it I can start to type architecture and you can see that I have 10 items that are distributed across these keywords here. So, this is very, very powerful. Keywords are really interesting, but let me show you some words of caution and also a word of encouragement.

So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to pretend something right now. I'm going to pretend I live in Notting Hill and this is my scooter, let's say. So, I'm going to bring up the tag, and I'm going to say that it's a motorcycle at my house in Notting Hill. So, that might be really helpful. I have told that it's a motorcycle. I want to keep track of images near my house and also Notting Hill. Well, I have just told people where I live and that I have a really cool scooter. Well, if I share this photo online that may or may not be that bad.

Well, what happens if you start to associate that same information with a little bit more personal information? So, here I have got my son and I have got basically the same types of information here. So, if I go into the tag cloud here and I say my house, this was taken at my house, and also Notting Hill. Now, we start to have a little bit more private information and delicate information. And not only do people know that when I do a search for Notting Hill, imagine people know that there's browsing through photographs and they say he has a pretty nice scooter there. Also his son lives there.

So, this is just a word to the wise and little bit of caution that the tags can be very powerful when retrieving particularly in an environment when you are in your computer. But later we are going to talk about adding these photographs online and if you start to add photographs online all of the tags and all of the items go with it. They will be searchable. So, we'll talk about public and private albums later but most importantly make sure that your data, both public and private, is secure and you want to not get too much private information out there.

So, that's one of the words to the wise. Otherwise have a great time adding tags and albums and having fun organizing your photographs.

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Picasa 3 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 6m 39s
    1. What's new in Picasa 3
      3m 2s
    2. Downloading and installing Picasa on the PC
      2m 17s
    3. Downloading and installing Picasa on the Mac
      1m 20s
  3. 34m 3s
    1. Organizational paradigms
      5m 36s
    2. Exploring the interface
      3m 27s
    3. Using the Task tray
      2m 28s
    4. Adding a custom button to the Task tray
      1m 48s
    5. Exploring the Help and Tools pulldown menus
      2m 58s
    6. Importing photos and movies from a camera or card reader
      3m 53s
    7. Searching and archiving your growing library
      5m 24s
    8. Remembering your memories
      6m 17s
    9. Using the new Desktop Photo Viewer
      2m 12s
  4. 29m 23s
    1. Using folders and albums
      4m 0s
    2. Tagging and rating your photos
      6m 58s
    3. Using filters effectively
      2m 51s
    4. Searching for photos
      4m 30s
    5. Deleting, hiding, and removing photos
      2m 46s
    6. Creating and editing a new online album
      5m 37s
    7. Screen captures made easy
      2m 41s
  5. 32m 21s
    1. Using the Basic Fixes palette
      4m 45s
    2. Using the Tuning palette
      1m 59s
    3. Using the Effects palette
      4m 32s
    4. Using the Retouch tool
      1m 32s
    5. Applying red-eye repair
      1m 10s
    6. Flirting with black & white, sepia, and tinting
      2m 55s
    7. Effective cropping and straightening
      6m 32s
    8. Adding captions, text, and watermarks
      3m 8s
    9. Using effects effectively
      3m 39s
    10. Batch-editing for speed
      2m 9s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Creating and playing a slideshow
      2m 36s
    2. Creating gift CDs
      3m 53s
    3. Uploading photos
      6m 23s
    4. Emailing photos
      4m 50s
    5. Using the Share button to upload and email photos at the same time
      1m 18s
    6. Setting printing controls for local printing
      6m 10s
    7. Exporting photos
      4m 9s
    8. Advanced exporting to HTML galleries and Flash
      3m 19s
    9. Customizing your export templates
      3m 28s
    10. Reordering and customizing your share buttons
      2m 8s
    11. Printing commercially
      1m 57s
    12. Creating a collage
      5m 34s
    13. Creating and editing movies and uploading to YouTube
      6m 56s
    14. Blogging photos quickly using BlogThis!
      2m 43s
    15. Creating a blog post via email
      4m 22s
    16. Sharing via Facebook
      1m 24s
    17. Sharing via Flickr
      2m 9s
    18. Uploading photos to SmugMug
      2m 23s
    19. Posting photos from iPhone to your web album
      1m 39s
    20. Viewing web albums on the iPhone
      1m 8s
    21. Downloading and synchronizing web albums
      5m 7s
    22. Turning a web album into a live RSS feed
      2m 9s
  7. 42m 13s
    1. Getting started
      3m 38s
    2. Creating web albums
      5m 53s
    3. Organizing and reordering albums
      1m 54s
    4. Deleting an album
      1m 0s
    5. Adding locations to albums and images using the Album Map
      1m 56s
    6. Adding captions to albums
      1m 58s
    7. Adding tags in web albums
      1m 46s
    8. Changing General settings
      3m 11s
    9. Changing Email Notification settings
      41s
    10. Changing Privacy and Permissions settings
      5m 39s
    11. Changing Storage settings
      2m 9s
    12. Identifying people in photos using face recognition
      3m 21s
    13. Sharing web albums
      3m 16s
    14. Downloading albums and downloading images
      2m 34s
    15. Creating projects using the Download tab
      2m 5s
    16. Ordering prints
      1m 12s
  8. 17s
    1. Goodbye
      17s

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