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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.
Sharing your photos at Picasa is one of the most exciting new features and progressions that's happened in Picasa 3. Picasa has added some online web albums, which allow you to take your photographs and seamlessly put them online into folders that you can describe and you can share with friends or family. You can also think of the online albums as a way of uploading backups, because you are essentially making copies of the photographs into a secure location online. So let's talk about that right now. Uploading your photographs can be seamlessly through the Upload button.
This is a particular button that can't be configured or moved. This is always there. So there is no worries about having it be lost, and it uploads to the same location. Now, the location is enabled once you have a Gmail account, and you have free disc space up there, about 1 gigabyte that you can upload as many photos as you want up there until it reaches that tolerance. We'll talk a little bit about upgrading that in a while. So the first thing that you'll notice, in the upper-right is your login. Most of the time once you're logged-in, you don't even have to think about it.
You are seamlessly working inside of Picasa. I'm going to sign out and show you the default. It says Sign In to Web Albums up here in the upper-right. Everything inside of Picasa that you do locally, once you download the free software, you can have it as an image library, you can use as editing, you can export. The online component is accessible through this upload task. Now the first thing you want to do is grab the image that you want to upload. So I'm inside of my Travels folder here. I'm just going to create a couple selections. I'm holding down my Ctrl key. I have some images that I really like that I want to share.
So I'll add those to my tray and I'll just put a hold on them to make sure everything is okay. The next thing I want to do is select Upload. The first time you do this and if you are not logged in, it's going to invite you to sign in. So from here, you can actually sign-up for web albums, which is essentially the same as creating a Gmail account. You can also just log in. So to do that, enter in your Username and Password, and to keep from doing this over-and-over, you can go ahead and check this box to say Remember me on this computer.
Go ahead and sign-in. When you are signed in, this is the screen that you will be presented with, and most of the time when you come into Picasa in successive returns, you'll always be logged in which is really, really convenient, and this is the interface you'll be presented. This is almost like a Print dialog or it's like a way of taking all these photographs and sending them online seamlessly. So let's talk about what is presented in front of us here. Upload to this album. Well, it's created an album called Travels. And in a previous example, I did upload some things already to this album, but I want to create a new album.
I'm going to call this Travels Demo, because I'm giving a demonstration right now, and I can give it a description if I'd like, and I can also designate the size. Now the size is something to think about, and the idea here is how do you want to use your online web albums? We talked a little bit about archiving, and archiving to other drives that you have locally. But think about online storage for a moment. Think about the benefit of having backups of all of your images online in the Cloud securely. That's one way that people use it.
Another way is just to use it for sharing and to have nice copies that can be shared and printed, and there is a recommended size for that because the size of the file corresponds to how much disc space it uses up. So let's click on a couple of the options here. The Original says slowest upload, which is correct. If you have a 10-megabyte RAW file, it's going to take a while to upload. Recommended size, it will resize the photo for you. Still keep it at a pretty good size for sharing and printing, but that copy will be online for you.
These others I don't recommend so much. The one I use predominantly is Recommended, the 1600 pixels wide. Now, Google gives you about 1 gigabyte online of free storage and you can have that pretty much indefinite until you fill it up, and if you think about this particular size, that's a lot of photos that you can add up in there. About a year ago, I upgraded it, and upgrade can be done very easily right here. When you click Upgrade, you can add about 15 gigabytes for about $20 a year. This is a pretty good deal. It's about the price of a latte every month, about 2 bucks.
So for $2 a month, you can have about 15 gigabytes online of storage. Now, let's talk about the visibility of this album. Now this is like a folder. It's a place that people can visit. So this can be public which means that things can be searched for, an index. That means that your caption data, anything that you put in your image, people can find and discover. To some people that's okay. Others they'd like it to be a little bit more private. The next level of the security is called Unlisted. Think of this as an unlisted phone number, and the only people that can see it are the people that you give that information out to.
So think of it at that way. It's still kind of public, and open, and people can discover it but only if they have the direct information which is the direct URL or location of that particular folder. This is mostly what I do for family items that I'm uploading. The last security level is that the signing is required, and this is where you have a more locked down album and the people that can only see it are the ones that have a specific sign-in and that you designate certain permissions to.
So that's a quick little overview of the attributes around the upload of the albums. Let's go ahead and upload itself. When I click Upload, it's going to take all of those eight photographs and it's going to upload them in real- time up into my Upload Manager. You can see here that I have a couple of different things that I have uploaded in previous. If I have this button, Clear or View Online, this does not clear the data. This will just clear it from the queue. If I clear on this previous one, I can go ahead and remove things from my queue.
If I click on View Online, what it will do is open my Default Browser and take me directly to that online album. In other movies we're going to talk about the web albums, and all the things that you can do, but now we successfully uploaded our pictures with our specific permissions into an online web album. Let's go back to Picasa and learn about the next sharing control.
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