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Using effects effectively


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Picasa 3 Essential Training

with Dane Howard

Video: Using effects effectively

Now we're going to talk about the Effects palette and how to use a bunch of effects in an effective way. So I'm going to go into an image where I have already done a few just to show you the non-destructive nature of the effects. And by right-clicking on the image itself, I can go down to Undo All Edits. What this will do is it will basically remove all of the different things that were part of the original image. I'm going to use my Right Arrow and I'll compare these two images and both of these are exactly how they were in camera.
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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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Picasa 3 Essential Training
3h 42m Beginner Jul 31, 2009

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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.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the Picasa interface
  • Creating and managing web albums
  • Integrating Picasa and iPhoto workflows
  • Writing captions and text for photos
  • Creating and editing slideshows and movies
  • Using face recognition and geo-tagging to organize albums
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Picasa
Author:
Dane Howard

Using effects effectively

Now we're going to talk about the Effects palette and how to use a bunch of effects in an effective way. So I'm going to go into an image where I have already done a few just to show you the non-destructive nature of the effects. And by right-clicking on the image itself, I can go down to Undo All Edits. What this will do is it will basically remove all of the different things that were part of the original image. I'm going to use my Right Arrow and I'll compare these two images and both of these are exactly how they were in camera.

But what I'm going to do is a couple of edits on each to show you the starting point, and the finishing point of each to see how the progression and the addition of effects can add to your image. So the first thing I notice is this image is pretty dark. So I'm going to combine the Fill Light with the Graduated Tint because I want to darken the sky a little bit. The next thing I want to do is give it a little Soft Focus.

Again I like the emphasis on this particular part of the image. I don't want it too blurry, so I'm going to reduce the Amount. The next thing I'm going to do, I'm going to flirt with the warming up a little bit just to give it a little bit of a warm feel, and I have no control over Warmify, so if you don't like it you can undo it. Another way, as I mentioned, to warm it up with a little bit more control is go to the Tuning palette and just give it a little bit of warmth on the Color Temperature piece.

It gives a little different effect. So that's the first image. Now let's go to the second image. Slightly different exposure. So what I'm going to do is I want these two images to kind of be the same. So I'm going to play with the Soft Focus. I'm going to bring some of that darkness into it, bring up the Highlights, just the Temperature, just a bit, go back to the Effects, pull in some of that Graduated Tint, Feather, Shaded.

Now, I've got two images that are pretty close to each other. One is warmer than the next. I can pull it back, or warm up the second one. That's what I'm going to do. Pretty happy with those. So now I've got two images that I've just began to play with the Effects palette and get it more towards something that I like. What's really lovely about this is I can move. I've got my left hand on the arrow keys and I can really adjust and create an entire array of cohesive imagery just by being in this Detail mode and working between the different palettes.

The next step here is tacking it to my tray. I can start to grab specific images that I want to put into an array or a collection that I want to share, print, upload, blog, put on a social network. That is the power of pulling all these things together. Now I want you to go into your library and begin to find some cohesiveness between one or two images, and see if you can use the Effects palette to bring a couple of the images together in cohesiveness and make them a part of visual array.

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