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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.
Okay, so we've talked about organizing your material little bit more effectively. Well how about retrieving it? Well, we have illustrated it in some of the benefits of search, but what about filtering? Now, filtering, as I have kind of been demoing, I have added something called this Favorites and I'll add one just to show you. If you find a particular image that you like, you can add or remove the star directly from the actual image. You don't have to do it with a single image. You can do it with multiple at a time.
Well, why is this helpful? This is super helpful when using filters. So, if I want to just retrieve out of all of my library, I actually want to show just the ones that are starred. I can then hop between my different libraries or galleries and I can view just the things that are starred. I can use these in combination. So, if I have a starred set of movies, I can do that or if I have a starred set of uploads, I can start to combine those two. It's like what they call Boolean search. It combines this plus this.
To untoggle it, we'll go ahead and untoggle it and then now I can just show the uploads. Well, in a previous movie, I uploaded a photograph of my friend Bryan and I walking together. It reminded me of what we had talked about. Well, this is so far the only upload that I have and you can see that this photograph is a member of the walks to remember online album but the photo is also located in a folder called Demo Photos. Also part of the filters that's really helpful as a part of Picasa 3 is it does automatic facial detection.
Now, it started to move some of that functionality into this client, so we can see yes, there is a photo there, there is an image there, so it's starting to use some of that resonant technology to locate faces. We'll talk more about that as it becomes a really powerful tool in the online album space. But it is very powerful just to begin to start to triage photographs that have faces in them directly by filters. So, that's very powerful. The third is actually to be able to locate movies directly within your albums. So, I don't know about your camera but my camera will shoot images and video, and so a lot of times when you copy your photos into these folders, they commingle photos and video.
Let's say you are looking at this like large Demo_photos and it's hard to denote which ones are photos and which ones are videos and a lot of times it's hard to find this little movie icon, especially when it's really kind of a tiny little thumbnail. Well, the filters will help you. All you have to do is select the movies only and you can see exactly which images are movies and you can select them right off the bat. So that's a little bit about how you can use filters effectively, locate, and find the items located within your library.
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