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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.
Now, I'm going to talk a little bit about managing and organizing this increasingly growing library and we have done a few things where our library is starting to grow. So, I want to bring your attention a little bit to the types of categories, created automatically for us. So, in the Folder list to the left, you will see some cascading areas. So, you can see now that we have exported some things, you can see that there's a whole folder area. Now, on your computer, this will be pretty large, because if you've indexed your hard drive, you'd probably have a lot of folders and a lot of images inside there.
Also, you will see a growing list here of Projects. In a previous movie, I created a collage. You can see that those are kept track of very neatly and carefully. Additionally, it's your Albums view. You can see that there's a difference between what was called Recently Updated, Starred Photos and this album that we created online and you can see the little globe there refers to that it's an online album. We uploaded a photograph called the walks to remember. So, we'll kind of discern some of these types and we are going to organize and remind ourselves a little bit about some of the organizational tasks that we can do.
So, the first thing I'm going to do is going to this London trip because I imported those from my camera. But if you recall, I imported them over a couple of days. So, I want to actually pull some of those things out, because you can see here that I was shooting in Black and White on one day. This was my trip in the city and then I went out to Notting Hill and had a completely different day and experience. So, I want to create a Notting Hill group of photos. Well, how would I do that? There's two ways. I can go through and select the individual photos from Notting Hill, I just hold down my Shift key here and I can select them and then right-click and say Move to New Folder.
That's one way to do it. We did that in a previous movie. Here's another way. Up here is a Create a new album, and this will open up just an empty album prior to me selecting anything. I'm just going to call this Notting Hill. On Notting Hill, I know which day I was there. I was there May 30th. I'm going to call this Notting Hill and I want to call Notting Hill, UK, even though I know it's in London, but it will help me find it if I want to search for it later. And this was, visiting my friend Santi.
I am going to go ahead and hit OK and now you can see that I have a new album. It's not a folder. This is very different. There's a folder called London trip but I can distinguish certain images that are distinctly Notting Hill. Let's do that now. So, I'm going to go and hold down the Ctrl, I'm going to start dragging images into my Notting Hill album. Now, this is really important organizational paradigm because I can start to select those individual photographs and they are not being removed from the original London folder.
Watch the number here. If I drag them over to Notting Hill, this number from Notting Hill goes up, but this number here in London stays the same. I still have all of my original photographs in the London folder. So, I don't have to create dozens and dozens of folders. I can start to organize them by albums and I can start to give these rich metadata. When I right-click on Notting Hill and say Edit Album Description, I can add additional key words here. I can say that it was a sunny day. I can say that I bought something and put a dollar sign in there.
I can actually do some really fun things where I can -- again, remember, I can search on all of these items. These are just like little tags of things. I can also say that's one of my favorite photographs right there. So, I'm starting to build a richness around my London trip even without having to literally move the file around into different folders. That is an important part of navigating and organizing as your library begins to grow.
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