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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.
Well, we have talked about turning the new photo browser on and off. This is a new tool within Picasa 3. Let's review real quickly what that does. On typical systems, when you go to your file system, you double click on a photograph and this is really the default Windows Vista picture browser, okay. Well, Picasa has created one that will override that functionality. Now, remember, you can go to Tools and configure your photo viewer. Now, you can use this as a specific way of showcasing your photographs when you are outside of Picasa and you can associate with certain file formats.
So, in this case, I'm going to turn it on, and by clicking this radio button, it will override the default Windows version that I just showed you. And now, when I select OK and go to that same folder, I'm going to double click and notice what happens. The new Picasa viewer shows up. There's a couple really cool features that are located inside of this. One thing that you will notice is orientation. So, a lot of times photographs aren't rotated in the file system, which means that it may kind of degrade the photo if you rotate it in the original source.
So, what the Picasa one does really nicely is it maintains the rotation information for you. So, in case I wanted to rotate this photograph, if I thought that looked like a better photograph, it will honor that back in Picasa. I can also do some really nice things. Like I can star it. I use this often times to actually find really good photos that I want to star, for later, for maybe editing or doing some other things with it. I can also have a select photograph and I can edit it directly in Picasa, which is brilliant.
It allows me to go in and start to edit the individual photograph and to change the aspects of it directly. We'll talk about editing photographs a little bit more but I wanted to show you the relationship between the actual program and you can see in the Photo Viewer itself, how brilliant it is when you use them together. So, that's how you can take advantage of the new Picasa Photo Viewer within the Windows tool suite.
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