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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.
There is a lot new in Picasa 3. It's a huge update from Picasa 2 including ability to sync the edits between Picasa the client application and the online albums. Retouching your images become increasingly easier as you remove blemishes and artifacts from your images. Previewing your images is now easier than ever with the Picasa desktop viewer. You can use it specifically with certain file formats and override your image editor.
You can opt in or out of this at any time and you can do it outside of Picasa. Creating and editing movies is new to Picasa 3. It's a great feature. It allows you to combine photos and videos to allow you to create and edit and export your own movies. You can even upload them directly to YouTube. In addition, there is greater text control. You can add watermarks to your exports or position multiple layers of text inside your photos themselves. In addition, uploading is made easier with Picasa web albums. The access to and the control you have as you upload into web albums is improved in this release.
Global settings and setting all of your specific privacy controls is even easier with added controls. Along with better management, you can edit and move and easily flow between your folders, making it seamless with the operating system you are working on. There is greater control for RAW. If you ever shooting both RAW and JPEG formats, Picasa is becoming an increasingly great way to edit and export your original RAW images. All edits are non-destructive.
So this is a great way to bring in and import your RAW images. What's updated in Picasa 3? Quite a lot. Cropping assistance helps you start with great suggestions on what might be a great crop. In addition, there is dynamic online screensaver support. What does this mean? That means your screensaver can be connected to a web album or an RSS feed. In addition to the tagging, there is multiple keyword support. Improved importing, basically when you connect your camera, it delineates by date allowing a better interface to delineate and associate which images were taken on which day.
The Collage tool has a lot of updates including multiple templates and adjustments, allowing for greater creative control. Lastly, one-step sharing helps consolidate the upload and email tasks into one easy step. You can send messages directly as email, in the background as uploads. This one-step sharing helps out your workflow. Finally, one-step sharing helps assist in emailing and uploading your photographs into one easy task.
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