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In Windows 7 Essential Training, David Rivers helps users of any level feel comfortable with the improvements and enhancements found in Microsoft's operating system. From simple navigation through the updated graphic user interface, David shows how to install or upgrade and get the most out of Windows 7. He covers using the new Internet Explorer 8 and boosting a computer's memory with the ReadyBoost tool. He also highlights hardware configuration options and explores the advances made connecting a home or work system with Windows Live, the cloud-computing environment made available for Windows 7 users. Exercise files accompany this course.
If you've downloaded Windows Live Essentials and you chose to install the Live Photo Gallery, you have a great tool for organizing, fixing photos, even sharing them with others. So we are going to explore that now. Let's go down to the Windows orb and under All Programs, we'll click Windows Live, and choose the Windows Live Photo Gallery. Now this is going to open up our Photo Gallery and automatically it's going to try to locate all of the photos on our system. So if you are logged in and if you are on the network, and you've got pictures that are public, and your own pictures, they may show up here on the screen.
First though, you are going to see this little window pop-up asking you, do you want to start using Windows Live Photo Gallery to open the various types of picture files like JPEGs TIFFs, PNGs and so on? If you answer Yes, every time you double-click a file, let's say, in Windows Explorer that ends with JPG, it's going to be Windows Live Photo Gallery that opens up and displays that as opposed to the Preview application that simply shows you that image. So I am going to choose Yes, but before I do that, I don't want to see this message again.
I am going to choose Yes, and now it's going to be my default program for viewing those types of graphic files. So here I am. On my left-hand-side, I have got my Navigation Pane. You see My Pictures, for example. When I click that, I've only got one. Under Public Pictures, you can see all of those images that come with your Windows 7 installation. If you want to add some of your own, you can start putting pictures into your My Pictures folder they'll automatically appear here, or you might want to add your own folder, and that's what we are going to do right now.
When you click the File button dropdown, you'll notice you can include a folder in the gallery. You can even import from a camera if you've got it connected, or a scanner. We want to include a folder, and in this case we are going to grab a folder from our Exercise Files. So we'll click the little arrow next to Exercise Files to expand that. Go down to the Chap12 folder, and click the triangle next to it, and under the 12_06 folder, we have some images. So we are going to select that folder.
There is no sub-folders there, and click OK, and when we do, you'll notice it gets added over in the left- hand side in the Navigation Pane. It says here the folder has been added. Now it may run slower while the files are being added, but there's not too many in there so that's okay. I don't want to see that message again, and I'll click OK, and there they are there. There is the three that exists in the 12 _06 folder that just have been added to our Windows Live Photo Gallery, just like that. Now with a number of photos whether you've got Public Pictures in there, Sample Pictures, you can see the ones that come with Windows 7.
We have also got videos. We have also got ways to organize these, if you want to see them by the date they were taken. You can see they are categorized now by their dates. We can expand and collapse these if we want to. There is a video down below that comes with Windows 7. And if you want to, you can go to specific dates like in this case a month, or a specific day in that month. You can see here I have got February. I have got different dates in February. I want to see all the February ones, no problem. So this is just another way to organize.
Down below, if you've got a Windows Live account, you setup Windows Messenger and you decided you want your contacts to appear in your Windows Live account as well, you might be able to see People tags down here. Using People tags, you might have tagged photos, using these People tags and those photos will show up. Now in this case we haven't done any of that. So we might want to add a new tag, or view other contacts. If we do that, you can see photos tagged with David Rivers is one for me, and it depends on who your contacts are.
You can see I have got a whole bunch over here as well. So if you've got a contact, click their name, you might be able to see photos that were tagged with their name. So let's go back up to our photos. Let's go to the 12_06 folder, and select a photo. We'll select the one under April 2008. As you hover that, you will notice a little checkbox appears and we get a larger view of it with some information. So if we wanted to tag this, let's go down to our tags, down below we've got People tags, and this isn't really a person, but maybe it's a person's car.
On this case we might want to take their name and just tag them with this. So we'll drag it down to their name and apply the tag. When you let go, click that tag you are going to see in this case this one and the other ones that were already tagged. We can also go back. Let's go up to the top, and select that folder, and we'll select the Otter. Here we go we have got those otters. If we want a descriptive tag, we can use a different tag down the left. Now in this case, we do have one called Animal.
You can add as many tags as you want. When you click Enter a tag here to create a new tag, you just simply type over the text that's there. Let's go with Water mammals and press Return. Now we've got that additional tag. So we can drag it down to Water mammals. When we let go, nothing really seems to have changed, we are still viewing the content of that contents of that folder but if we want to go look at just our Water mammals, well we have got one that was tagged that way. You can use the Back button instead of scrolling up.
Go back to the previous view, which was our 12_06 Exercise Files folder, and that's how we can use Windows Live Photo gallery to stay organized. But you'll also notice, we have got a number of options across the top. I have got a nice little toolbar. So if there's an image we want to fix, for example, we can do that. Let's go to this one. It kind of looks like a bird. It's hard to tell, as we hover over it, we'll just let it display the larger preview, and it is indeed. It's called Macaws. It's a JPEG file. We might fix up one up a little bit.
So let's click Fix. When we do that and we see the image, it's turned on its side here. So the first thing we might want to do is just rotate it. Now down below we've got some Rotate buttons to rotate counterclockwise or clockwise. This one needs to go counterclockwise. There we go and now it's right side up. And then we have these options down the right-hand side for adjusting the image itself. If there's any redeye we can fix it using the Red Eye tool. I don't see any here. So we don't need that one. But Auto adjust at the top is automatically going to adjust things like exposure, and the color, maybe even straighten it for us.
Let's choose Auto Adjust. You can see it's busy. It does do a little shift. It seems to have straightened up a little bit. When we click Auto Adjust you can see a little check marks. It's been automatically adjusted. And we also get these sliders now to adjust the Brightness, Contrast, Shadows, and Highlights, if we want to do it manually. So if we drag the Brightness slider to the right, you can see it gets brighter. And you can see the Histogram down below is adjusted. Ideally we don't want to see an uneven set of mountains down there in our Histogram.
So we can use our Contrast to spread that out a little bit. We can work on the Shadows and the Highlights. So these are the dark parts of the photo. We can make them darker going to left, and make them lighter going to right. Same thing for the Highlights, the bright spots in this photo. If they are not bright enough, we can move this slider to the right. If they are too brighten spots, we can move to the left. You can see how it affects our Histogram down below. Here we go. All right let's click Auto adjust again, and you can see everything gets re-adjusted automatically.
There is a little arrow at the top and at the bottom. So you can see we can move down through the list. Under Color we've got Color Temperature. So we can warm it up, going to the right. Cool it down going to the left. So warm it up. And the Tint can be affected as well. We are going to red to the right, green to the left. So more near the middle is pretty good actually. Saturation is the amount of color in his photo. So if we want to turn this into a black- and-white, drag this slider to the left to remove all the color.
And if we go to the right, you can see how it intensifies the color, almost to the extreme. So somewhere there is a good level for our Saturation. Straighten the photo. You can see the checkmark that appears here. That was all part of our Auto adjust. So it was shifted slightly, but we can use this slider to straighten photos ourselves. And then down below we also have tools for cropping the photo. I just choose Crop Photo. You can move the crop area to select just the parts we want.
I want there and from the left corner when I see the double arrow, I can change the size of this rectangle. Once I've got what I want, I just simply click Apply and it has cropped the photo. Perfect. Notice that there are some effects like black and white effects. You can see the different sepias and black and white effects, if you wanted to switch this. Anytime you click in effect or fix something that doesn't come out just right, go down to the Undo button, click Undo to undo the last thing you did, or click the dropdown to see a whole list of things you've done, and you can go back undo a whole bunch of them.
Undo all sets it right back to the beginning. So let's scroll all the way back up to the top now and we'll click Auto adjust again. And I think that's pretty good. It's done a nice little job of touching up my photo so the colors are more vibrant. It straightened it out a little bit, adjusted exposure. So if you are in a hurry Auto adjust is a great way to fix up the photo. Now you are ready to do something with it, for example up at the top. You might want to publish it. When you click Publish you can go to an Online album, or Group album, an Event album, and there is More Services.
For example if you got a Flickr account, you can publish it right to Flickr or YouTube if it's a video for example. Or maybe you prefer to e-mail. Now the E-mail button from here is going to use Microsoft Outlook. So if I click the E-mail, it's automatically going to show me the photo size. I can click Attach, and you'll notice that Microsoft Outlook hasn't been setup on this machine. So if you do use Microsoft Outlook, and your profile has been setup and everything is working great, you will have create a brand-new message and your photo attached ready to send off but if you see this message just click OK, and then go back and setup Outlook accordingly.
We also have the ability to print from here. We can Order Prints online if you are connected. Under Make, we can make a movie out of photos. Now this is just a single photo that we are fixing. If we want to back to the Gallery, we click Back to gallery and we can select more than one photo. When we click the first one, hold down Shift and click the last one. They all get selected, and now if we go up to Make, we can create a panoramic photo if they were supposed to connect together. We can make a movie out of these three. We can burn them to a DVD, or a CD depending on the type of drive and disks you have.
We can even make a blog post directly from here. You want display them in a slideshow. Click the Slide Show button. Any of your selected photos will now be displayed in a slide show. So there's the first one. I am just going to use default settings. You'll see it for a couple of seconds before it moves on to the next, and then the next. You can press Escape at any time to exit the slideshow and you are back to your Windows Live Gallery. Under Extras, you'll notice we can download more photo tools, or we can open these photos with something else, like our Picture Manager, the Media Center and Movie Maker.
PictureViewer was the default for viewing pictures here in Windows 7, but if you were like me, you may have click the checkbox to let Windows Live Photo Gallery be the default for viewing pictures. We can even open it up in the Paint application. So when you are done with Windows Live Photo Gallery, just click the Close button, and another neat thing you can do with Windows Live Photo Gallery is sync up your folders and files if you've got photos on your computer as well as photos online and on another computer, you can sync them all up.
I'll show you how to do that next.
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