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Tech Tutorial for using Picasa

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  • 1. Lindsey ClarkeLIS 488 Info for Tech ProfessionalsTech Tutorial Assignment
  • 2. 2Introduction to Picasa: What is Picasa? What do you need to know to use it? What resources do you need to run it?
  • 3.  Picasa© is a program developed by Google© to provide a platform for digital photography It has many features including: › Storage › Organization › Editing › Crafting › Presenting 3
  • 4.  While a digital photography novice can use Picasa, the more knowledge about photography and editing a user has, the more features will be accessible to them A user should know basic computer functions like opening programs, copying and pasting, and intuitively using the right mouse button to quickly access menu items 4
  • 5.  Picasa requires several resources: › Computer (OS less than 10 years old)  This tutorial is built around a Windows 7 environment. Your experience may vary based on your unique operating system › Digital Photographs (Photos) › Internet Access  Only necessary for downloading the program and taking advantage of some intermediate and advanced options/features › Most current version of Adobe Flash (11.6.xx….)  Only for certain advanced features Available for Download: picasa.google.com 5
  • 6. 6Who would use Picasa? A Person A Librarian A Library
  • 7.  An individual would use Picasa rather than another program because: › Relatively easy to use while still providing advanced features › Free Download › Syncs with social media › Organizes photos 7
  • 8.  Many of the same reasons as a private individual Additionally: › Archive events and programs › Create presentable materials  Generate interest and visibility for future programs › Provides outreach through today’s growing social media environment 8
  • 9.  Many of the same reasons as a librarian or library administrator Additionally: › Archiving and cataloging photographic collections  Turns photographic collections into searchable entities through:  Metadata  Subject Heading Tagging  Facial Recognition Tagging  GeoTagging 9
  • 10. 10How to use Picasa: A Practical Example How would a person go from taking photos from a camera to a finished edited product capable of web publishing and printing?
  • 11. 11How to use Picasa: A Practical Example 1. Add/Organize 2. Metadata 3. Edits and Effects 4. Projects 5. Share and Manage
  • 12.  Photos can be added from many locations › Camera › Memory Stick › Scanner › Already on computer in different folder Files can be imported the same way for any device 12
  • 13.  Import using the Import Button which is always located near the upper left corner of the screen: 13
  • 14.  This will open a panel on the left with many options that looks like this: 14
  • 15. This option ensuresUse this that if ato select picture isthe alreadysource of on youryour computermedia to it will notupload. add it aIn this secondcase we timeareselecting This Iconpictures appearsfrom the onE: Drive pictures that will be excluded 15
  • 16. The“Import To:”Box is howyou selectthedestinationof the The “Afterpictures. If Copying”you leave boxthe “Folder explainsTitle:” what toempty it will do withdefault to thethe “Import memoryto:” folder. card afterUse the the“Folder photosTitle:” to arecreate a movednew folder 16
  • 17. When you are finished select the import all button to complete the import process. 17
  • 18.  Sometimes photos on the memory card are from multiple events and should be stored separately. Picasa allows you to distribute your photos to multiple albums To do so select a photo or group of photos using standard Windows multi- select rules 18
  • 19.  Right click any of the selection and choose “Add to Album” as below: You can add to an existing album (like “Screensaver” above) You can add to a New Album and name it in the same window 19
  • 20. 20How to use Picasa: A Practical Example 1. Add/Organize 2. Metadata 3. Edits and Effects 4. Projects 5. Share and Manage
  • 21.  There are 3 main types of Metadata you can edit: › People Tagging › Geo Tagging › Subject Heading Tagging You can also display the fixed Metadata for a particular picture such as the camera name/type and settings used like ISO for each individual photo 21
  • 22.  There is a button for each Metadata TypePeople Geo Subject Fixed Tagging Headings 22
  • 23.  Google uses its facial recognition software to scan every picture uploaded• Here you can see that it recognized me from other pictures on my computer Typing in the name of a person will yield a• There is an option to list of known manually add a person people to that is not automatically select from recognized 23
  • 24.  Select the places button, then type the address in the box Uses Google Maps to provide locations like: › Cities › Addresses › Venues › Any location in Google’s Databases Select “OK” when complete 24
  • 25.  Add labels to a picture for easy searching later Used like LC Subject Headings except with an uncontrolled vocabulary 25
  • 26. Add new Tags by typing a name in this box then hitting enterOr select pre-existingtags by clicking any ofthese buttons 26
  • 27.  In the Tools menu you can use the “Adjust Time and Date Settings” to alter the temporal metadata related to when the picture was taken, not uploaded 27
  • 28. 28How to use Picasa: A Practical Example 1. Add/Organize 2. Metadata 3. Edits and Effects 4. Projects 5. Share and Manage
  • 29.  Now that we have imported the pictures and assigned the appropriate Metadata, it is time to edit any photographs necessary There are various tools for: › Beginners › Intermediates › Filters for Any User Level No advanced photo editing tools like Photoshop 29
  • 30.  To edit any photo, simply double click it in the default album display 30
  • 31. There are manygeneral optionsLike:Cropping:Trimming edgesoff a pictureStraighten:Align the horizonwithin the picturewith the bordersaround itRedeye:Automaticallyremove redeyefrom peoplewithin a picture 31
  • 32. There are also someprebuilt automaticediting buttonsAuto Color:Fixes color problemswithout affectingbrightnessAuto Contrast:Fixes lightingproblems withoutaffecting colorsI’m Feeling Lucky:Completes bothother auto functionsto optimize thebalance of apicture’s colors andlighting 32
  • 33. Finally you canperform some morecomplex editingText:Allows you to addtext to a photoRetouch:Allows you to spotcorrect blemishes byselecting an area ofthe picture to edit,then another area toblend it with 33
  • 34.  Intermediate usage has some extra features that allow you to individually alter lighting, color, shadows and fills using slide bars Select the lighting tab to access these features 34
  • 35.  Many Filters are available similar to Instagram© Google will apply the filter as a preview in each box so a user doesn’t need to apply it to see its affect There are three tabs of Filters 35
  • 36.  Although Picasa will not save over your original picture, even if you edit it, you should save your picture using the “Save As” option › Enables you to select a location › Enables you to select a custom name for this edited version 36
  • 37. 37How to use Picasa: A Practical Example 1. Add/Organize 2. Metadata 3. Edits and Effects 4. Projects 5. Share and Manage
  • 38.  Picasa has several options for creating arts and crafts effects with a picture, or groups of pictures This allows for creative editing and fun Using these tools a user can create a finished product for personal or professional use 38
  • 39.  Creative Kit A pop-up Dialogue Box will is selectable from thethat Creative Kit inform you main editing web based and ask that is side bar you confirm before proceeding It requires the most recent version of Adobe Flash© to use Allows for clip art to be added to, and manipulated in, a photo 39
  • 40.  A new bar will open to the left of the photo with new options There are different and more severe filters that change the whole photo There are also some TouchUp tools that allow spot editing 40
  • 41.  There are also some silly tools that allow free drawing with different specialized tool brushes Some can be drawn in with the cursor like “Fake Beard” Some can be dropped onto the photo and manipulated like “Beards” 41
  • 42. A Purrfect Example: There are also some silly tools that allow free drawing with different specialized tool brushes Some can be drawn in with the cursor like “Fake Beard” Some can be dropped onto the photo and manipulated like “Beards” 42
  • 43.  Creative Kit offers graphics that are not traditional, more like fun stickers Speech Bubbles and Face Paint can also liven up a picture 43
  • 44.  Picasa offers several options for making a collage. Picasa makes a collage by randomly assigning pictures from a group a user selects into one of several premade patterns A user should then balance the pictures by selecting and moving them within the pattern 44
  • 45.  To create a collage select “Create” from the menu, then select “Picture Collage” This will open a new tab with a collage editing bar on the left 45
  • 46.  Now you will need to select the type of pattern your collage should take Selecting between them will show you the results in real time to see how they compare visually Lets see how the Picture Pile looks 46
  • 47.  As you can see it left a lot of whitespace around the edges, and also cut the heads off of some people! 47
  • 48.  From here you will need to edit the collage. You can select any photograph and move and rotate it. You can right click the photograph and change its depth so it is on top or on the bottom 48
  • 49.  You can also shuffle or scramble the pictures in the collage by using the button on the bottom 49
  • 50.  The collage toolbar allows you to set the: › Border type › Background color or image › Aspect Ratio › Orientation › Add Shadows › Show previously added captions When you are done select “Create Collage” 50
  • 51. 51How to use Picasa: A Practical Example 1. Add/Organize 2. Metadata 3. Edits and Effects 4. Projects 5. Share and Manage
  • 52.  Picasa has many methods of sharing your photos or projects and managing the security involved in the displaying of the final product The basic tool of emailing and printing are available through buttons always located on the bottom of the screen 52
  • 53.  Export will take a custom subset of photos in an album you created, containing photos from various folders on your computer, and adds a copy of each to a single folder on your computer 53
  • 54.  In the File menu there is an “Order Prints…” menu option that will automatically export your photos, albums, or projects to a number of different online photo printing companies 54
  • 55.  Google used to maintain Picasaweb.Google.com This free photo webhosting service has instead been merged into Google+ Syncing you photos with Google+ allows the user to access all of their photos across any device or computer by logging into their account This does not automatically share your photos with the world, as opposed to Facebook 55
  • 56.  Sharing a photo on Google+ is a separate action from Syncing › Syncing your photos (Private, only you can see your photos from any computer or device you are logged into) › Can be shared via Link (Public, anyone with link can view it) › A PW protected Link (Semi-Private, need link and password to access) › With specific people or groups of people as limited by your “Circles” (Private to only specific individuals) 56
  • 57.  Another method of sharing is create a slide show A user can: › order the slides by dragging them › Change Transition Style › Add music to the movie › Coordinate the music with the pictures 57
  • 58.  Once the slide show is complete a user can: › Select Create Movie and it will create a movie file on your computer › Select YouTube and it will use your Google Account to directly upload the video to YouTube 58
  • 59.  Picasa also has a feature to allow your photos to be shared on the internet using a private webhost by exporting an album directly to HTML formatting Right click on any album and select Export as HTML Page… 59
  • 60.  Picasa automatically generates as many HTML pages as necessary to display all the pictures in Album. It writes the code in each to navigate between the pictures It offers a few basic styles for a user to select from 60
  • 61.  Picasa automatically generates as many HTML pages as necessary to display all the pictures in Album. It writes the code in each to navigate between the pictures It offers a few basic styles for a user to select from 61
  • 62.  The output is a folder that just needs to get cut or copied onto your webspace 62
  • 63.  Using all the steps just outlined I was able to create a webpage of organized and edited pictures as well as a collage 63
  • 64. 64Further Reading Where to go now?
  • 65.  For further information on this topic: › Ed_cobb_1. “12 Features of Picasa That You Probably Don’t Know.” Scribd. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2013  http://www.scribd.com/doc/55980698/12-Features-Of-Picasa- That-You-Probably-Don%E2%80%99t-Know › Google. “How to.” Picasa and Picasa Web Albums Help. N.p., 2013. Web. 28 Mar. 2013.  support.google.com/Picasa/ › Google. Picasa and Picasa Web Albums FAQs – Tips and Tricks – Picasa Help Resources Site. N.p. 2013. Web. 28 Mar. 2013  sites.google.com/site/picasaresources/faq › Schwartz, Steven A. Organizing and Editing Your Photos with Picasa. Berkeley, CA: Peach Pit, 2005. Print. 65

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