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How to Download Picasa 3 and Add Text to Pictures By: Susie Schobe and Hayley Davis
Picture of Susie Schobe and Hayley Davis with digitally added text
<ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes memories fade but pictures can help you to savor them forever. B...
Things You'll Need <ul><ul><li>computer (Mac or PC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>pictures on the computer </li></ul></ul><ul...
Tips and Warnings <ul><ul><li>Make sure that all desired pictures are loaded onto your computer before opening Picasa. It ...
Step 1 <ul><li>Type &quot;picasa.google.com&quot; into the URL bar.  </li></ul>
Step 2 <ul><li>On the next page, click the blue box that says &quot;Download Picasa 3.6&quot; in the top right portion of ...
Step 3 <ul><li>Open Picasa by clicking on its icon on your desktop or dock.  </li></ul>
Step 4 <ul><li>Once opened, Picasa will load all saved pictures on your computer. Double click on the picture you would li...
Step 5 <ul><li>Under the &quot;Basic Fixes&quot; tab (the tab furthest to the left) click on the &quot;text&quot; icon.  <...
Step 6 <ul><li>Click anywhere on the picture where you would like your text to start. </li></ul>
Step 7 <ul><li>Type the desired text.  </li></ul>
Step 8 <ul><li>Change the font, size, alignment and style of the text on the top section of tools. Each of these options w...
Step 9 <ul><li>To change the text color, click on the circle next to the first bold T. Or, if you only want the outline of...
Step 10 <ul><li>To change the color of the text's outline, click on the circle next to the outlined T. To change the thick...
Step 11 <ul><li>To change the transparency of the text, slide the bar left for more transparency and right for less transp...
Step 12 <ul><li>Once you have the desired look, click the Apply button and save your picture by clicking File, then Save. ...
Congratulations!  <ul><li>You have just successfully added text to your photo via digital methods! </li></ul>
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This explains how to digitally enhance your pictures by adding text to them via the free downloaded program, Picasa 3.

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  • Nick: I like how you switch up the format of the first and last slides and make them match, good intro/conclusion. Amy:  The opening slide is a little on the plain side, but it does the job.
  • Amy:  Good example.  I wonder if you could work this onto the opening page (maybe make it smaller?) Nick: I like the placement of this picture on the second slide, great example.
  • Nick: Good quote, really shows the importance of pictures and how adding to them will help. Pearce: maybe bullet this because it seems like a lot of text. Amy:  &amp;quot;ameliorate&amp;quot; is the wrong word here.  Use left-alignment for your text; centered text is a bit hard to read.  But otherwise your intro effectively helps readers see the purpose of your presentation.
  • Pearce: add the internet Amy:  Or rather:  internet access
  • Amy:  The text box goes over the slide on my version.  I&apos;m not sure why, but you may need to work a bit on the formatting. This tip is helpful. Nick: On my version the text is in the slide, not sure if you changed it or not. This is very useful to know most programs you need to import pictures.
  • Pearce: for some reason when I search Picasa it only says &amp;quot;Picasa - Official Site&amp;quot;, but when I click on the website I can download it from there (it&apos;s just different than this). Amy:  Instead of making readers search for it, why not just give them the main URL?  (It appears to be:  picasa.google.com) Nick: Agreed, giving the URL will be the most beneficial.
  • Nick: Maybe add in another step in between 2 and 3 that goes over some install troubleshooting. Some people are really computer illiterate. Pearce: oh this is what I clicked on, but I just clicked the main link from Google. Amy:  I agree that some users might have a little trouble with this step. I wonder if you might want to focus only on the Mac version so that you can explain where to find the application and how to install it after it downloads?
  • Pearce: Got kind of confused here, maybe add more steps in explaining how to open it. But sometimes my computer is retarded so that could be it. Amy: 
  • Nick: Maybe show what the screen looks like when loading, or when all the pictures are loaded onto the program.
  • Amy:  Maybe add that the Text button is near the bottom (or better yet, circle it in red)
  • Amy:  It&apos;s effective that you have the steps as the header for each slide and that you keep one step per slide, even when the step is short.  But I wonder if you might find a better image, since you&apos;ve used the arrow several times?  Maybe show the photo of the two of you before you added text to it and circle where you clicked to start adding text?  (In other words, your screenshots could illustrate how you made that photo you showed on the second slide) Nick: I agree with Amy. Good use of pictures for the most part. However, if you use a specific example from beginning to end (no text - to text on picture) it would be most beneficial I feel.
  • Pearce: I like the pic. Nick: Short, clear steps.
  • Amy:  This screen shot is helpful.  Maybe add that you&apos;ll explain each of these options on upcoming slides? Nick: I agree, since this is in slideshow format they may try doing all of these things before they move to the next slide. You should state you will explain it further.
  • Amy:  I&apos;m not sure what &amp;quot;prefer the fill of the text not show&amp;quot; means.
  • Pearce: and file save?
  • Pearce: I really liked your screen shots, they were very helpfully. Your directions were simple to follow except the open one. The slides are clear and not to cluttered, and not too boring. Good job! Amy:  It&apos;s a good idea to have a concluding slide like this, but I wonder if you might show a final product of your steps.  Maybe the steps could include screen shots of you actually adding text to a new photo (not the one from the beginning) and the last slide could show the final result?  Viewers would find it helpful to visualize what they can potentially create using these steps. Nick: Very helpful and I was able to add text to pictures without any problems really. Most of the screenshots were helpful but some were a little ambiguous. I think that starting with an unfinished product and moving on through all the steps with that example would be very helpful. Besides that great work!
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    1. 1. How to Download Picasa 3 and Add Text to Pictures By: Susie Schobe and Hayley Davis
    2. 2. Picture of Susie Schobe and Hayley Davis with digitally added text
    3. 3. <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes memories fade but pictures can help you to savor them forever. By using Picasa 3 to add text to your pictures you can further enhance your pictures and the way you remember them. You can add &quot;catch phrases&quot; from the event, comments about the picture, captions, names, etc. in order to fully immerse yourself back into the memory and to help you remember it. A picture is worth a thousand words--or in this case, as many as you can fit on it. </li></ul>Introduction &quot;Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.&quot;
    4. 4. Things You'll Need <ul><ul><li>computer (Mac or PC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>pictures on the computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>internet access </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Tips and Warnings <ul><ul><li>Make sure that all desired pictures are loaded onto your computer before opening Picasa. It does not matter where the pictures are located on your computer or what format they are in </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Picasa 3 locates all pictures saved on your computer and downloads them onto the program automatically when it opens. </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Step 1 <ul><li>Type &quot;picasa.google.com&quot; into the URL bar. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Step 2 <ul><li>On the next page, click the blue box that says &quot;Download Picasa 3.6&quot; in the top right portion of the page. If you are using a Mac, the blue box will say &quot;Download Picasa 3.6 for Mac&quot; and if you are using a PC, it will say &quot;Download Picasa 3.6 for Windows&quot;. It will install instantly. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Step 3 <ul><li>Open Picasa by clicking on its icon on your desktop or dock. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Step 4 <ul><li>Once opened, Picasa will load all saved pictures on your computer. Double click on the picture you would like to add text to. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Step 5 <ul><li>Under the &quot;Basic Fixes&quot; tab (the tab furthest to the left) click on the &quot;text&quot; icon. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Step 6 <ul><li>Click anywhere on the picture where you would like your text to start. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Step 7 <ul><li>Type the desired text. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Step 8 <ul><li>Change the font, size, alignment and style of the text on the top section of tools. Each of these options will be further explained on the following slides. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Step 9 <ul><li>To change the text color, click on the circle next to the first bold T. Or, if you only want the outline of the text to show, click on the red crossed out box next to that circle. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Step 10 <ul><li>To change the color of the text's outline, click on the circle next to the outlined T. To change the thickness of the outline, scroll the sliding bar left for thinner, right for thicker. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Step 11 <ul><li>To change the transparency of the text, slide the bar left for more transparency and right for less transparency. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Step 12 <ul><li>Once you have the desired look, click the Apply button and save your picture by clicking File, then Save. </li></ul>
    18. 18. Congratulations! <ul><li>You have just successfully added text to your photo via digital methods! </li></ul>
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