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Chapter 14. Managing and Sharing Pictures with Google's Picasa

Chapter 14. Managing and Sharing Pictures with Google's Picasa

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Togetstarted,goto

http://picasa.google.com/download/index.htmltodownloadthe

softwareandtheninstallit.(Fordetailsaboutdownloadingand

installingsoftware,seeChapter1,"StartHere.")WhenPicasa

firstruns,itaskswhetheritshouldscanyourcomputerfor

pictures.ChoosetheCompletelyscanmycomputerfor

picturesoption.Picasathenscansyourentirecomputerfor

picturefiles.Afteritdoesthat,you'rereadytogetstarted.







89.OrganizeYourPictures

SEEALSO



CreateSlideshows



Picasamakesitextremelyeasytoviewandorganizeyour

pictures.Itscansallthefoldersonyourharddiskforpictures,

showsyouwhatimagefilesyouhave,andthenenablesyouto

moveandorganizetheminseveralways,asyou'llseeinthis

task.[clickhere]



OrganizeYourPictures



BrowseThroughYourPictures

TorunPicasa,double-clickitsdesktopicon,orclicktheStart

buttonandchooseitfromtheAllProgramsmenu.Afteryou

installPicasaandaskittoscanyourcomputerforpictures,it

createsalistinchronologicalorderofallthefoldersthat

containpictures.Thefoldersaredisplayedontheleftsideof

thePicasascreen;ontherightsideofthescreenare



thumbnailimagesofthepicturesineachfolder.Clicka

picture,anditappearsinthebottom-leftcornerofthescreen

inthepicturetray.

MoveaPicturetoAnotherFolder

Tomoveapicturetoanotherfolder,dragtheimage

thumbnailfromtherightsideofthescreentothefolderin

thelistontheleftsideofthescreentowhichyouwantto

moveit.Notethatyoucanalsodraganimagefilefroma

folderontherightsideofthescreentoanotherfolderonthe

rightsideofthescreen.



Tip

Youcanselectmultiplepicturesandmovethemallatthe

sametime.HolddowntheCtrlkeyasyouclickthe

imagethumbnailstoselectmultipleindividualpictures.

HolddowntheShiftkeyasyouclicktwoimage

thumbnailstoselectallcontiguouspicturesbetween

(andincluding)thetwoimagesyouclick.



ChangetheOrderofYourPictures

Tochangetheorderinwhichyourpicturesappearinafolder,

dragtheimagethumbnailsaroundwithinthefolderonthe

rightsideofthescreen.Dragsingleormultiplepicturesfrom

onepositiontoanotherwithinthefolder.

OrganizePicturesbyLabels

Picasaallowsyoutocreatelabels,whichenableyoutoview

picturesfromdifferentfoldersinasinglelocation.For

example,youmighthavepicturesofHawaiiinseveralfolders

onyourcomputer;toseeallthephotos,youwouldnormally

havetogotomultiplefoldersormoveallthephotostoa



singlefolder.Labelsallowyoutokeepthepicturesintheir

existingfolders,butalsoallowyoutoviewthemallby

filteringyourphotosbasedonthelabel.



KeyTerm

Label(Picasa)Amethodoforganizingpicturesin

Picasathatenablesyoutoview,inasinglelocation,

picturesfromdifferentfolders.



Tocreateanewlabel,selectthepicture(s)towhichyouwant

toapplythelabel,andthenchooseFile,NewLabelfrom

themenubar.(YoucanalsopressCtrl+N,orclicktheLabel

buttonatthebottomofthescreen.)Intheformthat

appears,typethelabel'sname,selectadateforit(ifyou

don'twanttousethecurrentdate),enterthenameofthe

placewherethephotosweretaken(thisinformationis

optional),andtypeanycaptiontextforthelabel(thecaption

appliestoallthepictures).ThenclickOKtocreatethelabel.

Forexample,ifyouhavegoneonvacationtoHawaii,you

couldcreatealabelcalledHawaii;forthegroupcaption,you

mightuseSpringVacation,2004.

ThelabelappearsontopofyourFolderListontheleftside

ofthescreen.Clickthelabeltoseethelistofpictureswith

thatlabel.Toaddmorepicturestothelabel,dragpicturesto

thelabelintheFolderList.Thepicturesyoudragtothe

labelstillexistintheiroriginalfolders.

AddNewFolders

WhenyoucreateanewfolderonyourPC,Picasadoesnot

automaticallylookthroughittofindpicturesanddisplay

theminPicasa.YoumusttellPicasathatthenewfolder

existssoPicasacanthenscanthefolderandkeepthefolder

updatedwithpictures.TotellPicasatoscanafolder,select



File,AddFoldertoPicasafromthemenubar.Inthe

FolderManagerdialogboxthatappears,selectthefolder

youwanttoaddtoPicasa'sscanlistandthenselectoneof

thefollowingoptions:

ScanOnceSelectthisoptionifyouwantPicasatoscan

forpicturesonlythisonetime.Anynewpicturesyouadd

tothefolderarenotaddedtoPicasa.

ScanAlwaysSelectthisoptionifyouwantPicasato

constantlyscanthefolderandaddanynewpicturesit

finds.Whenyouselectthisoption,thefolderyouselectis

addedtotheWatchedFolderslistinthebottom-right

cornerofthedialogbox.

RemovefromPicasaSelectafolderintheFolderList

ontheleftsideofthedialogboxandchoosethisoption

todeletethefolderfromPicasa'sscanlist.Thefolderis

notactuallydeletedfromyourharddisk.







90.TouchupPhotographs

BEFOREYOUBEGIN



SEEALSO



OrganizeYourPictures







AddVisualEffectsandCaptions



AboutAdvancedEditingTools



Picasadoesmorethanjustdisplayphotositalsooffersan

easy-to-usesetofphoto-editingtoolsthatenableyouto

performbasicphoto-editingtasks,suchascropping,

straightening,adjustingcontrast,andfixingredeye.Here'show

todoit.



TouchupPhotographs



SelectaPhototoEdit

Toselectaphototoedit,double-clickitsthumbnailonthe

rightsideofthePicasascreen.Youcometoascreenthat

containsnumerouseditingtools.Youcanusethesliderbarof

imagethumbnailsabovethelargephotoontherightsideof



thescreentoeditthenextphotoorthepreviousphotointhe

currentPicasafolder.

CropthePhoto

Ifyouwanttoresizethepicturetoacommonphotosizeorto

acustomsize,clicktheCropbuttonontheleftsideofthe

screen.(Ifyoudon'tseetheCropbutton,clicktheBasic

Fixestabtodisplayalistofbasicphoto-editingoptions.)

Fromthepanethatopensontheleftsideofthescreen,

choosethedesiredphotosize.Thenuseyourmousetodrag

thebrightrectangletodefinetheportionofthepictureyou

wantcropped.Thebrightportionofthephotoisresizedto

thestandardphotosizeyouchose.IfyouchoosetheManual

option,youcandragtheedgesofthebrightcropareato

encompassallofthepicturethatyouwanttoinclude;the

darkerareaswillbecroppedaway(discarded).ClickApply

whenyou'vemadeyourchoices.



Tip

UsetheRotate,Preview,andResetbuttonstohelp

youbettercropaphoto.TheRotatebuttonrotatesthe

dimensionsofthecroppingareayou'vechosen.So,for

example,ifyouchoose5X7andyouclickRotate,the

croppingareachangesto7x5.ClickingthePreview

buttonenablesyoutopreviewwhatthephotowilllook

likeafterit'sbeencropped.AndtheResetbutton

undoesthecroppingyou'vedone.



StraightenthePhoto

Photosattimesaretakenatanangle,andyoucaneasily

straightentheminPicasa.ClicktheStraightenbuttonin

theBasicFixestabontheleftsideofthescreen.Agridof

straighthorizontalandverticallinesappearsoverthe



selectedphoto.Youcanusethesegridlinesasguidesfor

straighteningyourphoto.Movethesliderthatappearsinthe

lower-leftcorneroftheimagetothelefttorotatethephoto

totheleft;dragtheslidertotherighttorotatethephototo

theright.Whenitisstraightincomparisonwiththegridlines,

clicktheApplybutton.Theimagezoomsinafteryou

straightenittoeliminatetheblankareasthatwould

otherwisebepulledintothephoto.



Tip

WhenyoueditaphotowithPicasa,thechangesaren't

madetotheoriginalphoto.Instead,theeditsyoumake

areineffectonlywhenyouareviewingorworkingwith

thephotosinPicasa.Ifyouwanttousetheedited

pictureswithotherprograms,exporttheeditedpicture

byclickingtheExportbuttonatthebottom-rightcorner

ofthescreen,andfollowingthedirectionsforsavingthe

picture.



EliminateRedeye

Redeyeisthebugabooofphotographerseverywhere,andno

matterhowadvancedthecamera,italwaysseemstomanage

tocreepitswayintophotos.(Redeyereferstosomeone's

eyesbeingredinaphotobecausetheyhavereflectedthe

flashfromacamera.)Toeliminateredeyeintheselected

photo,clicktheRedeyebuttonintheBasicFixestabonthe

leftsideofthescreen.Youthencometoascreeninwhich

youneedtodragaselectionboxaroundeachredeyeyou

wanttofix.ThenclickApplytofixtheredeyeproblem.

UseOne-ClickFix

Ifyoudon'twanttohavetocleanuptheselectedphoto

manually,clicktheI'mFeelingLuckybuttonintheBasic



Fixestabontheleftsideofthescreen.Thephotois

automaticallycleanedupredeyeiseliminated,thephotois

straightened,andcontrastandcolorareadjusted.Ifyou

wanttoundothechanges,clicktheUndoI'mFeeling

LuckybuttonatthebottomoftheBasicFixespane.

FixContrastandColor

Ifyouthinkthecontrastinthedisplayedphotocoulduse

someadjustment,clicktheAutoContrastbutton,andthe

contrastisautomaticallyoptimized.Ifyouwanttoundothe

automaticfix,clicktheUndoAutoContrastbuttonatthe

bottomoftheBasicFixespane.Tofixthecolor,clickthe

AutoColorbutton.Ifyouwanttoundotheautomaticfix,

clicktheUndoAutoColorbuttonatthebottomoftheBasic

Fixespane.

FixFillLight

Thefilllightofapicture,accordingtoPicasa,ishowlightor

darkthepictureisoverall.Tochangethefilllight,movethe

FillLightsliderontheBasicFixestabontheleftsideofthe

screen.Thefurtheryoumovetheslidertotheright,the

lighterthepicturebecomes.Toundoyourchanges,clickthe

UndoFillLightbuttonatthebottomoftheBasicFixes

pane.







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