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Updated February 3, 2009
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How to Download and Install Picasa on Your Computer Picasa is software that makes it easy and fun to view, organize, edit and share the digital photos on your PC. Picasa won't delete your pictures or put them online without your permission. The download itself contains only the Picasa 3 software. Picasa will not uninstall other programs or add any non-Picasa programs or files to your computer. Please visit the website below: http://picasa.google.com 1. Click on Download Picasa 3 to start the download. This will open the File Download screen:
2. Click Run. 3. The Picasa software will install. If the Picasa software doesn’t open, use the desktop shortcut or go to the Start Menu > All Programs > Picasa 3 > Picasa 3.
Getting Started with Picasa: Getting Started Guide
Using Picasa and Picasa Web Albums together, you can now organize, edit, and upload your photos to the web from your computer in quick, simple steps. Arrange your photos into folders and albums and erase their blemishes using powerful editing tools in Picasa. Then use Picasa Web Albums to share those perfected photos online with family, friends, and the world. This guide walks you through the main features of Picasa. When you're done perusing this guide, You're then ready to become an expert user of Picasa and Picasa Web Albums
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Organizing photos in Picasa Importing your photos Quick and easy editing Sharing in Picasa Backing up your photos Printing your photos Picasa Photo Viewer
Organizing photos in Picasa
When you first install Picasa, it scans folders on your hard drive and displays any detected photos. These folders, along with the customized albums you create, make up the organization of your photos within Picasa. Within your folders and albums, Picasa displays icons on your images to help you quickly see which photos have been uploaded, marked as a favorite, geo-tagged, and more.
Folders represent actual directories on your computer's hard drive that contain photos. Changes you make to folders in Picasa affect corresponding folders on your computer's hard drive. For example, moving a photo from one folder to another in Picasa will also move the photo in Windows Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac).
Mac users: Picasa handles the photos in your iPhoto Library a little differently. To ensure that Picasa and iPhoto play nicely together, Picasa scans and displays the photos in your 'iPhoto Libray' as read-only files. If you try to edit or move these photos, Picasa will ask your permission to create a new editable copy.
Unlike folders, albums exist only in Picasa. For example, you might create an album called 'Pictures with Grandma,' and include photos from various folders on your computer. Unlike Picasa folders, your albums don't correspond to real folders on your hard drive -- so when you delete or move photos from an album, the original files remain in their original locations on your hard drive.
Getting Started with Picasa: Getting Started Guide
Using Picasa and Picasa Web Albums together, you can now organize, edit, and upload your photos to the web from your computer in quick, simple steps. Arrange your photos into folders and albums and erase their blemishes using powerful editing tools in Picasa. Then use Picasa Web Albums to share those perfected photos online with family, friends, and the world. This guide walks you through the main features of Picasa. When you're done perusing this guide, read up on Picasa Web Albums. You're then ready to become an expert user of Picasa and Picasa Web Albums
Importing your photos
Of course, not all your photos reside on your computer. You can import photos into Picasa from many sources, including cameras, CDs, memory cards, scanners, webcams, and more. Follow these easy steps to import from your camera: 1. From within Picasa, click the Import button. 2. Select your device or folder from the drop-down menu (your camera should automatically be detected). To help you import images from a particular day or event, Picasa segments your images according to the time period in which they were taken. Each group of images in the import window will be marked by a clock icon. 3. Select the specific photos you'd like to import, or choose all. These photos will be saved on your computer and displayed as a new folder in Picasa.
Quick and easy editing
Now that your photos are organized, you can start editing. With Picasa's advanced photo editing, you can use basic one-click fixes to improve almost any photo, adjust color and lighting, and add effects like black and white or sepia. Add captions to help tell the story. First, double-click a photo to open the 'Edit Photo' screen. Then find your editing tools on the left-hand side, within the three tabs Basic Fixes, Tuning, and Effects. Don't worry - Picasa never overwrites your original file. The photo edits you make are only viewable in Picasa until you decide to either export or save your changes. Either way, your original photos are always safe and sound, accessible at any time.
Basic Fixes tab
Use the Basic Fixes tab to make simple edits on your photos.
Use this button to cut out parts of a photo that you don't want to see. For example, you can crop your ex-girlfriend out of your holiday photos. There are several cropping dimensions available in addition to automatic crop suggestions provided by Picasa.
You can straighten photos taken with an off-kilter camera. Use the slider to align the photo against the boxed grid.
This tool automatically corrects red eyes that Picasa detects in your photos for any photo file type that Picasa supports.
I'm Feeling Lucky
This is the one-click fix. Google Photo Lab adjusts your photo's color and contrast to produce the ideal photo. You'll see a change only if your photo isn't already color-balanced.
Automatically set the brightness and contrast to optimal levels, while preserving a photo's color values.
Automatically remove color cast and restore the color balance, while preserving contrast and brightness values.
Use this tool to remove unsightly blemishes and improve photo quality. You can even transform old photos with marks, water stains, and scratches.
Quickly and easily add text on top of your pictures. You can edit the style, size, and angle of the text, as well as drag it to your desired location.
At times, photos with bright backgrounds can darken or compromise the subject detail. Use the slider to add light to the foreground of photos, making them more balanced.
Control the color and adjust the lighting in your photo to produce a more visually enhanced image. Click the magic wands for lighting or color to let Picasa automatically adjust the photo or use the provided sliders to manually control the color and lighting aspects of your photo. Fill light At times, photos with bright backgrounds can darken or compromise important details in the photo. Add fill light to the foreground of photos, making them more balanced. Highlights Increase the highlights to amplify the bright spots of your photograph. It can help make the whites in your composition more vibrant. Shadows Darken the shadows in your photo to provide additional depth or contrast. Use this in conjunction with the Highlights slider to add contrast to a flat-looking photo. Color temperature Make your photos warmer by sliding the ticker to the right. This can make your colors more vivid and help bring to life the composition of your photograph. Neutral color picker Tell Picasa which part of your photo it should treat as gray or white. It will then use that selection to balance the colors in the photo.
The Effects tab contains 12 effects that you can apply to any still photo.
Make the edges of objects in your photos crisper and less fuzzy.
Create an 'old-fashioned' effect by changing the photo to a reddish brown tone.
Black and white
Turn any color photo into a black and white photo.
Warm up a cool photo, improving skin tones. For a more manual control, see the Color Temperature slider on the Tuning tab.
Add a 'grainy' film look to any photo - looks great when you print.
Strip the color out of your photo and apply a colored tint over the top. Use the Color Preservation slider to add the original color back to your photo underneath the tint.
Use the slider to adjust color saturation. Slide it all the way to the left to make the picture black and white. Slide it all the way to the right to make it appear 'radio-active.'
Soften the focus around a center point that you select.
Brightens the white areas of a photo, causing a dreamy effect.
Filtered black and white
Add the effect of shooting black and white film with a color filter. The filter blocks or enhances certain colors in the photo.
Focal black and white
Turn a photo to black and white, while keeping one circular area of color intact. You can define the size and sharpness of the colored spot.
Add a graduated filter from a color you select. This is useful for making gray skies blue.
Tell the story behind a photo using captions. While editing a photo, click the text underneath that says 'Make a caption!', then add a caption. If you upload the photo to Picasa Web Albums, your captions will also appear in your online albums. Captions are searchable from the top search bar within Picasa. Locate photos with ease by searching through your photos by the captions that go along with them.
Sync your edits
So how do you keep your online photos updated with your most recent Picasa edits? By enabling Sync to Web for a folder or album, edits made to your photos in Picasa will be reflected immediately in your online Picasa Web Album. In addition to photo edits, you can sync the changes you make to captions, tags, and geotags. You can also control many of your online album settings directly from Picasa. Use the downarrow menu to the right of the Share button to control online album privacy, online image size, and much more.
Sharing in Picasa
Now that you've organized and edited your photos, you're ready to share them with others. If you'd like to share an entire folder or album, click the Share button located in the folder or album header. Your photos will then be uploaded to Picasa Web Albums. You'll also be prompted to send email invitations to your friends and family to view the album. You can also use the button bar at the bottom of your Library to share your photos in creative ways. Just select the photos you'd like to share and click the action you'd like to take. You can email or upload your photos, create a collage or movie, or order prints online from any number of providers.
Clear your Photo Tray
Use this button to remove all photos from the Photo Tray. Similarly, if you change your mind about including a particular photo in the Photo Tray, select the photo and click the Clear button. This will remove the selected photo from the group.
Hold photos in the Photo Tray
The Photo Tray displays the photos that you've selected in Picasa. Hold the Ctrl key while clicking photos in your library to select multiple photos. Use the Hold to secure photos from different folders or albums.
Add photos to a new or existing album
The Add to button allow you to add all selected photos in the Photo Tray directly to an album of your choice.
Upload your photos directly to Blogger
Post up to four photos at a time to Blogger directly from Picasa.
Create photo collage
Make a collage and share it with your friends and family. Experiment with six different types of collage, and maintain total control over your collage content and layout.
Use this button to quickly distribute a smaller number of photos to friends and family, using the provider of your choice.
Export copies of your photos
Use this button to create copies of your photos with all edits applied. Your original photos remain untouched. During the export process, you'll also get to control the size and quality of the resulting copy of your photos.
Geotag your photos in Google Earth (Windows only)
Place your photos on the map in Google Earth and embed the latitude and longitude information in your photo file.
Make a movie
Combine your photos, videos, and music into a movie and upload it directly to YouTube.
Print your photos at home
The Print button lets you print your selected photos using a local or networked printer. Select a print layout size, such as 4 x 6 or wallet size, and Picasa will automatically size your selected 10
photos to those proportions. You can choose to include a photo border or the captions you've previously added. These print layout options make it easier to print multiple photos on one page.
Rotate a photo 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise.
Order prints online (Windows only)
Click this button to access a list of Picasa's online print providers. After you sign in to the provider's website, Picasa will automatically upload all of your selected photos to the print provider's website, enabling you to order prints as you wish.
Star your favorites
Add stars to your photos in Picasa to mark them as your favorites. Use the 'Star' filter at the top of your library to see only your favorite photos.
Tag your photos
Tags are like keywords. By applying single or multiple-word tags in Picasa, you can quickly search and locate photos in your collection. To save time, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-T.
Upload your photos
Upload all photos that you've placed in the Photo Tray. During the upload process, you can control the upload size, online album privacy, and also even add a watermark to your uploaded photos. In addition to the upload button, there are several ways to upload photos from Picasa to Picasa Web Albums.
Backing up your photos
Backing up your photos is a good way to make sure that they're always safe and sound. Picasa makes it easy to do this. Just click the Tools menu, select Backup Pictures, and select New Set to get started. External hard drive: If you have a large collection of photos, you may want to store your backup file on an external hard drive to save some room on your local hard drive. Once you've initially backed up your entire collection, Picasa will then only back up the recent changes that you've made. This saves you time and ensures that your entire collection will be protected. Using an external drive with Picasa's
backup feature is also a great way to migrate your photos to a new computer. Back up to CD or DVD: Burning your photos to CD or DVD is also a convenient option. Should your hard drive ever fail, or should a power surge hit your external drive, you will thank your lucky stars as you recover all of your photos and edits.
Printing your photos
In the era of digital pictures, sometimes it's gratifying to see and hold a hard copy of a photo. Picasa makes it easy to print your photos at home or order prints online through your choice of print providers. The Print button lets you print your selected photos using a local or networked printer. You can select a print layout size, such as 4 x 6 or wallet size, and Picasa will automatically size your selected photos to those proportions. Opt to include a border or your photo captions. These print layout options make it easier to print multiple photos on one page. Click the Shop button (Windows only) to access a list of Picasa's online print providers. After you sign in to the provider's website, Picasa will automatically upload all of your selected photos to the print provider's website, enabling you to order prints as you wish.
Picasa Photo Viewer
Want to quickly preview your photo? Picasa Photo Viewer is installed with Picasa and lets you quickly view photos on your computer desktop or in Windows Explorer. This lightweight application gives you access to view, make minor edits, and upload an image to your Picasa Web Albums without having to fully open Picasa. You can set the Picasa Photo Viewer to be the default photo viewer for all photo file types supported by Picasa.
Saving Edits: Saving photos
Picasa is designed to keep your original photos safe when you save your photo edits. This is done by creating a new JPEG file that's a copy of the original with your edits applied. The original photo is never altered, but depending on how you save the file, its location on your hard drive may change. Here's a brief overview of the different save options in Picasa, based on how they affect the location of your original photos.
Move your original photo
When you use the Save to Disk and the File > Save options, Picasa creates a copy of your photo with all edits applied and moves the original to a subfolder called 'Originals' (Windows) or '.picasaoriginals' (Mac). On both Windows and Mac, this subfolder is hidden on your computer and isn't visible in Picasa. This automatic backup lets you undo or revert your saves. Save to Disk The Save to Disk button appears on the right side of your folder or album header when you've made edits to a photo included therein. This option is useful to save changes to all photos in a folder or album at one time. File > Save Alternatively, use the Save option to save changes on an individual picture (or a group of pictures that you select). To save your edited photo, you can select the photo and then select File > Save.
Keep your original photo in its current location
Unlike Save to Disk and the File > Save function, the following options don't move your original photos. These options create and save a new copy of your photo with all edits applied, leaving your original photo unmoved. The new copy with edits applied is saved to a different location depending on the option you choose. Export If you'd like to easily create edited copies of a large number of pictures, you can export your photos to a location of your choice. When you export your photos, you can resize your photos and control the JPEG compression level when applying photo edits. File > Save a Copy This option automatically exports a copy of the original photo, including all edits applied, into the same folder. The photo's filename will have '-1' appended to the end to distinguish it from the original. Select the photo, and click File > Save a Copy.
File > Save As This option is similar to Save a Copy by creating a copy of the original photo with all edits applied, but lets you specify the filename and location of the new copy before saving the file. To access this option, select the photo, and click File > Save as. When you save a copy, Picasa tries to match the JPEG quality level of the original photo. Picasa's default JPEG quality level is 85%, and will be applied if it's unable to determine JPEG quality. If you are saving a non-JPEG photo, it will be converted and saved as a JPEG. the Apply changes button. If you are not satisfied, choose the Cancel button.