Getting Comfortable With The Basics

Working With Your Digital Pictures

     Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three                      Printable version


Manage your photos in one place, and find photos you forgot you had.


Eliminate scratches & blemishes, fix red-eye, crop, adjust color and more.


Turn photos into movies, collages, slideshows…


Picasa uploads seamlessly to Picasa Web Albums to store and  share with friends, family & the world. I use and recommend Picasa Web Albums.  It is are free and has many advantages over e-mailing pictures to your friends and family.

Week One

  • Download and install Google Picasa a free photo management and editng software program.
  • I suggest Google Chrome a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.
  • Sign up to a free Google on line account (used to share pictures with family and friends).
  • Find and manage existing pictures on the computer.
  • Getting Started with Picasa: Getting Started Guide.
  • Import new 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. Photos you import are saved on your computer and displayed automatically in Picasa.
    • In Picasa, click Import.
    • Select the source of your new photos (e.g. your camera) from the 'Import photos from' drop-down menu at the top.
    • Select the destination folder on your computer for your new photos, from the 'Import to' drop-down menu at the bottom.
    • If you'd like to upload the photos you're importing to Picasa Web Albums at the same time, select the 'Upload' checkbox.
    • Select the specific photos you'd like to import and click Import Selected, or click Import All to import all the photos displayed.
  • Basic digital picture editing using Picasa
    • Select an album form list on left
    • Click on an image  
    • Edit menu appears to the left

Week Two

  • More advanced editing
  • Adding captions
  • To share pictures I use and recommend Picasa Web Albums.
    • It is are free and has many advantages to simply e-mailing pictures to your friends and family.
    • You only have to upload the pictures one time (to share in the future simply repeat step 2 in “Sharing – Granting album access” below).
    • The e-mail notification is small it only contains the links to view your albums.
    • The recipient can simply click a link to see a great slide show of your pictures.
    • View Album
    • You can allow your users to download full size pictures for printing (you will need to use the Original Size option)
  • If you use the Recommended (1600 pixels wide) upload size the free account will store about 4000 pictures.
  • Picasa Web Albums can be used to backup your original files under the following conditions:
    • The original file is a JPG.
    • The image can be no larger than 20MB and is restricted to 50 megapixels or less.
    • The image doesn’t have any unsaved edits.
    • You upload the image at ‘Original Size.’
  • Your can add extra storage for a low monthly cost.

Upload to Picasa Web Albums:

Use the Upload button in Picasa to share your photos online in Picasa Web Albums. To upload your photos to a new or existing web album, follow these steps:

  1. Select the photos you’d like to upload
  2. Once you’ve selected all of your photos, click the Upload button in the Photo Tray.
  3. Sign in to your Google Account for Picasa Web Albums.
  4. Choose your upload settings:
  5. Select one of your existing online albums or click the New button to create a new one.
    • Click the areas under ‘Album Title’ and ‘Description’ to edit those fields.
    • Choose your preferred upload size.
    • Choose the visibility level for your album.
    • Click the Upload button. The Upload Manager will appear and show you the status of the upload.
  6. When the upload is complete, click the View Online button in the Upload Manager to go directly to the web album in your browser.

Album Privacy: Manage album access
As the album owner, you decide exactly who has access to your album. In addition to the different levels of album visibility, Picasa Web Albums lets you keep track of the users you’ve shared an album with. Adding people to the “Shared with” list has the following benefits:

  • Easy access. The people on this list are the only ones that can see albums set to the “Sign-in required to view” access level. Plus, everyone on this list can see the album on your public gallery regardless of changes you make to album visibility.
  • Email notification. Everyone you invite using the Share button is added to the list and will receive an email invitation to view your photos. They also get notified when new photos are uploaded to the album in the future. 
  • Collaboration. You can choose to let people on the list add photos to your album.

Week Three

  • Uploading review
  • Sharing pictures from Picasa Web.

Sharing – Granting album access
Use the Share button in Picasa or Picasa Web Albums to add people to the “Shared with” list and to send them an email invitation to view the album. Follow these steps:
1.  Click the Share button in the Picasa software or Picasa Web Albums.
2.  Add your friends and family. You can add both individual users and entire Google contact groups to the “Shared with” list.

  • Share with individual people
  • Add the email addresses of the people you’d like to share with in the ‘To:’ field of the sharing dialog. Sending email invitations to group aliases won’t add each member of the group to the “Shared with” list. Read on for more information on sharing with Google contact groups.
  • Share with Google contact groups
  • You can also share directly with your Google Account contact groups — collections of Friends, Family, Coworkers, etc — rather than with every individual person. This gives access to all members of that group. Don’t have any contact groups? Create them in Gmail with a few clicks.
  • Click Send.

The Share button is the most direct way to share your photos, but there are several other convenient ways to invite your contact groups to view your photos. In Picasa Web Albums, you can share when editing an existing album. In the Picasa software, you can send links of photos and albums?

Managing album access
You can remove an individual or a Google contact group from the “Shared with” list at any time. Just click the  Edit next to the contact group to add and remove users from the group and therefore the ‘Shared with’ list. Keep in mind that changes made to Google contact groups will affect all products that use your Google contact groups.

Getting prints of your favorite pictures.

  • Printing at home
  • Select the pictures to print and click “Shop“.>  You can order prints and personalized products from a variety of service providers.
    • Walgreens
    • CVS pharmacy  4×6 Print $0.19
    • Ritz Camera    4×6 Prints 1-99  $0.19
    • Wal-Mart photo center   4×6 Print $0.13
    • Turn your photos into real U.S. postage stamps
    • Many more…

Sam’s Club Digital Photo Center 4×6 prints 13¢
You can order prints and personalized products from a variety of service providers.

Picasa Help:

Picasa and Picasa Web Albums! – Getting Started Guide
Importing photos from a camera or memory card
Folders versus albums
Controlling how folders are monitored
Folder List Organization: Sorting photos
Editing Pictures
Making a Gift CD/DVD:
Collages: Creating a collage
Creating a movie
Creating a slideshow

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