What can Picasa?
Thousands, tens of thousands of photos “lying” in different folders on your computer. They are so interesting, so nostalgic. Now and then I want to remember that one trip, then another, friends, favorite places … And all this is in hardly visible folders. What to do? You can download a program called Picasa from Google. Organizing Folders and Collections The main advantage of Picasa is the organization of thousands and thousands of photos. There are several “layers” of organization. The easiest is the folder. This is a duplicate folder on the disk. In this case, the folder receives the necessary descriptive attributes, for example, the location, time. Thanks to the last attribute folders are placed on the screen in a certain order. Those who get along well with these folders can embed them into each other, forming complex hierarchies. You can use another way of nesting. Virtual. It is called a collection. Any folder can be attached to such a collection. This is done as easily as any function, with a couple of clicks. All folders collected in the collection, on the screen and are grouped together, regardless of what folders actually are. And the type of display can be selected: by folders and collections, or by subfolders. Albums If you have any favorite topic, for example, “Sea”, “Mountains” or “Favorite mother-in-law”, then you can organize albums with this title. In these albums in accordance with the content put pictures from folders. At the same time they are all stored in the same folder. And the albums are like an additional cut of the same folders. For example, you can drag the “mountain” pictures into the “Mountains” album from the “Turkey”, “Germany”, “Sochi” folders, etc. Stars. The artistic quality of a photo can be very different: better, worse. In order to highlight the best, you can affix special stars. They will then serve both for searching and for exchanging with the server. Tags (tags) The next cut is the setting of tags (tags). It can be the names of all objects located in the photo and worthy of attention. You can, for example, list the people in the picture, objects. Like the web albums site, there is the possibility of tagging names. They relate to people and are associated with contacts in the address book. Signatures In addition to the tags for each picture, you can make a signature. It is located under the photo. It also searches. The signature may be, for example, a description of an event captured in a snapshot. On the photo itself, you can also put an inscription. But she will not participate in the search. To view photos in the main list, you can select several options, including viewing with captions or viewing with tags. File Names It should be added that the name of the photo file itself is involved in the search. So that he can be given a meaning. How to share with the world? One of the interesting and convenient features is the use of Picasa for posting pictures on the site. A single click on an album or folder on a computer is available on the Internet, on the Picasa Web Albums site, or on a blog. At the same time there are different options for sending. You can simply send a specific photo to a specific folder that already exists on the server. You can set folder synchronization on your computer and on the web. All subsequent changes are automatically transferred to the Internet. The size of the uploaded photos can be controlled both with the help of general settings, and directly when sending. This allows you to send full-size photos in the presence of broadband access, and share with friends in small copies. If the album is marked with an asterisk best pictures, then synchronization is performed only for them. This allows you to control the transfer of information. If necessary, synchronization can be completely disabled. In order for synchronization to take place successfully, it is necessary to observe some precautions. Running the local version of the manager, you need to “Log in to the web albums.” And finishing work, you need to make “Exit”. Otherwise, the database may deteriorate. All functions for accessing albums on the web are on the screen at the top right. You can send any sets of photos by mail. This is done using a large button located at the bottom of the interface. There is also a large button to send pictures to your blog. Editing Picasa on a computer helps one or two clicks to edit brightness, chroma, cropping, and much more. For example, there is such a special effect as darkening (blurring) the edges of a photo with the formation of a semantic focus in the right place. Such special techniques will make a masterpiece out of banal photos. At the same time, the mode of viewing photos in folders allows at a glance to assess the quality of pictures and edit the necessary, including “packs”. In this case, at any time, you can return the old view of the photo, since the file itself is not overwritten, all changes are stored in the database.