Picasa Photo App Series [Part 3] Export Command

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The past two days, I've introduced you to the Free Photo Organizing and Editing App called Picasa. If you need to catch up, check out my blog archives list for September and you will see the previous articles. Today were going to be looking at uses for the "Export Tool"

How many megapixel camera do YOU have? I have a 9 Mexapixel camera. However, my normal daily shots are at 3 mexapixel setting. This means that the width of the photos are about 2000 pixels across. For me, that works just fine for my general photo library. My hard drive is already nearing capacity and I'm constantly having to purge stuff. If I had each JPG photo at 5 megabytes plus, we'll forget that! The 3 megapixel shots are around 1MB each. To each his own but that's just my opinion on that subject.

In any case, when you use graphics on the web, you often need to downsize a copy that's a more appropriate size. Let's take for instance MLS photos. In the MLS that I work with, you can upload files of very large size BUT the MLS immediately downsizes the photos to a 540 pixel width for storage (your MLS probably does something similar). Maybe you can relate to this: feeling like MLS photos take such a LONG time to upload! Well, reason being is perhaps you are uploading a 5 or 7 megapixel photo. Now that you are using Picasa, do this instead: Export a copy and upload the smaller output size.

First of all you need to select either a whole folder or specific files. Next, click the Export button. In the figure below, you can see what the export dialog box looks like. There are just a few things to know about it. First, the "where" part. The browse button lets you pick a base folder and for me I choose "My Pictures\Exported" (which you can create this base folder if you need to). In the text box right below on the export dialog, you can type a secondary subfolder on each export that you do. I usually type a short-name reference to the address of the listing. Finally, you need to choose the output size. you can either use the slider bar for typical resolutions (e.g. 640, 800, up to 1600) or you can type any value you want in the text box.

The reason that I like the "Exported" base folder is that I know that all the subfolders are COPIES of the originals. Once in a while, I'll go in and purge all these files out since they are not the originals and can be deleted. Also, when you export files, your logical next step is to browse and find these files for other use. For instance, with the MLS upload, you will browse and select the files you need. This standard location of "My Pictures/Exported" location is always very easy to locate

Now I know all of you bloggers like to use graphics in your blogs. When you insert a graphic, you can type whatever size that you want it to be "displayed" at - however pay particular note to that word: displayed. Let's say you have a 2000 pixel graphic but you are displaying it at 350 pixel width. The web server still stores all 2000 pixels and that EQUATES TO a large file SIZE! The user has to download a much larger file than is necessary and this means time. If you have several graphics this can be painfully and noticeably obvious (a bad practice as you can see why). So consider your ActiveRain blog. Graphics will for the most part be one of two ideal sizes. Up to half the blog width or the full blog width. So if you measure the full width possible of a blog post in its minimum size you get 824 pixels. So good sizes might be 800 pixel for a full width graphic and 350-400 pixel for a half width graphic. Now that you know how to export in Picasa, you can use this knowledge to downsize your graphics for use in your blog. I would recommend exporting to a folder named like Exported\AR or something easy like that so you can quickly find the graphics when you are ready to upload.

Finally, one additional feature available in the export command is the watermark feature. Inside the export dialog, you can turn this option on and then type the text that you want to use in your watermark. It will place the text in the bottom right of each exported photo. This is a simple and quick way to to a whole batch of photos with watermarks.

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Rainmaker
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Lynn M. Bower
John R Wood Realtors - Naples, FL
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I like Picassa but just didn't get the full picture (forgive the pun) until I read your blog. Your hereby Bookmarked. Thank you!

Sep 12, 2010 04:31 AM #18
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Wendy Hayden
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Brilliant!  I thought I knew a lot about Picasa, but you are really showing me some great stuff I never knew.

Sep 12, 2010 05:06 AM #19
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Wendy - trading tips (you got me on one, thanks for sharing the graduated tint sky tip) - have you discovered web albums yet? I'm posting on that probably tomorrow 

Sep 12, 2010 05:10 AM #20
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Robert Amato
Bob Amato of Empire Home Mortgage Inc - East Meadow, NY

Craig, Thanks for posting. I will bookmark and keep it so when I feel comfortable enough to start uploading pictures I can reread and upload successfully.

Sep 12, 2010 06:52 AM #21
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Gene Riemenschneider
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Sounds nice.  I can only fantazise about a new camera right now.

Sep 12, 2010 08:49 AM #22
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Gary Burleson
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Craig, thanks for the tutorial. Great graphics and something I can use in my business. I haven't read the Parts 1 and 2, but will go back and read them also.

Sep 12, 2010 09:02 AM #23
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Kate Washington
RE/MAX Benchmark Realty Group - Warwick, NY
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Craig, I even understood that tutorial, scary isn't it?

Sep 12, 2010 10:22 AM #24
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Michelle Finnamore
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Thanks for taking the time to explain this. Much appreciated. I will bookmark your other posts. Always looking for short, insightful tutorials here on AR and yours is easy to use and understand.

Sep 12, 2010 11:25 AM #25
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Saralou Durham
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I've just spent an hour reading your posts and then moved to your website and facebook.  What a wealth of information!  Thank you for sharing it with us.  The value of this Active Rain group comes from the willingness of people to share what they know...I learn something new every day, though thanks to you, I learned lots that was new today!

Sep 12, 2010 11:32 AM #26
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Carrie Sampron
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Craig:  Thanks for the info.  I've got this one bookmarked!  Carrie

Sep 12, 2010 12:43 PM #27
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Shar Sitter
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Okay, I am coming back to this when I have more time. Although I have been exporting and watermarking I love short cuts and there is more here that I need to learn!

Sep 12, 2010 04:16 PM #28
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Susan Goulding
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Craig- I love Picassa. thought I didn't need it with my new MAC __ oh Mac's are so easy to use yada yada yada -- they were wrong I still need and want it.  

Sep 12, 2010 04:46 PM #29
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Susan Goulding
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Craig- I love Picassa. thought I didn't need it with my new MAC __ oh Mac's are so easy to use yada yada yada -- they were wrong I still need and want it.  

Sep 12, 2010 04:46 PM #30
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Coleen DeGroff
eXp Realty - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Craig - Thanks for making my hair hurt. I'm bookmarking this to come back and look at later. :)

Sep 13, 2010 03:01 PM #31
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Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
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Craig, with regards to the 3 mexapixel setting, is this okay for using these photos for a feature sheet.  We don't use large photo... usually 3 across on an eight by eleven page.

Sep 17, 2010 01:23 AM #32
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Andy Chaudoir
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Hello Craig - Your tutorial is great.  Thanks for the great information.

Sep 17, 2010 02:31 PM #33
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Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

More help. Thanks again. now is off to let Picasa grab all of my pictures while I eat breakfast.

Jan 27, 2011 02:00 AM #34
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Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

Love the export feature.  I'm so tired of reducing size of photos one by one.  Thanks.

Jan 30, 2011 01:40 AM #35
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Keller Williams Vero Beach - Vero Beach, FL
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I am loving Picasa!  I took several pictures of a new listing yesterday and I could not get the color right until I hit the warmify button under the effects tab.  Just what I needed . . . and it was a quick fix for all my outdoor pictures!

Jan 30, 2011 02:15 AM #36
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Melissa Zavala
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Thank you Craig. This is very helpful--especially now that our old friend, Picnik is flying the coop.

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