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
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
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
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.