Picasa Photo App Series [Part 4] You Get a Star

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The past three 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 benefits of Starring Your Photos

In a photo shoot, you take LOTS of pictures (at least you should). When you get back to your computer and upload them, the next step is going through and picking out the ones that you plan to actually use. This is what I do. I double-click on the first photo to start viewing my set in bigger view mode. If I want to use the current photo, I click the SPACEBAR to tag the photo with a star. (This is the same thing as clicking the Star Button, see below - I just love shortcut keys though when they are available, so that's my choice) Either way, your photo just got a star.

Move through your slides using the left and right arrows. As you do, put stars on all the ones you want to use.

Once you have finished starring photos, click the "Back to Library" button (top left of window) to go back to your folder thumbnails view.

At the top of the window, look closely at the toolbars there. Directly under the folder name is a star button. This button will SELECT all the starred photos in your folder which you will see counted and displayed in your selection tray at the bottom of the window. With these photos selected, you can now do other commands with JUST THOSE photos. For example, you may want to export them or you may want to upload them to an online album to share.

When you have starred photos in a folder, there's one more thing you should check out. Above the folder name there is another star button in the "Filters" set of commands. When you click it, the non-starred photos are turned off from being displayed (you can click the "back to view all" button whenever you want). When you have displayed just the starred photos, then if you click into slideshow mode, as you scroll through your slides, you'll be seeing just the ones you picked out.

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Rainmaker
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Just saw your previous post in the series - featured - and will be reviewing the entire series.  Thanks!

Sep 12, 2010 03:14 AM #1
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Ritu Desai
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Missed reading your previous series..I will go back and check out! Cool tips on star I love picasa for editing pictures.

Sep 12, 2010 03:45 AM #2
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Wendy Hayden
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I love the star feature and use it all the time.

Sep 12, 2010 04:28 AM #3
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Sam Miller
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Thanks for the Picasa photo series.

Sep 12, 2010 04:40 AM #4
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Alan May
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I have never used Picasa, nor even looked at it, as I like Picnik, but you are very good at this, and I've enjoyed reading your instructive series.  Keep it up!

Sep 12, 2010 05:59 AM #5
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The best two features I use are for my blog pictures that are kept in one folder is the SYNC feature that automatically uploads any pictures I put in that folder. The second favorite feature is automatic upload when downloading a camera chip, even in raw you can set up to upload to Picasa online.

Sep 12, 2010 02:09 PM #6
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Shar Sitter
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Okay, I have this one bookmarked too. LOL. Now I finally know what to do with that star thing.

Sep 12, 2010 04:19 PM #7
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Gabe Sanders
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Excellent Craig, thanks for the info.  I just started with Picasa yesterday and this series helps so much.

Sep 13, 2010 12:50 AM #8
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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Depending on what I'm shooting, I usually take 100-200 pics at a time. The star is a great way to organize, and I've also found that adding a caption makes it easy to search through thousands of photos.

Sep 14, 2010 08:28 AM #9
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Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
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Thanks Craig, looking forward to getting into making changes to the photos.

Sep 17, 2010 01:32 AM #10
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Andy Chaudoir
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Hello Craig - I think the star function will come in handy in my business.  I take a bunch of pictures but only use a few in my inspection reports.

Sep 17, 2010 02:34 PM #11
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Valerie Zinger
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Craig - I have been using Picasa for several months.  Your posts are so helpful for some of the things that can be done that I never knew.  I believe I have starred every one of my favourites and I also am a cropping maniac and adding my signature.  Thank you for the post.

Sep 21, 2010 10:31 AM #12
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Sidney Kutchuk
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Another great tip,enjoying the series.

Jan 27, 2011 03:19 PM #13
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Cindy Edwards
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Craig,

The star feature is going to save me so much time.  I love it!

Jan 30, 2011 01:53 AM #14
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