Picasa

by Micheal Kieca, Technology Resource Checkout Graduate Assistant

Picasa LogoPicasa is a free application from Google that allows you to upload, edit and organize your photos to share with all your friends.  Upload only the pictures that you want or upload an entire album at a time and make those quick-fix adjustments such as red-eye, color or lighting.  If the quick-fixes do not work, edit your picture in Picnik, which allows you to edit the picture and save it back in Picasa.  While uploading the photos, put a name to the face and tag the pictures for easy organization in the long run.  Use Google Maps to add geo-tags to your photos so you are able to see where the photo is from and where you have been.  Once your photos are uploaded, you can create a Face Movie based on the places you have been or the people that are in your pictures.

Picasa can also be used for educational purposes at any level.  Label photos with what they are and how they are spelled to give students a visual aid as they learn.  Create a slideshow of places you have been as a class or photos of places throughout the world.  Organize and edit pictures for the school newspaper.  Use pictures to promote clubs or advertise for sporting events.  Picasa is not only a tool for personal use but for education as well.  Picasa is now a cross platform application for both PC and Mac.  For more information or the free download, visit http://picasa.google.com/.

Features:

  • Easy uploading
  • One click publishing
  • Create albums
  • Tag people and places
  • Quick-fix editing or use Picnik
  • Create slideshows

Picasa in Education:

  • Make visual aid flashcards
  • Track where you have been with pictures
  • Organize your photos for photography class or the newspaper
  • Promote clubs and events

TechTip: Displaying your Picasa Slideshow

By Michael Crumm, Interactive Multimedia Lab Assistant

Picasa is a great tool for storing your photos on the ‘net, but did you know that you can link to your photo albums on your website, or even embed a slideshow into your Western Online pages?  We’ll show you how.

Step 1:  Create a photo album

Make an album to hold the photos for your slideshow.  You can add or remove photos from the gallery at any time, and your slideshows will update automatically.

Step 2: Get the slideshow link

Click on your slideshow photo album.  On the right-hand side of the screen, click on the link that reads “Link to this album”.  From here you’ll be able to select how you want to use your slideshow.

Step 3: Decisions, decisions!

Click “Embed Slideshow.” A new window will appear with a few options and a slideshow preview.   You can set the size of the slideshow and enable or disable captions and the auto-play feature.

Step 4: Copy & Paste

Select the big block of text that appears in the box underneath the options.  Right-click on the text and click “Copy.”  Paste the code into your personal website, your Western Online page, your blog, or just about anywhere!

Picasa makes it easy to share your photos anywhere on the web.   If a picture is worth a thousand words, think of how many conversations your photo slideshow could start!

Fun fact:  Did you know that everyone at WIU has access to some web space? It’s true!  You could setup a page for a class, or create a blog, or post your fancy new Picasa slideshow.  If you’d like to know more, ask a trainer in the IMM Lab today!

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