Picasa: Organizational paradigms | lynda.com

Picasa: Organizational paradigms | lynda.com


So once you’re in Picasa 3, there’s a few
things I want to talk about with regard to organizational paradigms. Now, I’m looking at my photographs, so at
this point you should be looking at your photographs. So, a lot of the same things I’m going to
demo now, you can do the very same way. The first thing I would like you to do is
to understand the relationship between Picasa and the file system. One way to do that is to look at the folders
here. Here I have got a folder called Demo_ photos
and there is 103 images within them. Yours will be different. Another folder called personal_images and
there is 55 photos within there. Well to show the relationship between Picasa
and the file structure, I’m going to go ahead and click on this folder
icon. You’ll do the same on any respective folder
within your library. When you click on it, you’ll see that there
is an exact relationship between the images and the folders that are on the file
system. Well, you can organize in Picasa the same
way you do on the file system and in some respects it’s even easier. Let me give you an example. Within this Demo_photos folder, I’m going
to create a separate folder of things that I was doing in Paris. In this case I’m going to pick out a couple
of photographs of things that I either drank or ate. Let’s find those now. By using the scroll wheel, I’m just going
to immediately start to scroll down and look for individual photographs. Here are some nice photographs of some macaroons. And some espresso. By holding down the Ctrl key I can select
individual photos. Notice as they’re selected, they get added
to this tray here. This gives me an ongoing list of things I
have selected. I’m going to go ahead and right-click on any
photo that’s selected and I’m presented with a lot of choices. Well, the first one is I’m going to do is
select Move to New Folder. Next, I’m going to give it a name. You can name it anything that relates to your
photographs. I’m going to call this food. It defaults to a Date that corresponds to
when they were taken. What is optional is the Place Taken. This corresponds with Google Maps. I’m going to go ahead and enter in Paris,
France. Go ahead and click OK. Notice now that there is a new folder that
has been created. It has taken the photos that I have selected
and put them in a new folder called food. Let’s take a look at what it did in the file
system. You can see here that now I have those photographs
nicely located inside of this folder. And corresponding I have got my demos, my
food, and my walk. So again, you can use Picasa as a way to organize
your photographs into distinct folders. You can use those folders in which way you
want and locate them on your hard drive respectively. The next organizational paradigm I’m going
to talk about has to do with this Timeline. One thing that can be somewhat daunting is
that if you index your entire hard drive, you’re going to have lots of photographs
that automatically show up inside of Picasa. One way to quickly navigate those is via the
Timeline. Go up to the View menu, and select Timeline. Also Ctrl+5. This will take the program into a Timeline
mode and allow you to navigate your images through a Timeline. This allows you to navigate through the whole
range, from the beginning of your photographs to the end. This is also helpful when you want to locate
specific photographs. You can escape the Timeline at any time just
by selecting the Back button, which will take you back to the interface. Anything that you select within the Timeline
will automatically navigate you to the corresponding folder within there. Another organizational paradigm is to think
about the view itself. The default view here on the left is to organize
by folder. You can click this button to actually show
the tree structure or hierarchy, if that’s more conducive to the way you are used
to seeing things. This is helpful if you nest folders within
others and you would like to actually navigate by navigating the hierarchy
itself. To toggle back and forth, you just toggle
between the folder view and the hierarchical view. The last piece that I want to talk about is
little bit about adding new content to your system itself. To do this, go up to the File menu and Add
Folder to Picasa. What you will bring up is the Folder Manager
itself. This allows you to navigate all of your hard
drives in your entire system. Let’s talk a little bit about the icons. An eye are those that will always be scanned. I have a particular folder that I have just
added to my Desktop here called Travels. To select a particular or add a particular
folder to Picasa, you have a couple of different options. With the folder selected, you can have Scan
Once, you can have it removed from Picasa, or you can have it Always Scan. This is really helpful if you add specific
exports or if you’re working inside another program and you add photos directly
to this folder. Go ahead and click Scan Always and select
OK. You can see that immediately it begins to
pick up the photos that are located inside of that new folder. You can see now that I have got this new folder
called Travels that has automatically been added. And there is two ways to look at the File
and Folder Manager. The first way is to select Add Folder to Picasa. The second is to go directly under Tools and
select the Folder Manager. Once you have a good grasp on the Folder Manager
itself, you’ll have a very great understanding on the organizational
paradigm on which photos you can add or remove to Picasa.

Dereck Turner

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