*sigh* struggling with Picasa

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by winds-of-change, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    29,446
    319
    83
    I got a new camera and I am dying to post some great pictures. I have been using photobucket but I'm not happy with it. I am trying Picasa. I have a whole series of related pictures in different folders. I put them all in one folder but when I delete the multiple single folders, the pictures disappear from the folder I want to keep.

    Also, I can't figure out how to take the pictures from Picasa and post them here on FTF. I can't find any way to link them.

    Do any of you feel brave enough to help me with this online? :mad:
     
  2. JSStryker

    JSStryker New Member

    328
    0
    0
    Slightly off topic which camera did you go with Winds?
     

  3. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    29,446
    319
    83
    The Canon Powershot A2300.
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2013
  4. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    20,110
    15
    38
    i use image shack. seems to work pretty good
     
  5. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    29,446
    319
    83
    I'll look at it. I also have a Photobucket account. This is all so difficult for me but I'm learning.
     
  6. shadamai

    shadamai New Member

    652
    0
    0
    If I can figure out my Picasa username, I will look and let you know, lol.
     
  7. Popeye77

    Popeye77 New Member

    129
    0
    0
    What I do is open Picassa, open Picassa on the web, upload from the camera onto the Picassa web. Go to the album find the pic. Double click to open. Right click on the photo and it will give you options. I click save location. Go back and hit paste where you fill in the pic location and it usually works fine. I have a Canon S6000

    Hope this works for you
     
  8. Popeye77

    Popeye77 New Member

    129
    0
    0
    Forgot something. When you upload specify the Album you want the pic to go to or type in a new album. If you don't you will a bunch of albums for each pic.
     
  9. shadamai

    shadamai New Member

    652
    0
    0
    Okay, as for viewing your online albums and trying to consolidate several into one album, try this:
    Open one album that has photos you want to use. Select 'organize'. Then highlight the photos you want. Click 'copy.' A little box will pop up. If you have already created the album to put all the photos in, select 'choose existing album.' Pick the one you want and hit 'select album.' This will copy the photos into the album you want. Then repeat for the rest of the photos. If you have not already created the new album you want to put all the photos in together, type in a title and Picasa will create a new album for you. Then for the rest of the photos in the other albums, you will do the same thing, except you will select 'choose existing album' from then on and put the rest of the photos into the one you just set up.

    I have been trying to use the embed photo feature by testing it on this thread. Haven't gotten it to work yet. Might just be easier to post it as usual on here straight from your computer.

    [​IMG]

    Okay, I have figured it out. (Obviously, as per the photo above.) Open your online photo album and click on the photo you want to use. On the right hand side of the page, select 'Link to this Photo'. Check the box that says 'Image only (no link)'. Select the size you want the image to appear on FTF. Highlight all of the text under 'embed image' and copy it. Go to the FTF site. Write what you want to write in your response, select the insert image icon (mountains and yellow sky). It will prompt you to put in a website. Paste the text from Picasa that you copied. When you post your response, the photo should appear.
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2013
  10. Yunus

    Yunus New Member

    5,250
    0
    0
    I will talk about 2 separate but somewhat integrated programs, Picasa which is a free downloadable local application (run on your computer) from google, the other app is "Picasa web albums" which is Google's online storage and picture sharing site. You can use Picasa to manage all your pictures on your computer and Picasa web album to share them with anyone or with only those you choose.

    If you use Picasa to manage your pictures on your computer you should never delete pics outside of Picasa it just keeps things simpler to always use Picasa, also I find that it's easiest to put all my pictures into a single folder on my computer and use Picasa to manage all my photos using tags and albums. I won't go to in depth about Picasa because it can do a lot and exploring and playing is the best way to learn some of it's functionality.

    Within Picasa you can upload the pictures you choose to Picasa web albums. http://support.google.com/picasa/answer/39500?hl=en
    I would recommend you set the image size to 800 or 1200 but NOT original size because today's cameras may have a size like 4000 and you will eat a lot of space but if you want the largest quality picture stored online then choose the original setting, you can print an 8X10 from a 1200 size pic without a problem.
    Also don't forget to set your "Album visibility" option, you can make this private so that you need to give that specific person access (they need a gmail or google+ account) or you can set it to "Limited, Anyone with a link" this is the setting I use most often. It means that you can post a link on FTF and anyone can click it and see the pic but it's a randomized link so they will only see the pic(s) that you link to. The third option will give a static generic link that is easy to decode and also makes your photos searchable through picasa online for others.

    [​IMG]

    This is a screenshot from inside picasa web albums of one of my albums. On the right hand side about half way down you see a blue link that says "Link to this album". If I click that link I will be able to copy and paste a URL that I can post on this page and anyone can see the entire album. Here is that link https://picasaweb.google.com/114698111119590854532/Temp?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCO24yMjZq9WEFw&feat=directlink If I wanted to only link a single picture, I can click on a picture within my album and then on the right hand side of the screen there would be a link to display the unique link for that individual picture.


    Picasa is very good but can be a bit confusing to use. If you let me know specifically how you want to use it and what you want to do I can probably offer some more help just let me know.
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2013
  11. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

    7,180
    4
    38
    What's your cats name?
     
  12. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    29,446
    319
    83
    Thank you so much, everyone, for taking on the difficult task of helping me with Picasa. It's so hard to do in just print and I appreciate your patience and knowledge. I'm getting the hang of it. After I successfully do it a few times, I'll get better at it. I have been able to post a few decent photos here on FTF.

    Thank you all!!
     
  13. shadamai

    shadamai New Member

    652
    0
    0
    It is actually a friend's cat named Mage. My friend asked me to take a few photos of him one day. I put them all up on Picasa so he could download whatever he wanted. Unfortunately, Mage passed away several months ago :(
     
  14. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    29,446
    319
    83
    I didn't realize Picasa was just a storage place for the photos. I was trying to post photos from Picasa. I am a slow learner but I eventually do learn.
     
  15. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

    7,180
    4
    38
    That's sad. Looks close to my cat Alvin.
     

    Attached Files:

  16. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    29,446
    319
    83
    Okay. I was doing so well. Now when I try to post a photo I get the message "remote file is too large". I didn't change any settings. What's going on? I wish I could post pictures without getting all PI**ed off. :mad:
     
  17. notdku

    notdku Administrator Staff Member

    6,288
    8
    38
    You can always upload directly to the site if you have them saved to your computer.
     
  18. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    29,446
    319
    83
    Yes, I know. But I don't think you fully realize my ineptitude here. :( I know they're on my computer somewhere......but where exactly, I don't know. [​IMG]

    I'll keep looking, trying and learning. I don't catch on quick but I eventually catch on. If I don't get frustrated and keep at it, I'll get good at it.

    The really stupid part of it all, I posted some beautifully but I can't do it again. *shrugs*
     
  19. shadamai

    shadamai New Member

    652
    0
    0
    Yeah, they even have similar white spots on the chest. When I was five or six we had a cat with those same markings. I will always have a soft spot for cats like that.

    If it is too large on Picasa and you are copying the text, you can change to a smaller size. There will be a box under 'embed image' where you can 'select size'.

    If you are trying to download it from your computer, there is a reasonable chance the photos might be in a standard 'my pictures' photo. If that is the case, use the little paperclip at the top of where you are typing the post to add an attachment. Click 'browse.' On my computer, it is set up to next click 'libraries', then 'pictures.' Or you might try, 'computer', 'OS (C:)', 'Users', '[the name you log in under; might be your first name]', 'my pictures'. If it is an older computer and you don't see a 'my pictures' folder there, maybe 'my documents', then 'my pictures.' Hope this helps.
     
  20. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    29,446
    319
    83
    Yes, It does help. Thank you. When I find the pictures on the computer they are all in "IMG" sort of code and I can't tell which picture is which. There are many of them. How do I know which one is the picture I want to post?