Secrets of How to Use Picasa For Windows to Work With Photos Easily – Video Lessons in Plain English

14 quick & easy videos

2 hours total

Picasa tutorials showing in simple steps how to quickly fix common problems with photos, easily share them online, and a lot more using the free Picasa for Windows

Picasa Basics Module 1:




How to download & install Google’s free Picasa Photo Software



This lesson shows you how to download and install Picasa, the photo editing and sharing program made by Google

Overview & intro to Picasa



This lesson gives an overview and introduction to Google’s Picasa

Running Picasa for the first time



I show you what will happen the first time you run Picasa

Importing photos from your digital camera into Picasa



In this lesson I walk you through how to import photos from your camera or smartphone into Picasa. Importing is the process of copying photos from the camera to the computer.

Please note: Most digital cameras will work just fine with Picasa and Windows, but a small minority may not. If you’ve never used your camera with your PC before, you may need to install software from a CD to get it to work. This should be covered in your camera’s manual.

It is OK to try plugging your camera in to see what happens without installing the camera’s software first. If it works OK, then you probably don’t need to bother installing anything that came with the camera — this is usually the case

Using Picasa’s “Basic Fixes”



In this lesson I give you an overview of the “basic fixes” that you can make to pictures.

These are some of the different things you can do to to change or improve your photos, including straightening crooked pictures, making them brighter or darker, etc.

How to fix “red eye” with Picasa



I show you how to get rid of the red eye effect that happens when you take pictures sometimes — where a person’s eyes seem to glow red.

This tool lets you get rid of the red glowing eyes with a couple of clicks, without affecting the rest of the picture.

It also can be used for another interesting effect that the designers didn’t plan on, but which can be kind of fun and interesting to play with

How to use a scanner to scan photos with Picasa



This lesson shows you how to use Picasa to scan your photos.

This should work with all or most scanners on the market, and the basic steps are similar to the program that came with your scanner.

I also make comments throughout that compare the similarities & differences between scanning with Picasa and with other programs, so the lesson should help with other scanning software too

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Picasa Basics Module 2:




Using Picasa photo effects



Learn how to make changes to your photos by adding photo effects including sharpen, soft focus, tint, and more.

These allow you to make some creative changes to your photos for fun or for artistic effect

Emailing photos from Picasa



This lesson shows you how to use Picasa to easily resize your photos so they’re a good size for sending via email, and automatically open your email program, create a new message, and attach the photos to the message.

Saves a few steps and saves time over manually resizing photos and manually attaching them (things many people don’t know how to do in the first place)

Printing photos from Picasa



This lesson shows you how to print your photos with various options, including multiple photos per page

Getting a free Google account



Before using the Picasa Web Albums service, you need to sign up for a Google account (Google created the Picasa software and they offer the Web service too).

It’s free, and can be used for a variety of services and programs they offer; not just Picasa Web Albums

Activating the Picasa Web Albums



After you’ve created your Google account, you can then go and activate the Picasa Web Albums.

Once you’ve done this step, you can start sharing your photos online for free

Uploading photos to the Web using the free Picasa



Now that you have a Google account and have activated the Picasa Web Albums, you can start uploading photos using Picasa

Vewing your photos online & sharing them with friends & family



Once you’ve uploaded your photos, you can view them online and can send the address to people by email to share them. You can see what the photo albums look like by viewing my example albums that I put online while recording the lessons.

The address for my albums is: which gives you the basic address for your own albums once you’ve made them.

So for example if your name is Harry Sullivan, your address would be something like

(i.e. the first part of the address is the same for everyone, but the last part of the address is your name, or your Picasa Web Albums account name that you chose in the “Activating the Picasa Web Albums” – note, the example address directly above is just an example and probably will not work, unlike the link further up)


14 quick & easy videos

2 hours total

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