You have downloaded and installed Picasa 3 to your computer, and now you are ready to begin using it for the images destined for your website. By doing this, you can compress the size of your image files and add a watermark to the images you intend to upload to your site, protecting them (and you).
Looking at many of the existing online instructions on using Picasa 3, including those supplied by google, this can appear to be a daunting task, adding several complicated and unnecessary steps to the process of adding images to your site.
However, this is really a simple process.
1. Start by opening the Picasa 3 program on your computer.
2. Now that the program is open, navigate to the folder currently containing the images you wish to use on the left hand toolbar.
Now you may select the images you wish to upload to your site. By holding the “CTRL/Control” key on your keyboard and right clicking the images with your mouse.
You will notice the images you select appear on the bottom toolbar of the Picasa 3 program.
If you have several you wish to select, you may use the green “pin” button on the bottom of the screen to save those photos.
Using this green pin will allow you to navigate and select images from other folders to upload.
There are two other buttons by the Green pin.
The red circle will clear your selected images
The blue folder will add images to an album
You can create a new album from here
Once you’ve selected all the images you want, you may continue to export.
3. To export your images, navigate to the menu at the top of your screen and select “File” then “Export Picture to Folder.”
A pop-up menu will appear.
The defaults on this pop up screen will keep all the images in the original folder and not do any of the adjustments we need to make for the images before we can continue.
4. Change the options on the popup screen.
As you can see from the image above, there are a number of things you can do from here to prepare your images before uploading them to your WordPress blog. From this screen you can
- Name your new folder
- Select Image Size
- Select picture quality
- Designate a watermark (Can be your copyright notice)
Naming your folder will make it easier to find them when you are ready to upload to your website.
Resizing your images will make them all of uniform size. Images with smaller pixels and using a lower image quality will help you decrease the size of your files. This will allow you to use less memory on your WordPress site and will upload quicker on your customer’s computers.
Adding a watermark protects the photo as property of your website.
When you are done editing in this popup screen, press export to continue.
5. Your new folder will have the smaller, watermarked images:
Now that you’ve used Picasa 3 to edit your image and compress them, you are ready to add them to your WordPress blog. By using these smaller, compressed, and watermarked images, you can ensure that your website will load faster and that your images include a watermark designating them as property of your website.
The next step is to simply Add your images to your WordPress Blog!