Burning Pictures to Disc

A friend of mine, had her house severely damaged in a flood.  The house has now been cleaned and gutted and they will spend many months putting it back together.  To help the construction workers in putting shelves etc. back in her desired places, she decided to go thru all her pictures from the last few years and collect appropriate photos of each room.  She then wanted to put all those pictures onto CD to take to a printer to create a large format print to be tacked to the wall in each room. (pretty ingenious don’t ya think?!)

Pictures in an Album

All the pictures were organized into a Picasa album, but how does she burn them to CD?  She couldn’t find any command to ‘Burn to CD’ or ‘Copy to Disk.’  When she tried to Export and specified the DVD drive, she got an error message, “The Destination Directory could not be Created.”

She was afraid that she had to use Windows and find all the pictures all over again, copying them to CD as she went.  She could have exported the album to another folder, then used Windows to burn that folder to CD.  But Picasa can do the entire job, if you know where to look.

Two Choices

Picasa actually makes it very easy to copy pictures to disk, but you won’t find it listed in quite the way you might expect, so a lot of people miss it.  There are two ways to copy files to disk and both are available on the main menu.

  1. Backup (Tools menu, Backup Pictures)
    Just click on the desired album and then Tools, Backup Pictures.  Click ‘New Set’ and give it a name.  This will copy the original pictures *and* all Picasa edits
  2. Gift CD (Create menu, Create a Gift CD)
    Same start – select the desired album, then choose Create, Create a Gif CD, and Picasa will burn your edited pictures to the CD or DVD in your drive.image

Picasa will complete the entire job for you, burning the CD or DVD.  The only difference is that, with Backup, you’ll have your original pictures plus any edits.  To see the photos as edited, you would need to restore and work with the photos using Picasa.   Using the Gift CD method, the .jpg files on the disk will be the edited versions – just as if you Exported them.

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Chris is a teacher. Although she comes as close to an expert as possible in many areas of computer usage, she can still remember what it's like not to know these things! That means she can communicate with students in a way that teaches and doesn't demean. She really enjoys teaching one-on-one and for groups of people, but she reaches a worldwide audience with her tutorial videos on the GeeksOnTour.com website. She currently travels the country in an RV with her husband, Jim. As Geeks on Tour, they present computer seminars at RV rallies, computer clubs, and Senior Centers all over the US.

6 thoughts on “Burning Pictures to Disc”

  1. I tried several CD’s and the order of my photos was different. These are family history photos and I need them in order as the children grow. How can I do this?

    Please note I’m a grandmother and not a geek so, if you can keep it is everyday language it would be appreciated.

    Thank you. I love your newsletter.


  2. Question, I can only get to the New Set Part, when I go to the Create Menu it will not let me chose any option, so what do I do now? Thanks!!!



    1. Ok, I just realized it’s not a step thing, they are two different options, duh, haha. So now I realize my problem must be the disks I’m using? I have a ton of pictures that I need to backup on disks. I found some imation DVD+R 8x disks. They say 2 hours video / 4.7GB data, will these work? When i put the disc in and select the photos I want to copy, when I hit Burn a thing comes up saying “Unable to find an available CD drive” Should I go buy different disks? Maybe restart my computer?


  3. i did the steps to backup or have a gift CD, but it keeps popping the disc out and telling me “Unable to write to the disc correctly” it’s really frustrating for a illiterate computer user!
    thanks for your input!


  4. I want to copy all my jpg pictures to a disk. not by albums just pictures. I have discovered I have pictures in multiple places that I need to delete but I don’t want to lose any while weeding out pictures


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