Picasa Tip: Sorting Pictures in Reverse Chronological Order

Picasa gives you three options for sorting pictures in folders, Name, Date, and Size.  To see these options, right-click on the folder and choose ‘Sort Folder By.’  I usually choose Date and that shows my pictures with the earliest pictures first and as you scroll down you see later photos.

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How to Reverse the Normal Order

Hopefully, if you’ve read our Picasa book, or watched the Videos, you already knew how to do that!  What you may not know is that all three of those options can be reversed.  Name, instead of meaning A-Z, can be sorted Z-A, Date can change from chronological to reverse chronological, and Size that normally sorts ascending (from small to large) can be changed to sort descending (from large to small.) How?  By holding down the shift key when you click on any of the 3 options.

Reverse Chronological Order in Web Albums

In Picasa Web albums, you need to open the album in question and click on the Organize button on the menu directly above the pictures.  Then you’ll see a ‘Sort Photos by…’ drop-down list.  You have a choice of Date (oldest first) or Date (newest first.)

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Picasa Tip: Web Albums default settings

When you upload photos to a Picasa Web Album, there are a few options you want to set. I always make my albums ‘Public’ as opposed to Unlisted and I choose Medium size so I can store more photos in my web albums.

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At first, I was making these selections every time I uploaded, because the default settings were Large Size and Unlisted Album. Then, I found the place to change the default!

The term ‘default’, in case you’re not familiar, means the automatic setting. The default is what’s going to happen if you do nothing.

To set the default settings for Web Albums, click on the Tools menu and Options, then the Web Albums tab. You can change any setting you like. My personal preference is for pictures to be uploaded in the medium size, make the albums public, and add a copyright notice to every photo. Once I make the selections below, and click OK, my defaults have been changed. Now, when I’m ready to upload photos to a web album, I don’t have to pay attention to the options – I know they’re already set the way I want! I just click ‘Upload’ and then ‘OK.’

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If you have already uploaded a Web Album and then realize that no-one can see it because it is set to Unlisted, you can change that on the web by clicking on the Edit drop-down button at the top of the album. On that menu is an option for Album properties. Scroll down to the bottom of the properties box, and you’ll see the place to select ‘Public.’

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  3. First time using Picasa 3 (Members Only)
  4. Folders (Members Only)
  5. Orientation to the Library Screen (Free)
  6. Adding Text to Photos (Members Only)
  7. Tree Folder View (Members Only)
  8. Move Folders to External Hard Drive (Members Only)
  9. Make a movie from photos (Members Only)
  10. Viewing and Sharing Video files (Members Only)
  11. Individual Photo View (Free)
  12. Search for pictures (Members Only)
  13. Selecting Pictures (Members Only)
  14. Starrred Photos (Members Only)
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Picasa Tip: Add a Watermark to your photos

 

Just because you want to share your photos on the web, it doesn’t necessarily follow that you want people to take them without giving you any credit.  Yet, that’s exactly what can happen, oh so easily.  Any picture you see on the web can be ‘grabbed.’  Then it can be used by others who may even claim that the picture belongs to them.

Although there are some techniques for preventing copying of your photos, the best you can usually do is to add a ‘watermark’ to the photo itself.  The watermark is text which lays on top of your photo and at least identifies it’s source.  Picasa 3 now offers the ability to add a watermark to every photo uploaded to your web albums.

Don’t know about uploading pictures to Picasa Web Albums?  Here’s a member Tutorial Video Intro to Picasa Web Albums.

Here’s what you do:
Tools / Options / Web Albums (or Google+ Photos)
Check the box for ‘Add a Watermark for all Photo Uploads’ and Type what you want to be typed on the photo

After completing this setting, every photo you upload to Picasa Web Albums will include the Watermark you specify.  This is a great feature, but it’s not perfect.  The watermark is small and printed in the lower right corner.  So, if someone wanted to steal your photo, it’s still an easy matter to crop off that bottom line.

If your goal is primarily to include a notice with your identification.  This is a wonderful new feature.  Just turn it on once, and you’re done.  The watermark feature is also available anytime you Export pictures – just check the ‘Add a Watermark’ box and write whatever you want.

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