Tools For Beginners To Advanced Users
Saving Your Edited Photos
Many people find it confusing how saving photos works in Picasa, particularly when you edit a photo. The main thing to know is that Picasa never alters your original photo (unless you specifically tell it to).
There are different ways to save your edited photos, but here are the two easiest methods.
File - Save a Copy
This will place your new edited photo in the original folder, along with the original picture. Your original remains exactly the same without any edits. The new copy will have a 1 after it, such as vacation-1.jpg. Once you have edited your picture, go to File, then Save a Copy to choose this method.
File - Save As
This will place your edited picture in a completely new folder. You can add it to an existing folder or create a new one. Your original photo will stay in its original folder with no changes.
There are other options that you can explore with more controls. For example, with the Export option your pictures will be exported to a separate folder, just as in File - Save As. The difference is that you can change both the file sizes and the photo sizes.
If you want to change the image file type, such as from a JPEG image file to a TIFF image file, you will have to type in the extensions during your Save As. If you look at the offered file types, only JPEG appears. You may be interested in visiting my page on Image File Types.
You can explore all the Picasa photo editing options, as there are some I have not mentioned. For general photo editing information, please visit my other pages, Edit Photos or Photo Editing Programs.
Another nice feature you can take advantage of with Picasa photo editing is the ability to add watermarks to your photos. Watermarks are good to add for a couple of reasons: If someone downloads your photo and want to re-use it, your name and/or copyright info is embedded into the photo and it cannot be removed. If you want someone to know that your photo came from your website, this is a great way to add your website name right to the photo. You can learn more about watermarks on my page Watermark Software.
There are two way to add watermarks in Picasa 3. You can do this while exporting them to a new folder on your computer. Choose the photos to export and click the Export button at the bottom. Check "Add a Watermark". Then type the text you want to use.
You can also add a watermark to be added to your photos while uploading. If you choose this option, all uploaded photos will have the watermark on it. Go to Tools - Options. Then select the Picasa Web Albums tab. Check the Watermark box and enter the watermark text.
In either case, your original photos in the original files on your hard drive will never change. They will be preserved without the watermark. New JPG copies with the watermarks are created. The watermark cannot be removed from these copies.
What happens if you just want to upload and watermark some photos when performing Picasa photo editing….not all of them?
You have two options.
What else can I do with Picasa?
Picasa Web Album
How does the online storage and sharing work?
What other features and tools does Picasa 3 have?
How do Picasa 3 software and Picasa Web Album work together? This is an overview of both.