Picasa and Google+

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You Can Share to your Google+ circles
If you've joined Google+, you can use Picasa 3.9 to share directly to the circles you've created in Google+.
They'll see your photos and videos in their Google+ stream.
People that don't use Google+ aren't left out. They'll get an email to view your album in Google+, and they don't have to join to do so.

Picasa name tags on Google+
If you've joined Google+, you may have noticed that name tags have become more social.
With the release of Picasa 3.9, you can now upload and share your name tags on Google+.
Note that if you choose not to join Google+, name tags won't change at all.

Picasa for Mac's?

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Some people may not know that you can get a mac version of Picasa!
Simply click here and download: Picasa for Mac

It's pretty much the same as the PC version, so get editing!

Saving vs Exporting

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As you know, when you make any changes to your images in Picasa those changes apply to your images only when you view them in Picasa.
If you want to use a changed/edited image outside of Picasa (on the web/blog/photoshop/etc) you will need to do one of two things:

  1. Save or
  2. Export

What's the difference?
Firstly, Save.
When you Save an edited image in Picasa it saves the image in it's present location on your hard drive. It then also creates a sub-folder in that location and places the original image in there for safety, in effect giving you a backup of your original image. You will then need to either export the image, or right click it and open it in another editing program like Photoshop.

Secondly, Export.
When you have edited an image in Picasa you can choose to Export it to another location. You can place it anywhere on your computer. You can also choose a new size and quality, as well as applying a watermark in the bottom right of the image if you want.
By Exporting you are creating a new, edited version of your image which should be the right size to use. If you need to further edit the image in Photoshop or Gimp then you can do that easily.

Which is best?
It's entirely up to you which one you do, depending on your needs.
I tend to use the export function rather than save personally as it's faster for my needs.

Tell me...

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What section of Picasa would you like me to focus on next?
Is there something you want to know?
Confused by all the new buttons and sections?

Just let me know by adding a comment below this post and I will create a personalised tutorial just for you :)

Create a Facebook Timeline Banner

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This post aims to help you create awesome Timeline Banners for your Facebook page.
There are several sections to it, just follow each one, click on the images to see them larger.
If you have any questions just let me know in the comments.

Firstly we need to create a specific crop ratio.
  1. Select an image (any image will do)
  2. Double click it to open the edit section
  3. Click "Crop"
  4. On the "Crop" tab, click the drop down menu and scroll to the very bottom until you see "Add Custom Aspect Ratio..."
  5. Click "Add Custom Aspect Ratio..." and when the pop up box appears enter these ratios: 851 width - 315 height, then call it "Facebook Timeline" and save
You now have the correct crop to use for your Timeline images

Secondly
  1. Choose the image you want to use for your Timeline
  2. Double click it to open the edit section
  3. Click "Crop", choose "Facebook Timeline" in the Custom Aspect Ratios section and draw a box on your image
  4. When you are happy with your crop click "Apply"


Thirdly
Export your image to the desktop with an image size of 851 pixels


That's it done!

All you need to do now is to upload it to Facebook and start using it...

If you have any questions just ask.