Saving vs Exporting

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.

1 comment:

pia alicia pilar sojourner said...

Hi Thank you for informative blog. I'm so stoked I've been wondering about the pixel dimensions of fb banners for awhile, and just stumbled on your tutorial here. Way happy but that, anyway, I got here because I have a question about image quality in exporting. Maximum, says very large file size and I'm not sure what normal means. I was hoping for a happy medium. I choose to resize to somewhere between 800 and 1200 pixels as I'm offereing them for web use only. So I thought maybe I could choose a custom image quality and notice that the range is from 0-100. This reminds me of the field in photoshop when you save for web and devices. I remember my photoshop instructor suggesting anywhere from 60-80 for good web quality. Does that sound about right? Am i making things way to complicated? lol. Any ideas on this?