Monday, March 21, 2016

Using Photos with Picasa in Blogger (Now that Google no longer supports Picasa)

Google no longer supports Picasa, which I know many of us PC blogger users use to crop, enhance, and post photos.

You can find your old photos on Google photos, supposedly. (However, few of mine are there.)

If you have Picasa already, you can still use the Picasa program to edit and crop your photos, though the program itself will no longer update or have new features. This is how to use the program to upload your photos without going directly through Picasa, but instead saving the photos on your computer and then uploading. There may be other ways to do this, but this is how I do it.

One Way to Use Photos with Blogger in Picasa (now that Google no longer supports Picasa)

1. Open Picasa

2. Find your photo

3. Make whatever artistic/functional changes you need to the photo (straighten, crop, retouch, text, etc.)

4. Go to File (top left)

5. Go to "Export Picture to Folder"

6. Click on "Export Picture to Folder"

7. Choose your "export location" by browsing (I put my in a folder called Blog Pictures, but you can use whatever name you like)

8. Chose the name of the exported folder (by default, it is the date of the photo)

9. Check the image size. You can "use original size" but your pictures will take longer to load. I use "resize to" and in the box I put 640 by sliding the little blue slider to the right in the box. This size allows for decent-sized photos without losing quality, generally.

10. Imagine quality: I leave that on automatic

11. Add a watermark if you so desire.

12. Hit "Export"

13. A window will come up showing you the location of the file folder in your chosen location in #7.

14. Close Picasa.

15. Open your blog.

16. Go to " New Post"

17. In your menu list across the top of the post area, find the little icon for photo (it is right beside the word "link")

18. Click on the photo icon.

19. A box comes up that says "Add Images"

20. Go to "Choose files"

21. Another box comes up. Go to Pictures/[whatever folder you are using] and find your exported photo.

22. Highlight the photo with your mouse (you can do more than one at a time if you wish).

23. The photos will load in the "Add Images" screen.

24. Highlight the images you want by clicking on them. They will have a blue line around them.

25. Hit "add selected"

26. Your photos will be in your blog post.

27. Click on the photo to add a caption or to make them small, large, or original size.

29. Your photos can now be used on your blog.

I hope you find this helpful. If anything is confusing, let me know and I will try to clear it up.

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