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face recognition transfer from picasa to google photos?
October 19, 2016
5:42 pm
Lisa Katzman

Hello, I have spent countless hours using the face recognition on Picasa. I know that Picasa can still be used but there are no updates. What should I do with my 200,000 face recognized photos to keep the face recognition and then be able to add more photos. Can I transfer it to Google Photos or is there something else that I can do? Another software perhaps or do you think someone will come up with a patch to transfer that information? I am really at a loss. I use my face recognition everyday. Thank you, Lisa

October 26, 2016
9:02 am
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200,000!! Wow. I can see where you’d want to preserve that work!

Unfortunately, the face-tagging that is done in Picasa, doesn’t migrate when you upload the photos to Google Photos. Google Photos does not support any tagging. Please add your voice to our requests for Google to change this. Using the Google Photos menu, click on Send Feedback. This is the way to voice requests, problems, etc. to the Google team. You won’t receive a response – but if there are enough requests, I know that they do consider them.

Ok, so what can you do?

Google Photos automatically recognizes faces and groups them together. Have you checked the face groupings on Google Photos to see if it has done a good job? If you see a People album in Google Photos that is pretty good, you can click where it says, “Who’s This?” and type a name. This name will be for your eyes only, but it makes those photos searchable by that name.

Using Picasa – you could select a people album and upload all those pictures to an Album on Google photos. Realize this may produce duplicates if those pictures are already uploaded. If you do this, I recommend naming the albums in such a way that you know where they came from, like Mary Smith – Picasa People, or something like that.

Here is a video about albums – starting from Picasa and going to Google Photos. 

Hope that helps.

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