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Never Editing the Original in Pacasa
January 5, 2016
11:46 am
John Dickerson

I have started useing* CS-6 and worried about destroying the original by editing. I bring all of my pictures onto my computer thru Picasa and then edit some chosen ones in CS-6. I have been making copies of the ones editing in CS-6 because I don’t want to destroy the original which makes for a lot of copies. 

I know Picasa always makes a copy of a photo because ”in Pacasa you never work on the original …always a copy”. Where do these originals reside that are never edited and can I make a copy of ”an original” if I need to? Thatway I don’t need to keep making copies of photos sent to CS-6.


*=I know it’s mis-spelt but it makes more sense that to spell it us-ing….don’t you think?

January 5, 2016
12:56 pm
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Well … you have the right idea, but that’s not exactly how it works. Picasa is not working on a copy. It is working on the original, but it does not save the edits to the original – it saves then to an overlay file. When you look at a picture in Picasa you are looking at the original PLUS the overlay file. IF you save the edits to file, Picasa does make a copy and puts the original in a hidden folder called .picasaoriginals

Here’s the video that explains: How Picasa Handles Edits

Let me know if that helps.

January 17, 2016
6:06 am
Mt. Pleasant (Chs), SC
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Sooooo, what does Google+ & Google Photos pick up and display in their bailiwick, originals or the copy with overlay?

Also, am I following the right protocol?  If an answer to a post leads to another question, do you ‘reply’ with a question to that answer, or start another post?


Bon Chance!!
Jim, 1RCS

January 18, 2016
11:54 am
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Google photos uses whatever it finds on your hard drive as the .jpg picture. In your scenario, that would be the original. So, if you want Google Photos to get the edited version, you need to do a SAVE in Picasa. AND, the upload to Google Photos must happen after the save.

As for the protocol for continuing questions, it’s a judgement call. When in doubt, start your own message thread, if only because it tends to get buried if you’re responding to someone else’s older question. You can always refer to the old topic by copying the URL.

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