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Which file will Upload to Google Photos
August 27, 2019
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I plan to begin uploading my photos to google photos. Before I begin I would like to know just which version or versions of the individual photo will upload. My wife and I, have and still use Picasa, and she has edited many of her pictures using Picasa. I think she finally understands that when the picture is viewed in Picasa it will be the edited version. However, when exported to or viewed in another program it may or may not show the edited version depending on the method used to save in Picasa.

In “Beginners Guide to using Picasa 3” you listed at least six methods of saving a file. If I understand correctly, each save method will determine which version or versions of the file will display when viewed in a program other than Picasa. In some cases the new display software including “Google Photos” should show the original file and in other cases the edited version. I also believe some Picasa save methods will result in displaying both the original and edited picture, each having a slightly different file name. What I need clarification on is which save method results in the original file being uploaded, which save method will result in the edited version being uploaded and which save method, if any, will result in both the original and edited versions being uploaded.

My second problem is I have no idea and my wife does not remember which method or methods she used to save her edited versions. I suspect she used at least save, save as and save a copy depending on what was easiest at the time.

I am aware that most “knowledgeable” people recommend that you always keep the original file. However, I have been gently told that she spent a lot of time editing and I had better not lose all her work. Therefore, if possible, I would like to be able to upload both the original and edited versions. However, if I have to choose will go with just the edited version. This means I might have to go back and save the files using the appropriate save method to assure the edited version will upload to Google Photos. Hopefully, there is a way to do this in some form of batch mode and not by individual photo. My file structure is year and month.

Hope I have clearly explained my problems and really hope you will be able to provide suggestions on how best to proceed. You have been very helpful in the past and I have confidence you will provide some great suggestion.

Also, since Picasa is no longer supported can I safely assume this process will also apply to other editing programs such as Photoshop, Affinity, etc. where picture files are edited and uploaded to Google Photos or Amazon Photos.

August 28, 2019
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Good for you for being aware of how Picasa does not save edits. 

I think you’ll find the process relatively painless. When you open Picasa you’ll see each folder with icons above the folder contents. If there are edits that need to be saved, you just click one button and it saves every photo in that folder that has an edit. If there are no edits that need saving, the icon will be grayed out. 

Here are a couple of screenshots to show you what I mean:

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Once you’ve done that for all your folders, then you can upload all the photos, either manually or by using Backup and Sync.

Let me know if this works for you.

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August 28, 2019
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Thanks for your usual quick response.

The process you describe sounds easy enough however, I am still not sure which version of the picture will upload, original, edited or both. Will assume it will just be the edited version unless I hear back otherwise.

As I stated originally, if I have to make a choice, I will. go with the edited. Everything was fine until my wife informed me today she occasionally would like to be able to undo edits such as crop. I had to inform her she needed to choose one or the other before I start the upload process, as I did not believe she could have her cake and eat it too.

Decisions, decisions. Life is never easy

Thanks again.

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August 31, 2019
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You are right on both accounts:

  1. It will be the edited version that gets uploaded.
    Before any editing is done, there is only one file (all edits are stored in a separate overlay file). When edits are saved, they save THE file and create a hidden file with the original. 
  2. She should choose one or the other. Choosing to have the original means – don’t save edits, it will get the original. Choosing the edited version means you do need to do the save edits. That said, the originals are still there, in a hidden folder so you could upload them in addition to the edited versions if you really wanted.
September 5, 2019
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Appreciate all you help and suggestions. Just need to bite the bullet and start uploading. After considerable thought have decided to just upload as it is now. Am certain my wife will just continue to use Picasa as long as possible and she can deal with any edit issues there. She has already mentioned all the new photos she is now seeing on her phone and asked why she now has two copies of certain pictures taking up space. Given up trying to explain the concept.

As part of my learning and preparation process I reread parts of your Google Photos 2nd edition, which was also most helpful in making my decision. Noted several items, but think it would be more appropriate to pass on via email.

Time to move on to my next project digitizing  all of our old none digital photos. This will probably mean a new forum post regarding dating  for google photos. 

Thanks again and hope Dorian did not cause you any major issues.

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