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On Saturday Dec 7 at 2pm, we’re trying something new. We’ll be using Google Hangouts to offer a webinar on making holiday cards using Picasa and Send out Cards. The webinar is free and open to anyone, but you need to register for it so we have a way to communicate with you. If you are registered, you will get an email with a link of the web page where you can watch on Saturday.
Register at: http://www.geekssendcards.eventbrite.com
Assuming everything works ok, we will be recording the webinar and making it available to Members. We will post the link here, and also send an email to attendees after. If everything doesn’t work ok, we’ll probably have a ReDo! And we’ll let you know the new date and time.
We’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and have been keeping an eye on Google Hangouts as the tool that looks the best for what we want to do. It’s still pretty new, but it seems to be maturing, so we’re going to jump in. Teaching something about Picasa seemed the most logical first topic and, given the season we’re in, I thought making cards would be good. You can’t actually make the cards with Picasa, but you certainly can find and prepare the pictures you want on them. Then, you can use the File->Order Prints to upload your picture to Walmart, Snapfish, or several other vendors, and they’ll make the cards for you.
But, if you’re serious about Cards, you need to take a look at Send Out Cards. I’m always amazed when our friend, Laura Baker, shows me some of the things that Send Out Cards can do. So, we asked if Laura would like to join us in this experiment, and she said Yes!
Hope to ‘see’ you Saturday. I will continue this thread to give you links to where you can learn more.
Here is the outline of what we’re going to show about using Picasa to find and prepare photos for another program like Send Out Cards. We’ll also mention how you can use Picasa to directly send photos to printers like Walgreens, Walmart, Snapfish, etc. to print cards and gifts.
1. Find the perfect picture: I want to show you a little known feature using Picasa’s face recognition and people albums. Let’s say you want to find a picture where both you and your spouse are in the same photo. Assuming you’ve identified your faces in lots of pictures, here’s what you do:
- Click on the People Album of your own face
- Show the People panel by clicking on the people icon in the lower right corner
- You should now see your spouse’s face as one of the other people who appear with you in your pictures. Just click on his/her face and now, all the picture you see in the library should be ones where both you and your spouse appear
- More Info at Picasageeks.com: Finding Pictures with Two People
- More Info with Member Videos: Naming Faces, Face Recognition using the People Pane, People Albums: Viewing Faces or Entire Picture
2. Crop to proper size and Export: try to find out what size picture you will need for your card. I’m going to say that 5X7 ratio is pretty standard, so I’ll crop to that. I want one that’s portrait (vertical) and one that’s landscape (horizontal) so I’m prepared for whatever card I like the best.
- Double-click the picture and choose the Crop tool
- Set the Crop dimensions to 5X7 and drag a rectangle over the area you want. Click Apply
- Export this one to a Folder just for Send Out Cards – pay attention to the sizing
- If you want the same picture cropped another way, just Undo the first crop, do it the other way, and re-Export
- More Info on http://www.Picasageeks.com: Crop, Crop, Crop that picture!, Save Edits and Resize with Export
- More Info with Member Videos:Basic Edits, Crop Size Options, Exporting Pictures for Use in Another Program
3. Using Picasa’s File->Order Prints to send pictures directly to services for printing cards and gifts. Walgreens, Walmart, Snapfish, PhotoStamps, Snaptotes, and many others are directly linked to Picasa so you can upload pictures to your account there.
- Select the picture(s) you want to use for your cards and gifts. Notice them in the selection tray.
- File->Order Prints and you should see a list of choices. You may want to visit their websites beforehand to see what they have to offer. The standard ones like Walmart, or Walgreens will offer prints, mouse pads, coffee mugs, tshirts as well as greeting cards.
- You will need an account with the provider you choose, just create a user name and password. It’s all free until you actually order product. After you log in, your selected pictures will be uploaded.
- Once you’re on their website, select the products you want, select the pictures you want to use from all the ones you’ve uploaded, pay for them, and select whether you’ll pick them up in-store, or have them mailed to you.
- More Info on Picasageeks.com:Holiday Gifts with Photos
That’s a Wrap!
Here’s the link for Laura’s Send Out Cards site.
Please give us any feedback you may have (good or bad) by replying to this topic. We plan to do many more of these. Next up: “It’s Time for a Facebook Tuneup!” No date is set yet, but expect it before the end of December.
August 5, 2010
Chris and Jim
Had a great time watching the webinar you all did a great job as always.
Couple of item which might help next time.
What was the reason behind using Event registration? It just looked like an extra step.
1) The lost of the presenter screen a few times needs some attention the notes on locking the presenter did not seem to work.
2 I had the PC (video removed error) after you mentioned refreshing the screen the U-Tube worked well.
3) I went to Google + with my Galaxy 3 smarter than me cell phone. when I click on the G+ app the Samsung asks to select Chrome, G+ , or internet video only worked when I selected G + to set default program might be android related.
We will be reviewing Laurasendscards.com looks like a great way to spread the word about the Good Sam State Samboree.
Would like to have a 5th Mass Good Sam Samboree remote with Geeks on Tour, May 22, 2014 if your interested please note the date.
We talked about a couple of remote training classes during the off season maybe Hangouts on air is the key to improving the remote.
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September 20, 2010
Chris and Jim,
Thanks for putting on you webinar presentation! I couldn’t participate so I was so glad to see I could watch the video. I learned a bit and really enjoyed learning about http://www.laurasendscards.com. What a clever idea. I make greeting cards at home using Adobe Elements, but there are times when I could use this service to send cards.
Geeks have a way of introducing us to new and interesting items. I’m looking forward to more of these learning videos.
I’m not a Google+ user but I will investigate!
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