A Simple Picasa Tip

With the end of the year drawing near, I’ve been spending a lot of time reviewing and organizing my photos from the past 12 months. Every year, I put together a DVD slideshow of photographs to hand out to family and friends.

This year, I decided to use Picasa to help me identify the photos that I wanted to include in the DVD. However, once I found the photos I wanted within Picasa, I didn’t really know how to get them organized in a way that I could import them into Nero Vision.

First, I tried dragging them into a new Windows folder. I thought that worked, until I realized that the photos actually got moved from their original folders into the new folder. That was not at all what I wanted to do. I wanted to create copies; I didn’t want to move them.

After a bit of searching online, I found a helpful little tip. Once you select the photos you want in Picasa, you can go to the “File” menu and click “Export Picture to Folder“. From there, you can locate the folder to which you want to export the photo(s). I have no idea why this option isn’t available in the context menu when you select photos, but, to me, it would make a lot of sense to add that option there. Until then, I’ll keep on using the File menu to copy my photos.

Picasa Facial Recognition

A few weeks ago, I started playing around with Picasa to create a photo album. I let it import all of the photos on my computer (approximately 10,000 photos taken over a six or seven year period) and then started looking through all of them. While messing around, I decided to turn on the facial recognition feature and was absolutely amazed at how well Picasa was able to detect faces.

Out of all of the photographs on my computer, the overwhelming majority of which contain multiple faces, Picasa only identified a small handful of items that weren’t actually faces. Then, when I started assigning names to the faces that had been identified, I was flabbergasted at how accurately Picasa was able to identify the same person’s face in other photographs. Within minutes, I had nearly 5,000 faces identified and labeled within my Picasa installation.