Sunday, March 20, 2011

Merci Shares Photo Changes

Hey, this is Merci. We're still supposed to be on break but I decided we really need to post this subject before some of you Blogger users run out of photo storage room and have to resort to buying more Picasa space.

Picasa has been giving users 1 gb of storage space. When that ran out, you could buy more storage space from them. It isn't expensive but why buy it if you don't need to?

The good news is that this year Picasa has changed their storage rules. You still have 1 gb and need to buy more if you run out, but it's calculated differently. And a lot of bloggers are not yet aware of it. So we're going to share what little we know on this subject. And we're not kidding about knowing little. :)

If you don't know where to find your Picasa photos, it's easy.
A) Go to your dashboard,
B) Scroll down and click on Picasa Web Albums.
C) In Picasa, scroll down to bottom where it says, You are currently using ......

If you keep your photos under 800 x 800 pixels now, they don't count against your storage space. The same for videos under 15 minutes. If you are new and don't know how to resize photos or don't already have a photo editor, we suggest downloading Picasa onto your computer if you are running XP, Vista or Windows 7. It is a good photo organizer and it is very easy to resize blog photos from your computer with Picasa.-

A) Pick a photo. It will appear at the bottom left.
B) Click on the top GREEN button to the right. Hold cursor over it and it will say, Hold Selected Item. Repeat for any other photos you want to resize.
C) Click folder - Export.
D) Small window will open. Choose size. Check out your options. You can even add a watermark to the photo with your blog url or a copyright notice.
E) Click - Export - in the window. The folder will automatically open on your computer.

If you close the folder and want to find it again, go into My Documents/My Pictures and scroll down to Picasa. The Export folder will be found there. A simpler way would be to scroll down your photos right in Picasa and locate the folder "Picasa"; the folder "Exports" would be under it.

There is also a program called Irfinview
A) Open a photo.
B) Click drop down menu - Image
C) Click - Resize/Resample
A box will open telling you current size and giving you resizing options. Once you've done it once or twice, you can open, resize, and save quickly.

There are more resizing options in Irfinview than in Picasa, but for a blog photo, you don't really need a lot of options.

For corroboration of the new Picasa online storage rules, we offer a couple of links.

Google makes subtle changes.

"Photos less than 800 pixels x 800 pixels and video less than 15 minutes long that are uploaded to Picasa Web Album, Blogger, or Buzz don't count towards your storage quota." We had to search to find what they meant by 800 pixels and this quote can be found here.

And Google Operating System.

So resize those photos before posting them in Blogger/Picasa and enjoy unlimited free storage. We're really pleased because now we can make our photos larger since we were making them small so we didn't run out of room.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

18 comments:

  1. That's pretty cool, that they don't charge for pics 800x800 or less. The mom has all of hers on Picasa and does pay extra for storage, but she doesn't mind. There are tens of thousands of pics uploaded to 98 albums right now, so she'll leave things as is. LOL.

    -Fuzzy Tales

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  2. We just learned about the free storage fer photos a few days ago, but we dint know the videos were free unner 15 minutes. We GOTTA try some videos now!

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  3. Thank you, for the information. Glad to hear this. Hugs

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  4. I've not heard of this Picassa so will seriously have a gander! Thanks so much for the info lovely Merci - you're so adorable and very helpful! take care
    x

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  5. Thanks so Much !!!
    This is cool information
    xoxox

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  6. Thanks for the information.

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  7. Thanks, Merci. We didn't know that.

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  8. Merci, Merci!

    Woo are khwite the inFURmative khanine!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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  9. That's a good idea. We will do that!

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  10. Thanks for the info!
    It is great to know it!
    Happy Sunday to all of you!
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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  11. Thank You for praying for my mom.

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  12. This is wonderful information. I'm bookmarking this page for future use. Thank You.

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  13. Merci - this is such exciting news - I wish I read this before I made my post this morning - Oh well we will work on this in the future.
    Once again thanks for all the scoop.

    Purrs,
    Genghis

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  14. Merci, thanks for useful info!!!

    Momo & Pinot xoxo

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  15. Pawsome information - the mom gets all whiney wif noo fings and if she ran out of space fer our piccys oh boy. She also uses photobucket - its easier fer her to put them 'zactly where she wants them on our bog entry.

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  16. Thanks for letting us know this!

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  17. Thanks Merci!
    We always learn something new which is good for Mom!

    purrin
    xoxox

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  18. Dawling funny Fawmews
    Thank you so much fow that infowmation..it's vewy helpful and impawtant.
    You awe such clevew woofies and kittehs.
    smoochie kisses
    ASTA

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