How to export your best pictures with Picasa

Updated: October 21, 2018 | Contains affiliate links

How often do you post images to Facebook? How about sending them by e-mail to your friends? Or maybe you want to publish pictures on the web. Regardless of your purpose, the ability to select your best pictures and export them in different formats for different purposes is crucial to any digital asset management tool. Picasa provides this functionality as well but has kept things simple which makes the whole process very fast. Combined with an intuitive way of selecting your best pictures, the export facility in Picasa makes it very fast and easy to select and send your best pictures. Read on to learn how to export your pictures with Picasa.

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Select your best pictures

The first step is to select and group your best pictures. With Picasa, you can do this very fast by applying stars to your best pictures and then grouping them into Picasa albums (Read Select and group your best pictures in 2 easy steps with Picasa).

Ask the right questions

Before you start exporting your pictures you need to answer some simple questions. Where do you want to publish your pictures? On Facebook? By e-mail? On your website?

The answers to these question will determine two things: the first is the resolution you need and the second is if you need a watermark on your exported pictures or not.

Most of the times, when publishing pictures online (website, e-mail, etc.) you will not need a resolution larger than 1600 pixels wide. Picasa has figured this out and the export wizard allows you to export the pictures in full resolution or make them much smaller by providing smaller resolutions (480, 800, 1024 and 1600 pixels wide).

For example, when I publish my travel pictures on my travel blog, I always use 800 pixels as my resolution and then I add watermark on them as illustrated below. However, when I publish my family pictures on Fotki to share them with my friends and family, I use 1600 pixels as the resolution. I could do full resolution, but then, when I upload 200 pictures to Fotki at full resolution…well, it will take some time no matter how fast my internet connection is.

If you have answered these questions, then you are ready to export your pictures.

Export my best pictures to a folder

Now I want to export all these pictures to a folder that will contain pictures ready for publishing on the web. The album I have created, “web-London”, has grouped all my best pictures from my trip to London. In Picasa, all I have to do now is to export the entire group to a folder on my hard drive.

I click on the “web-London” album on the left tree in Picasa. Then I select all the pictures with CTRL+A (or the equivalent on the Mac). Now I’m ready to export them. So, I click on the top menu on File/Export Picture to Folder.

Then I choose the name and location of the destination folder (by default Picasa will use the name of the album) then I pick the resolution I want for my pictures and in this case I add a watermark with my website name.

Picasa will do it all for me: it will resize all pictures and will add the watermark and put them all in a folder. Now this is cool!

Exporting pictures in different formats from Picasa is easy. Just choose the destination folder and the resolution and let Picasa do the rest.
How to export pictures in Picasa.

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