Printing Your Digital Photos Using Picasa (or other ways)

Step1: Figure out your game plan

I have picasa – free photo editor by google.  LOVE.  Maybe I’ll eventually do a post about why I love Picasa.  But for now, check it out here or download it here.

I’ll include another option at the end of this, for if you do not want to use Picasa.

Step2: Selecting your photos

Option1: You could go through and “star” the pictures you want to print.

Then you can go to the album called “Starred photos”

And there are all the pictures you want to print!  And you have your favorites saved for other times!

Option2: This is the option I have used, just because I use starred photos for all my favorites – but I don’t always want to print those.  I create an album (as you can see above) called “Em’s Scrapbook 1” (number them!  It will help!)  Because I also print pictures for my parents’ scrapbooks, I select pictures for both albums at the same time.

You right click on the picture you want to select, and hover over “Add to Album” and then again on your chosen album.  You can select multiple photos by holding the control key (command on mac) as you click on the photos.  Easy peasy.  Just make sure you don’t try to do too many at once – sometimes it deselects when you click in just the wrong spot. I learned that the hard way.

Option 3 (without Picasa):

You can also COPY (do not cut, you do not want to move) the photos you want to print into a new folder.  Just highlight the photos you want (and again, you can select multiple photos by holding the control key (command on mac) as you click on the photos.), and then copy them using control+C (command+c on a mac) and paste them into a new folder.  I typically title it something like “For Family Scrapbook – delete later.”

Step3: Organizing your selected photos

Make sure you right click at the top of whichever album you choose, and either sort by name or by date taken.  I have my photos named by their date (2011-09-12).  That way when  they are sorted by name, they go into chronological order.  Even if they were taken with a camera that has the wrong date.)    So, I sort them by name.  But you can also sort them by date.

Step4: Deciding when to print your photos

After I’ve selected all my pictures, I DO NOT print them right away!  You can, but here is what I do.

I ONLY order when there’s a deal.  (I used to order otherwise – Sam’s is pretty inexpensive if you or someone you know has an account) But Snapfish tends to have good sales.

I watch for sales & deals (using – I think you can have them send e-mails to you) and just order however many I need to get them super cheap!  So recently, I got some for 9 cents each (calculated with shipping) – but I could only order 20.  So I just ordered 20.  Then, there 200 for  7cents each!!! So I ordered some of those for my scrapbook, and helped my mom order 200 for her scrapbook as well.  And now, all my pictures are printed!

After I ordered 20, I still had some that hadn’t gotten printed.  So I just highlighted the ones that I had not printed, and moved them to a new album (Em’s Scrapbook 2).  Then I didn’t double print photos I already had.

Step5: Printing your photos from Picasa

See the little button on the bottom that says “Shop”?  So easy!  Just select the album or photos, and make sure they are in the tray on the bottom left of the screen.

Then, click “Shop”  [UPDATE: If you DON’T see this button (it disappeared when I updated), go to Tools –> Configure Buttons –> Shop; then select the arrow to move it over and it will add to your buttons at the bottom.

And something like this pops up

You can choose from even more than I show here!  Lots of different ways.

If your chosen photo provider is not on the list, here is how you create a folder from an album or selected photos in Picasa:

You select your photos so that they show up in your tray and click:

And just follow the directions!  Then, you can follow the directions on your chosen photo provider’s site to get them uploaded and printed.

There ya go!  That’s my method for printing photos.  Hope it helps!


Detective Scrapbooking

Sometimes, I think I’m a little too much of a perfectionist.

Today, I was scrapbooking a conference I went to my senior year of high school. I had a picture of the group I spent the whole week with. Too bad I only remembered one name.

I like to label pictures with names because I know I will most likely forget them. But I was too late! They were gone.

Time to do some detective work. I knew I had typed up some names and addresses but that was on a hard drive somewhere. So I decided to look through my digital photos and see if I had labeled other pics. I had, but I were still missing a one name. (I had somehow labeled 2 people with the same name. And it was not a common name. It was wrong) Guess it’s time to get out the hard drive. I searched for the one name I remembered – and found the file! It didn’t have all the last names, but enough that I could at least label first names! [PS this is why I love that I have all my “not-saved-on-my-computer” files on one external hard drive!  I only have 2 places to look.]

I spent way too much time on this… But the lesson is, sometimes, it takes a little digging (or asking around) to see if anyone knows what a picture is all about! Because I have the memory of a goldfish, I have to do so quite frequently. I’m glad I learned early on to label, label, label (for the most part).

Check out this cool site I found about labeling digital photos: It explains how to do it in a number of different programs.

I once had a cool site about using metadata and how this photographer used it to digitally journal about her photos. I thought I bookmarked it and searched to no avail. WAIT. I did a google search and actually found it!

Step 1: Organizing my mess of printed photos

I like to organize.  I have to work at keeping up with it, but I typically love the initial organization.  However, organizing photos is a huge task.  I had at least 3 boxes of photos that were unorganized, some labeled, some dated, etc.  It was a daunting task, and as a result, I chose to do some scrapbooking, and then get back to organizing.  This was a huge mistake.  I am a little bit of a perfectionist when it comes to chronological order.  So when I finally did start organizing the printed photos and I would find one that I missed but really wanted in my scrapbook… I ended up redoing a lot of pages.

So I decided to bite the bullet and get the organizing done.  It took a while, but it paid off in the end.  When I was about 16, I organized my family’s mess of photos.  I took over an entire room – photos were on every surface.  I have a pretty terrible memory, so it helped me to be able to scan the room and find what I was looking for quickly.

  1. ***Even if you don’t have time to start organizing old photos, make sure you at least do something with your current photos.  Whether that means just making sure your date is correct on your digital camera, or writing the date and event on the outside of a printed photo packet.***
  2. Find something to store your photos in, and some way to divide them.  For me that meant photo boxes with tabbed dividers.  (you can often get these 50% off at a craft store.)  If I did this again, I would buy matching or coordinating boxes that would fit all my photos and then some.  My current storage color theme is black and white.  It’s usually pretty easy to find new boxes in those colors.   My unmatching photo boxes
  3. Have some way to separate years.  If you run out of the dividers that come with photo boxes, you can make copies on cardstock and then cut them out or just use scratch paper.  Label those dividers by year or month/year.Photos Organized by Year
  4. Find old calendars, portrait photos that are labeled with age or date, etc.  I put all of those into a word document with helpful information.  I used whatever calendars I could find – my dad’s day planner, my mom’s Palm Pilot, school calendars, any family calendars I could find, and my own calendars.  It took a lot of searching but this was a HUGE help for me.  What’s handy about this is that when you are trying to organize photos and you think “oh, this picture was taken in Virginia. I remember I saw on my calendar a trip to virginia” – you can go to the calendar (printed or on the computer), and search.  For a word document, you can do control-F and then type in “Virginia.”  Here  is an example of one year from my calendar.  Feel free to copy and paste the table.Calendar Example
  5. Go through the unorganized photos and check for any labeled dates.  I labeled all of my photos with at least the date.  (so for example, I found a trip to Disney World stack, but only a few were labeled.  I made sure to put the month and year on the back of all the photos)   Organize what you can by year.  [You can file them, or you can lay them out on the floor by year] You can put them in order by month as you organize them, or you can wait until you have them all by year, and then go back through each year and put them in order by date.  Also, as you are doing this, notice outfits, teeth, anything that can help you with that stack of photos that have no date or anything.  Add what you can to the calendar.
  6. For those pictures that you have no idea, look for any helpful characteristics – location, outfit, missing teeth for kiddos, friends in the background, etc.  Anything you can use to figure out when the picture was taken.  Try to figure out the approximate date – use your calendar and similar pictures that you have labeled.  Organize!
  7. If you are less of a perfectionist than I am, you can file the photos when you think they were just by year.  But if you’re like me, that’s not your favorite option.   I used another photo box with dividers and tried to divide it by topic.  Washington trips, elementary years, I have no idea, etc.  I still have this box.  I did take out my favorites that I knew I would want to scrapbook and ended up finding places to put them in my scrapbooks.
Good luck!