Let me start by saying that I think Picasa is a FANTASTIC program. I still use it for certain things, like tagging people in images. That being said, it is a free program and it has its limitations. For example, I don’t use it for photo editing. But, it will serve our purposes of saving for the web. Here’s how:
- Import your image into Picasa.
- To do this, just click File–>Add File to Picasa (Ctrl+O).
- Locate your photo and click on it (or double click to open it’s editing screen).
- Export your photo.
- That’s right – we are exporting – NOT saving (well, technically we’re still saving it).
- Just choose File–>Export Picture to Folder (Ctrl+Shift+S).
- From the top down, choose the folder you want to save to (such as Desktop).
- Name the folder that you Picasa to create to place your file(s) in (not the filename). If you leave this blank, it will automatically create a folder called “export.” I haven’t found a way to avoid this task yet. Let me know if you know how!
- Choose the radio button “Resize to” and drag the slider to 480 (this is my recommendation).
- For Image Quality, I recommend “Normal,” which will preserve quality, but reduce the file size.
- There are some movie options and you can choose to add a watermark, if you like.
- Click “Export.”
That’s all there is to it for this method. It is a bit simpler that using Photoshop or Lightroom, I think, but there is not as much control over the final filesize/quality.