15 September, 2013

A Funky Hand Tutorial Part 2 - Tags

Hello again! It's Tabbatha here to do my second part of my Picasa 3 tutorial. If you remember Part 1, I made a video demonstrating how to set up Picasa 3 and import your folders for quick browsing when you are looking for that perfect paper!

For Part 2 I had every intention of recording another video, but just ran out of time. So instead...I am filling up the post with lots of screen shots with descriptions. Picasa 3 is so easy to use that you will eventually figure things out for yourself, but I wanted to showcase some of my favorite functions. This can be alot, so I also decided to break it up. That means that there will be a Part 3 and Part 4 too! The topics I'll be covering are the following: Tags (Part 2), Categories (Part 3) and Albums (Part 4). These are three functions that I use almost every time I am picking papers for a new project.

Here is the card that I'll be referring to in the screenshots. It is one of the more complex cards I've made using 5 different patterned papers, so you can guess that I used the full functionality of Picasa (Tags & Categories) in order to pick the right papers for it!

Tags - What are they?
(For a full rundown of tags, you can read up on them here.)
Tags are an easy way to identify themes within your files. They are keywords that lets you identify a particular image.

How do I use them?
(from Google Picasa Help)
  1. Select the photos that you'd like to tag. You can only tag photos in one folder or album at a time.
  2. Click the Tags button. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-T (Windows) or Command-T (Mac). Existing tags and tag counts for selected photos will be listed in the 'Tags' tab.
  3. There are two ways to add tags:
    • Type the tag manually: Use the text box to enter the tag and click the 'Add tag' button.
    • Use your 'Quick Tags': By presetting tags that you frequently use, you can add them with the click of a button. Manage your 'Quick Tags' by clicking the 'Configure Quick Tags'  icon in the 'Tags' tab.
To remove a tag from all selected photos, just hover over the relevant tag in the Tagspanel and click the 'x' icon that appears.
Once your photos are tagged, you can use the search box in the upper right-hand corner of Picasa to quickly find pictures that you've tagged.
In this image, I am looking at a paper from the Summer Wedding download that I would like to tag. This is easily done by first opening the Tag window (View > Tags) or by pressing Ctrl + T on your keyboard. I entered the tag "kraft" so that later on I can search and look at all the "kraft" papers for my card.

If you know you are going to use the same tags over and over (like kraft), I highly suggest using the "Quick Tags" menu - just click on the ?? buttons on the bottom of the Tags window. 

Why are they useful?

By tagging my Funky Hand papers with themes like "Christmas" or "kraft", I can search for that tag and see all of the papers labeled with it regardless of what folder they are in.

One of the things that I do when I have a project in mind is to take a look at all the papers I have (regardless of which set they are from or folder). I then tag them with "project" or something so that later on I can easily search for those papers I think pass best. This works really well if I know I'm leaving the computer for awhile and want to come back to it (as opposed to the highly useful selection box that I mention in Part 1). Just remember to remove the temp tags (project) later on!

Some useful things to keep in mind.

Don't feel the need to tag everything (unless you want to), Picasa Search also looks at the file name so those that have "wedding" in their file name don't necessarily need that tag.

When you use the tagging feature in Picasa those tags are added to the file itself on your machine. That is to say that if you were to open up a tagged image in Windows Explorer and look at its properties, you will see the tags there. This can be very useful, especially when you upload to Picasa (Google+) Web Albums.

You don't need to do this all at once, you can tag temporarily if you want, or as you go along. :)

And thus concludes Part 2! I hope I've clued you in on how easy it is to tag your files in Picasa and I hope you will consider tagging your images in the future (even if you don't use the program!). Tagging is one of those things that "professionals swear by, amateurs hardly every do". :D


  1. Thanks for the tips. I look forward to parts 3 and 4 :) I tend to create albums in picasa as and when I need the papers. If I did this, I probably wouldn't need to do that. A beautiful card as well xxx

    1. Actually, the album thing is a brilliant idea! Never thought of that. Hah

  2. This tutorial is so informative. Thanks for sharing your knowledge Tabbatha. Looking forward to the next parts.
    Anice xx

  3. Beautiful card dearie and fab tips and info.Hugs x


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