Google Picasa offers so much more than just viewing images on your PC and exporting them to a Google Webalbum. One of the cool ones is of template based webgallery generation. Exporting images using free templates can give your a twist making them very cool to watch.
How does it work?
Well you need ofcause Google Picasa. Then you need to add some “templates” inside the Picasa program. When you have done that you can get another template to choose from when you use the “Export to HTML…” option. What is generated are a folder containing files needed to show a gallery of the images you have selected.
1 Getting Google Picasa
This is simpel: Download and install it from Google: http://picasa.google.com
2 Adding the template
- Download the ZIP file containing the templates for Picasa
- Extract them to a temp folder
- Copy the folder named “Piecemaker” to a folder inside your Picasa installation – something like: “C:\Program Files\Google\Picasa3\web\templates”
- Start Picasa
3 Exporting some images using a template
You simply choose some images in Picasa. Then you find the “Export to HTML..” under the “Folder” menu (my version is in Danish, so it might be called something in that direction). Here you can see how it looks in my Danish Picasa when I choose the “Export to HTML…”:
When you choose the menu item you get a box with some choices. Here you can see which templates are installed inside your Google Picasa’ target=_blank>Google Picasa’ target=_blank>Google Picasa’ target=_blank>Picasa – probertly some basic ones plus Piecemaker which you just “installed” above. Choose Piecemaker and change other settings if you like…
When you have choses the “export” (here: “Eksporter” – in Danish) Google Picasa’ target=_blank>Google Picasa’ target=_blank>Google Picasa’ target=_blank>Picasa will generate the static files inside the folder you can see above as “Mappe”. You do not need to worrie so much about it now, because when exporting is done Picasa will launce the file showing the final result!
Usefull links and information
You can read the instructions on how to add templates to Google Picasa’ target=_blank>Google Picasa’ target=_blank>Google Picasa’ target=_blank>Google Picasa from the FAQ on the website of Paul Van Roekel. Another page on that site has some videoes showing how to… The example above is IFRAMED into this post, which is okay, but not perfect. Also I have changed the index.html file inside the template to include a link to my blog – ofcause you can make other changes… Perhaps one day you can even create your own template!