A slide show on a blog is a very nice feature which can be enjoyed by all your visitors. People really enjoy seeing good photos from around the world. It enables them to see how the rest of the world lives and to have the fun of remotely traveling to a place by imagination.
This is actually something that is easily put together and, which can really enrich your blog. The amount of time spent doing it properly will be rewarded with repeat visits, especially if you update the photos regularly.
Google has provided a free download for a photo graphics tool called Picasa.
With this tool, you can in actual fact do many of the photographic items you require as it will alter the tag edit and place things on the web for you. In addition you can use it to create a slide show.
It is pretty simple to use this tool. You can download it from Google. It really is a full photo editor and what is more it’s free too. There is a free video to watch on the same page as the download but let me give you a brief rundown as to how to use it. Picasa also has a free online site where you can upload your pictures and let your family or the world view them. Should you want to keep them private make sure you make them private when you load them. Once you have uploaded them you can then send the URL to your friends, so they can view them.
Once they are on your account, you can use the widget on your blog to share them directly from your Picasa account. The widget is available from WordPress. What you need to do with the widget is, install it on your blog. Change the settings to suit you. There are three different ones one, which allow thumbnails one with clickable titles and the last shows random photos.
You do need to use Flash to use this slide show so make sure that is enabled. Get your log in details for the Picasa to work, and then you should be ready to get it up and running. Make sure all your photos have been properly edited before you load them and don’t forget to tag them. Picasa now has a tagging option and makes it easy to name and tag your photos. This means photos are now search engine friendly.
The actual Picasa tool enables you to do your entire photo editing, and you can fix your photos like red eye, off angle images and slightly out of focus shots before you load them on to the net. You can change colors and backgrounds as well as make albums and collages.
When viewing the slide show you can make it full screen or thumbnail. You can keep it circling with a loop, or you can have it play on demand. When you want to exit the show all you need to do is hit the exit button.
Have fun with it. It is a nice tool.
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