Nov 042008

One of the subtle changes in Picasa 3 is on the bottom row of buttons, what used to be called ‘Order Prints’ is now ‘Shop.’  I actually don’t see any difference in what the button does, but the fact that it now says ‘Shop’ might get a few more people to try it.

Here’s how it works – you select one or more photos, click ‘Shop’ and you’ll see a list of stores. 

Choose one of the stores, then you will need to set up an account.  There is no cost for the account, but it is necessary in order to upload your photos and store them for you.  Once the photos are uploaded you can choose your products.  The upload takes a while because, for printing purposes, it uploads the full original size.

They all offer to print the photo(s) you upload, and they offer lots of special ways to print them, including notecards.  This is a great way to get custom, photo Christmas cards.  The price at Walmart is about $12 for a dozen simple notecards.  At Shutterfly, a dozen nice greeting cards will cost $25.  You can check out the products offered before choosing by browsing directly to each store.  So, for example, Walmart’s offerings can be found at    Shutterfly’s at

And, don’t stop at cards!  You can buy the gifts to go with the cards as well.  One of my favorites is photo mousepads.  Or, how about coffee mugs, or t-shirts, or tree ornaments?

You don’t need to use Picasa to order these gifts, but, just like so many other things, Picasa makes it so easy.  Just select your photos and click ‘Shop!’  And, if you use Picasa, you’ll know that the photo that gets uploaded is what you see in Picasa, cropped the way you cropped it in Picasa, color corrected or retouched by Picasa.  You can even add text to the picture in Picasa, and that will become part of the photo to be used for your card.

Happy Holidays!
Chris Guld

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  4 Responses to “Picasa Tip: Make your own Photo Holiday Cards”

  1. To Sharon: your comment was from April and I have just seen it. Most likely you already have your answer but if not, here goes.

    Picasa 3,9 changed the buttons on the bottom scenario. Using the menu bar item Tools>Configure Buttons you can add or remove or reorder the buttons on the bottom. If you are still missing the Shop or Order Prints button, click on Tools and then Configure Buttons. Buttons on the left can be added to your Picasa screen by selecting the button and clicking Add. Buttons on the right are already on your library screen but can be removed or put in a different order by selection button and clicking Remove,or Move UP or Move Down ( which are really Move left or Move right)

    Be sure to crop your pictures using the same format size as your printed picture. A pictures cropped to nearly square will not print as you might expect on a 4×6 print.

  2. Suddenly Picasa hgas changed! I son’t find a ‘shop’ button (which is supposed to be the new button), nor do I find the ‘order prints’ button I used to use. How do I order note cards from Walmart, as I have done for years? I’m really pretty frustrated. I was told to click the ‘prints’ drop-down menu and select ‘order prints’. No such button on prints drop-down.Thanks for your help. Sharron

  3. I love photo cards, they are more special than those ordinary greeting cards that is just full of text.~”

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