07 Selecting images
If you click this ‘tick’ icon you select the image rather than opening it – and all the others show a ‘tick’ symbol too. You can now go through them and select any others you want, and you’ll now see a different set of buttons at the top of the screen. And if you click the ‘More’ button, you’ll discover why your pictures look so great all of a sudden – Google+ applies an Auto-enhance filter as they’re uploaded. Don’t worry, though, because this is non-destructive – you can turn it off here, or later on when you edit individual photographs.
This same menu has a Download button. This should allay any fears that your images have just gone on a one-way trip. You can download them at any time, whether it’s in their original uploaded form or as versions you’ve edited in Snapseed. It’s a bit of a long way around to upload photos, edit them and download them again, but if it means having Snapseed back when we thought it was gone forever, it’s better than nothing!
Do pay attention to the image size stipulations at the end of this walkthrough, though.
08 Sharing pictures
Don’t forget that Google+ is all about sharing. If you create a picture you want to share with other people, click the Share button. You can share with individuals or with circles.
09 Google+ photos essential information
Here are some key facts you need to know before you start uploading images. All are correct at the time of writing, but things may change (usually for the better)
a) By default, images are resized when they’re uploaded so that the longest edge is 2048 pixels. That’s around 3 megapixels in digital camera terms. It’s more than enough for online viewing, smartphone or tablet displays, but a tad small if you want to download an edited image to your desktop. The advantage is that there is no limit to the number of photos you can upload. Yes, you read that right.
b) You can upload full-size images instead, but you’ll have to dip into your Google+ settings to choose that option. The bad news is that your uploads will now count against your Google storage allowance. When you run out you’ll either have to do some clearing out or buy some more.
c) Google+ can now handle and convert RAW files too. Currently it supports around 70 top models, but expect this to increase. Obviously, uploads won’t be quick and it will leave a big dent in your usage allowances, but it’s a pretty impressive innovation nonetheless. There will be more on RAW files and how Google+ handles them in a separate post.
Coming up… Part 2
Find out how to use the Google+ Snapseed editing tools to add effects to your photographs!