Finding a picture's location (URL) in Picasa-web-albums

This article is about how to find the URL (web-address) of a picture that is stored in Picasa web albums.  It is written for Blogger users, but the same technique can be used by anyone who uses Picasa-web-albums.

Picasa-web-albums and your PC

An Introduction to Picasa. describes the relationship between Picasa and Picasa-web-albums.  A key difference between is that :
  • Picasa is a program, written by Google, which runs on your PC even when it's not connected to the internet, and 
  • Picasa-web-albums is a Google application on the internet that runs on the internet, and some accompanying space on the internet where your pictures can be stored.
Each and every picture that you store in your Piscasa-web-albums has a unique URL, ie web-address, where it can be found.

To find the URL of a picture in Picasa-web-albums:

  • Sign in to Picasa-web-albums, using the google account that owns the album that has the picture you want.   (If you are already signed in to Blogger you may not have to log in again.)

  • Find the album that has the picture you want to use

  • Click on the album to open it. 

    Note:  each album has one picture, usually the first one loaded, set as the cover.   Be careful to actually open the album, and not just work with the album cover, because the URL for it is not the same as the URL for the picture.

  • Click on the picture you want:  it will open in a "photo" view.

  • Click on "Link to this Photo" in the right-hand bar.  
    This opens two fields: Link, which has the URL, and Embedded Image which has the HTML to put the photo into a web-page.  

  • Copy the contents of the Link field:  this is the URL of the picture.

Note:  in some browsers (eg Firefox, Chrome) you may just be able to right-click on the picture once you're in "photo" view, and choose "copy link location".

Related Articles: 

Inserting an animated picture into your Blog

Understanding Google accounts

An introduction to Picasa.

Options for linking Picasa and your Blog.


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