There are a couple of ways of posting images to Google Plus – and some are better than others. You can click on any of the images in this post for the full size screen grab.
Okay, first off the basics, a reasonable file size is about 1000 px (the longest side). As with any web image, you’ll do best if they’re in sRGB, and so far I’ve just used the old standby, JPG format, though probably PNGs will work.
Now for the ways:
In your main stream, click the CAMERA ICON. You can type something, or you can click the CAMERA ICON again and then pick your image to upload and you get this:
I clicked on + Add photos and selected the Big Head from my computer and voila.
You probably want your image to be Public (I think this makes it available in searches) and post to all your circles, or just some of them etc. And then click SHARE.
THE PROS: This gives you a nice sized thumbnail. But where the heck does it go, and how is it stored. Whether you know it or not – everything is being managed by Picasa. If you go to https://picasaweb.google.com/home you’ll find that this image has been added to an album called: Photos From Posts.
Now if that’s how you want to store all your images, or if you want to use picasaweb.google.com to move or copy or organize your images later, you can do that.
THE CONS: If you are managing a lot of images, this is going to be a pain.
2) Publishing an Entire Album with new image
So what’s that PICTURE ICON at the top of the screen for?
If you click on that PICTURE ICON ON TOP OF SCREEN you’ll be taken to all the images that you have anything to do with. Images from people in your circles, and at the bottom left, you’ll see YOUR ALBUMS.
From this screen, after you click on YOUR ALBUMS you’ll be able to add images to the album of your choice. Here I’ve chosen the COLOR ALBUM.
You can add as many images as you like. And then hit SHARE. You’ll get a box like this, and you figure out what circles you want to share the album with.
And you’ll publish your Album with the new images to your stream. Voila.
PROS: You get a nice thumbnail and the smaller thumbnails. But do you really want to publish your entire album every time you put up an image? Also, so far you don’t have any control over the order of the images.
Believe it or not, there are still at least three other ways to upload and organize images. I’ll just mention that there is an export to Picasa from Lightroom plugin - http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/picasaweb (It’s donation-ware, and I have used it to export images from Lightroom to Facebook but haven’t tried this one); and then there you could install Picasa on your computer and sync it with your picasaweb albums. But I’m going to show you what’s been working for me.
3. Publishing a large thumbnail, without publishing the smaller thumbs, and without really publishing the entire album. Also how to have control over the entire process. What is in each album. Moving and copying images between albums, and just publishing one image at a time.
There’s an application called, Picasa Web Album Uploader which you can install on your computer. (I’m on a Mac. I have no idea if it works on PCs, maybe someone can let me know).
Here’s the link to the mac version of Picasa Web Album Uploader.
And this is pretty simple. Install the app on your mac and sign in with your Google login and you’ll have easy access to https://picasaweb.google.com/home
You don’t need the uploader to use picasaweb.google.com/home but it makes uploading a bit easier. On my desktop.
You can set the size for the uploaded image, as well as the caption.
And now, here’s the one trick to get a BIG THUMBNAIL. After you upload your image to picasaweb click on View Album. It will take you to Picasaweb.google.com/home where you can see the image you just uploaded. Click on that image and copy that URL. Here’s an example:
After you copy the URL, then (phew) go back to your Google Plus stream, and click on the LINK ICON beneath the entry field. The URL should look like this:
And then Share:
And that’s it. It takes longer to write about then to do. The PROS: You get a nice big thumbnail without all the smaller thumbs beneath it. But this image is in the proper album, so that if you click on it, you’ll get the right image, and be able to navigate through the rest of the album.
THE CONS: If you change the name of the album, then the URL won’t be found.
If you just want to embed a smaller thumbnail, then you can use the LINK field that’s on the right side while you’re in PICASAWEB. And I think that’s enough information for one post. You might want to experiment with moving things around etc. on PicasaWeb. It’s pretty powerful. Hope this doesn’t cause more questions than it answers.