Perhaps an extra feature in Google Picasa, the Screensaver option is something that many people enjoy because you can insert of the images you want so they can turn up on your screen when your Screensaver activates. First off, please open up Google Picasa and wait for it to load. Once you have opened it up and browsed through the photos you want to add to your Screensaver, please move onto the next step.
Similar to the “Creating a Slideshow” tutorial, you will need to make a folder for your images so the Screensaver can have a source to fall back on. Once you have created a folder, which it can be the same as the Slideshow one, you may hit CTRL and choose all of the images and pictures that you want to add to your Screensaver. Once that is all set, please move onto the next step.
Next, you will want to click the Create button at the top of the screen. You will then see an option that reads “Add to Screensaver”, please click it. Once you have done so, a new screen or window will pop up. This will be the Windows Screensaver utility, and I am sure you all have used this once or more before. Seeing that adding the images was ultra simple, it’s now time to fine tune the Screensaver a bit, so click on the settings button.
Picasa does a great job of implementing its options in Windows Screensaver Utility, so you may pick which ever options you want, they are your ideas and you can use them to your advantage. You can choose when the images change, whether it is every 2 seconds or 5 seconds, it is up to you. By default, Picasa makes the Screensaver with a collage effect which isn’t naturally bad, but there are a few others that you can choose from. If you are interested in changing the effects to a Wipe, Cross Fade, or Pan and Zoom effect, you then may do so. Once you have made all of the necessary changes, you may click Apply and\or OK. Please preview your Screensaver before you set it to check if you are happy with everything. That concludes this tutorial. Enjoy!