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Setting up your Google Account


You will need a Google account to submit assignments for the Focus Your Art courses. You can use an existing gmail.com account or create a new one. Even if you already have an @gmail.com Google account, you should know that you will be creating public albums for this course, so you might consider creating a new account for this course if that bothers you.


Google likes to keep things fresh, so some of the screens may not look exactly like the ones below.  However, this should still work to get you through the process. If you have any trouble with this process, please post in the discussion forum and we'll be sure to assist you with getting set up.


If you have a Google account already, go to https://myaccount.google.com/ and scroll down to the "Using Google Photos" section below.



Creating a New Account


If you need to create a new account, you can do so here: https://accounts.google.com/SignUp




Fill in your name, and create a user name and password and click "Next."


On the next page, you can choose recover options (phone number, alternate e-mail address). These are optional. Google does require you to add your birthday and choose a gender (note that there are options for "rather not say" and you can also choose the "custom" option).




On the next page, scroll down and click on "I agree."





Once you have created your account, you can upload photos to share with the class.  



Using Google Photos


Click at the top of the screen on the Google Apps icon, as shown below.




Next, click on the Photo icon from the popup window.  Your icon may be in a different place in the panel and you may have to scroll down to find it.




You will need to change some settings before uploading your first photos. To get to your settings, click on the little "gear" icon in the top right corner of the screen.




Change the upload size from "High Quality" to "Original."




Turn off all of the settings under the "Suggestions" drop-down menu:




Turn off the following settings under "Group Similar Faces" and "Sharing":




Uploading Your Assignments to Google Photos




Google generates a custom link for your album so that you can share it.  Do not cut and paste the link from the address bar.  That will not allow others to view your album.  


To share the album, click on the "share" icon in the upper right hand corner.


Note: For class situations, you will need to share the ALBUM, not just an individual photo. Please make sure you've opened the album and have all photos in the requested order (see below for a video on how to re-order your album) and then click on the share button.




Click on "Copy Link" at the bottom of the pop-up screen.




This is the link you will need. Click on Copy. And then you can paste that link into your post on FYA.





If you want to rearrange the images within the album, here's a video tutorial for that process:



If you have any problems or questions, be sure to post them in the Discussion forum. 



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