Picasa Tip: Blue Skies

Did you ever take a picture and you were disappointed that the sky was washed out?  You wish it was just a little bit bluer.  Well that’s the main use of the graduated tint effect.


In the example above, I selected the original photo on the left, clicked on the Effects tab and selected Graduated Tint.  It automatically uses blue and covers the top 1/2 of the picture, using a feathered edge at the bottom.(Member Tutorial Video:Picasa’s 12 Effects)

Usually, the automatic settings are just perfect for a touch of blue sky.  You can, if you want something more dramatic, change the color, change the amount of the photo that’s covered, and change how the bottom edge appears. In the example above, I increased the darkness of the blue a little to be sure you can see it.

As with all Picasa fixes and effects, if you don’t like it, just undo

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4 thoughts on “Picasa Tip: Blue Skies”

  1. Yes, I’ve done this. The only problem is, the blue graduates into the steeple of the church as well, dulling it out.

    Wish Picassa had tint tools that didn’t destroy white highlights.


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