Picasa Tip: Search by Color

Maybe you need a nice flower, or scenic photo with lots of yellow to print on a birthday card. Or maybe you’re looking for that great photo of Aunt Louise when she was wearing the bright purple dress.  Or, you’re looking for that RED sunset that you took before you started using captions for identification?

Just click in the search box and type
color: red


When I search for Red, I get some flowers.  I also get a red car, red lobster, and red tshirt.  I don’t know exactly how it does it, but you can see where it gets its color information by looking at the histogram.  That’s the little multicolored propeller cap button in the lower right when a picture is being viewed in single-picture view.

I don’t need this feature often, but it sure is cool when I do!  If you’d like to learn a bit more about histograms – a good starting point is this About.com article on Histograms.

This tip brought to you by Geeks on Tour

Geeks on Tour is a membership website with hundreds of Tutorial Videos on topics of interest to travelers, such as managing digital photos with Picasa, Route-Planning with Streets and Trips, and sharing your travels with a website using Blogger or with friends on Facebook. You can subscribe to our free e-newsletters, or become a paid member and be able to view all of the videos in the Learning Library.


Members may want to view the following tutorial videos.  Not a member?  Join now.



Published by


Chris is a teacher. Although she comes as close to an expert as possible in many areas of computer usage, she can still remember what it's like not to know these things! That means she can communicate with students in a way that teaches and doesn't demean. She really enjoys teaching one-on-one and for groups of people, but she reaches a worldwide audience with her tutorial videos on the GeeksOnTour.com website. She currently travels the country in an RV with her husband, Jim. As Geeks on Tour, they present computer seminars at RV rallies, computer clubs, and Senior Centers all over the US.

3 thoughts on “Picasa Tip: Search by Color”

  1. Hi Chris,

    I have a question? I started a blog on blogspot.com I have added more than 200 items. Now I can only get to one page that I did a long time ago. I have added other entries, I can’t see them when I click on the website, I can only see them from the “Post” part of the blogger, It is updated with what I put in, I just can’t see the entries. Everyone else can see them, is it something I might have done to my computer, I just don’t understand.

    Thanks, Donna


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s