Picasa Tip: Frame your Photos with Picnik

There actually is a way to provide simple frames for your pictures just using Picasa’s Collage tool.  But now, with the online editing tool called Picnik, it’s even easier, and you can get really fancy.

A simple Picnik frame:


A fancy Picnik frame:

Dolphins can fly

So, how do you do this?  Just select the picture you want to frame then click the Picnik button on the Basic Fixes tab.  You need a good, fast Internet connection for this to work because all the Picnik editing tools are completely web-based.  When you click the Picnik button you will be asked if you want to edit your picture in Picnik.  If you click Yes, be prepared to wait a bit – even on a good, fast connection this takes a minute or two.


Once your picture is showing up in Picnik, you should see 4 tabs: Home, Library, Edit, and Create.  Frames are found on the Create tab. The first picture above just used the ‘Border’ type of frame.  The second one used the Daisy Frame, and then the Reflection frame after that..  Make sure to apply changes after you choose a particular frame.  When you’re done, click the button to Save to Picasa.  You then have a choice to Replace the Original or Save a Copy.

There are lots of frame choices to explore.  Take some time and have fun!  Notice that some of them are labeled ‘Premium’ – that means you need to pay.  See my previous article about Picnik for more info.

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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.

One thought on “Picasa Tip: Frame your Photos with Picnik”

  1. Just a note to let you know how much I appreciate all you folks have done to provide assistance for us with all of your Picasa tips and tricks.

    That includes both your free tips, such as this and your excellent Beginner’s Guide to Picasa ebook and videos.

    A great package at an affordable price!

    Just Plain Bill


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