Picasa Tip: Adding Lipstick

note 9/15/2013: Creative Kit has been discontinued.

I was looking for a recent picture of myself to use as a profile picture and found this one taken just a few weeks ago in a wonderful natural setting.  One big problem though – I think I looked a bit sickly without any lipstick!

Chris at a fish hatchery.

So, I used the new ‘Edit in Creative Kit’ feature (the reincarnation of Picnik) to add a bit of color to my lips.  Then I did an I’m Feeling Lucky, and used Tuning to warm the color tones a bit.  (See member Tutorial Video: Tuning) Now I’m much happier with the picture.

Chris at a fish hatchery.

Ok, I confess, as long as I was in Creative Kit, I did a little teeth whitening, and cleared up the whites of my eyes a bit too.  Hope I didn’t overdo it?

creativeSo, how is this done?  First you open your picture in Picasa, just like any other time you want to edit a picture (see member tutorial Videos: Single Picture View, Basic Edits) Then, from the first tab of editing features, click on ‘Edit in Creative Kit.’  Creative Kit is all on the web, so you will need an internet connection for this to work.  When you click that button, it will copy your picture up to the web so it can be edited in Creative Kit.  When you’ve finished, you will have the option to save it in place on your computer, or to save a copy on your computer.  Once a photo has been edited with Creative Kit, and saved, you can’t Undo like when you edit in Picasa on your computer.  (See member Tutorial Video: How Picasa Handles Edits)

Once you’re in Creative Kit, you’ll find the ‘FacePaint’ option on the ‘Decorate’ tab.  To add the lipstick, click the red color, adjust your brush size so it’s small enough to not color outside the lines of your lips.  The key to making it look natural is to increase the Fade (transparency) – I made it about 60%.  Now just drag across your lips, you’ll see the red color be applied.  If you don’t like it, you can click Cancel and try again.  You probably also want to increase the magnification of the photo while you’re painting on it.  Just drag the zoom slider in the lower right corner of the screen.

facepaint

Then, I repeated the process with the white color on my teeth and eyes.  When you’re done, click ‘Save to Picasa’ in the upper right.

This is fun, but realize that it’s not full-featured.  The only colors available are the ones you see.  If you want more of what was available in the original Picnik – you will find that now at www.PicMonkey.com

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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.

12 thoughts on “Picasa Tip: Adding Lipstick”

  1. Thanks for another informative article. I have printed it so I can read it step by step while I try ‘FacePaint’ on my Picasa pictures. Can we utilize picmonkey with Picasa as we did Picnic?

    I enjoy all your tutorials & articles!
    Patti

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  2. Thanks Patti,
    PicMonkey is a completely separate website – it doesn’t integrate with Picasa in the round-trip way that Picnik did. You need to go to the website and upload a picture from your computer – then save it back to your computer. Of course, that picture can then be seen by Picasa.

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  3. Thanks for this!! I was sad at the loss of the “teeth whitening” option from Picnick…so I’m so happy to see that it’s still available…just in a different option/section! Thanks for showing me where to go!

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  4. In your tutorial above, you write “So, how is this done? First you open your picture in Picasa, just like any other time you want to edit a picture (see member tutorial Videos: Single Picture View, Basic Edits) Then, from the first tab of editing features, click on ‘Edit in Creative Kit.’ Creative Kit is all on the web, so you will need an internet connection for this to work. When you click that button, it will copy your picture up to the web so it can be edited in Creative Kit.” My question is this, where or how do I get to this “Edit in Creative Kit”, i.e., where on the web do I find it. It is certainly not show from the first tab of MY editing features. None of your tutorials offers an explanation.

    Tom Greer

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    1. Tom, Sounds like you don’t have the latest version of Picasa … you should see the button ‘Edit in Creative Kit’ shown in the picture. It’s on the third row of buttons, just to the right of the Text tool in Picasa.
      Or …maybe you are on a Macintosh, and the button is still called Edit in Picnik.
      Hope that helps

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  5. Chris

    I have tried dozens of times to sign in to Geeks on Tour with the user name I gave at the rally and the password I was assigned and then changed through the Word Press site. No matter what I try, I cannot get in. I have been trying since we left IN.
    I want to go to the Picassa forum because I need to know how to get into my pictures without Picassa taking over.
    I also can’t get in to the membership area.
    Michele Schlough

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  6. I loved the ‘Thinning’ feature on Picnic but am unable to locate it in ‘Edit in Creative kit’. Is it there or no longer available?

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  7. Excellent article. Keep writing such kind of information on your site.
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  8. Thanks for all the inf. in your article. It was very helpful to me. I’d tried to add lipstick before, but could not get a straight line. Enlarging the photo would be a great help. I’ll try PicMonkey. Hopefully, Picasa will come up with something else to replace Picnik/Creative Kit. It was so easy.

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