Picasa Tip: Get Creative and Play with your Pictures

With Picasa’s Image Processing tools and text tool, so much is possible!  Most people barely touch the surface of these simple creative tools.  I was just playing around with this picture of a pretty orchid:

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And I think I came up with something worthy of a greeting card, or a poster, or a book cover:


The real joy is how easy this is … just keep clicking on the fun tools available.  If you don’t like what happens, click Undo!  If you do like what happens, try some more!

The Features I used

  1. First I cropped close to the flowers and, thinking of the Rule of Thirds, I put the flowers on the left side of the image. See member video Basic Edits
  2. Saturation – on the third tab – makes the colors more vivid
  3. HDRish – on the fourth tab – this is like a super-sharpen and gives the image some depth, almost 3 dimensional. See member video HDRish = Super Sharpen
  4. Cinemascope – right next to HDRish – this mellows the coloring and adds the top and bottom black bars.
  5. Text – it’s a good idea to save the image before adding text because the positioning is more stable then.  I entered one line of text “a thing of beauty” and selected the AR JULIAN font. (selecting a font among the hundred+ available was the most time-consuming part of this!) I chose a font color by clicking on the purple in the flower, and I used the same color for the font outline.  Then I clicked again to enter a separate item of text for “Is a Joy Forever” and I chose white as the font color, leaving the outline at the same purple.
    See member video: Adding Text to Pictures

Try it.  Just keep playing until you have created a thing of beauty!  Then you can use the File->Order Prints command and make a poster for your wall, or the cover for your picture book, or a t-shirt.  Or use it for a post on Facebook, or a greeting card sent by Send Out Cards, or the home page of your blog or website.

This tip brought to you by Geeks on Tour

Geeks on Tour is a membership website.  There are lots of tutorial videos on editing your pictures with Picasa’s tools.  The first 3 are free for all to view.  To see all of them, you need a Geeks On Tour membership.  It’s only $7/mo or $58/yearly.  Join Today!

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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: Get Creative and Play with your Pictures”

  1. Thank you Geeks for a lovely card on a Sunday morning. I am 81 years old and my grandchildren and photos keep me alive.

    Keep up the good work.



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