Picasa Tip: Speech Bubble on Your Pictures

5oclocknote 9/15/2013: Creative Kit has been discontinued.

I was recently telling someone how much I liked the text feature in Picasa and they asked, “Can it put text in a speech bubble?”  I instantly answered, “No,” since the text tool in PIcasa only places text on your picture.  But then I gave it some thought and said, “Well, you could use the Creative Kit button.”

The reason I forget about the “Edit in Creative Kit” button is that it is different from every other button in Picasa.  It takes you to the web and uses tools there.  If you have a really fast Internet connection – it works great.  If not, be patient, it takes some time.


Once you’re there, you’ll find the speech bubbles on the Decorate tab.  Pick the look you want, and it is instantly placed on your picture.  You can move it, size it, and rotate it.  Speech bubbles and other decorations you can place on your picture are called ‘Stickers.’  You will see a dialog box called ‘Sticker Properties’ where you can pick a color.  Next you want to add text.  Although you can do this back in PIcasa, it’s advisable to use the Creative Kit Text tools so you can adjust the baloon and the text to fit properly.


Once it looks how you want, you click the ‘Save to Picasa’ command in the upper right corner.  You will be given an option to save a copy or replace the original.  This is also different from the native Picasa tools.  I recommend you save a copy because Undo will not be an option.

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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.

6 thoughts on “Picasa Tip: Speech Bubble on Your Pictures”

    1. Thanks for your question – I have added a screenshot pointing to the Edit in Creative Kit button. If you don’t have this button, it’s probably because you don’t have the latest version of Picasa – even if Help->Check for Updates reports that you do! Go to picasa.google.com and download the latest. It will overwrite what’s on your computer. If you have the button, but it’s titled Picnic – it will probably still work, Creative Kit took the place of Picnic.


      1. Thanks for your help. Mine still said Edit in Piknik, but after following your instructions, the Edit in Creative Kit now shows. I really appreciate your emails and all of the great tips you provide. I’ve been teaching Picasa to our local senior computer club for several years now – really like the program.

        Again, thanks very much.

        Judy Engel


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