Give your pictures a little Boost

toolsHave you ever played with the tools on Picasa’s last tab?  There are a lot of fun effects here.  The first one is called Boost.  Just a single click will make your picture pop!  Actually, it may pop so much it hurts your eyes!  So, we recommend toning it down a bit by using the slider.   When you first click on Boost, it increases color and contrast to the 50% mark on the slider.  If you drag it back to 15 or 20% we think you’ll get a much more reasonable effect.


Too Much Color and Contrast

Take a look at this picture, it’s a bit overdone don’t you think?  This is what you get with just one click of the Boost button.  Notice the image of the slider, the strength is set right in the middle.



Too little Color and Contrast

This is the Original:

The Bay Side


Just Right Color and Contrast

Now, here’s what it looks like if you click on Boost, but just back off on the Strength Slider a bit.  I think this picture is just right.  The grass is a luscious green, the sky is a sun-drenched blue and the shadows of the palms are more distinct.  It makes the original look a little muddy by comparison, yet it doesn’t look too unreal.  Just click Apply, and you’re done!



There are lots more fun and easy editing tools.  If you are a Geeks on Tour Member, you can watch these videos that will demonstrate all of the editing tools:

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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 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 “Give your pictures a little Boost”

  1. Hi, I hope you can help….I am not a computer geek( yet)…i’m, a 60 yr. old grandma who never had a job using computers…..i have been using Picasa for years….& today it changed somehow. I do have version 3.9…but I don’t have Google + ….just the old Picasa web albums ..which worked wonderfully for years ..but now my uploaded videos will not open for me or anyone I send them to using online web albums …. they just show as a still with an arrow in a circle 😦 Why ? Do I have to switch to google + to get them to open ? Do others?


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