Picasa Tip: You’ll Flip for this Tip!

201308-001Picasa lovers out there have an endless source of simple tools for enjoying our pictures. I’ve been using Picasa for 10+ years now, and this ‘kaleidoscope’ effect never occurred to me. My friend, Vicki Wassenhove, from the Quad Cities Computer Society and their Digital Photography group had an assignment to use a given picture and improve it in a way that would prompt the question: How Did I Do It?



When I saw Vicki’s wonderful collage, I had to give it a try! With this original picture, Vicki created several works of art!



She started with a simple picture of a flower, cropped it and made 4 copies. Then she flipped the copies, one had to be flipped horizontally, one vertically, and the third needed to be flipped both horizontally and vertically. Picasa’s command to flip horizontally is Ctrl-Shift-H (Cmd-Shift- on Mac) and Ctrl-Shift-V to flip Vertically. She put all 4 pictures into a square Collage, and voila!

Flip Horizontal
Flip Vertical
Flip Horizontal & Vertical


And my picture, displayed at the top of this article, started with this original:


For more information about flipping pictures, see this past article: Flipping Photos.

Geeks on Tour members may want to watch these tutorial videos. If you’re not a member, you can Join Now!

  1. For cropping in a perfect square: pics14a.Crop Size Options
  2. For making multiple copies of picture: pics14d.Ways to Save #140
  3. For making collages (8 videos): pics73.Picasa Short Course: Collages and Banners
  4. For adding a frame/border: pics24d.More Effects 31-36

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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: You’ll Flip for this Tip!”

  1. I am absolutely flabbergasted at how easy it is to make a kaleidoscopic picture in Picasa. I’ve been following these instructions and making LOTS of cool images using my own photos tonight…over two hours of complete glee! Thank you so much for this tip!


  2. Hi,

    I loved the idea of flipping the pictures and putting them together in a collage to make a new and interesting picture! My problem is I can’t figure out how to make 4 copies of the same picture in Picasa. I can make 4 copies in My Pictures but they don’t all show up in Picasa. What am I missing? Something simple I’m sure. Help!



  3. Well I’m still trying to figure this out, I’m missing something. I’ll get back to it tomorrow. I think I got the sizing right. Thought I had the multiple photos down. How do you flip horizontally and vertically at the same time? I think I make things harder than they really are. I couldn’t even get registered for geeks. I’m having a good time with this.


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