Picasa Tip: Crop to Zoom

This week’s Picasa tip takes us back to some basics of making pictures look better.  Almost every picture can be improved with a crop.  Crop can substitute for zoom.  If you have a good optical zoom lens on your camera, you can bring your subject closer when you take the picture.  If you don’t have that lens, you can crop the picture later to get closer.

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When you use the crop tool, you have the choice of ‘Manual’ so you can make it exactly as wide and high as you’d like, or you can choose a width/height proportion like 4X6, or Square, or 16X10 for HDTV displays etc.  What you choose depends on the final destination for the picture.  I chose 4X6 for all of the pictures above just so they’d be the same.  Then you just drag a rectangle around the picture you want to keep and click Apply. 

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If you are a Geeks on Tour member, you can watch several videos that show different aspects of cropping as well as some other basic editing tools: