Blog Tip Thursday: Editing with Picasa

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Hi! My name is Mollie and I blog over at Sprinkles of Life. I’m so excited to be sharing this week’s Blog Tip Thursday with you! My blog includes tips for a healthy lifestyle, updates on my life, good-for-you recipes (with some indulgent ones sprinkled in, too), and everything in between.

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I use Picasa to do all my photo organizing and editing. Picasa is a free(!) photo editing software that you can download from Google. I also use PicMonkey and Photoshop for more in-depth editing, but that’s another post for another time. Today I want to share with you the basic features I use on Picasa to organize and edit my photos.

I import all my photos using Picasa and try to organize everything by month or big event. This helps me to hunt down pictures later. I can usually find ones I’m looking for by thinking about the time of year the event may have happened. This also keeps the folders fairly small so I’m not sorting through thousands of pictures to find that one dish I made eight months ago.

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Picasa always has a face detection feature. You can add tags and Picasa will sort photos by that person. I use this feature a lot when looking for a particular picture I know someone is in. And when I’m bored or have a little motivation to organize I go through the unnamed folder at the top of the page to sort photos that Picasa didn’t place on its own. It’s nice to have this extra option of organizing all my pictures on my computer.

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There are only a couple editing tools I use for quick fixes to spruce up my photos to make them blog ready. I’m not an expert editor so I’m still learning Photoshop. Picasa is the perfect answer for user friendly editing. The features on use on most on the basic fixes tab (the one with the wrench) are Crop, Autocolor, and sometimes Straighten.

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The edit tool I use most often is this button for quick fix lighting. It automatically fixes the lighting with one click. I can still adjust the fill light, highlights, and shadows manually, if needed.

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Another edit tool that’s on the basic fixes menu is the ABC Text feature. This gives you the ability to add text and some shapes to your photos.

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One last thing I want to show you is their collage feature. I love using this when wanting to group a few pictures together. There’s a few different ways to achieve this, but the type I use most often is the mosaic option. I like it best to show off many pictures in one square but still adding a fun unique element.

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With Picasa you can send you photos directly to Google+ and Blogger. Picasa also has a web albums feature. Here you can share your pictures through the Internet. Picasa has many features for you to discover and help improve your photo quality.

What photo organizing/editing software do you use?

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9 Responses to “Blog Tip Thursday: Editing with Picasa”

  1. Shirish
    February 21, 2013 at 6:24 am #

    very nice post I also use picassa..

  2. Jennifer
    February 21, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    I never knew this was a free program! Must check it out now! :)

  3. Sharla
    February 21, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    What a great tip – I am going to download Picasa tonight! Thanks!

  4. Mollie @Sprinkles of Life
    February 21, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Thanks everyone! I LOVE Picasa! I use Photoshop, too, but rarely since Picasa is so dang quick and easy!

  5. Anna
    February 21, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    I use Picasa too for some low level editing, but learned a few new things! Thanks for these tips!

  6. Calee
    February 23, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    This is great! Thanks, Mollie, for sharing this. I continually get asked about freebie software for low-level graphics. I’m a designer, so I use Adobe products, but they’re dang expensive and not worth the purchase for somebody who’s just in need of some photo editing and the ability to put some text on graphics.

    PS nice header. ;)

  7. Mary Lynne
    February 23, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    I love Picasa too! So easy to use.
    I also discovered a few more web based photo editors that have a lot of fun things on them. ONes like pixlr, phixr, lunapic, etc. are fun to explore and use different things when you’ve got some time on your hands.