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What’s App: With Picasa 3

Usie layout by Sarah Webb @scropping @pinkpaislee #ppBellaRouge #pinkpaislee

It is always interesting to hear a little bit about what others use to edit their pictures and pictures of their projects. My favourite software to use is Picasa 3 for my editing. I like Picasa because 1-it’s free; 2- it’s easy to use for editing; 3-it’s easy to use for organizing my pictures. I thought I would walk you through editing one of my layouts.

It’s not always possible to start with ideal conditions for photographing my projects, so this is where Picasa comes in handy. I cropped the picture and sized it down (to 1000 pixels across -I don’t find it needs to be any bigger when I am posting online and such).  The starting point for my layout is washed out a lacks crispness.

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To lighten and brighten my pictures, I click on the sunshine icon on the row of five icons (there’s a wrench, sunshine and three arrows in that row of icons). I then hit the button with the magic wand (I added the red arrow to point it out). This automatically changes the values of my picture for me.

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To help neutralize some of the colours, I click on the eyedropper and then click on a white area on my page. This helps to whiten the white and neutralize any blue or orange hues. My layout is already looking a lot better!

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I switch icons to the middle icon which is a paintbrush. The top left box says ‘sharpen’ and when applied can crisp up a picture.

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And be sure to hit ‘apply’ when it appears. There is a slider that allows to adjust the sharpness manually if you’d like.

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Finally, I like to switch back to the wrench in the row of icons and use the ‘I’m feeling lucky’ button. For me, this one either works really well or doesn’t work at all. If you don’t like the adjustment the program makes for you, then just hit the undo button at the bottom.

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Remember to save all of the changes 😉 Here’s the finished project:

Usie layout by Sarah Webb @scropping @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppBellaRouge

And a few close-ups that I edited using steps similar to the ones above.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of the editing process behind the scenes. Thanks for visiting!

Collections used: Bella Rouge

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2 Responses to "What’s App: With Picasa 3"

  • Majken
    November 12, 2014 - 12:08 am

    Thanks for the tips! I haven’t used picasa before…I will have to try it.

  • Brenda S
    November 19, 2014 - 11:58 pm

    So are you able to do digital scrapbooking with Picasa??!!

    I want to start to learn digital & I have Picasa – any tips?

    Thanks for sharing the above info- I learned more about it!