Picasa is an awesome program, free to use from Google and with a little practice you can get the wow factor from your photographs. Photoshop is a great program, but if you're new to photo editing, Picasa is a great place to start.
You can download it for free for either your Mac or PC, installation is easy and we will guide you through that, and using it is pretty simple and straight forward.
You might be an experienced photographer and editor but you might want to consider Picasa if you have run out of Photoshop licenses for your "other" computers.
Create beautiful images with Picasa's special effects or just create good clean images when your images need minor adjustments.
We'll show you how to white balance your images and then step though cropping and other manipulation to get the best out of them.
We'll show you how to save them out, create slide shows and even prepare you to send them to a lab near you for printing.
Picasa, no wonder so many people are using it now!
We will examine Picasa's opening screen and all of it's windows, buttons and tabs and give an overview of what each one does.
An overview of Picasa's Edit screen mode and the features and functionalities.
Importing images, where to import them to and what to do with them once you do.
Albums are an important and non-destructive way to file your photos and make sthem easy to find and access later no matter where they are on your computer.
Picasa is a great tool for making quick slideshows from your images.
Need a photo collage for Facebook or for a poster. Picasa makes the task simple and fast with a great variety of options. We'll explore those options in this lesson.
Once you add images to an album they are:
Yes, you heard it right, Picasa and you can be a movie maker with this feature, and we'll show you how to do it quick and easy.
Your pictures deserve to be seen....that's why we take them in the first place. In this lesson we will learn how to upload them online!
Picasa uses the power of Google's database technology to search your photos by a variety of methods. In this lesson we dig into searches and filtering using different methods.
Yes, you can tag faces in Picasa much the same way as you do in Facebook and with Google's facial recognition technologies, seeking and searching them out is simple. Retrieving them by way of searches is as easy as clicking on their face and you can see all pictures with that person quickly.
What are meta tags...or tags. why are they important and how can they work best for you and your images. We'll explore that here.
More tags? But it can be fun especially years later when you need to remember where that photo was taken. Professionally Geo-tagging can be important if you ever need legal documentation. Picasa makes this simple and fast.
Color balancing is a very important first step in editing your images. Learn how to do it and why in this lesson.
Who knew water didn't run downhill....at least in your images. Let's crop and straighten them in this lesson.
Fast Red-eye removal, and what to do if you don't want all the red out.
Retouching is common in portraiture and Picasa does basic retouching that will make you a super hero to people with faces that need it!
Add basic text in Picasa over your images, for documenting or for fun. With Picasa, it can also be un-done later.
Important lighting edits can be made with Picasa. How to use fill lights, what are highlights and what about those shadows? We'll discuss it all in this lesson.
Get your artistic side on using Picasa's effects and image manipulation abilities. Now your fun begins!
Edit mode quiz
Time to say thank you...THANK YOU!
I am a real life Photographer, computer guru and instructor. I love working in media and have been involved in it in one aspect or another since high school. I couldn't wait to get the first computers when they really became affordably available to the masses, and at every opportunity I did everything possible to advance my own photography from the film (analog) mode to the digital world. A lot of software has come and gone, many tools we first used are no longer available but new ones have sprung up and made this world of digital into the most fascinating realm and we are privileged to be right in the middle of it. A hundred years from now they are going to look back and wish they could have been around during this time.
In addition to Photography, my daily life revolves around creating videos in Florida for a local TV station and my hobbies include...go figure....Photography.