How to edit picture on Picasa

Pictures are the best way to record your memories. Do you love taking photos? Most of the people are not photogenic but now various photo editing softwares has made the task easier. You can make yourself beautiful and the way you want to look in the picture.

For beginners, I will recommend Google’s Picasa as it is a quick and time-saving software where you can easily edit your pictures in your own way.

How to start?

  1.   Download Picasa:pic Google’s Picasa is free software and easily available over the internet. You can simply type ‘download Picasa’   on Google chrome or any web browser. Download the latest version to avail most recent tools.
  2.  Open Photos:Picasa02After you have downloaded Picasa It’s time to open up your picture . Open Picasa, on the top left click on ‘file’ and click on ‘add file to Picasa’. A window will open and you can select the desired picture for editing. Another direct way is to right-click any picture you want to edit and click on ‘open with Picasa’.

Editing a Picture:

 1.Commonly needed fixes:  Now you can make adjustments on your photo. It is upon you to decide what you want to do with the picture.Picasa03

Crop: Click and drag on the portion of image you want to crop.

Straighten: Sometimes images are titled at some angle. You can straighten them by using this tool.

Rotate: You can rotate your photo both clockwise as well as anti-clockwise

Redeye: Remove the red eyes from your picture by selecting the eyes in your photo.
I’m feeling lucky: this is an amazing tool. By clicking this option, Picasa adjusts everything in the image and makes it ideal.

Auto contrast: Picasa automatically fixes the contrast for your picture.

Auto color: using this tool, Picasa adjusts the color ideally.

Retouch: Use this tool to remove unpleasant blemishes and improve photo quality.

Text: Add text of various font size, styles and colors on your pictures.

Fill in light: if your photo is dull, you can enhance brightness by using this tool.

Edit in Picnik: You can also edit your picture online on Picasa’s picnic software.

2.Tuning: To produce a more visually enhanced photo, use the following sliders. You can do it manually as well as select the auto fix. Use the following tools :


  • Fill light
  • Highlights
  • Shadows
  • Color temperature
  • Neutral color picker
  • Auto color fix
  • Undo/redo

 3. Basic effects: Some of the common effects that may be added to your photo to make it more eye-catching .You can click on the following tools, add effects and adjust them manually.


  • Sharpen
  • Sepia
  • Black and white(B&W)
  • Warmify
  • Film grain
  • Tint
  • Saturation
  • Soft focus
  • Glow
  • Filtered B&W
  • Focal B&W
  • Graduated tin

4.Advanced Effects: Play with the following tools to further give beautiful effects to your picture. You can click on the tool for the automatic effect and can also adjust it manually.Infrared film


  • Lomo-ish
  • Holga-ish
  • HDR-ish
  • Cinemascope
  • Orton-ish
  • 1960’s
  • Invert colors
  • Heat map
  • Cross process
  • Posterize
  • Duo-tone

5.More Fun and useful Image processing:  Use more advanced and fun effects to make your photo stand out .Click the following tools:6

  • Boost
  • Soften
  • Vignette
  • Pixelate
  • Focal zoom
  • Pencil sketch
  • Neon
  • Comic book
  • Border
  • Drop shadow
  • Museum matte
  • Polaroid

6. Saving the Image: Picasa gives you the option of keep the original file as well. You can save a copy of your photo or save the edited photo directly. Go to ‘file’ and click on either of the two options ‘save as’ or ‘save a copy ’. Save the photo wherever you want to.


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