Thursday, April 19, 2012

More Fun wiith Picasa


 I've long been a fan of Picasa -- the free photo management program.  I've mainly used it to crop my photos (THE most essential tool for me,) to straighten them, and occasionally to up the color saturation a tad.

A recent  version of Picasa (free download -- just google Picasa) has added a number of new ways to fiddle with your photos. The picture above of Eddie has been given the neon treatment; the clematis has been made to look like a pencil sketch . . .

Blue neon for the iris in a canning jar and the single white iris below has been treated to a heat map . . .

Oh, what fun I'm going to have! 
 
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14 comments:

Ms. A said...

Uh oh, don't get me started on something else. I spend WAY too much time on the computer.

Brian Miller said...

love the blue neon with the canning jar...that is awesome...the red cat is a bit ominous....

Martin said...

I know purists who avoid these effects, like the plague. I rather like them, though. It adds a nice fun element to photography.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I love to play around with the effects at ipiccy- I haven't checked out picasa yet.

Pat in east TN said...

Ha! I love it!

Jules said...

Oh you are having fun!!!!!

Mamabug said...

Love all your creativity this morning! That looks like you had alot of fun playing with your photos.

Kath said...

WOW! I've never explored this part of Picasa. This looks like more fun than Mahjongg.

Barbara Rogers said...

I've been using Picassa for years...to tone up my boo boos with a rather poor camera. You don't need gadgets on your photos. I'll be patient while you play!

Frances said...

Vicki, I will now put Picasa on my lengthening list of new things to try. Thank you...I think!

Vicki Lane said...

The best thing about these effects is how they can jazz up a shot I'd otherwise delete -- the iris in the canning jar was far too cluttered a pic to be any good as it was but this gives a new way of seeing.

Plus, it's fun.

Jean Baardsen said...

Next you'll be investing in Photoshop. :o) I can vouch for its addictive influence.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Picassa is a great tool for all photographers. nice post -- barbara

Carolyn said...

Since losing my job in the great recession, I started playing with photography in a very elementary way (don't have a digital SLR). I've taken a few classes in Photoshop Elements, and there are so many fun effects, as well as amazing ways to improve photos. I use Picasa for organizing. My favorite effect in PSE is 'painting' my landscapes and still lifes with the Impressionist brush. I've always wanted to paint, but don't have artistic ability. Now I've learned to cheat. You'd have a lot of fun with PS Elements, but, beware, it can gobble up the time!