First and foremost, Picasa is a program allows you to organize the photos that you have on your
computer. You can also do small edits on your pictures, including removing red eye. Picasa Web
Albums is the online version of Picasa, where you can store your photos as well as share them with
family and friends. Please note that you do not need to install Picasa in order to use Picasa Web
Albums. However, you cannot edit pictures in Picasa Web Albums.
1. Install Picasa on your computer. If you haven’t already, install Picasa onto your computer by
going to http://www.picasa.google.com/ and clicking on the “Download Picasa” button. The
installation process should start automatically.
2. Once you finish installing, a
window will show up asking you which
folders you would like to import your
photos from. The first option is to
import pictures from My Documents,
My Pictures and the Desktop. The
second option is for Picasa to search
through your entire computer to find
picture that may be scattered
throughout many different folders.
Choose the option you prefer. You can
always edit the folders that are open in
Picasa later with the Folder Manager.
3. After you choose where you would
like your photos to be coming from,
the Photo Viewer Configuration
window appears, asking if you would
like to use Picasa as your default
picture viewer (instead of Windows
Picture Viewer or Microsoft Windows
Manager). You can choose to only use
Picasa with certain file types, or not
at all. Next click “Finish”. You’re ready
to start using Picasa!
Managing Folders in Picasa
You can control which folders your pictures in Picasa come from by using the folder manager.
1. Once in Picasa, click on “Tools” in the top toolbar and then “Folder Manager”.
2. Here the folder manager
displays the name of every folder on
your computer. To change a folder’s
settings, click on the folder name.
You can choose from three settings:
Scan Once — pictures that are in the
folder at the time of changing this
setting will be in Picasa.
Remove from Picasa — pictures in
these folders will not be displayed in
Scan Always — any new pictures
that are added to these folders
Picasa will automatically upload.
3. Selecting a folder will also
automatically select every folder
inside of it at first. However, you can
then deselect any folders that you don’t want. Click “OK” when you’re done and the folders will
appear on your Picasa dashboard.
Editing Pictures in Picasa
Now that you have chosen which folders your pictures are coming from, you can edit them.
1. Double click on the picture that you would like to edit.
2. Basic Options:
a. Crop – change the size of photos in order to accommodate for printing,
computer monitor settings and getting rid of unneeded space
b. Straighten – straighten crooked photos
c. Redeye Repair – erase redeye in your photos
d. I’m Feeling Lucky – automatically changes color, contrast and brightness levels
e. Auto Contrast – automatically changes the brightness
f. Auto Color – automatically adjusts the colors of your photo (this will not add
color to black and white pictures)
g. Retouch – touch up your photos using a brush to replace problem areas with
other parts of the picture.
h. Text – add text or captions to your picture
i. Edit in Picnik – if you have a Picnik account you can upload your photos and edit
j. Fill Light – click and drag to add light to your photo
a. Fill Light – adjust background lighting while keeping front image intact
b. Highlights – brighten up the whole image
c. Shadows – darken up the entire photo
d. Color Temperature – play with the colors in your photo
a. Sharpen – sharpen images
b. Sepia – give your photo an old-fashioned look by adding sepia
c. B&W – change your picture to black and white
d. Warmify – adds warm colors
e. Film Grain – adds a grainy film-like effect
f. Tint – Add any color overlay to your photo
g. Saturation – increase the amount of colors already in your photo
h. Soft Focus – creates a “window” of sorts surrounded by blur in order to keep focus on
one part of the photo
i. Glow – Adds a light glow of light around the picture
j. Filtered B&W – changes to black and white with a tint of color
k. Focal B&W – changes only one part of your photo to black and white
l. Graduated Ting – create a tint of color or shadow to blend in from the top of your photo
Sharing your Photos
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1. Add or remove photo from favorites 12. Copy Pictures to a hard disk on your computer
2. Rotate counter-clockwise 13. Shop for Prints of your Pictures Online
3. Rotate clockwise 14. Upload Pictures to your Blogger Account
4. Increase/Decrease size of photos in viewing area 15. Create a Picture Collage
5. Open/Close People Window 16. Create a Movie
6. Open/Close Places Window 17. Place Pictures on the Google Earth Globe
7. Open/Close Tags Window
8. Open/Close Picture Property Info
9. Upload Pictures to Picasa Web Albums
10. Email Pictures to Friends and Family
11. Print Photos