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Image editing with Picasa - tutorials and samples

Don't have money to buy Photoschop? No worries, with Picasa you can achieve some great effects and it's completely free.

Tutorial 1: Auto Contrast and Graduated Tint

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How it was done

1. The original image looked a bit flat. It was lacking contrast. The keep things simple I selected the from the Basic Fixes Tab > Auto Contrast. If a more subtle approach is needed choose Schadows form the Tuning Tab.

2. After this the image really looked much better. The moutains, in the far distance, however still look a bit hazy. The improve this I selected Graduated Tint from the Effects Tab. A great tool to make anything above the horizon look better.

3. Finally I exported my finished image for publication. The good thing about Picasa is that you can always roll back any changes you've made. The original is never changed!

Tutorial 2: Shadows, Fill Light and Saturation

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How it was done

1. The original image looked a bit gray. The huge amount of snow (white) probably confused the automatic exposure of the camera, a Canon Powershot A75. So I played around with Shadows and Fill Light; these functions are located under the Tuning Tab.

2. Finally I wanted to bring out the reddish brown colour of the leaves. So I switched to the Effects Tab and increased Saturation.

3. Finally I exported my finished image for publication. The good thing about Picasa is that you can always roll back any changes you've made. The original is never changed!

 

Tutorial 3: Graduated Tint, Filtered B&W and Sharpening

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How it was done

1. The original image is nice, showing a cyclist approaching one of Iceland's many glaciers. But I wanted something different, bringing out the shapes and lines in this wonderful landscape. First of all I darkened the sky and clouds above the glacier using Effects Tab > Graduated Tint.

2. Secondly I selected Filtered B&W (Effects Tab) and clicked the red colour. This colours corresponds with the colour of the cyclists jacket thus giving it an extra punch. Generally I feel it's better to use Filtered B&W than just plain B&W.

3. To emphasize lines and shapes a bit more, I applied some extra sharpening.

4. . Finally I exported my finished image for publication. The good thing about Picasa is that you can always roll back any changes you've made. The original is never changed!

 

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