Picasa Geeks

 

Do you love Picasa for managing all of your digital photo? We do! We’ve been using it and teaching it for many years now. This site includes all of our free weekly articles on every aspect of this free software from Google. Our main site GeeksOnTour.com is where you’ll find all of our tutorial videos on Picasa as well as many other programs of interest to travelers.

Picasa Tip: You’ll Flip for this Tip!

Picasa Tip: You’ll Flip for this Tip!

Picasa lovers out there have an endless source of simple tools for enjoying our pictures. I’ve been using Picasa for 10+ years now, and this ‘kaleidoscope’ effect never occurred to me. My friend, Vicki Wassenhove, from the Quad Cities Computer Society and their Digital Photography group had an assignment to use a given picture and Read more…

Fun with Picasa's Photo Effects

Fun with Picasa’s Photo Effects

When I saw this picture of my friend Sue, with a bright green Praying Mantis on her finger, I just had to get a copy and play with it using Picasa’s editing tools. Thanks Sue! Notice how most of the picture is Black and White while the bug is bright green. Also notice how most Read more…

HDR and Picasa’s HDR-ish

HDR and Picasa’s HDR-ish

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It means that you have a picture that includes both bright light and shadows. This is difficult to expose correctly. You need a lower exposure for the bright parts and a higher exposure for the shadows. Professional photographers have known about the HDR process for a long time. They Read more…

What is Google+ ALL Photos?

What is Google+ ALL Photos?

If you are using Google+ Auto-Backup you may have noticed thousands of pictures in a place Google calls “All Photos.” I think the term “Auto-Backup” is misleading because this is not a true Backup that you can use to Restore to your computer should disaster strikes, it is simply a single-file collection of ALL your Read more…

Picasa Tip: Find Photos by Date

Picasa Tip: Find Photos by Date

You may know that you can sort your pictures by date using Picasa’s Sort Order tools, but did you know that you can find pictures with a certain date? Let’s say you wanted to see what pictures you took on Christmas Day last year. Just search for 2013:12:25 and make sure to include the colons. Read more…

Picasa Tip: Picture too Dark? Here’s how to fix it.

Picasa Tip: Picture too Dark? Here’s how to fix it.

We took a beautiful drive up the mountain thru a town called Jerome in Arizona. Jerome is perched right on the side of that mountain with a sweeping view of the Verde Valley in the distance. Unfortunately, when I took the picture, the town was in deep shadow and sunlight filled the sky and the Read more…