Have you ever played with the tools on Picasa’s last tab? There are a lot of fun effects here. The first one is called Boost. Just a single click will make your picture pop! Actually, it may pop so much it hurts your eyes! So, we recommend toning it down a bit by using the slider. When you first click on Boost, it increases color and contrast to the 50% mark on the slider. If you drag it back to 15 or 20% we think you’ll get a much more reasonable effect.
Too Much Color and Contrast
Take a look at this picture, it’s a bit overdone don’t you think? This is what you get with just one click of the Boost button. Notice the image of the slider, the strength is set right in the middle.
Too little Color and Contrast
This is the Original:
Just Right Color and Contrast
Now, here’s what it looks like if you click on Boost, but just back off on the Strength Slider a bit. I think this picture is just right. The grass is a luscious green, the sky is a sun-drenched blue and the shadows of the palms are more distinct. It makes the original look a little muddy by comparison, yet it doesn’t look too unreal. Just click Apply, and you’re done!
There are lots more fun and easy editing tools. If you are a Geeks on Tour Member, you can watch these videos that will demonstrate all of the editing tools:
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