I took this picture at sunset time at our favorite RV park, Thousand Trails Peace River. I love the beautiful, natural surroundings here. I was particularly struck by the silhouette of the palm trees against the amber sky. The sunset was creating a golden sky that night. But, when I imported the picture to my computer, it didn’t even come close to the colors I experienced. See the original below. The colors are so drab, it looks like a black and white picture! I swear that, what my eyes saw was a golden sky!
Recreate the Golden Sky with Graduated Tint
One of our (many) favorite features in Picasa is the Graduated tint tool. You’ll find it on the 3d tab of editing tools – what used to be called ‘Effects.’ It is pre-set to make blue skies bluer, but you can choose different colors (like the golden sky) just by clicking on the color palette. Drag the crosshairs down to cover more of the picture, increase the Shade slider to make the chosen color darker. When you like what you see, click Apply.
|Blue sky before Graduated Tint
|Blue Sky after Graduated Tint, with default blue color
|Sunset Sky before Graduated Tint
|Sunset Sky after Graduated Tint, with chosen color
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