With Picasa’s Image Processing tools and text tool, so much is possible! Most people barely touch the surface of these simple creative tools. I was just playing around with this picture of a pretty orchid:
And I think I came up with something worthy of a greeting card, or a poster, or a book cover:
The real joy is how easy this is … just keep clicking on the fun tools available. If you don’t like what happens, click Undo! If you do like what happens, try some more!
The Features I used
- First I cropped close to the flowers and, thinking of the Rule of Thirds, I put the flowers on the left side of the image. See member video Basic Edits
- Saturation – on the third tab – makes the colors more vivid
- HDRish – on the fourth tab – this is like a super-sharpen and gives the image some depth, almost 3 dimensional. See member video HDRish = Super Sharpen
- Cinemascope – right next to HDRish – this mellows the coloring and adds the top and bottom black bars.
- Text – it’s a good idea to save the image before adding text because the positioning is more stable then. I entered one line of text “a thing of beauty” and selected the AR JULIAN font. (selecting a font among the hundred+ available was the most time-consuming part of this!) I chose a font color by clicking on the purple in the flower, and I used the same color for the font outline. Then I clicked again to enter a separate item of text for “Is a Joy Forever” and I chose white as the font color, leaving the outline at the same purple.
See member video: Adding Text to Pictures
Try it. Just keep playing until you have created a thing of beauty! Then you can use the File->Order Prints command and make a poster for your wall, or the cover for your picture book, or a t-shirt. Or use it for a post on Facebook, or a greeting card sent by Send Out Cards, or the home page of your blog or website.
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