Dec 252012

note 9/15/2013: Creative Kit has been discontinued.

Jim and Chris, here at Geeks on Tour, hope you had a fabulous Christmas.  We know you took lots of pictures, and you’ll have even more fun editing them in Picasa!

Here’s a picture we took of the tree at Jim’s sister’s house.  The original is on the left, the edited version is on the right.  Below the pictures is a list of the editing features I used.

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  1. Border with corner radius at the max and caption height increased.  Outer color picked up from the dark green in the tree, inner color from the red around the bottom of the tree,
    See this past article about Framing photos.
  2. Color boost for even more color than saturation can give
  3. Graduated tint to darken the upper part of the picture
  4. Text tool used for ‘Merry Christmas’ entered in the caption area created by the border
  5. Santa hat added by using ‘Edit in Creative Kit’ which takes you to the web where there is a ‘decorate’ option.  You’ll usually find ‘stickers’ for the current holiday there.

Hope this gives you some ideas!  Have Fun.  And … Happy New Year!

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Mar 242009

When you think of a collage, most people think of a bunch of photos strewn about on a page. I want to use Picasa’s background feature to make you think of other ideas. Here’s a collage I did of our motorhome. Click on it for a larger version – then click your Back button to return.

Seems to me this would be great for pictures of a house for sale – as one example. So, how did I do it? First, you select the two pictures, then click on the collage button at the bottom. Choose Picture Pile as the top level setting. Under Background options, select Use Image. You can also use the tabs above the collage itself to select an image and Set As Background.

Now, you probably have the background photo also in the foreground. Just select it and click on the Remove button at the top. The remaining image looks best, I think, with a white border to set it apart. Just click on it and click the Picture border option in the middle.

You’re done, Create your collage.

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