Thursday, February 21, 2013

Think Back Thursday ~ Editing Photos with Picasa, pt. 3

The purpose of Think Back Thursday is to link up a photo post about something from the past. You can reach back all the way to your childhood and bravely post pictures of you in your wild clothes and hair styles or post something from last year and tell us about it. I'm not picky. Hey, even yesterday was the past... LOL I hope you will join us.

It is time for tab 4 of the features of Picasa. I was going to do tab 4 and 5 but the post would have been tooooo long. It is long enough already. So, I will be adding another week.

Now we are getting to the really fun features.
The features on tab 4 are ones you would only use one of. None of these could be combined, it would make for a terrible looking picture. But they are fun all on their own.

 Here is the original photo
From Longwood Gardens 05-06-2011
These are from our very first visit to Longwood Gardens

 Infrared Film
You can see  there is only one option for changing things here. You can fade the infared feature. The more you fade it the more like the original it looks. You can see I left it fully Infared.

This affect simulates black and white infrared film.

"What gives infrared film its main characteristic, and what makes it different from conventional film, is how it records reflected infrared energy.
The effect is most obvious in leaves and green foliage, especially in the spring and early summer months. Rapid growth occurs in plants in these months and photosynthesis rates are high; the higher the rate of photosynthesis the greater the amount of infrared radiation. These high levels of infrared radiation cause the leaves to record as white to light gray in infrared images." from
You can see that affect in this feature. It really made the leaves look white.

This is what it would look like in the Black and White feature. Notice the difference in the leaves.


Simulates the affects of using a Lomo toy camera.
"The lens is made out of plastic and not glass, so the lens is largely responsible for the quality of the images: vignettes, saturated colors, off hues, and the like." from

Another kind of toy camera with a plastic lens

You see you can play with the blurryness of the edges, the grain of the "film", and you can fade it from black and white to full color. A fun feature to play with.

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. Create a photo with amazing detail in the shadows, midtones, and highlights all at the same time. I exagerated the effects so you could see what was possible.

 I can't really explain the features of this. You just have to play with the different slide buttons until you get the affect you want. This is one of the coolest of the features on this tab, I think. Fade takes it from more HDR looking to the original photo.

Simple one. This could be combined with any of the other features on this tab, and most of the features on the other tabs as well. I did not combine it with any of them so you would not be distracted by multible features.This features says you can give your photo that "Classic Movie Magic". There is no slide choices here... it is either Letterbox or not. If you unclick the Letterbox check mark your photo goes back to looking like the original.

As you can see it did cut off some of the top and bottom of the photo so it will not work well with all photos. There are other features on the last tab that may work better...
but you will have to wait 'til next week.

Mimic Michael Orgon's effects

 Three slide buttons to play with here.
Fade, as usual, takes you from full effect back to the original. Brightness is self explanatory. Bloom kinda changes the focus. Another one that is hard to explain and fun to play with.

Here is Michael Orgon's discription of this technique from his own website.

Rounded corners and a warm, aged glow. Just like some of my photos from growing up. Also my college photos in the 80's. I guess I was behind the times with my camera!!! LOL

You can change the background color and change the amount of  warm glow. You can also round the corners or leave them square... but a photo is not a 1960's photo without the rounded corners in my opinion.

Invert Colors
This makes your photo look like a negative... sorta.
No screenshot of this feature because there is nothing to show. You either invert the colors or you don't. There are no slide buttons here to change anything.

I love this!!! Looks so interesting.

Heat Map

Simulates Heat Vision

Hue changes the colors. Fade does what it always does, it changes it from very much like a heat map back to the original. The settings above gave me this picture and this was the default it came up with when I pushed the feature button on tab 4.

Cross Process

 It says, "Mimics Cross-processing."
But what is Cross-processing.
I looked it up on Wikepedia. It said it was,
"...the deliberate processing of photographic film in a chemical solution intended for a different type of film. ... Color cross processed photographs are often characterized by unnatural colors and high contrast.

This process does not seem to do much, at least not to this photo. The colors are not very unnatural even though I left it at the highest feature setting and did not slide the fade bar at all.


Reduce the amount of colors in a photo.
You also have a detail slider and fade.

Postureize with less colors

 A few more colors

Detail affects how many details of the photo are shown. Hard to explain. With the detail slider moved to the left the photo looks like the one below.

Duo means 2, Tone is the same as color. So choose 2 colors and then you can adjust the brightness, contrast and fade.

Different colors give you different looks.

I decided to try and combine some of the features from this tab... it came out really COOL!!

I combined Invert Colors, HDR-ish, and Lomo-ish

Now it is your turn
In February
(and first week of March)
2/7, 2/14, 2/21. 2/28, 3/7 a series on Playing with Photos

Todays post got really long. I did not want to make it longer by doing tab 4 and 5 so I added the first week of March to this series... I hope you are not tooooo bored! I am having fun!!

What program do you use to fiddle with your photos?
Let us know and show some of the things the program does.

If you don't want to join in on this one... mine will be a series for all of February...
you can choose your own topics and post what you would like.

I have been wanting to do this on my blog and decided to do it for Think Back Thursday since I use a lot of photos for this meme. It will take some planning ahead to get this one ready so I am giving you all of Jan to work on it. 

I have been working on this and it is going to be GOOD! I can't wait to share with you.

I look forward to seeing what you show us... whether you do Playing with Photos or your own thing.

Gotta figure out what is NEXT for March???

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  • It can be about you, about your kids, about your parents, whomever. You can include video, I will not exclude video alone posts, but I prefer them along with photos, as this is a photo meme. I am doing a weekly theme now. That should help narrow it down from the myriad of photos we all have. For ideas check out the other posts in my label Think Back Thursday. 
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Julieanne said...

You're able to do some neat things with Picasa. I use PicMonkey for my photo editing and have only used Picasa for storing photos so far.

Kym Thorpe said...

Thanks for all the tips! I just downloaded Picasa last night, so I guess I'll be re-reading your tutorials as I learn my way around.


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