picasa: Creating Collages for Your Blog Posts - Picasa Tool - 02/11/12 11:14 AM
So by now you know the news that Picnik is closing shop coming up in April. For the most part, this does not bother me! Picasa (free photo organizing/editing tool by Google, download link) is picking up the slack (especially in its v3.9 release and hopefully even more so in the upcoming v4.0).
Samples of Picnik Collage Options
However, there was one feature of Picnik that I have yet to meet a match in ease of use. That feature is the collage tool. You could pick a collage box pattern, drop your photos in. Slide them as needed to get the … (105 comments)

picasa: Creating Desktop Wallpaper with Picasa [tutorial video] - 02/04/12 10:42 AM
Today is the first of the month and my desktop wallpaper (which showed a calendar on it) needed to be changed! I decided to record the video as I did it so that I could share it with you.
I'm using the free photo app called Picasa (app for windows and mac, download link). In this video I will show you how to utilize the tags feature to find the images you want, select them, and then use the collage tool.
Also, I use the website timeanddate.com to generate a two-month calendar. Once on the screen I use the screen capture … (13 comments)

picasa: Picnik Going Offline - What Can I Do? - 01/22/12 10:42 AM
I know many of you are shocked by the recent news that Picnik is going offline on April 19, 2012. I'm not happy about it either. I am a HUGE fan of the free google photo app called Picasa.... however, there were a few tools and features that it was just easier or better in Picnik (not many things, but a few).
Recently Google released version 3.9 of Picasa (download page, FREE app). In it there were quite a few significant enhancements. I noticed many of the Picnik tools making their way over (since Google owns both products, this made … (124 comments)

picasa: Graphics For Bloggers [#5] - Snapshot and Crop - 02/13/11 09:30 AM
I'm in the midst of writing my Video Series, but I'm jumping back to my Graphics for Bloggers Series for a day to help you with a graphics skill that we will need on the next video lesson. I am going to demonstrate how to do screen captures AND get them cropped to the right aspect ratio so that it will be all ready to insert as new clips into your video timeline.

So let's take the case of a home tour video. You have gone out and recorded clips of you touring the house. As a lead-in to help … (69 comments)

picasa: Picasa Series [#12] Watermarking Photos - 02/08/11 01:51 PM

If you have been following my Picasa Series, you'll know by now what an amazing all-around photo app that Picasa is (and free too!). This class will be about watermarking your photos. Watermarking is the overlaying of text onto your photo to dissuade others from using your work without your permission. Any photo on the internet can easily be saved by others and used in their own pages. Even if you were to go to the effort of programming and disabling the right-click/save-as option, there is still screen capture command that is all too simple to do.
Watermarking then is … (34 comments)

picasa: Picasa Series [#11] Tuning Listing Photos - White Balance - 01/29/11 09:55 AM

If you have been following my Picasa Series, you'll know by now what an amazing all-around photo app that Picasa is (and free too!). If you use photos in presentation work (ahem nudge nudge Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, Home Inspector) then you should really consider a post-production phase for any photos that you take. Picasa makes it extremely easy to do so. Today's post will be focusing on one of the tools that you can use to correct problems with your photos. The tool I'll focus on today is the Neutral Color Picker Tool. (BTW, if you missed the … (31 comments)

picasa: Picasa Series [#10] Tuning Listing Photos - Straighten - 01/27/11 09:51 AM

If you have been following my Picasa Series, you'll know by now what an amazing all-around photo app that Picasa is (and free too!). If you use photos in presentation work (ahem nudge nudge Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, Home Inspector) then you should really consider a post-production phase for any photos that you take. Picasa makes it extremely easy to do so. Today's post will be focusing on one of the tools that you can use to correct problems with your photos. The tool is the Straighten Tool. (BTW, if you missed the other articles in the series, be … (42 comments)

picasa: Picasa Photo App Series [Part 9] Blog Header - 01/22/11 11:48 AM
Today I'm going to teach you more things that you can do with the amazing (and free) photo app called Picasa. If you want to see other articles I've written in the Picasa Series, you can click that link to see a list. This post will be about how to use the collage and text tools in order to create a custom blog header graphic that you can use for your ActiveRain blog.
In order to illustrate the points in this blog, I worked with Leah Stern in order to update her blog page. You can see below, the page makeover … (96 comments)

picasa: Picasa Photo App Series [Part 8] Tuning Listing Photos - 10/03/10 10:47 AM

This is part 8 of the series where I'm teaching you how to use the Free Photo Organizing and Editing App called Picasa. If you need to catch up, check out my Picasa Series recap listing here and you will see the previous articles. Today we're going to be looking at Tuning Listing Photos.
I don't need to tell you that people are going to be looking online to find the next house that they want to buy. As a listing agent, you need to do all you can to create the best virtual presentation which will bring interest to … (27 comments)

picasa: Picasa Photo App Series [Part 7] Text and Crop - 09/17/10 01:16 PM

This is part 7 of the series where I'm teaching you how to use the Free Photo Organizing and Editing App called Picasa. If you need to catch up, check out my Picasa Series recap listing here and you will see the previous articles. Today we're going to be looking at Adding Text and Cropping Images.
Yesterday's tutorial was on creating a collage of two photos so that you could use the graphic in a blog post. This will continue with a couple more things to finish off that task.

First, let's look at adding text into the image. … (11 comments)

picasa: Picasa Photo App Series [Part 6] Collages - 09/16/10 01:46 PM

This is part 6 of the series where I'm teaching you how to use the Free Photo Organizing and Editing App called Picasa. If you need to catch up, check out my Picasa Series recap listing here and you will see the previous articles. Today we're going to be looking at Creating Collages.
(BTW, I posted twice yesterday once on tag clouds, once on PIcasa - if you missed the Picasa post you can catch it via the link above)
The Collage feature in Picasa is very cool. It allows you to select multiple photos and create a single composite … (14 comments)

picasa: Picasa Photo App Series [Part 5] Create Web Albums - 09/15/10 02:23 PM

This is part 5 of the series where I'm teaching you how to use the Free Photo Organizing and Editing App called Picasa. If you need to catch up, check out my Picasa Series recap listing here and you will see the previous articles. Today we're going to be looking at Creating Web Albums for sharing photos.
When you want to share photos, your first inclination might be "let me email them." After today, you should instead say, "let me create a web album". Picasa lets you upload your photos into online albums that you then invite others to see. … (16 comments)

picasa: Picasa Photo App Series [Part 4] You Get a Star - 09/12/10 10:03 AM

The past three days, I've introduced you to the Free Photo Organizing and Editing App called Picasa. If you need to catch up, check out my blog archives list for September and you will see the previous articles. Today were going to be looking at benefits of Starring Your Photos
In a photo shoot, you take LOTS of pictures (at least you should). When you get back to your computer and upload them, the next step is going through and picking out the ones that you plan to actually use. This is what I do. I double-click on the first … (14 comments)

picasa: Picasa Photo App Series [Part 3] Export Command - 09/11/10 04:03 PM

The past two days, I've introduced you to the Free Photo Organizing and Editing App called Picasa. If you need to catch up, check out my blog archives list for September and you will see the previous articles. Today were going to be looking at uses for the "Export Tool"
How many megapixel camera do YOU have? I have a 9 Mexapixel camera. However, my normal daily shots are at 3 mexapixel setting. This means that the width of the photos are about 2000 pixels across. For me, that works just fine for my general photo library. My hard drive … (37 comments)

picasa: Picasa - Overview and Concepts [Series - Part 2] - 09/10/10 02:08 PM

In yesterday's post, I introduced you to some of the great things that the photo-editing tool Picasa can do. Be sure and go back to see if you missed the introduction. Let's get started right away now teaching you about how you can use this tool.
In the figure below, I've highlighted some of the main things you'll be working with inside the Picasa Window. On the left side is the navigation pane is where you will see all of your folders. By default, the folder with the newest items goes to the top of the list. Folders are categorized … (19 comments)

picasa: Picasa - The (Must-Have & Free) Photo Editing Tool - 09/09/10 02:50 PM

Yesterday's post was on working with Picnik to create your HD Profile Photo. Picnik is a web-based app (nothing to download) and the online cousin to the Picasa application. Picasa is another one of those amazing things produced by Google (so is Picnik for that matter). Picasa is totally free to download and install. This is in my "must-have" toolset on my computer and after you work with it, it quite likely will be also for you. In the real estate world of photography, there is a long list of practical uses! It constantly amazes me the power and simplicity … (39 comments)

 
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