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In Picasa 3 Essential Training, Dane Howard demonstrates how the latest upgrade of this free program from Google will allow photographers to organize, share, and edit digital photos more easily and effectively than ever before. Dane shows newcomers and experienced users how to archive and share photos from a desktop or online. Exercise files accompany the course, but using personal media is encouraged.
In this next section, I call it flirting with black and white. And for years people have told me you can always change it to a black and white, which is true, which means that you can always go to the Effects palette and see what a black and white will look at. Well, I've even taken it to the next level where I start to shoot in black and white. And my digital camera has a mode where I can literally shoot in black and white and quickly move between color and black and white. I love the effects of seeing it in camera in black and white. But we're talking about photo editing here.
So what we'll do is flirt with black and white. And I encourage you to do this because when you go through this exercise, you'll see this image in a new way. You start to see it differently. And again, making things in black and white brings out new elements of the photograph itself. As you can see here, experimenting won't take a lot of time. In fact, I could go through a couple of these landscape shots. I'm going to very quickly find something inside my image that I want to play with and flirt with. So by applying the Filtered B&W, I can start to pull out elements of the image itself that I really am starting to enjoy.
And start to give it some more contrast, and some dynamic effects and even give it some more dramatic sky and some clouds. So use the black and white as a way to really quickly visualize something that you may not have seen before. Then go back in and see if you want a warm or saturated or remove color.
In fact, you can kind of turn a black and white photo in to almost to sepia tone, just by adjusting the Temperature and warming it up very quickly. I'm using the Left and Right Arrow keys to move very quickly through these images. As you can see when I zoom it up, I now have three unified images that allow me to see things in a completely different way. Here is another example. Here is a color image, maybe not as ordinary as you would have thought. But let me go into Black and White, and let me start to flirt with this little bit.
Let me pull out some of this contrast and the Highlights here. Let me give it a Glow. Let me play with this just a little bit more. Let me warm it up or cool it down. Let me just begin to give this a little bit more dramatic feel. I'm moving very quickly. You can follow along and start to see that what was somewhat a normal photograph is turned into a very dramatic photograph.
And when I reorder those images, now I have a sequence that I never would have had before. If I hadn't been thinking or flirting in black and white.
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