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Using the Basic Fixes palette

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Video: Using the Basic Fixes palette

Well, this is where the fun begins. We're going to start photo- editing some of these images. This gives us the chance to edit, crop, resize, adjust the color. This is where the fun begins. What I really love about Picasa is that it allows me to do these basic tasks very quickly. All of my image organization, all of the speed and performance is right in front of me, and allows me to adjust the photos. In this section, all of the images that I edit will be available to you in the exercise files.

Using the Basic Fixes palette

Well, this is where the fun begins. We're going to start photo- editing some of these images. This gives us the chance to edit, crop, resize, adjust the color. This is where the fun begins. What I really love about Picasa is that it allows me to do these basic tasks very quickly. All of my image organization, all of the speed and performance is right in front of me, and allows me to adjust the photos. In this section, all of the images that I edit will be available to you in the exercise files.

When you download the exercise files, this folder Travels will be available to you, so that you can compare and edit, even have some images to compare against. So the first thing we're going to do to go into photo-editing mode is simple,. Just double-click on any image that you may want to adjust. Some Basic Fixes are the default tab. This gives you the chance to crop, straighten, remove redeye, adjust automatic color, and even retouch the photograph right in place. It gives you chance to edit and add some text or adjust the fill lighting.

So they've put some of the basic controls that were across most of the photographic needs on one palette. So first let's talk about cropping. You find an image that I'd like to crop a little bit. So I'm going to go to this image. There's couple of things wrong with this image. I think it's little too dark. I also think it could benefit from a better cropping. First thing I'm going to do is I'm going to crop and everything inside Picasa is nondestructive, which means that I can edit and change and undo without hurting the original.

This is really helpful. So we'll see that it defaults to a manual crop, but it gives me some choices here. They've done a real nice job of creating some previews. If I select a preview, it starts to give me an idea of different types of crops that could be applied. Use this as inspiration or a starting point. So I like the panoramic approach. I'm going to do more of an aggressive crop on this particular image. I still like the offset and they've added the preview, which gives me a chance to look at it without committing.

So it will temporarily give you a preview and then go back to the Editing tool. If you like what you see, go ahead and hit Apply. Now the second thing that I think about this image is I like it to be a little bit lighter and I could go in and lighten some specific areas, but I want to, overall, lighten the image. To do that, go ahead and click on Fill Light. This will lighten the image and give more detail to some of the things in the shadows. Other things you can do is adjust the straightening. So I can just adjust this just a little bit, hit Apply, and some of the compound adjustments relate to Auto Contrast, which is just an algorithm that combines the overall image and just gives you a chance.

We can click on this if we want. You can see that it just gave you some auto contrast. And again, everything is undoable. You can try out I'm Feeling Lucky or Auto Color. You can see what that does. In this case it warmed it up a little bit. These are just experiments, we'll explore some of these other tabs later. It's a way to combine and add more complex edits across this. But for right now, let's click out of this image and edit one more. Here's an image I shot in black and white. One of the first things I want to do is lighten this image a little bit and I want to straighten it.

Next thing I want to do is crop it. I'd be inspired here by a couple of their suggestions. Now I'll use that as a beginning point for the edit that I want to do next. I'm going to preview, go ahead and apply. So use this as a way to move through your images and look very quickly to begin, as you can see, I'm hitting the Right Arrow key and making these adjustments very quickly, and use them as a way of triaging your images in such a way that's really, really fast and equivalent.

Now oftentimes you can apply the same type of edits to a JPEG as you can, a RAW image. So here is a JPEG and here is a RAW image for my camera. If you have a camera that shoots in both, Picasa does a great job at allowing you to look at the histogram and to be able to really make subtle nuances on the actual RAW image itself. And again, these are nondestructive. We'll talk a little bit more about some of the more advanced editing a little bit. But use the histogram as a way to look across the information to see exactly the details that you want.

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Picasa 3 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 6m 39s
    1. What's new in Picasa 3
      3m 2s
    2. Downloading and installing Picasa on the PC
      2m 17s
    3. Downloading and installing Picasa on the Mac
      1m 20s
  3. 34m 3s
    1. Organizational paradigms
      5m 36s
    2. Exploring the interface
      3m 27s
    3. Using the Task tray
      2m 28s
    4. Adding a custom button to the Task tray
      1m 48s
    5. Exploring the Help and Tools pulldown menus
      2m 58s
    6. Importing photos and movies from a camera or card reader
      3m 53s
    7. Searching and archiving your growing library
      5m 24s
    8. Remembering your memories
      6m 17s
    9. Using the new Desktop Photo Viewer
      2m 12s
  4. 29m 23s
    1. Using folders and albums
      4m 0s
    2. Tagging and rating your photos
      6m 58s
    3. Using filters effectively
      2m 51s
    4. Searching for photos
      4m 30s
    5. Deleting, hiding, and removing photos
      2m 46s
    6. Creating and editing a new online album
      5m 37s
    7. Screen captures made easy
      2m 41s
  5. 32m 21s
    1. Using the Basic Fixes palette
      4m 45s
    2. Using the Tuning palette
      1m 59s
    3. Using the Effects palette
      4m 32s
    4. Using the Retouch tool
      1m 32s
    5. Applying red-eye repair
      1m 10s
    6. Flirting with black & white, sepia, and tinting
      2m 55s
    7. Effective cropping and straightening
      6m 32s
    8. Adding captions, text, and watermarks
      3m 8s
    9. Using effects effectively
      3m 39s
    10. Batch-editing for speed
      2m 9s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Creating and playing a slideshow
      2m 36s
    2. Creating gift CDs
      3m 53s
    3. Uploading photos
      6m 23s
    4. Emailing photos
      4m 50s
    5. Using the Share button to upload and email photos at the same time
      1m 18s
    6. Setting printing controls for local printing
      6m 10s
    7. Exporting photos
      4m 9s
    8. Advanced exporting to HTML galleries and Flash
      3m 19s
    9. Customizing your export templates
      3m 28s
    10. Reordering and customizing your share buttons
      2m 8s
    11. Printing commercially
      1m 57s
    12. Creating a collage
      5m 34s
    13. Creating and editing movies and uploading to YouTube
      6m 56s
    14. Blogging photos quickly using BlogThis!
      2m 43s
    15. Creating a blog post via email
      4m 22s
    16. Sharing via Facebook
      1m 24s
    17. Sharing via Flickr
      2m 9s
    18. Uploading photos to SmugMug
      2m 23s
    19. Posting photos from iPhone to your web album
      1m 39s
    20. Viewing web albums on the iPhone
      1m 8s
    21. Downloading and synchronizing web albums
      5m 7s
    22. Turning a web album into a live RSS feed
      2m 9s
  7. 42m 13s
    1. Getting started
      3m 38s
    2. Creating web albums
      5m 53s
    3. Organizing and reordering albums
      1m 54s
    4. Deleting an album
      1m 0s
    5. Adding locations to albums and images using the Album Map
      1m 56s
    6. Adding captions to albums
      1m 58s
    7. Adding tags in web albums
      1m 46s
    8. Changing General settings
      3m 11s
    9. Changing Email Notification settings
      41s
    10. Changing Privacy and Permissions settings
      5m 39s
    11. Changing Storage settings
      2m 9s
    12. Identifying people in photos using face recognition
      3m 21s
    13. Sharing web albums
      3m 16s
    14. Downloading albums and downloading images
      2m 34s
    15. Creating projects using the Download tab
      2m 5s
    16. Ordering prints
      1m 12s
  8. 17s
    1. Goodbye
      17s

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