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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.
Now we're going to talk about the Effects palette and how to use a bunch of effects in an effective way. So I'm going to go into an image where I have already done a few just to show you the non-destructive nature of the effects. And by right-clicking on the image itself, I can go down to Undo All Edits. What this will do is it will basically remove all of the different things that were part of the original image. I'm going to use my Right Arrow and I'll compare these two images and both of these are exactly how they were in camera.
But what I'm going to do is a couple of edits on each to show you the starting point, and the finishing point of each to see how the progression and the addition of effects can add to your image. So the first thing I notice is this image is pretty dark. So I'm going to combine the Fill Light with the Graduated Tint because I want to darken the sky a little bit. The next thing I want to do is give it a little Soft Focus.
Again I like the emphasis on this particular part of the image. I don't want it too blurry, so I'm going to reduce the Amount. The next thing I'm going to do, I'm going to flirt with the warming up a little bit just to give it a little bit of a warm feel, and I have no control over Warmify, so if you don't like it you can undo it. Another way, as I mentioned, to warm it up with a little bit more control is go to the Tuning palette and just give it a little bit of warmth on the Color Temperature piece.
It gives a little different effect. So that's the first image. Now let's go to the second image. Slightly different exposure. So what I'm going to do is I want these two images to kind of be the same. So I'm going to play with the Soft Focus. I'm going to bring some of that darkness into it, bring up the Highlights, just the Temperature, just a bit, go back to the Effects, pull in some of that Graduated Tint, Feather, Shaded.
Now, I've got two images that are pretty close to each other. One is warmer than the next. I can pull it back, or warm up the second one. That's what I'm going to do. Pretty happy with those. So now I've got two images that I've just began to play with the Effects palette and get it more towards something that I like. What's really lovely about this is I can move. I've got my left hand on the arrow keys and I can really adjust and create an entire array of cohesive imagery just by being in this Detail mode and working between the different palettes.
The next step here is tacking it to my tray. I can start to grab specific images that I want to put into an array or a collection that I want to share, print, upload, blog, put on a social network. That is the power of pulling all these things together. Now I want you to go into your library and begin to find some cohesiveness between one or two images, and see if you can use the Effects palette to bring a couple of the images together in cohesiveness and make them a part of visual array.
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