Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Picasa 3.9 goes Picnik

I just (somewhat inadvertently) upgraded from Picasa 3 to Picasa 3.9. And guess what? They've added two whole sections of image processing lifted right from Picnik. 

I have to admit that I've always taken a basic approach with Picasa and manipulated my images rather than using a canned approach so I've been a bit at a loss why everyone bemoaned the demise of Picnik. 

BUT!  (Yes, that's a big but.  Not to be confused with a big butt.  Very important.)

The new tools have some sweet effects like Neon, Polaroid, HDR-ish, Posterize, and Pencil Sketch.   

Pencil Sketch, people!  I've been smitten with other bloggers use of Pencil Sketch (or something similar) and it just landed in my lap.

And Posterize and I are destined to have a happy relationship too. 

I have a Netflix (Game of Thrones, Disk 5) waiting, but I just had to play a bit and show you why I'm tickled.

Straight out of the camera:

Pencil Sketch:

Pencil sketch with some color:

I love this soft pastel look.  Just imagine what I can do with this once the new grand-daughter arrives!

And Posterize:

Not the best photo to show Posterize perhaps but much better than if I'd shown you the somewhat zombie-ish look of the Neon action.  No bunny deserves that!

The one thing that blogger/users of Picasa 3 will immediately notice is a missing "Blog This" button.  I can help with that!

Go to the Tools tab at the top of Picasa.  Hit Configure Buttons.  Double click Blog This--and might as well add Collage while you're at it.  (Or single click and then Add. )

Presto!  You're in business!

I admit that it's fun to have some new options in photo-editing.



  1. The photo editing is fun, but a new grand-daughter is divine! Congratulations.

  2. I feel like I am living in the dark ages, I never heard of any of this stuff.. I just cross my fingers and hope for the best. But very cool, with the pencil work! New Grand daughter, You lucky dog! I hope she lives ever so close so that you can spoil and love her to bits... every day.

  3. Very fun... reminds me of a little.

    Congrats to a granddaughter on the way!! Hope all is well your way:) We are fluctuating between winter and spring. The daffodils are up and ever so cheery even when it's gray outside.

  4. Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment on my Fresh Produce dress. I wanted to stop by here and see what you had been up to and I can see you have been busy photo editing. So fun isn't it? I was sad when I knew picnik was going away but I have found a new friend in PicMonkey. I only wish they would store my photos too but I like the editing tools well enough that I am okay with it even if they don't.
    Hope you are having a great weekend.

  5. Just stumbled across your blog and this post. I'm new at this and there's so much to learn. Thanks for the tip!