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Picasa lesson 7, Basic editing (part 2)

Straitening

Its allways possible even for professional photographers for your photos to be a little bit crooked.
With Picasa we have to possibillity to straithen these photos.
First dubbleclick on the photo which you want to edit.
This will open the editing window.
Click on the button "Straigthen" underneath the first tab "Basic editing".
Click and drag the mousecursor over the scrollbar to the left or right depending on the direction you want the photo to turn. When you are done click the "Apply" button.

When using straigthen you can see if your photo is straight with the help of the grid that will appear.

grid

Red eyes

Red eyes are common when you are making photos of people using flash.

Removing the red eyes in photos is very easy.

Dubble click on the photo to open the editing window, next click on "Red eye" in the tab "Basic editing" and click and drag in the photo over the red eye.
Picasa will automaticly remove the red eye for you.

When you are done click on the "Apply" button to return to the editing window.

red eye example
Some side information.
When you have made alot photos and you need to check them one by one if they have red eyes this may take you a while.
Because we know red eyes are being caused by the flash on your camera it may be best to select only the photos which are made with flash.
How can you do this ?
On the top right of Picasa there is a searchbar. When you type "Flash" in the search Picasa will only show you photos which are made with flash.

search
How does Picasa know this ?
Well, this is noted in the properties of each photo.

When you rightclick a photo and choose "Properties" in the dropdown menu this will open a extra window where you can find all the properties of the currently selected photo and also if you did or didn't use flash.

Auto contrast/ Auto color

By using the button "Auto color" you automaticly remove the heu and after the colorbalans will be restored while the values for contrast and brightness will stay the same.
By using the button "Auto contrast" you will automaticly set the brightness and contrast to a optimal level while the color values will stay the same.

If these values are perfect remains the question but nevertheless will bring you in the right direction.

Retouch

We can use the "Retouch" button to correct small irregularities in a photo.
As a example i have a photo from a teenager with some pimples and spots.
With the simple retouch button you can remove all these spots and make the face as clean as a baby.

To do this click the "Retouch" button. In the retouch window first select your brush size. The smaller the brush the more precise you can work.
Then select the area you want to retouch.
Tips:
Zoom in on the area you want to retouch by moving the scrollbar to the right.
Keep the Ctrl-key down on your keyboard to change the position of the photo in the windows. This is also called "Pan".

Next click on the area in the photo which will replace the retouch area.
You can do this as many times as you want in a photo.

retouch