Picasa Free Editing Software Tutorial

Picasa is a completely free editing software that gives you the ability to make simple, and more complex edits to your photos with little effort. I use Picasa nearly daily to edit my photos both for personal use and for adjusting pictures I use on my blog. I even previously wrote a post on how to use Picasa as a photo collage maker!

Picasa's Free Editing Software How-To Guide! #Photo #Blogging #BloggingTips


Tools in Picasa – Free Editing Software

Putting the Free Editing software tools from Picasa to work!

Here are some of the tools that are available in Picasa to help you edit your photos.

  • Crop – Remove some of the background un-necessary elements of the picture
  • Straighten – Let’s you change the angle of your picture
  • Redeye – An easy tool to remove red eyes in your pictures
  • Auto or Manual Contrast Levels – You can select their auto contrast to add deeper blacks and brighter highlights to your photos. Or, switch over to the fine tuning tab to adjust the shadow, highlights, fill in extra light, and adjust the color temperature of the picture.
  • Retouch – Let’s you edit out small blemishes blending them in with their surrounding
  • Add Text – Simple way to add a title, watermark, or a date to your photo
  • Fill Light – Helps to fill in some light to your pictures when you’ve taken pictures in a poorly lit room
  • Photo Filters – You’ll also find a full range of filters to turn your pictures to black and white or other fun effects.


Putting Picasa’s Free Editing Software to Use

When you load a picture into Picasa, you can play around with it and make as many adjustments as you might need. For most of my pictures taken in doors I will usually start by cropping my photo and then playing with the contrast levels, fill light feature, and sometimes slightly adjust the color temperature as well. After I’ve made the few adjustments needed, I can very easily add a text watermark to my photo and even adjust the transparency level on the font to make the watermark not obtrusive.  Then, I select “Save As” from the file menu and give my photo a new name. This will save all your changes on the new picture you’ve created only, instead of saving over your original picture.

What tools are you currently using to quickly and easily edit your photos?

You can download the free editing software directly on Picasa’s website. It is one of Google’s free tools and a must-have software for bloggers!

No compensation received for this post. I just really LOVE Picasa!


About Janel

Hi, I'm Janel! I'm the owner and lead blogger here at A Mom's Take. I have five little boys age 8 and under. I am a Phoenix based mom blogger and love the sun. I love to travel and have been known for planning trips specifically to hit the roller coasters! I enjoy digital scrapbook and design and I'm obsessed with board games.


Picasa Free Editing Software Tutorial — 24 Comments

  1. Thanks for info on Picasa! Do you know if it can be used on an iPad 2? I’m always looking for a good photo editing app, and this one sounds great!

    • I don’t have an ipad but a quick online search looks like they may not have the editing tools for an ipad. They do have an album viewer. Not positive what all they have for an app since I can’t check it out.

  2. I use iPhoto, PicMonkey & Snapseed daily for personal & blogging photos, but I’ve never tried Picasa’s photo-editing software. Gonna have to download it & give it a try. Especially interested in the “fill light” feature.

  3. I use Picasa editing all the time and love it…I get lots of compliments on my blog’s photographs…
    Love, Moan

  4. Thanks for the tutorial. I use an Office picture manager because it lets me compress the photo but it doesn’t have text.

    Does this one have a compress function?

    • I don’t believe it has a resizer to make the file smaller. I use a free tool called “Image Resizer” that is SO easy to use. You just right click on the image file and you can save it as a copy to keep your original or save over the original if you don’t need the larger file. It’s REALLY nice as I select a group of pictures I need smaller and then right click on the selected files and it will resize them all for me.

  5. Great advice Janel. I’m currently using PicMonkey (the free version.) It has a few limitations, but overall I’m pleased with it.

  6. Thanks for sharing — I have heard of Picasa and I think I tried it before. My main computer is down – with my editing program so I may try it again.

  7. Thank you for posting this. Usually you have to pay for these types of software, so I’m glad I now know that there is a free software I can use.

  8. i will have to try this, b/c the adobe i was using is closed now, and i cant figure out to work the new one and upload pictures…

  9. I didn’t know Picasa had photo editing tools. They sound great and I’ll have to check them out.

  10. Good to know! I have used Picasa briefly without even realizing everything it had to offer.

  11. My husband uses Picasa and loves it. Now that you mention it, I should try it too!