If you want to quickly retouch your pictures or maybe fix some minor visual flaws, there’s no need to turn to complicated applications like Photoshop. Simply grab hold of Picasa and you’ll have access to a wide array of tools to fix light, color, perspective and other elements in your images to make them look just perfect.
To edit any photo in Picasa, double click on its thumbnail in the library to open up the editing tools. You’ll get a full screen preview of your photo with a tool panel to the left side featuring all the fixes and effects you can apply to your photo. Don’t be afraid to try them all, because you can see results in real time and also undo any changes.
The quickest way to apply an overall improvement to your photo in Picasa is using the I’m feeling lucky button. This function adjusts the image’s lightning and color, which generally results in a more visually appealing photo. But if you prefer to fix those two parameters separately, simply use the Auto Contrast or Auto Color buttons, with which you can work only on light or color without affecting the other one.
Also, if you click on the Tuning tab you’ll access a bunch of sliders to fine tune light and color in your image, perfect for the pickiest users. Again, these changes can be undone at any time.
Besides adjusting light and color, there is a couple of other tweaks you can easily perform with Picasa to improve your pictures. One is the straightening tool, with which you can fix a crooked horizon in no time. Just click on the Straighten button and align the photo to the overlaid grid.
The other one is the red-eye fixing tool, whose function is pretty easy to understand. Click on the Redeye button and select the subject’s eyes by holding and dragging your mouse over them. Picasa will fix them automatically.