How to Retouch a Photo Using Picasa


Picasa is a fantastic tool for anyone who enjoys taking pictures. It includes a variety of easy-to-use tools that can help you perfect your favorite photos with just a few clicks. Learn how to use the Retouch tool to erase blemishes or imperfections in the photograph.

Things You'll Need

  • Picasa software
  • Photos in Picasa

Using the Retouch tool

  • In your Picasa library, double-click on the image you want to retouch.

  • On the left, under the "Basic Fixes" tab, click the button labeled "Retouch."

  • Place the circle on the area you would like to retouch, and click. The size of the circle can be adjusted with the "Brush Size" slider, but keep in mind that your patch job will look the most natural with a small brush size.

  • Now move your circle to an area of the picture that is free of imperfections, and click to replace what was in the original circle. For best results, you want to find a spot where the lighting and color are similar to the original circle. If you are removing a freckle, for example, choose a patch of skin that is close to the freckle; do not choose a patch of skin that is on the other side of the face, or in a shadow.

  • You can move your circle around and see a preview of what the retouch will look like, and when you are happy with what you see, click to apply the change.

  • Now click the "Apply" button to save your changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • This tool is very effective for small retouch jobs (i.e. removing a wrinkle), but larger modifications (i.e. removing an ex-boyfriend) will require additional tools.

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