In a previous groovy post, we announced the new that Google Added Picnik to its popular free Photo Sharing / Web Gallery site Picasa Web Albums. In this short groovy How-To, we will guide you through the entire process of how you can use the new integration to edit your photos online using the Picnik service.
Step 1 – Opening Picasa 3
Although you can upload and begin editing your photos directly from your browser using the Picasa Web Albums site, I keep all my photos organized on my system using the Windows Picasa client from Google. The client is great and you can sync your photos up to Picasa Web Albums easily which makes it perfect for managing home photos and displaying them on the internet (securely of course). So, back to our How-To Tutorial, let’s first open Picasa and look for the photos we want to edit using the new Picnik integration!
Go to the Start menu and Type Picasa. Find the icon for Picasa 3 and Click it to open.
Note: If you’re not on Vista or Windows 7, simply find Picasa in All Programs from the Start menu.
Step 2 – Signing In To Your Google Account
Now that you’ve got Picasa open, you need to sign in to your Google Account to connect your client to your free Picasa Web Albums.
Click Sign In To Web Albums in the upper right corner of the window. This opens up another windows in which you will need to enter your Gmail Username and Password. Once you’ve done so, click Sign In
Step 3 – Uploading The Photos You Wish To Edit
Select the Photo(s) you want to upload and Click the small Sync to Web icon in the upper right of the app. Fill out the dialog the pops and your photos should now be synced automatically whenever there are new additions.
Afterwards, Click the small button that says View Online button. This will take you to your Picasa Web Albums account and photos you just SYNC’d using the Picasa Windows/MAC client.
Step 4 – Editing A Photo
After going online, you will be presented with the photos you’ve uploaded. Click the photo you want to edit then Click the small Edit button in the top right of the picture.
A pop-up window will appear. From there you have two tabs – Edit and Create. Use the “Edit” tab to make changes to the photo such as cropping, resizing, auto-fixing and exposure, removing red-eye etc.
Use the Create tab to add stickers, effects, text and frames
When you’re happy with the changes you’ve done, simply click Save To My Album and choose whether you want to replace the original or save a new copy.
Once you get inside the Picnik editor be prepared to waste um I mean… for the hours to fly by! Playing around with it touching up all your photos is not only SIMPLE and FUN! I had a great time playing around as I wrote this tutorial!