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How-To Use Picnik To Edit Picasa Photos Online

Picnik 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.

Launching Picasa

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

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Signing 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.

Syncing Online

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.

View Online Button

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.

Edit Button

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.

Adjusting Exposure

Use the Create tab to add stickers, effects, text and frames

Creating A Polaroid Picture Frame

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.

Save To My Album

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!

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2 Responses to How-To Use Picnik To Edit Picasa Photos Online

  1. Wood Photo Frames October 1, 2010 at 5:32 am #

    Excellent blog! Thank you!

  2. Nikhil Kiyal December 26, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    how can i add picasa software to my project website so that my users can edit and save their images online on my website….

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