May 15, 2012 Leave a Comment
The latest version of Picasa has lots of new effects, so I tried them all. I used the default settings with two exceptions to maintain the picture shapes: I turned off rounded corners in 1960’s and letterbox in Cinemascope.
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If you’ve been itching for the distressed Instagram look spend some time with Cinemascope, 1960’s, or Orton-ish. Lomo-ish is the opposite, with intense colors plus a vignette.
If you like black and white, Holga-ish is an instant winner that never gets old. It converts the picture to B&W and applies a vignette. I did that, manually, to this picture of Charlie using Filtered B&W and Google’s new Vignette control, but I could have done it in one step with Holga-ish.
I didn’t expect to like Posterize and I love it. It turns a picture into something that doesn’t look like a photograph. It would be perfect for cell phone pics, or for salvaging photos with good subjects but with bad lighting, poor focus, or other snafus.
There’s a fifth tab in Picasa for minor effects.
- Vignette is pretty much endlessly handy and is a welcome addition.
- Boost intensifies colors in a different and seemingly better way than the old Saturation control.
- Comic Book adds halftone-style dots around the edge of the photo.
- Pencil Sketch and Neon sound neat, but I haven’t been able to get good images out of them.
- Polaroid, Museum Matte and Border give you some options for dressing up the photo. Polaroid doesn’t have a text tool, but you can add text back on the first tab.