Creating a Scrapbook Page with Google Picasa – Step 1

Picasa is a free photo editing and organization software program from Google.
Once installed, Picasa finds and organizes all of your photos on your hard drive

(disclaimer- when creating with Picasa, make sure you are NOT using photos from your thumbnail folder. They will look great on screen, but not in print)

I work in PS CS5, but I use Picasa when I need a quick collage.
It’s so fast and easy- anybody can do this!

1. First of all, let’s install Picasa-
Download the software here.


The Picasa software provides a simple way to view, edit, and organize the photos on your computer. As you get started, there are two things you should always remember:

  1. Picasa does not store the photos on your computer.
    When you open Picasa, it simply looks at the folders on your computer and displays the photos it finds. It displays the file types that you tell it to find, in the folders that you tell it to search.
  2. Your original photos are always preserved.
    When using editing tools in Picasa, your original files are never touched. The photo edits you make are only viewable in Picasa until you decide to save your changes. Even then, Picasa creates a new version of the photo with your edits applied, leaving the original file totally preserved.

Digital Scrapbook Pages created from Cinzia Loosemore’s Holiday Cheer Papers & Elements kit from
 by Sarah at Clover Lane

 Continue onward- steps 2 &3!

*Persnickety Prints is not affiliated with Google or Picasa. Picasa support can be found here.

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