When you get the perfect picture of your child the moment they open the gift that they wanted the most on Christmas morning, and there is a red glow coming from the child’s eye, removing that “red eye” from the picture is as easy as can be when using Picasa. Picasa allows the user to upload, store and catalogue their pictures, and perform different edits on any of the pictures uploaded to their computer. Pictures can be tagged, placed in groups and accessed from your web-enabled phone(s). Knowing how to remove red eye from a photo using Picasa will enable you to fix all of those spooky looking pictures with the “devil eye” in people’s faces.
The first thing to do is to download Picasa, which can be done at picasa.com, and only takes a minute or two. Uploading your picture(s) from your computer’s “my photos” file, or any other files that have pictures is done automatically when Picasa is initiated. Start Picasa, and select which from the photos shown in the Picasa picture album that you want to remove red eye from, by double clicking on the picture. You will be taken to the picture editing portion of the Picasa program, where you have all the information of when the picture was taken, by what camera, and using which settings the picture was taken with.
On the left-hand side of the page, there is a grouping of little pictures, saying “crop”, “straighten”, “red eye”, and many more picture editing options. Click on the “red eye” link, which is a drawing of an eye, and you will be taken to the “Red eye repair page”. Using the cursor, click the left mouse button, and hold it down while tracing a box around the eye(s) you want fixed. A green box will appear, and as long as the entire portion of the red eye is within the green box, it does not matter if more of the picture is within the same box, only the red eye will be affected. Release the mouse button to be taken to the next page for red eye repair.
Once the boxes have been drawn around the red eye affected picture, you will have the options to preview the picture, reset the picture to it’s original settings, apply the red eye removal, or cancel the procedure all together. Select preview to make sure that the red eye has been fully and properly removed, and the picture looks great. If there are any other changes to be made to the picture, or you want to make tags, email or print the picture. amongst many other options, now would be the time.
No matter what you decide to try on your pictures using Picasa photo editing, you can cancel each process at any time while editing. Once the “Apply” button has been selected, the changes are saved to the picture, and you are taken back to Picasa picture editing, where you can continue with editing more pictures, making or sharing photo albums, or sharing single pictures with your friends and loved ones.
So, why send grandma a picture of your baby with glowing red eyes, when you can easily fix the problem within a 20 minute span, if Picasa is not already loaded and ready to run on your computer. The red eye fixes can be performed within just a few clicks of the mouse if Picasa is already on your computer and ready to run. So, give Picasa a try, you will be more and more impressed with the ease of use and the options available as you get to learn the program through further use.