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What is the Picasa software?

Picasa is a downloadable free Google product that makes working withadobe_creative_suite.png photos on your computer easy and fun. You no longer have to be a Photoshop expert or make a large time investment in order to get great results editing, cropping and sharing your images. With Picasa you can be up and running in just minutes, perform basic photo corrections, enhance with artistic filters, create Web albums, gifts, prints and more.

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Why do I want it?

Have you ever wanted to share your travel photos with your class? What about your family and friends that don’t live nearby?

Picasa simplifies the editing process and offers you flexible ways to share your pictures online.

  • Crop, correct, enhance, and add artistic filters to your digital photos.
  • Create beautiful Web albums, add captions and even associate geographic information with your pictures so that they appear on a global map.
  • Make new collections of photos without ever moving the original images on your hard drive.
  • Create full screen slideshows of your pictures, even add music!
  • Order prints and gifts online, and allow your friends and family to download high resolution images for printing too.
  • Have access to your photos from any Internet connection.

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  • Faculty members are finding this tool very valuable in editing and sharing image galleries with their classes. Add album links to your WebCT class so that students can access them outside of class hours. No need to worry about where to upload and store your online photos.
  • A variety of sharing permissions allows you to share your photos with specific individuals or with everyone on the Internet.
  • Picasa minimizes the investment and output of time needed in order to get up and running; it’s fast and easy. Other more complex programs have a much more difficult learning curve.
  • Picasa interfaces with other products you may already be using, such as Blogger and Facebook.

How Do I get it?

Support and Further Information

Picasa Training Workshop handout (pdf)