Using the Picasa "Feeling Lucky"

Attention: I consider this hub for lazy people, like me. If you really like to edit pictures, this probably is not the best hub for you, but keep scrolling and find what Picasa can do for you.

I have been using the Picasa button "Feeling Lucky" and my images have been truly "blessed", or at least they will get more appealing, perfect to use here or to show to some friends.

I recommend it to the your photos if you want to show more vivid images on hubpages or wherever you want. It is a very simple effect that if you want to do it by yourself, you will have to use several effects and filters.

An image is worth than a thousand words, and if the picture is good, it is worth more than a beautiful text of a thousand words, if it is crappy, it is worth less than a word.

Examples

The best way to show the difference a small move can make is show you the images.

  • Death Valley Road
  • Zion NP
  • Sintra Pena Palace Zoomed

Images of the Death Valley Park

Death Valley After "Feeling Lucky" Picasa
Death Valley After "Feeling Lucky" Picasa
Death Valley Before  "Feeling Lucky" Picasa
Death Valley Before "Feeling Lucky" Picasa

What does "Feeling Lucky" from Picasa does exactly?

The “I’m Feeling Lucky” button in Google’s free Picasa photo-editing software automatically analyzes the image and adjusts the picture’s contrast and color. (Other photo programs have similar “enhance” buttons for one-click improvements.)

Changing the contrast usually makes the image seem a bit sharper by increasing the difference between the points of color in the file. If the contrast is adjusted properly for a particular image, it might “pop” a little more and help make the subject or other elements in the photo’s composition stand out better.

Adjusting the color within an image is another method for making the picture look better. Many photo programs in addition to Picasa offer tools to adjust the saturation and balance of color — which can make the image look richer, brighter and better.

Picasa’s “I’m Feeling Lucky” button has its fans, but its powers may not work consistently on all your photos. Google has a help guide for using Picasa’s “Basic Fixes,” as well as links to the program’s controls for more fine-tuned editing here.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park Before Picasa
Zion National Park Before Picasa
Zion National Park After Picasa
Zion National Park After Picasa

These two examples above were less colored,but still they highlighted the colors of the road and small bushes.

The Death Valley is a good example of terrain, the sky and the road. Feeling Lucky managed to highlight the road, even more than our eyes manage to see.

Here is an example with color and zoom in a green atmosphere.

The Sintra Pena Palace

The Sintra Pena Palace After Feeling Lucky with Picasa
The Sintra Pena Palace After Feeling Lucky with Picasa
The Sintra Pena Palace Before Feeling Lucky with Picasa
The Sintra Pena Palace Before Feeling Lucky with Picasa
A markerSintra Pena Palace -
Park and National Palace of Pena, Estrada da Pena, 2710-609 Sintra, Portugal
[get directions]

The beautiful Sintra Pena Palace at the top of the mountain is an amazing place to contemplate and appreciate.

The Pena National Palace is a Romanticist palace in São Pedro de Penaferrim, in the municipality of Sintra, Portugal that was inaugurated on 1840.

You can take great photos there, but since I am not a great photographer, I frequently use the "Feeling Lucky" and turn my photos in something more colorful.

If you have a great camera and want to take great pictures, visit the Palácio dos Seteais.

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About Picasa

According to Wikipedia, Picasa is an image organizer and image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos, plus an integrated photo-sharing website, originally created by a company named Lifescape (which at that time may have resided at Idealab) in 2002.

In July 2004, Google acquired Picasa from Lifescape and began offering it as freeware. "Picasa" is a blend of the name of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, the phrase mi casa (Spanish for "my house") and "pic" for pictures (personalized art).

Since then, Google has been offering it as freeware and offers the service of Google BackUp Photos in their cloud, making your pictures available anywhere, wether they are modified or not.

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