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Posterize Photographs Using Picasa 3

Updated on November 30, 2015
Black Eyed Susans
Black Eyed Susans
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Posterize your Memories

I've used the Picasa 3 program for several years now and love it. It was a free download from Google. The program is easy to use and full of excellent image processing features to make photos look great! One of my favorites is "Posterize" highlighted in this hub.

With only a point and click my photographs are instantly transformed into vibrant and creative posters. The effects vary from dramatic to playful depending on the content and colors in the original photograph. I highly recommend giving it a try if you're into digital photography and enjoy trying a variety of image processing venues.

Wonder of Stafa Aster
Wonder of Stafa Aster
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Pantry Darkroom to Digital Photography

To take the photos in this hub I used a Cannon Power Shot SD1200 IS DIGITAL ELPH. The majority of the photographs I've taken with it the colors, focus and details are picked up with each shot. Bottom line, it works for me. Its also a small enough camera to easily slip into my purse or pocket.

Initially I wasn't sure I'd like digital photography because I was used to taking the majority of my photos with an Olympus OM1. Shooting a lot of black and white film was the norm when I was in college taking photography courses and fulfilling class assignments. I'd develop the film in a make shift dark room I set up in the pantry of my Boston flat or at the school photo lab.

My past education and darkroom experience has made me even more appreciative of the advances in photography. I still have my Olympus and may pick it up again one day. For now the Cannon Power Shot is my go to camera for everyday photography.

Grandson at Discovery Center
Grandson at Discovery Center
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Water wheel at Discovery Center
Water wheel at Discovery Center
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Butterfly and Dandelions
Butterfly and Dandelions
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    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Green Art 

      5 years ago

      Hi Vinaya... I enjoy trying to manipulate images using a variety of programs as well. Its exciting to see what happens. Thanks for your feedback:)

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      5 years ago from Nepal

      I have never used Picassa, but I have played with images on Photoshop, GIMP and other online photo editors.

      Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Green Art 

      5 years ago

      It is a fun word Jill, and nature shots are so fun to Posterize! Thanks so much for sharing and following my hubs. Looking forward to reading yours as well:)

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      Jill Spencer 

      5 years ago from United States

      I felt the same way about digital photography at first and only now, after three years, feel like I'm getting the hang of it somewhat. Oh--and I'm going to try posterizing some of my shots --and not just because it's an awesome word! (: Enjoyed the hub and shared it (2x). --Jill

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      Green Art 

      6 years ago

      Happyboomernurse glad you enjoyed this hub. I could say the effects were difficult to accomplish but that would be a lie. I simply selected and clicked on posterize in Picassa to achieve the effects shown here. I appreciate all your support and comments:)

    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Green Art 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for checking this hub out Mary! I've found the Piccasa program very user friendly. Thanks for sharing too!:)

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      I never heard of this program before but the effects you created looked very awesome.

      Thanks for sharing this information.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I enjoyed reading this Hub. I'm not too good at photographs and would like to improve. I have Picasa, and didn't know you could do all this. I crop and write text, but nothing like this.

      Thanks for a great Hub. I will share this.

    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Green Art 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for your positive comments. I've used Adobe Photoshop as well and it has some cool effects to change and enhance photographs too. It's nice to have a variety of options when it comes to photo programs.

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      6 years ago from Somewhere.

      Wow, this is cool. I've used this same effect in Adobe Photoshop, but I've never heard of Picasa 3 before. Apparently not Picasa 1 or 2 either.

      I'll have to check it out, thanks very much for sharing this and providing all the great examples.

    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Green Art 

      6 years ago

      I've always liked playing around with images by seeing them in different ways. The Picasa program gives you so many exciting options to do this. Keep me posted on how it goes for you!

    • RTalloni profile image


      6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks very much for this look at posterizing with Picasa. I want to learn more about the options that are out there and this is helpful. Your examples are neat--inspiring, actually!


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