Monday, April 07, 2008

Photo Editing

I just started playing around with Picasa's free editing software by actually adding effects and cropping (rather than just making collages). Look what a difference it makes on this picture:

with a little cropping and "warmifying"


Original, straight from the camera.

This was taken at my birthday party, by the way. Fondue dinner party extravaganza. More picture to come! I want to crop, straighten, reduce red eye, sharpen, fade and do a bunch of other fun things to them first.

32 comments:

Scott & Natalie said...

I love my Picasa! It's amazing how it can totally change a picture yet it is SO SIMPLE! I've perked up a couple of my pictures with a little color or sepia. It's great! Happy Birthday!

Laura said...

You look SOOO skinny! I cannot believe how great you look and always look in pictures. Love the effects. Great party too.

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

You are very photogenic. Great photos!

Connie said...

Greta photo...I am obsessed with picasa..it is so much fun!!!

Connie said...

You look HOT by the way!!!

Kellan said...

I have been using Picasa too, but haven't figured it all out yet. Cute picture of you. Have a good day - Kellan

Melissa said...

Wow, what a difference. You're a hot mama!

Melissa said...

Just occurred to me, did you get that award from Julie, too?

If so, just grab a different award, whichever one you want!! :)

Laurie said...

You look GREAT! I am even more happy for you reaching your goal. NO baby weight. Someday I will reach it to and plaster my blog. Just don't start scanning for it now. Anyway you look great. Good job with the picture as well. Digital pictures and computer imaging are a great technology in my mind. Happy Birthday!

Shannon said...

Great photo as always! I don't use picassa but I think I am going to go check it out!

Laurie M. said...

You are beautiful! How do you stay so thin and pretty with 5 kids!?

Casey's trio said...

Ummmm hello? You are looking SO great! I LOVE Photoshop and have learned to do some of those tricks too....so cool that Picassa does it for free!

Tamara said...

You look great! Isn't it a nice feeling to drop those last pounds? Guess I have that to look forward to doing again. For now I'm enjoying eating what I want and not feeing guilty!

Jocasta and Wayne said...

I'm going to have to check out Picassa as well.

You look great!

Rachel B said...

W0W that does make a difference that program makes!
And I agree with everyone here. You look FABULOUS! You don't look like you have had 5 kids. Someday I will look that good again. Sigh.... someday.

:)Rachel

Robin said...

You look amazing - in both versions!

Good & Crazy said...

I love picasa. Especially the organier! i recently got photoshop elements...and whoa, now I get to go to town! But it took a year playing with picasa to get brave enough! Try the sepia effect and then tone down the hue I think? I have great shots of my kids that i did that with and people think they are from a photo place...

PS. I finished my post from today...

Churchill said...

That is a great picture, especially once it is warmified. I love the sweater.

Melissa said...

Of course you can have the tiara!

Sarah said...

Who is that hot Mamma....and what she has 5 kids!! WOW.. Can't wait to hear about the fun evening in your honor.

Kristin said...

Oh man! I go away for a few days, and there is so much commenting to do. So here it all is,
There you are looking fabulous again, did I mention I hate you?
I hope the money turned up. I would die if I lost that much money.
Love your going home essay. You really do have a talent for writing.
Love the photos of you and Rachelle. You both are so pretty.
Wow, Easter dresses galore. So cute. All your kids are adorable, and Rachelle's too. That Sophie, man!
I would rather clean toilets than run any day of the week and twice on Saturday. I. Hate. Running. Exercise in general sucks. I need to do some.
And finally, I didn't know about those april 2nd dates. Hard to believe Diane's been gone 25 years. I really admire the life you have achieved, having had such a horrible childhood. You are truly amazing to me.

Brooke said...

Dido to everything Kristin said!

andrea j said...

How fun!! I am still learning the ins and outs of Picasa myself :)

girlytwins said...

So very cool! You look amazing. I am so sad that I missed your Happy Birthday. We were out of town on vacation kinda last minute. So Happy (belated) Birthday!

A fondue party sounds like so much fun! Yummy :)

Gunnisac Sandersons said...

Hello skinny! Whats your secret. Maybe I better lay off the chocoloate ice cream!!!!

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Clark Captions said...

Angie...you are sooo darling! I hope you really had a great birthday....I was thinking about you and hope you got my e-mail. Mmmm....your fondue dinner sounds yummy!!!! Cute picture!

jenni anne said...

what a beauty!! happy (late) birthday! you look amazing!

Cecily R said...

I have a love-hate relationship with this picture. I love that you are so dang fabulous in it and I hate that you are so dang fabulous in it!!! :)

Nancy said...

You are one "Hot Momma" as my kids like to say. I also love picasa, but I have been having a little trouble with my online albums.

Happy Belated Birthday!

Melissa said...

Wow Angie you look fab!! How did you do it?

carrie & troy keiser said...

I love photo editing! have fun!