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Picasa Web Albums 3 Beta: Retouch and restore your photos

The beta version of Picasa 3 offers many improvements and additions to the existing Picasa software. One of the most excited feature is powerful retouching tool that can fix things like acne and scratches — and it’s great for restoring old photos. If you’ve ever scanned decades-old prints, you well know they’re not always in the best condition. Our Retouch tool now allows you to remove scratches, marks, and stains. A little bit of Tuning and the 1-click Sharpen Filter are the perfect finishing touches. Then you can order new prints of your old photos. 

Here’re some tips for retouching your photos in Picasa:

  • Use your mouse wheel to zoom in. Zoom out after retouching each patch to make sure it’s blended well. If it’s not, just use Undo Patch and try again.
  • Zoomed in, particularly on faces, there is a huge range of color tones. When correcting something like acne, you should use a replacement section of skin close to the blemish for the most natural look.
  • If you’re fixing a large area, it helps to correct gradually instead of in one patch so that the areas all blend well together naturally. Try working on smaller areas, starting at the outside.
  • Don’t forget texture! It’s important to try and follow any existing patterns on the surface you’re retouching. If there is a line in the face (that you’re not trying to get rid of), it would look unnatural for the line to be broken by a patch of unlined skin. Go back over the corrected area, and replace it with a matching texture. Try this for pores, hair, etc.
  • Use plus and minus keys on your keyboard to quickly re-size the brush. Use the slider bar for more precise adjustments.
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