Retouch (New Picasa 3 Tool)

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Having had Picasa 3 now for a few days, I thought I'd post on some of the new features, firstly the "Retouch" tool.

If you have ever wanted to remove a spot or blemish from a face in a photo, this is the tool for you. It works on the same cloning principles used in PhotoShop or Paint Shop Pro - but it's a heck of a lot easier and more intuitive to use.

Basically, all you need to do is click on the area you want to remove/alter in your picture, then click on another part of the same image to replace it. The funky thing is that Picasa then has a quick whizz at blending the edges of the new area with the existing image, then "Hey Presto", job done.
It's certainly not on a par to the perfection that you can manage with PS, but it is pretty remarkable nonetheless.

One other application for this tool...
You can have fun placing eyes onto foreheads, removing noses, getting rid of basically anything. Just experiment and have fun.

Picasa 3 is here!

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Yep, you read it right... the 3rd Major Update to Picasa is now available!

With details being leaked out already as to whats included (including auto-facial recognition) and better indexing and searching, it's bound to get millions of hits in the first few hours of being made available.

Head on over to http://picasa.google.com/ for more details.

Click here for the download: Picasa 3 (Beta)