Manage your photos in one place, and find photos you forgot you had


Eliminate scratches & blemishes, fix red-eye, crop and more


Turn photos into movies, collages, slideshows and more


Upload seamlessly to Picasa Web Albums to share with friends, family & the world

Picasa Overview

Picasa 3


Picasa Web Albums

Picasa Web Albums

Picasa Web Albums


Features Overview

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Sync your Picasa 3 and Picasa Web Albums edits

Tired of having to manually re-upload your photos after making further edits? By enabling 'Sync to Web,' edits made to your photos in Picasa 3 are automatically transferred to your corresponding online albums.

You can sync the following changes:

  • Picasa 3 edits (Basic Fixes, Tuning, and Effects)
  • Photos added or deleted in Picasa 3
  • Captions, tags, or geotags
  • Changes made to folder or album properties

Getting started

The Sync to Web button sync is located on the right side of each folder or album header. When you click this button, you'll first be prompted to upload the photos in that folder or album to Picasa Web Albums. You can change the upload size, album privacy setting, or even add a watermark to your uploaded photos. When the upload is complete, any subsequent Picasa 3 edits to those photos will automatically transfer to your online album.


You can disable the sync feature at any time by clicking the Sync to Web button again, or by selecting Disable Sync in the drop-down menu to the right of the Share button in the folder or album header. All your photos and their edits up to this point remain online, but any new edits and changes will no longer be synchronized.

The following changes don't transfer to your online albums:

  • Reordering photos
  • Changes made to folder or album properties
  • Changes made to filenames

Retouch your images

Always want to be airbrushed? Use the Retouch tool to remove unsightly blemishes and improve photo quality. It can also help you to restore old photos with marks, water stains, and scratches to excellent condition.

When editing any photo, just click the Retouch button retouch on the 'Basic Fixes' tab. Adjust the size of your brush, and use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom in and out of the photo for precise edits. Click once to highlight the area you'd like to retouch, and then find another portion of the picture that should take the place of your highlighted area. Hover over this replacement area and click a second time.


Preview image files with Picasa Photo Viewer

The photo viewer is a fast, lightweight application for viewing images on your desktop or through Windows Explorer. Installed with Picasa 3, it lets you to take a quick look at images without having to fully open the Picasa 3 program.

What you can do with the photo viewer:

  • Add stars, zoom in and out with your mouse scroll wheel, rotate, or proceed to Picasa 3 to make more extensive edits.
  • Upload directly from the photo viewer to Picasa Web Albums or Blogger. Jump right into emailing or printing as well.

From your computer desktop or from within Windows Explorer, just double-click any image file viewer to launch the Picasa Photo Viewer. You can reconfigure the file types that the photo viewer will display by clicking the Tools menu in Picasa 3 and selecting Configure Photo Viewer.

If you'd prefer to use a different application to view certain file types, deselect the file types that the photo viewer shouldn't open. To disable the Picasa Photo Viewer entirely, click the 'Don't use Picasa Photo Viewer' option.
movie maker

Create and edit movies

Combine your photos, videos, and music into a movie or use the editing room to trim your existing movies.

Creating movies

Use the movie maker to combine your photos, videos, and music into a movie, and create a Windows Media file. Share it with friends by uploading it directly to YouTube.

About the movie maker:

  • You have complete creative control - change the music sync, the slide duration, and slide transition style, among other things.
  • Supported audio formats include mp3 and .wma.
  • Add text slides: Create a title slide or a divider to provide some context. You can choose to include your photo captions as well.

There are two ways to launch the movie creation screen:

  • Create a movie for all photos in a folder or album by clicking the Create Movie Presentation button movie maker in the folder or album header.
  • If you'd like to pick and choose photos from different collections, place them in the Photo Tray and click the larger Movie button movie maker in the Photo Tray.
  • Use the Movie, Slide, and Clips tabs to alter movie settings, add text to slides, and insert new images, respectively. When you're satisfied, click Create Movie. Once created, use the Upload to YouTube button to share your creation with family and friends.
  • Depending on the number of images and size of your audio file, the movie creation process can take a significant amount of time. Can't create the entire movie in one sitting? No problem, just click the Close button, and you'll be prompted to Save Draft. You can pick up your work at any time in the 'Movies' folder in Picasa.

Editing movies

When playing any video in Picasa 3, explore these features:

  • Use the In and Out buttons in the lower-right corner to trim a shorter clip. Rotate your video using the Rotate buttons in the Photo Tray. Click Export Clip to output a newly trimmed or rotated video.
  • Use the Take Snapshot button to capture a single frame of the video.
  • Use the Play full screen button play full screen in the lower-right corner to watch the large version. Or use the zoom slider to adjust the size of the video in the Picasa editing window.
  • Use the . and , keys on your keyboard to step the video frame-by-frame.

Capture your screen

Instantly take and import your screen captures and webcam captures into Picasa 3.

Screen captures

Press PrtScn to capture a shot of your entire screen. Ctrl+PrtScn will capture the highlighted window. These images will be placed in the 'Screen captures' folder.

If you're having trouble importing screen captures, make sure Picasa 3 is open. Screen captures won't be imported if the application is closed.

Webcam capture

This is webcam importing made simple: Capture video or stills from within Picasa 3, and import them in the same instant. Make sure your webcam is operational, and then click the Webcam Capture button webcam on the top button bar. The Capture tool will let you take and import video and stills.

If the Webcam Capture button is inactive, first make sure your webcam is set to go. Then try closing Picasa 3 and opening it back up.

Add text or watermarks to your photos

You can easily personalize your photos using the Watermark and Text tools.


Help protect your images by stamping a watermark on all images that you export or upload. The watermark signature will be placed in the lower right-hand corner.

Upload photos with watermarks

Click the Tools menu in Picasa 3, select Options, then click the Web Albums tab. Select the option labeled 'Add a watermark for all uploads.' Type the text for the watermark in the field below the option.
Export photos with watermarks

When you click the Export button in the Photo Tray, you can select the 'Add a watermark' checkbox to include a watermark on your exported images. Type the text for the watermark in the field below the option.


Use the Text tool to add text quickly and easily to your photographs; you can even print the result. You can edit the style, size, color, and alignment of the text, as well as drag it to your desired location on the photo.

When editing a photo, click the Text button texton the 'Basic Fixes' tab to access the tool. Do you want to add the same text to multiple photos? From the main Library view, click the Edit menu and select Copy Text to copy the text you've placed on one photo. Then select Paste text to apply it to all other selected photos.

The text change isn't permanent. Once you've added your text, you'll see a 'Show Text' checkbox on the 'Basic Fixes' tab for that image. Deselect the checkbox and the text will disappear.

Print captions

Your captions are about to see a little more action. You can now print your captions or photo file names on or below your photos.

Control the style and color of your printed caption, in addition to the width and color of the printed photo border. After you've selected the photos you'd like to print, click the Print button in the Photo Tray. Click the Border and Text Options button printto add borders and adjust the style and placement of your printed text. Click Apply to preview your work, and OK to accept the changes.


Upload easily to Picasa Web Albums

Use the Drop Box to hold quick uploads and upload throttling to multi-task during your upload.

Drop-box upload

The Drop Box is an online album that serves as a holding pen for your quick uploads. Click the Upload to your Web Albums DropBox button dropbox located above your photo on the 'Edit Photo' screen to upload a single picture directly to your Picasa Web Albums Drop Box.

Upload throttling

You can choose to have Picasa 3 reserve some of your Internet bandwidth for surfing the Web while you're doing large uploads to Picasa Web Albums. During your upload, the dialog box will have an option labeled 'Don't eat all my bandwidth.' Just select this checkbox, and then continue multi-tasking.

PWA settings

Control your Picasa Web Albums settings

If you have an online album in Picasa Web Albums, you can now control the online settings through the corresponding folder or album in Picasa 3.

There are a few different controls located in the drop-down menu PWA settings to the right of the Share button in the folder or album header:

  • Adjust the privacy of your online album.
  • Change the online image size.
  • Delete an online album.
  • Sync your edits to your online album. You can also choose to apply 'Sync to Web' to starred photos only.
  • Use 'Refresh Online Status' to pull your captions, tags, and geotags that you've added in Picasa Web Albums down to your photos in Picasa.


  • The button's only available for folders or albums that have been uploaded to Picasa Web Albums.
  • You must be signed in to your Google Account for Picasa Web Albums. You can sign in by clicking Sign in to Web Albums in the upper-right corner of Picasa 3.
  • You will only be able to adjust the online image size if you have enabled 'Sync to Web.'
move folders

Manage folders on your computer

It's now possible to move entire folders around on your hard drive from within Picasa 3.

From the folder list, right-click the folder you'd like to move, and select Move folder. Choose your desired destination or create a new folder altogether.

These moves are permanent on your hard drive, so make sure you properly stow your folders.

Get more information about your photos

We've added new icons and tools to the Library view to quickly communicate useful information about your photos.


Picasa for Mac

Picasa offers both a full version of the Picasa album utility for Mac as well as a plug for iPhoto.  Both allow for publishing directly to a Picasa web album.

Picasa for Mac

Click here to download Picasa for Mac.

Picasa for Mac


Picasa iPhoto Plugin

Click here to download the Picasa plugin for iPhoto.

Picasa iPhoto Plugin


Click here to for Picasa Mac FAQs

Jennifer Dorman,
Jan 5, 2009, 11:43 AM