'Basic Fixes' features

Click on one of the tools in the Basic Fixes tab below to learn more.


Use Crop to better frame your photo or to cut out parts of a photo that you don't want to see. For example, you can crop your ex-girlfriend out of your holiday photos.

Select a cropping dimension like 5x7, 8x10, or create and save your own custom crop dimension. Then drag and drop the cropping box directly over the photo. You can adjust your cropped area by clicking and dragging the corners of the box, all the while maintaining the same dimensions. You can also choose one of the three crop suggestions provided by Picasa. Click the Preview button to get a sneak peek at what your new shot will look like.


You can straighten photos taken with an off-kilter camera. Use the slider to align the photo against the boxed grid and click Apply.


The Redeye tool will automatically correct red eyes that it detects in your photos for any photo file type that Picasa supports. Click the Redeye button to have Picasa auto-correct your photo. Then click Apply to accept these changes.

If you'd rather make the edit manually, please click the Reset button. Click, hold, and drag the mouse around each eye to select it; try to draw as small an area as possible for better results.

Redeye will literally only remove the color red. Any eyes that appear yellow, white, or green due to flash issues will not be corrected.

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This is the one-click fix. Picasa adjusts your photo's color and contrast to produce the ideal photo. You'll see a change only if your photo isn't already color balanced.

Auto Contrast

Automatically set the brightness and contrast to optimal levels, while preserving a photo's color values. A great way to fix a flat photo.

Auto Color

Automatically removes color cast and restore the color balance, while preserving contrast and brightness values.


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. Use the following steps:

  1. Click the Retouch button.
  2. Click once to highlight the area you'd like to retouch. A few tips:
    • Adjust the size of your brush using the slider (or use the + and - keys on your keyboard).
    • Use Ctrl-drag to pan across the image, especially useful when viewing your image while zoomed-in.
    • Use your mouse wheel to zoom in on an area you indicate with your cursor.
  3. Move the mouse around the image to find and preview a replacement area.
  4. Click on the replacement area to finalize.
For natural looking results, use the smallest brush size, and pick a replacement area close to the photo blemish for a better tonal match.


Quickly and easily add text to your pictures. Once you click the Text tool, just click anywhere on your photo and type your desired text. You can edit the style, size, and angle of the text, as well as drag it to your desired location. Click Apply to accept the edit.

A few tips:

  • Use the Copy Caption button to insert any previously existing caption as text on the photo.
  • After you've applied text to a single photo, you can bulk apply that text to multiple photos in a single folder or album by using the Copy Text and Paste Text options available under the Edit menu.

Fill Light

At times, photos with bright backgrounds can darken or compromise the subject detail. Use the slider to add light to the foreground of photos, making them more balanced. Also, try the Tuning tab for additional lighting options.


These two buttons, only active when there are unsaved edits on the photo, undo and redo your edits in the order they were applied.

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