Once you get your photos organized and renamed, you can start editing them in Picasa. This software is nowhere near as exhaustive as Photoshop but its big advantage is it is easy to learn. For free software, Picasa offers quite a few options for fixing problems and altering the look of photos. All you have to do is double click the photo you want to work with and it opens in the window with three pull down menus to the left.
“Basic Fixes" allows the user to make basic fixes to photographs. The options under this category include Crop, Straighten, fix Redeye, Auto Contrast, Auto Color and Fill Light. There are also options including Retouch, which removes blemishes from photos and Text, which allows you to add text. Also included here is I’m Feeling Lucky, which does all the work for you and Edit in Picnik, which transfers you online to a new editing tool.
“Tuning Tab" includes a number of advanced editing techniques. This allows you to add fill light to the foreground of photographs, amplify bright spots in the photo, darken the shadows and adjust the color temperature.
Finally, “Effects" has a number of options including sharpen, sepia effects, black & white effects, warmify, add film grain, tint, saturation, soft focus, glow, filtered black & white, focal black & white and graduated tint.