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Processing raw using Google Picasa

digicammad 15 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2005 10:49AM
For those of you trying out Raw Shooter Essentials, there is another piece of software you should take a look at - Google Picasa.

You may already know that Picasa is a free photo cataloguing app, but it also has some basic photo editing functions and as it reads raw files it can process them.

I doubt it would be much good with shots which needed serious adjustments, the controls are ilmited and some only have an auto option, but this shot] was processed with Picasa.

If you don't want to (or can't afford) Capture 1 and can't get RSE to work for you Picasa may give you another option.


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conniemayw 13 100 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2005 11:58AM
thankyou VERY much-this could be horribly useful!!!!
digicammad 15 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2005 12:29AM
You're welcome Connie. As I said, it may not have sufficient control of adjustments for many shots but even if you just use it to read the raw files and export (jpeg only I think) it could help.

mipettin 14 884 2 Scotland
29 Mar 2005 3:23AM
Ian - thanks for pointing this out - used it last night and it worked really well. May upload the shot I processed tonight. Also exploring Picasa - it is great for reviewing shots on a card via the slideshow feature and the Fill Light option seems to work well too. The more I use it the more I like it - also has some interesting plug ins that I have tried - including differential focus filter. Well worth a look IMO and I suspect I will be uninstalling Photoshop Album 2.
digicammad 15 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2005 3:34AM

Quote:I suspect I will be uninstalling Photoshop Album 2.

I did within hours of installing Picasa. :0)
conrad 13 10.9k 116
29 Mar 2005 4:57AM
Now youre making it difficult, Ian! I really like ACD See, but it doesnt process raw, so...

digicammad 15 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2005 4:59AM
and it isn't free. :0)
conrad 13 10.9k 116
29 Mar 2005 5:03AM
The one I have, is (came with a magazine - free previous edition of the software).

brian1208 Plus
15 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2006 9:19PM
I wish I'd spotted this earlier Ian.

As it is, I have just downloaded Picasa2 and its happily cataloguing all my images - what a remarkable little programme, quick too (and as you say FREE, my favourite price Smile.

I suspect I may end ditching some of my existing software if it continues to be so clever! )
Mitzi 12 1.0k
25 Jun 2006 9:33PM
I have already said on the other thread how ace I find this software to be. It found all my pix super fast and I now have them all under one roof! One query - how do I download a pic into CS2 or RS Premium in order to do other work?
digicammad 15 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2006 7:33AM
You should be able to just right click on the image and choose edit from the pop up menu, as long as your file associations are correct. If not, choose edit with and PS should be on the submenu.
Mitzi 12 1.0k
26 Jun 2006 9:24AM
Digi - my thanks! I am still in trouble! When I right click on a pic I can go to 'open with' and CS2 is in there but not RS Premium or Capture 1. The pic will open in CS2 - which is good - but I really need the others.

I was hoping to be able to scrap all my pic folders except Picasa and just use Picasa - that would be very convenient. It is a super package.
Mitzi 12 1.0k
26 Jun 2006 3:35PM
I see Adobe have taken over RS Premium!
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
26 Jun 2006 7:08PM
Adobe have taken over Pixmantec - the news is here - and are immediately discontinuing RS Premium. The free RS Essentials will be continued for a while but only until Adobe Lightroom has been fully beta tested.

Had to happen I guess - RawShooter is just too damn good and the company too damn small!
Mitzi 12 1.0k
26 Jun 2006 7:24PM
I must admit I was surprised at how good RSE was originally and it just got better with 2006 and Premium. I suppose we will now have to pay an Adobe arm and a leg for it. I still cannot see how CS2 can be 850. I am told that CS2 can be easily bought as a rip-off copy for 5! How do folk do that? Amazing.

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