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Sorry but you are confused. Picasa first shows you the JPEG preview that is embedded in RAW files. It then loads the RAW data and lets it be converted by the codec. What you see then is the RAW file with default convertion. In order to get something good from a RAW file, you have to work at it. IIRC there are questions here regarding matching the JPEG ...


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Lightroom gives you a lot more control over the processing of your images. You can finely tune vignetting (add and remove), curves, sharpening, split-toning, adding clarity, removing chromatic aberrations, powerful noise reduction, de-warping (lens distortions and perspective) "selective editing" (e.g. change the saturation/luminance of one color only, or of ...


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Not at all. Lightroom is a great tool with many well-integrated features. Version 4 which is roughly half the price of previous one adds maps, book publishing, soft-proofing to the already useful organization and processing tool. The organization tools are probably worth the price alone and the export feature is the best one I've seen. So what if I don't ...


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In their documentation here, Google explains: 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. That last is the clue: all it's doing is what's known in other software as "auto levels". This is a tool which appears to work like magic in its strong ability to ...


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Good news, this is now natively supported in Picasa Just check Tools > Options > Name Tags > "Store Name Tags In Photo" You can also force Picasa to start the writing process using Tools > Experimental > "Write Faces to XMP" Verify this worked with using an EXIF viewer to verify a normalized XMP region with a name was written to the ...


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Yes, Lightroom has a batch crop. You first of all apply a crop to the first image. Then in the library grid view, you right-click on the first image, and under the header "Develop Settings" you chose "copy settings". You then select the option "Crop" and deselect all the other options (unless you also want to copy those to the batch). You then click on ...


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In addition to the answer @max provided, an important feature of Aperture and Lightroom offer, is non-destructive editing. Basically, Aperture and Lightroom never make changes to your original images, but store the steps made to achieve the changes. See it like a 'recipe' to produce the changes; Aperture and Lightroom apply that recipe 'real-time'. ...


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Non-destructive Edit History The bad news is that the non-destructive edit history is not something that can easily be moved between Picasa and any other photo processor. Sorry, you just won't be able to keep the history of edits nor will you be able to necessarily recreate the identical effect in any other software without painstaking comparison and fine ...


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This seems to work: There is an album in Picasa called "Starred Photos." You can select all the photos in that album. Then apply a TAG to the photos in the tags sidebar. Boom, this tag can be read by Lightroom, Bridge, or most any other photo editing program, where you can select all the photos and apply the star rating of your choice. I've been thinking ...


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Most RAW photos include a JPEG thumbnail (which is what you'll see initially); Then Picasa runs the RAW decoding (with different parameters to your camera), giving you your desaturated image.


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You can do this fairly easily in Picasa. Simply select the Crop option, then "Add Custom Aspect Ratio" at the bottom of the crop options. This will allow you to select a custom size such as 8x8, then export export it as such. Below I have some screenshots to assist.


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You are using Picasa. If you simply type in "Picasa Canon 6D" into Google, you will see that many other users have this problem. Why are you having this problem? Because Picasa does not support the Canon 6D RAW files. What can you do to fix this? Use the Adobe DNG Converter before opening up the files in Picasa. You could use something besides Picasa like ...


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I wrote a Lightroom plugin for migrating from Picasa to Lightroom. I searched all over the web and could not find a good solution, so I wrote one myself. I decided to polish it up and offer it for others to use for free. You run it from inside Lightroom and it imports all your Picasa Albums, people/faces, and star ratings. Your tags and captions will also ...


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There is a technique called deconvolution which can, to some extent, recover distorted or blurred image detail. Topaz labs have a product called InFocus which uses this sort of technique. It can sharpen certain images, but if you have blurred your faces substantially, I believe it would be beyond the ability of any tool to recover. Maybe on CSI :P


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Decoding the ini file is possible, but translating them exactly into darkroom/shotwell edits is going to be problematic. The image manipulation algorithms are different. Your best bet is to export high quality JPEGs (or if you have a lot of disk space you can use TIFFs) and keep the RAWs as an archive. This is the approach I have taken as I moved from ...


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If all your images are of the same size and you want to crop it to the same dimensions, you can use ImageMagick to get the job done. Take a look at the Crop details so as not be surprised by its behaviour :-)


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I have migrated from Picasa to Lightroom (4 at that time) about 3 years ago, and have made the following experiences: If you just add the Picasa folder structure to your Lightroom Catalog without moving the actual files, Lightroom will import the original photo and the picasa edit, even showing the picasa folder within the Lightroom folder structure. You ...


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Lightroom is a great app for organisation and workflow and from version 3 you can set up your Flickr, Smugmug/Facebook, whatever sharing accounts, and post directly from within Lightroom once you're happy with your photo :-) EDIT: Lightroom features website -- has a little video on there of publishing photos to external service. Flickr would also give you ...


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If you're doing this for security or privacy, the only sure way is to really mask out the faces with solid color. A sufficient amount of blur will be destructive, to the point where reconstruction techniques like deconvolution won't be effective — but if the image will be subject to scrutiny, it might be hard to judge how much is needed to be safe. Which ...


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Anytime you open a raw file and look at it on your screen, you are not viewing "THE raw file."¹ You are viewing one among a near-countless number of possible interpretations of the data in the raw file. The raw data itself contains a single (monochrome) brightness value measure by each pixel well. With Bayer masked camera sensors (the vast majority of color ...


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I work in data security and follow some data security news, images with data hidden by bluring and other image manipulation are "broken" all the time. Digital filters in software work by taking the image data, doing some math on it and producing the modified image. Unlike images that are shot out of focus in camera, with digitally blured images we know ...


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Just so you know: What you see on your camera is the embedded thumbnail in the RAW file. What you see on the computer is the software's interpretation of the RAW file. Most likely, your files are fine but the software is having trouble decoding the RAW files from your camera. This is a regular occurrence since RAW files are different between cameras. Most ...


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You can buy a small editing program that you can evoke from Picasa instead of buying Lightroom. I use Snapheal and Pixelmator for any editing that is missing in Picasa. Having tried Lightroom in every stage, I still find it too confusing with importing/exporting/databases and moving between computers; Picasa is clean and safe, saves your work and keeps the ...


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There are certain types of drives that Picasa refuses to list in its "Folder Manager" – generally these are drives formatted with the exFAT file-system, commonly used on USB sticks. There are two possible workarounds to handle the issue: 1. Manually edit watchedfolders.txt If you locate and access: C:\Users\YOUR-NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Picasa2Albums\...


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Ok. I am not sure what you are asking, but I can try to guess. If a photo is already uploaded, it is rather difficult to modify, as that copy is no longer on your computer. I suggest downloading the photo, applying the watermark in photoshop/gimp (A free, open source version of photoshop), and re-uploading. I am not sure if this will preserve the metadata ...


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We have this same question for Apple Aperture, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Camera RAW, and possibly others I haven't found right now. In each case, the answer is the same: there is no such thing as displaying an "unedited RAW file". By definition, a RAW file is sensor data not in a useful form for display. The closest you might get is an RGBG matrix with linear ...


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Use this link for exactly what you want: Add face recognition to lightroom with picasa Picasa can save metadata to files, and Lightroom can read them. But be careful to follow the guide. In Picasa its not enough to get peoples names associated to a photo. You have to tag the photo as well to have the data stored in the file. And in Lightroom you have to ...


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Are you sure that Picasa actually chages the RAW file? I haven't used Picasa but many (most?) RAW formats include a JPEG preview and my guess is that the first thing you see is the preview and then you see the RAW-file. I may bee completely off here but that is how many RAW-viewers work.


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My Experience This is just my personal experience, but I can tell you that when I tried the 30 day evaluation of Lightroom (it must be 3 ? years ago now), having been using Picasa for a couple of years, I was just blown away by the difference. Lightroom just packs so much into the application, and does it so nicely. Picasa is great, and I still ...


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Your problem (as I understand it) is that you have a square frame (say 6"x6") that you want to print for. Just having a square jpeg as @dpollitt isn't enough, because if you print it at A4 some of the image will not fit. OddPrints allows you to upload your photo and type in the size of your frame. You can then download a new jpeg ready for printing at a ...


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