Google recently added some great new features to Picasa Web Albums, the search giant's photo sharing site, thanks to the company's recent acquisition of the photo editing site Picnik. Picasa users can now tweak images right inside their web browser without leaving Picasa, using Picnik's tools for functions like color correction, cropping, resizing, adjusting the exposure and adding frames.

If you're already a Picnik user, then the new features will be immediately familiar, but if you've never seen Picnik before, here's a look at some of the new things you can do inside Picasa Web Albums.

Getting Started

The first thing you have to do is open Picasa Web Albums in your browser and select the photo you'd like to edit. I chose a shot I took of the Flatiron Building in New York City. To call up the Picnik editing tools you can either select "Edit in Picnik" from the Edit dropdown menu above your image, or click on the "Edit" button to the right of your image.


Either method will bring up a pop-up window that contains the Picnik editing tools and your photo. By default, you will see the Edit menu that includes options to rotate, crop, or resize your image. You can also adjust the photo for exposure, colors, sharpness, and red eye. On the far left there is also an autocorrect feature that lets Picnik quickly adjust the image for you.


Next to Edit, you'll see the Create tab where Picnik keeps its novelty items like icons and frames, but you can also find options to airbrush and fix blemishes, as well as play with the photo's color levels and other advanced features.