Picnik has announced that it is closing its doors in April. Boo hiss!
Wait, did you just ask me what Picnik was?
If you’re a blogger, you probably already know this, but Picnik is an online photo editing site. You can upload your photos, do all sorts of edits from basic stuff to adding text, frames, borders, stickers and more, then save the edited photo to your computer. I’ve been using it a lot for some of my blog graphics because it’s super easy to use, and offers quite a bit, even in the free version.
But that’s all changing in a few short months.
Picnik will be moving their services to Google+, where it’s already available in limited form. Not all of the editing capabilities are there, and the biggest downside to doing it on G+ is that no only do you need a G+ account to use it, but there is no ability to save the edited photos to your desktop. They’re all saved on your G+ profile. I do not like that at all, as I would like to upload things directly to my blog.
Pretty much anyone who’s ever used Picnik is upset about this change, and discussion has already turned to what the alternatives are.
This older post from Daily Gyan includes Picnik, but also 9 other alternatives.
Chris Perillo lists is favorite alternatives.
You can check out what Susan thinks of some of the alternatives over at Between Naps on the Porch.
Mashable has something to say about this as well.
And this whole post was inspired by Centsational Girl’s post on some alternatives she found and some tutorials.
As for me, I’ve already started searching for the best one for me. I’ve played around a bit, and so far I like Pixlr best. I do need to learn the whole layers thing, though. For those who have never used layers, it’s not really user friendly for a beginner to figure out on their own, but I think I had a breakthrough the other night, hence my latest header:
The one thing I’m not keen on in Pixlr is that the effects and the edits are two different parts of the site, so I’d have to make my edits, save them, then upload the photo to effects to do any of that stuff. It’s a bit much.
I’ve been thinking about springing for Photoshop Elements. I had it a few years ago, but never really figured it out too well. I do know that there are lots of tutorials available for it, and any Photoshop tutorials should mostly apply to Elements. I can’t use Gimp of Paint.net because they aren’t available for the Mac, but those are excellent alternatives to Photoshop if that’s the direction you want to go in.
Maybe this is one of those silver lining things on the clouds moving in on Picnik. I might actually learn some photo editing skills.
What about you? What will you be using when Picnik as we know it is gone forever?