I had never heard of the website Picnik.com until I got the message that Google bought Picnik as part of the Picasa group. Picnik has been around for a while as an online editing tool for photos that you upload from your computer, or that you link to on Picasa Web Albums and many other Photo Sharing Websites like Flickr, Facebook, and Photo Bucket.
Why would you want to use Picnik?
If you don’t have Picasa or any other program on your computer for cropping, color-correcting, and retouching your photos, Picnik will do it for you completely web-based. Even if you do have Picasa, Picnik has features that Picasa lacks, like the ability to add frames and round the corners, callouts, and special clipart images called ‘stickers.’ Here’s the results from my playing for just a few minutes with one of my photos:
Is Picnik Free?
Yes and No. A lot of the editing tools, frames, and stickers are completely free. You can start using Picnik for free. Then, you may discover some more advanced tools, like Curves, Levels, and Cloning, that require a Premium Account. For $24.95/year you get all the tools, plus Priority Help Support.
What Will Google Do?
Hopefully they’ll make it faster. Picnik is very bandwidth intensive, if you have a slow connection, you better have a lot of patience! I expect that Google will keep maintaining the Picasa software for your computer, but they are looking to the future when nothing is on your computer! Your pictures will go directly online from the camera to Picasa Web Albums, and you’ll do your editing with Picnik. I’m certainly not ready for this yet .. but that’s what my crystal ball sees for 5-10 years from now.
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