Picnik is a photo editing tool that helps users tweak and improve their personal photographs. The user can correct image issues with a single click. Basic editing tools are included, such as crop, rotate and sharpen. The user can also resize images and increase or decrease exposure. Color options gives the user control over the saturation and temperature of an image. Stylish effects are also available that let the user transform an image into a black and white or sepia tone photo.
Other effects include infrared film, lomo-ish, vignette, matte, soften, boost, HDR-ish, night vision, 1960s style, tint, vibrance, CinemaScope and many more. Users can also add text and stickers over the image.
A collection of unique frames can be applied as well as seasonal effects.
Picnik was founded by Darrin Massena and Mike Harrington. The application has earned positive reviews and favorable comments from users. Many appreciate the simple web-based design that provides a number of ways to customize a photograph. A watered down version of Picnik is used as the default photo editor by Flickr. On March 1st, 2010, Picnik was acquired by Google. Picnik continues to offer users an array of fun, stylish and practical photo editing tools.
Picnik will shut down on April 19, 2012. The image editing tools will move to Google+.
Picnik offers users a stylish interface and a variety of editing tools that go beyond the simple red eye correction or color tone shift. Users can apply fun frames, stickers and text to their images or completely change the look with a filter. Picnik integrates with Picasa, PhotoBucket, Facebook, My Space, Webshots and Box.net. The interface is user friendly and gives the user many ways to show their creativity through images.
Picnik has a stylish interface that favors simple tabs. Users can easily navigate from each tool and editing option quickly without leaving the image. After uploading a photo or selecting a demo image, the user can jump right into adding effects, filters or correcting the color or brightness of the image. Picnik has incorporated both practical and entertaining features to give the user a full spectrum of options in a basic, online photo editor.
A new visitor is not required to register to upload an image and begin editing. Users who would like to access all Picnik features can click the white “Register” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. A pop up box appears and asks the user to provide a username, password and email address. The next step asks the user for the year they were born, gender and zip code. The user is automatically logged in after completing the second part of the form.
Anyone can create a Picnik account for free. There are no subscription requirements and the user never has to make a purchase to maintain account access. A Picnik Premium membership is available to users. Users can purchase a Premium account for $4.95 per month or $19.95 for a semi-annual subscription. An annual membership is available for $24.95. Premium members receive access to additional effects, fonts, stickers, editing tools, unlimited history, unlimited connections, priority feedback, full screen mode, layering, beauty tools and an ad-free experience.
Picnik is fun, helpful photo editing tool for anyone. The application is available for free. Users can edit images and add many unique elements, such as frames, stickers, text and filters. The Premium account is quite affordable so serious users can access additional editing tools and features. Picnik provides a user friendly interface and a variety of ways to improve, change and enhance a photograph.