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Picnik - Free Online Graphics Editor

written by: Laura Jean Karr•edited by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•updated: 3/26/2010

Picnik is a small online graphic editor that offers a large amount of creative control when it comes to creating or correcting image graphics. Learn what you can do for free with this amazing online application.

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    Picnik Features

    Picnik is a flash-based online image editor. Created by the Seattle based start up of Bitnik, the picnic program is still in beta but already outperforms many other online graphic applications on the web today. The system has API integration with Google’s Picasa and Flickr web albums and a myriad of editing features available.

    With this online editor you can crop, rotate, resize, edit exposure, edit colors, sharpen, fix red eye, and auto fix. Other free features that this web application offers are as follows:

    • No installation required
    • One click photo fixing
    • Color editing
    • Add Text in a range of fonts
    • Add frames
    • Windows, Mac and Linux OS compatible

    The Email to Web Site feature allows you to send any edited image directly to any internet account that you may have. For example, some accounts that you can use this feature with are: Walmart Photos, PhotoBucket, Imageshack, TypePad, Snapfish, Windows Live Spaces, Kodak EasyShare, LiveJournal, Fotolog and Fotopic. You can do this with Flickr and Picasaweb as mentioned above. The ability to share your image in this way is seen as an extraordinary feature as you cannot to this with the higher-end programs like Photoshop.

    To give you an idea of the things that you can do with picnik, I’m going to use the same picture with various effects as an example. I’m starting out with a royalty free stock photo from (free stock images) of a lady in white on a white background.

    stock With this image, I’m not going to use any of the features under their Edit menu. The Edit menu will let you do the following: auto-fix, rotate, crop, resize, exposure, color adjust, sharpen and correct red-eye. After uploading he image, I am going straight to the Create menu which offers the following options: effects, text, stickers, touch-up, frames, sandbox and advanced graphic editing.

    The second image shows the effects of using the Text, Stickers and Frames tab under the Create menu.