Alternatives to Picnik? Reader Q+A
Now that Google is closing down Picnik, any suggestions for what I can use to edit my photos? -Delilah
We were definitely surprised to hear that Picnik is shutting down. I've used it many times to quickly and easily edit photos, and while it's a bonus to have free access to Picnik Premium until April
, you're better off finding alternatives now. Good thinking Delilah!
Here are a couple of our favorite online photo editing sites.
If you're a Mac user, Snapseed
(above) just announced it will offer desktop availability of its popular mobile app--which happened to be one of our top editors picks of 2011
This comprehensive photo editing app will provide you with everything
you need to make those whites whiter, the smiles sharper and cropping to
remove Uncle Bill's photo bombing attempt from the background.
the downside, it's not free--the desktop app will be available at the
Mac App store for $19.99, or grab the mobile app for iOS from iTunes
for $4.99. But if you're a big photo editor, it's totally worth it.
For more basic (and free) editing capabilities, FotoFlexer
a smart choice. Simply upload a photo and the interface allows for
cropping, adjusting color balance, adding photo filters, and all the
basics. There are also are more advanced options like adding text,
fixing blemishes (who doesn't need that feature) and adding border.
Another great site is Pixlr Express
It recently launched and is a quick and easy way to moderately or
drastically edit photos, depending on your needs. In addition to fun photo effects like "bubbly"
or "foggy," there are also quick ways to enhance portraits with
features like red-eye removal and teeth whitening (hi coffee drinkers!). Of all the sites listed here, I find the
interface to be the most intuitive and modern. Also available as a free Android
Photoshop Express Online
There's no need to plunk down several hundred bucks for Photoshop when you can access Photoshop Express Online
for free. While it's not nearly as feature-rich as the software
program, it offers plenty of photo editing options that will likely be
more than sufficient for what you need. Other fun effects online include
Dodge and Burn (making certain spots lighter or darker), Crystallize
and Pixelate. Photoshop Express also offers a fantastic free app for
editing photos on-the-go with Photoshop Express for iOS
and Photoshop Express for Android
As long as we're talking iPhone apps, I also have to mention one more: the Camera+ App
. It's a great overall program for taking and editing photos, especially for those of us with lots and lots of special family moments to capture. -Jeana
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