Update: Out of all these programs listed below, the one I’ve been using is PicMonkey. It’s easy to use and has a lot of great features.
Recently, after learning Picnik was going away or moving to Google+ in mid-April, I went in search of some alternative photo editing sites.
I posted the results of my search in a previous post, and as I have continued to find additional programs, I’ve been adding them to that original list.
The list has grown now from 8 to 14 photo editing sites, so today I’m posting the original 8 with my most recent finds added to the end of the list. If you read that original post and would like to check out a few more alternatives, just skip on down to numbers 9-14 for the latest additions. (In the comments on this post, Laurie says #13 (iPiccy) is just like Picnik. I haven’t tried it yet, but that sounds promising!) Update: PicMonkey is up and running and someone emailed me to tell me it’s great…much like Picnik.
I’ve used Picnik occasionally over the years and had just started playing around with it more recently for the purpose of watermarking photos. Fortunately, I found another program I like better for watermarking a few weeks ago. You can read all about the two programs I use for watermarking in THIS post.
Picasa lets you share your pics directly with the folks in your circles in Google +. There are also a lot of “effects” you can apply to photos. This is the program I currently use to create collages.
I dove right into Pixlr and started playing around with their effects. I found it easy to use. Of course, you can do the usual stuff…sharpen, crop, adjust contrast and color. There’s even a “teeth white” feature. lol Don’t we wish life was that way. 😉
I’ve found Phixr also very easy to use. You can adjust the usual things that photo editing software allows. Some fun things: you can add speech bubbles to your pics of your pets, decorate with objects, like hearts…that could come in handy for Valentine’s Day.
LunaPic lets you to upload your pics from Facebook, Photobucket, Flickr, Picasa, MySpace, and your computer. Lots of effects available, including some animation. The “reflecting” animation is pretty cool!
Gimp describes their program as a “versatile graphic manipulation package.” It looks pretty sophisticated. You can use it to elminate various distortions from photographs, retouch your photos…it even has a clone tool, like Photoshop. It may be a bit more complicated to use than some of the other programs mentioned in this post, but it definitely has some cool features.
I have a love/hate relationship with Photobucket. Okay, maybe hate is too strong a word. Let’s call it a love/dislike relationship. Photobucket has lots of fun editing tools for images, but after you’ve been using it for several months/years, one day you may find all the pictures or blog buttons you stored there have suddenly vanished from your blog. Apparently, there’s a magical storage number and once you exceed it, it’s pay-up or all your images vanish. I learned this the hard way and at that point, I took all my images off and moved them to Picasa. I still use Photobucket occasionally, but once I finish the editing, I copy the pic and save it on my computer to use when needed. I don’t store pics or blog buttons or anything on Photobucket anymore.
10. Be Funky
11. Creative Kit:
You’ll find detailed directions/steps for locating Creative Kit on Google+ in THIS post. It may be the program that Google is developing to replace Picnik. It doesn’t have as many features as Picnik at this point.
This program is a free program offered by Adobe Photoshop. You can edit your photos to correct for the usual “problems” as well as add lots of special effects, conversation bubbles, cartoon characters, etc… I figure it can’t be too bad since it’s offered by the makers of Photoshop.
Have you used any of the above programs? Would you recommend any of them? Please share what you’ve used and how you use it…would love to hear and it would help everyone who reads this post.
Alex at iPiccy e-mailed to tell me they have upgraded the iPiccy program so it now includes a lot of the features users enjoyed with Picnik.
PicMonkey is the program I use the most…you can do a tremendous amount with it.
For addition blogging tips, check out these posts:
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Favorite Tool for Watermarking Photos for Blog
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