14 Free Photo Editing Sites, Picnik Alternatives

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.

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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.

1. Fotoflexer:

Fotoflexer

 

You can do some fun, crazy things with Fotoflexer including retouching photos, adding special effects, fun fonts, layers, etc…  One neat thing…it will link to your photos wherever you have them stored.  You can edit photos from Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, Photobucket or upload them from your website or computer.

2. Picasa:

Picassa

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.

3. Pixlr:

Pixlr

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. ;)

4. Phixr:

Phixr

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.

5. LunaPic:

Lunapic

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!

6. Gimp:

Gimp

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.

7. Photobucket:

Photobucket

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.

8. Paint.net:

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Paint.net is a mini Photoshop.  It will do a lot of the same things you can do in Photoshop, like creating layers and special effects.  If you’re familiar with Gimp or Microsoft Photo Editor, this program is sort of like those.

 

9.  Photoscape:

Photoscape

10. Be Funky

BeFunky

Be Funky is another great site that some folks say is very similar to Picnik.  I haven’t tried it but that’s the feedback I’ve heard.

 

11. Creative Kit:

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.

12. Photoshop Express Editor:

PEEditor

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.

13. iPiccy

iPiccy

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.

14.  PicMonkey

PicMonkey

PicMonkey is the program I use the most…you can do a tremendous amount with it.

 

For addition blogging tips, check out these posts:

9 Tips for Better Blog Photos
Label Photos for Pinterest
Type Accent Marks, Currency/Math Symbols & Unique Punctuation for Blog Posts
Favorite Tool for Watermarking Photos for Blog
How to make a Blog Button with Grab Box Underneath




Comments

  1. Glenda/MidSouth says:

    Thanks for all the great info. I really need to take some time and get on top of what is available out there. Dryer buzzer just went off, so gotta go see about that, but bookmarked this post. Thanks – you are so appreciated. Enjoy your weekend. Glenda

  2. Cottage and Broome says:

    Thanks for keeping us informed on all the different photo editing options! It is very helpful, Laura

  3. Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista says:

    Thank you for the list. After Picnik went away i pretty much just shifted over to Picasa, but it’s nice to see some other options are out there too.

  4. live by the sun, luv by the moon says:

    Thanks for the tips and info. Keep it coming. As an avid picnik user I’m game for any alternatives!

  5. Jen @ Creating with the J's says:

    Thanks for the tips. I will be checking out your additions and waiting for the ex-picniker version as well!!!

  6. Thanks for the info ! I will be trying some of these .

  7. Brooke @ Spruce Your Nest says:

    Thank you so much for all the info and the researching you have done! Pinning this for sure!

  8. Thanks for all the info!

  9. Hi Susan, Thanks for all the work you’ve done to help us narrow down what’s available. Appreciate it. God Bless Barb from Australia

  10. I’m also bookmarking this post to return to it when I have some time to make a decision on which program to use. I liked using picnik for making headers. It will be nice to discover some creative new ways of editing photos. Thanks so much for gathering this information all in one place. I appreciate the time you took to research this.

  11. Susan thanks so much for researching this for us! Wow, I have checked out a few of these and am very impressed with what is out there. I especially liked Befunky and Fotoflexer. I will continue to check out the others. Thanks again for keeping us informed; you’re a treasure!

  12. Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home says:

    Susan, Thanks so much AGAIN for always providing GREAT information to your friends in blogland! Very much appreciated!!! Blessings, Cindy

  13. Great list, thanks for sharing your hard work in finding all these!

  14. Dear Susan, How can we ever thank you. You have done all the hard work for us. And I am grateful. I was hoping that someone would take up where Picnik left off. It was the easiest of all photo editing programs and perfect for the not so serious photographer. I have had many compliments on my photos thanks to Picnik. PicMonkey has a link on the web on which you can click and they will send you a notice when they’re up and running. I will be the first to sign up, and it doesn’t have to be free. Many thanks Susan. All of us appreciate you very much. Gina

  15. Thank you for ALL your hard work. I had just figured out Picnik and then they quit! Then, I decided to use Photoscape but found out the hard way that it does not work on Mac’s. I am now using Picassa. You continue to inspire. Thank you.

  16. shellyandrade says:

    Hi Susan, Thanx for researching all these sites! Looking into them now as my husband goes in to have his kidney stone removed, I know, TMI – lol! Hey, I have a question and couldn’t find your email address, where did you find the code for your “Stay connected Never Miss a Post Widget? I’m trying to clean up the sidebar on my blog and can’t seem to find the bar that puts everything together. I’ve got separate widgets for each one.

  17. Susan, thanks so much for sharing this list! It’s a great help in finding something to replace Picnic Hugs, Maki

  18. What a fantastic job you have done. I have always use Picasa and find it very easy, however, I am certainly going to give some on your list a try.

  19. Heaven's Walk says:

    THANK YOU for more great information, Susan! I’ve been using Picasa lately (bit more of a learning curve there, but not bad). I created my new header there. I tried out almost all of the sites you listed here, but had never heard of PicMonkey or iPiccy. I just hopped over to try out iPiccy – and it’s JUST LIKE PICNIK!! YAY!!!! So, for anyone out there who will miss their Picnik as much as I will – TRY OUT iPiccy!!!! Thanks again, Susan! :) xoxo laurie

  20. Annesphamily says:

    I don’t use any site as I am still learning! Photos are tricky business here in blog world! Thanks for the tips tho.

  21. What a great reference you have created. Thanks

  22. PicMonkey is great! Thanks for the hint.

  23. Thanks for the share. I’ve clipped links to each of these that I would try in my Evernote. I’ve tried Befunky before and Photobucket and like those but I don’t use them very much. Now that I’ve clipped them, maybe I will use them more often. My girls and I loved Picnik and was sad to see that go. We liked putting vampire teeth on and all that fun stuff.

  24. Do you have to pay a monthly fee or are some of these sites free?

    • I think the majority, if not all, are free. Some of the sites have advanced features and options that are extra but the basic editing, collage making, etc… that most folks use are free. The two I use a lot and are free are PicMonkey and Pixlr.

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