Thursday, April 19, 2012

Good News for Picnik Users!




If you were a dedicated user of the free photo editing program, Picnik, you are probably aware that today is the last day that it will be available. I was pretty disappointed when I heard the news because I'm still a novice when it comes to Photoshop. Good news, though! In it's place is a new photo editing program called Pic Monkey. I tried it out yesterday and was really happy with the results (the Magnolia photo above). It was super easy and fun to use and I thought it was easier to maneuver than Picnik. There are many of the same options...basic edits along with textures and special effects....and even a few extras. Plus, I really like the vintage look to their website design!

If you try it, let me know what you think! Do you have other editing programs you'd like to recommend?

25 comments:

  1. Looks interesting...I normally use Picasa 3 another free photo editor. Have you used/explored it and if so
    what do you think of it?

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    1. You know, I've never tried Picassa. l'll have to do that soon!

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  2. I'm loving Pic Monkey but I also love Pixlr.com too. They have an express editor (like picnik) but also a more advanced editor that looks and feels alot like Photoshop if you need access to more advanced tools.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation, Beryl. I didn't realize there were so many different editing programs. I'll check it out! :)

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  3. Hé ! What a good new ! Thanks Vicki ! ;)

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  4. I've been playing around with picmonkey for the last week or two and have been very happy with it. Try as I might I just can't master photoshop!

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  5. Thank you so much for this tip. I will hurry over and have a look right away :-)

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  6. i will love them more as soon as they are just like picnik....especially when they add the collage feature !!
    but no matter, picnik will be missed.

    i don't use photoshop at all anymore....it always gave me a headache.....did you try lightroom 3 or 4.....it's so user friendly !!

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    1. I must be really slow because even Lightroom was too much for me. Ha ha. Thanks for your thoughts, Beth. :-)

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  7. Pic Monkey* is wonderful* I just finished a recent Foto Session* I made many of my fotos with the Dusk option* It has a Vintage feel to it* My clients were very happy~
    Have a Wonderful day* thank you for sharing*
    xo~
    sincerely Laura~

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    1. Thanks, Laura! I'm happy to know you're having great results. :)

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  8. Oh wow! Thanks for introducing me to this! I never got around to using Picnik so haven't been effected by it's departure but I could get seriously hooked to editing photos on here.

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    1. Hi Phot Puddle..nice to hear from you! :)

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  9. thanks for this tips, it's look interesting.

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    1. You're so welcome! :)

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  10. I am so grateful to you for this tip...I used Picnik but have not heard of the pic monky. I am off to give it a go. I have sooooooo many pictures I want to play with. Now I just need more hours in a day!

    I hope you have wonderful weekend Vicki!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. :). You have a great weekend too! Let me know how you like Puc Monkey. I'm loving it!

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  11. I like PicMonkey, but what I'll really miss from PicNik are the easy collages I could make with it. I hope that little announcement in PicMonkey saying "Collage and more coming soon" means we will have that possibility too!
    By the way, beautiful picture!

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    1. Thanks, Victoria! It sounds like they will be getting the collage option soon. I have a feeling it will be really nice. Thanks for your comment! xo

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  12. I was an avid Picnik'er and almost cried the day that I read they were closing. Since it was the only editor I user it caused me a great deal of panic. I like PicMonkey even more! The same team that developed Picnik also made PicMonkey. ALL of my work is now done in PicMonkey. We have a great group going on at Flickr. Please come and join us. Brenda, from PicMonkey does a lot of tutorials and will answer any questions asap. She's just great. =)

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    1. Oh, that's great! Thanks for letting us know! Do you have a link to the Flickr group?

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  13. I'm curious - what action/effect you used on your magnolia pic? I love it.
    Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Ms. Becky. Hmmm....I'm trying to think. I always use "cross process" and this time I also used the crinkled brown paper overlay that they offer. I usually play around with the color saturation and move it to warmer or cooler depending on what I like.

      Hope that helps a little. :)

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  14. oh Vicki, thanks so much for this sharing, u safe me :). I am avid picnic user and I kinda lost when they close down. I tried the function at google+ but its not the same as picnic.

    I will try it NOW :)

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    1. You're welcome, Fenny! Let me know how you like it, ok? Nice hearing from you! :-) xo

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Thanks so much for your comments. Your thoughts, opinions, and ideas are important to me!

~ Vicki