When web-based photo editing tool Picnik closed down earlier this month, it was a sad day for fans like me. Although it had a stand-alone site, I particularly loved that it was integrated right into Flickr. It was easy to upload large batches of photos to edit, create collages and import into Facebook. I could go on and on about why my photo-editing heart belonged to the Picnik tools, but instead I’ll offer four free, web-based alternatives to Picnik.
Aviary – This is the in-Flickr replacement, although you can access the image editor for Aviary’s site, as well. The in-Flickr option is bare bones and basic, but lacks so many of the editing features with which Picnik users like me were spoiled. The stand-alone site is much less intuitive for people who don’t know much about Photoshop. In fact, it’s essentially a stripped version of Photoshop. It’s a suitable option if you’re not intimidated by advanced editing tools.
PicMonkey – This may be the most buzzed-about Picnik alternative, and it’s easy to understand why. It’s probably the closest alternative we’ve seen. It’s intuitive and very user-friendly. Everything appears to be free at the moment, but it’ll be offering a “Royale membership” at some point, which will likely require paid access for premium effects.
iPiccy – iPiccy is a nice, straight-forward option. The tools are laid out nicely, and you can upload edited photos directly to Facebook.
Pixlar – This site is very similar to Photoshop and as a result, not as user-friendly as Picnik. Some of you may not mind the challenge, though, if you are already familiar with Photoshop. You don’t have to login, but you can create an account to save work in progress, templates and other images. The site’s “o-matic” version, however, offers a lot of nice retro photo effects and is much more user-friendly.
Have you found a replacement for long-lost Picnik yet?
image via picmonkey