3 Alternatives to Picnik Photo Editing Software
We’re huge fans of Picnik, our favorite in free photo editing software. Since Picnik announced in January that they were closing down on April 19, 2012, we’ve been on the lookout for photo editing alternatives.
We did some polling, both on Facebook and on LinkedIn, asking friends for their recommendations. We received a number of great suggestions, all of which we tested out to bring you this “best of” photo editing software list.
One of the things we liked most about Picnik is that it was super easy to use and you didn’t need to have a degree in Photoshop in order to easily re-size, crop and touch up photos. We’re usually editing photos in preparation for inclusion in a blog post and don’t want to spend hours laboring over photo editing. If you’re nodding your head in agreement, read on.
The Criteria We Used For Finding Suitable Alternatives to Picnik
- Web-based. For the occasional photo job, we didn’t want to have to download something to our computer and have it be yet another battery drain, so it was important the tools we discovered were web-based.
- Attractive and easy-to-use interface. Well, that’s sort of a no brainer, isn’t it?
- No registration required. Not a deal breaker, but we like it when sites make it easy for us to use their services without registering.
- Ease of use. We’re not designers, we’re bloggers. We want to be able to quickly grab, crop and edit or re-size a photo without having without it taking all day.
3 Alternatives to Picnik
- PicMonkey. PicMonkey is nearly identical to Picnik, and a quick visit to their About page told us why. PicMonkey was created by former Picnik engineers, meaning you’ll enjoy a similar experience as what’s available on Picnick–this is especially helpful if you’re already familiar with Picnik’s features and interface.
- iPiccy. iPiccy is still in beta, but it’s also very similar to Picnik. iPiccy offers an option to choose from photos you’ve posted on Facebook, which is something we like, too.
- FotoFlexer. The FotoFlexer interface isn’t quite as pretty as iPiccy or PicMonkey, but sometimes that matters less than functionality. FotoFlexer provides the most options for pulling in photos you have on other networks such as Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, etc., which is what makes it stand out from the competition–and should be your top choice if you’ve put time and effort into building sizable photo libraries on other sites.