Have a Picnik with your Pictures!

Picnik is a free, online tool that makes photo-editing fun and easy.  Picnik began its life with one purpose: To bring photo editing awesomeness to everyone!

Picnik is the default editor on Flickr and also integrates seamlessly with a variety of websites Picnik Pictureincluding Facebook, MySpace, Picasa Web Albums, Photobucket, Webshots, Lexmark and Box.net. In December, 2007, Picnik won the Macworld Editors’ Choice Award in the Web category.

Picnik is very user friendly, quick & clean, and you don’t even need to register to use the free, basic editing tools.  They do offer a premium version of their editing tool that will give you more advanced features for around $25 a year and they are adding new features at a rate of about one/month.

To get started, you just have to click the “Get started” button, then you’re off to the races!

  1. Go to Picnik.com & click “Get started”

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2. Click on the Library Tab

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3. Choose where you want to upload your photo from- the possibilities are virtually endless!  I am choosing Picasa for this demo.  Picnik will now access my Picasa account so I can view all of my Picasa pictures and before you can say “Picnik Rules!”, I’m able to edit any of the pictures I have stored on my Picasa account.  Here’s my Holiday card from last year:

and here’s a picture I made after my son’s 1st swim meet this past summer:

 

After you create you edited picture you can save it to your computer AND to the photo site of your choice.  So now, I have the original swimming picture AND the edited version on my Picasa account.  Disclaimer:  My son, Connor, didn’t want me to use the swimming picture because he said there’s no way he could ever be as good at swimming as Michael Phelps is..I twisted his arm to let me use it anyway :)

I cannot express how easy Picnik is to use.  If you try it once, I promise you’ll be hooked AND you’ll find one-thousand and one ways to use it with your students.

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