Bummed about Picnik going away? Believe me, I was too. That was one of the sites I’ve been recommending for about half a decade. Sure there are plenty of other options, but Picnik didn’t require a login (yay), was incredibly intuitive (yay), and had a surprisingly robust set of tools.
One door closes, another opens. Enter, iPiccy! The site is incredibly similar to Picnik in so many ways. No login needed. Your students can surf right over there and dive in. You can upload your own pics, enter in a URL to a pic, take a pic via webcam or import from Facebook. Yes, Flickr is absent. As I’ve often said in presentations, it’s a free tool… you don’t have any right to complain!
Once your image is uploading, fans of Picnik are going to be right at home. Main tabs are along the top, with plenty of options along the sidebar including Autofix, Resize, Crop, Rotate, Hue/Saturation, Contrast, etc… You also have a ton of ‘filters’ to choose from, including the ability to add frames, drop shadows, noise, blurs and a gaggle of special effects. Personally, I love the retouch tab which allows you to remove wrinkles, fix blemishes, bright eyes, whiten teeth… and then even have a tool labeled “Thinify”. Perfect to help you visualize what you’ll like after just a few more months on the diet!
When it comes to saving, it doesn’t have nearly the number of options that Picnik had, but it provides the most important ones: a direct link to the image saved online, the option to download it as a JPG and PNG. You can also save it directly to Facebook. No, you can’t save it to Flickr or Picassa… yet.
While there are certainly other apps in the space, iPiccy has jumped right up to become one of my favorite ‘in and out’ image editors. There are times when you need Photoshop… but more often than not you just need a quick fix. And this will most certainly do the job. If you have any other suggestions for visitors though, be sure to share them below! Always room for more options.