This next little nugget comes directly out of my Top 10 FREE Web2.0 Sites presentation that I did at PETE&C on Sunday. It was also noted by Tim Lauer and Will Richardson recently, who agree that it’s a gem.
Picnik.com is a basic photo editing application that is so clean and easy to jump in to that it has quickly jumped up the lists to become one of my favorite Web 2.0 sites. It’s just your ordinary average no frills editor, but it has some really nice little features and isn’t cluttered with garbage you don’t want or need.
When it comes to editing, I’ve found that 90% of the time all I need to do is crop, resize and rotate. On rare occasions, I might need to adjust the brightness or contrast, but mostly it’s just those three that I mentioned. Well, Picnik does those as well as allows you to sharpen the image, adjust the exposure and mess with the color balance. That’s it! Let’s face it though, what else do you need? If you need more than that, then you really do need to get a copy of Photoshop Elements.
Picnik does integrate really nicely into Flickr, which I think is fantastic. Put in your info and it’ll pull up your image library to draw from. When you’re done editing, you can also export directly back into your Flickr account, with tags description and all. You can also search Flickr to find photos that you might want to edit and use. And get this: You can restrict your search to just Creative Commons images that allow derivatives. That means you can have it search for photos that you actually have the RIGHTS to edit. How’s that for copyright friendly?
Anyway, once you’ve edited your image, you can save it to your computer in a variety of formats including JPG, PNG, GIF, PDF, and TIFF, in the size of your choice. You can also choose to email your photos to a person, or send them to another service, such as Photobucket Walmart, or Kodak EasyShare.
While this isn’t the end all be all of photo editing, for simple tasks I’ve found I can load up a photo, edit it and save it in less time than Photoshop loads up on my computer! Definitely a keeper for the ol’ toolbox.