Alternatives to Picnik

Picnik was a free photo editing website that allowed users to modify images with stickers, text, and photo altering tools. Single or multiple images arranged in a scrapbook-like format could be altered. Images could be uploaded from your computer, imported from a social media website, or accessed from an image URL. The website was purchased by Google in 2010. As of April 19, 2012, Picnik will be shut down and its tools incorporated into other Google products such as Google+.

I use Picnik every week at work. I use it to create web advertisements that are displayed on the library website (the image to the right is an example of one), and my coworker uses it to give extra pizzazz to photos before they’re added to Flickr. It’s been a fantastic tool, and I’m going to miss it when it officially closes down. I’ve been trying to find alternatives since I found out about its forecast closure. Here are some of the features I desire in a photo editing website:

  • Free
  • Online capabilities that do not require that I download software – we are not allowed to do so on work computers.
  • Ability to create collages of multiple pictures.
  • Ability to access images from an image URL.
  • Ability to resize to precise pixel height and width.

Many other people are also evaluating photo editing websites, and I was able to discover lists of optional websites. Here are some that appealed to me, and most closely fit my criteria.

iPiccy : iPiccy includes an extensive variety of easy Web-based photo-editing tools such as Auto-fix, Rotate, Crop, Resize and Color adjustment and Sharpen – all in one place and in real-time. There are also special effects like ‘liquify’, painter, vignette, pencils, and many more.

  • Free and no registration required.
  • Doesn’t require software download.
  • Collage ability – pictures must be saved to computer hardrive to use this feature.
  • Can resize and crop picture, but is quirky.

Picmonkey : created by several former Picnik employees. Includes Crop, Resize, Color, different effects such as Sepia or Polaroid Film, Stickers (now called Overlays), Frames, and Overlays. Best used to create the pictures used in collages.

  • Free (fee based program called Royale coming soon) and no registration required.
  • Doesn’t require software to be downloaded.
  • Doesn’t have collage ability – says it will come soon.
  • Can resize and crop pictures.

BeFunky : another photo editing website that offers similar tools as the rest: crop, resize, color, effects, stickers, etc. Also comes as an App.

  • Free, with a fee based program to access additional features.
  • Doesn’t require software to be downloaded, but does have an App version to make it usable on iPods and iPads.
  • Doesn’t have collage ability.
  • Can resize and crop pictures.

Between Naps on the Porch. 2012. Accessed April 5, 2012. <>


About shortlibrarian

I am a woman working in the Twin Cities as a programming Librarian.
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