Tomorrow is a sad sad day...
I remember hearing that Picnik was closing a couple months ago but didn't think it would ever happen. Dang it. Seriously my entire blog design was made in Picnik by yours truly and there isn't a day where I don't use the website for cropping, adding text, or resizing photos. I have done some research for a similar editing site and wanted to share my findings...
1. Pic Monkey- one of my favorite things about Picnik was the fact you could see how the effect would make your photo look in a little thumbnail (unlike Photoshop) and it is the same with Pic Monkey
There are also your basic capabilities- cropping, resizing, retouching, text, etc. Things I like about PicMonkey are the overlays and the little icons you can add to your picture.
2. iPiccy- again, very similar to Picnik but not as colorful and intuitive as PicMonkey. The interface looks almost identical to Picnik but the capabilities/effects are labeled in such a "cartoony" way so you have to guess what your photo would look like.
A cool thing about iPiccy is the layering tool. I am not sure if Picnik had that or not but I've never used it in Picnik. Also, there is an eraser and pen tool like Photoshop which is nice.
3. Pixlr- there are 2 options to this website. One is just a photo effects tool which is kind of like Instagram and the other is a full fledged Photoshop type tool. The interface looks exactly like Photoshop and you can even create an image from scratch (I used to have to upload a screenshot of a white page to create my own image in Picnik).
This is a very cool site but the photo editor is a little confusing and not intuitive like Picnik is. Pixlr Express is another tool that is a a lot easier but with less functions. They do have neat border options.
Other sites I've heard about...
- Google+ Creative Kit - looks pretty lame.
- Fotoflexer- looks cool...you can doodle and even distort things (like the size of your backside)
I am anxious to see if Google will just ramp up the Picnik capabilities and release it? That is my hope! Have y'all found any great alternatives to Picnik? Free or low cost sites that is. Photoshop is just time consuming and hard!