April 19 was a sad, sad day: Picnik closed. I heard other bloggers rave about this easy-to-use, online photo editing software, but I didn't jump on the Picnik bandwagon until they had already announced they were closing.
Picnik was like Photoshop Elements (PSE) but a 1,000 times easier to use and (mostly) FREE. It had a great online user interface and was very intuitive. I didn't do a lot of photo editing with it, but it seemed pretty straightforward. I mainly used Picnik for making collages and adding text and "stickers" to photos like these.
If you visit picnik's website now, they refer you to Google+ or PicMonkey. I like to think I'm pretty savvy with computer stuff, but, for the life of me, I cannot figure out how to edit photos in Google+. It keeps wanting me to publish photos to my timeline (or whatever Google+'s equivalent of Facebook's timeline is). I DON'T WANT TO PUBLISH MY PHOTOS FOR THE SIX PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW ME ON GOOGLE+. I WANT TO PUT THE PHOTO ON MY BLOG. Who uses Google+ anyway?
On to option 2: PicMonkey. PicMonkey is pretty good, and it's going to have the same setup as Picnik where lots of features are free but you gotta pay for the good stuff. It's a bargain, if you despise working in PSE like I do. The only thing currently missing with PicMonkey is the ability to make a collage. The examples I showed above were all made using collages, so this function is imperative. I went to the help page on PicMonkey to find out how long it would be before they launched collages, and I got the following:
I added the arrow and red text using PicMonkey, and it took me about 2 seconds, so PicMonkey gets a +1 for ease of use. On the flip side, PicMonkey gets a -1 for only offering 36 types of font, but I'm guessing the options will rapidly expand with a) time and b) paid subscriptions. If you're looking for an easy-to-use, free-for-now, online photo editing software, I suggest you check out PicMonkey.