The sandwiches have been buttered for the last time, the blackberries picked and the clouds fluffed. Fans of Picnik bid farewell to the popular and easy-to-use photo-editing website on Thursday, as its owner, Google, retired the service.
The online photo-editing company was founded by three friends in Seattle in 2005, with the website soon becoming a hit with photo enthusiasts keen to make fast, simple edits or jazz up their shots with a wide range of filters and stickers. The majority of its tools were free to users, with a few advanced options offered for a small fee.
The popular site was embedded in a number of photo-sharing websites, such as Flickr and Picasa, and ended up being acquired by Google in March, 2010.
However, in January this year it was announced that the site would be closed down, with some of its editing tools being incorporated into social networking site Google+.
Anyone who enjoyed using Picnik needn’t worry, however, as there are plenty of other web-based photo editors out there — some very similar to Picnik. We’ve listed a few of them below, so if you’re looking for a new online image editor be sure to check them out:
FotoFlexer: This gives you pretty much the same user experience as you got with Picnik. Similar in both and look and feel, FotoFlexer offers many effects, including distortions; ability to work with layers, too.
Phixr: Not such a clean interface; consider it as a simplified version of Picnik. Offers a few interesting options such as noise removal and ‘fun effects.’
Pixlr-o-matic: Lots of filters and effects to enhance your shots — many of them with a retro feel that will be familiar to Instagram fans. Not as advanced as Picnik but worth checking out.
PicMonkey: Created by former Picnik engineers, so you’ll know what to expect. Stylish interface, easy to use, and gives pleasing results.
befunky: Another site which operates along the same lines as Picnik, though befunky feels a little clunkier to use. Still, it offers a lot of editing possibilities and may appeal to some, especially those who like to jazz up their images with stickers and such like.
Aviary: This one’s pretty cool; like Picnik, Aviary offers lots of options with its clean, intuitive interface. Stickers and text can also be added to photos; whitening, red-eye and blemish fixes are also possible.
iPiccy: Nice, clean interface; lots of options for editing and adding effects. The site is currently in beta, but if you enjoyed using Picnik, iPiccy will definitely be of interest.
pixlr: A more Photoshop-looking interface, with a comprehensive set of adjustment tools and a decent filter list. More powerful than Picnik and could be daunting for some users. Still, if you’re looking for something more advanced than the above online editors, this could be the one for you.