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21 April, 2012

Photo Editing Site Picnik Lives on — at Least for Now [UPDATED]

Photo Editing Site Picnik Lives on — at Least for Now [UPDATED]
by Samantha Murphy on Mashable
Although popular photo editing site Picnik was supposed to close down for good on Thursday, it’s still alive and well as of Friday morning.

Google Picnik - 600Google announced in January that it would be pulling the plug on Picnik on April 19, along with a variety of other services such as Google Sky Map and Social Graph API. The company said it would be moving Picnik’s editing tools and effects to Google+.

But as of Friday morning, is still available for use. A message saying its last day was April 19, 2012 remains. Mashable has reached out to Google for comment.

“As we head into 2012, we’ve been sticking to some old resolutions — the need to focus on building amazing products that millions of people love to use every day,” Google said via its blog. “That means taking a hard look at products that replicate other features, haven’t achieved the promise we had hoped for or can’t be properly integrated into the overall Google experience.”

Google said it will use Picnik staffers to “continue creating photo-editing magic across Google products.”

In the post to its site, Picnik cast the move in a positive light: “Since joining Google in 2010, we have been creating editing magic in Google products while continuing to keep Picnik awesome. But now we get to focus on even awesomer things,” the post reads.

To smooth the transition to Google+, Picnik has added a feature called Picnik Takeout that downloads images to the desktop as zip files. Photos can also be copied to Google+, where they can then be stored and shared. Picnik also informed its premium members that they will be refunded as a result of the change. And until the site closes, all members can be granted access to its premium privileges for free.

What photo-editing services do you plan to use instead of Picnik? Let us know in the comments.

UPDATE: Picnik is now closed. The site is no longer in use, as of 11:55 a.m. EST on April 20.

Picnik Alternatives

This site was created by two former Picnik engineers, Justin Huff and Brian Terry, so you can imagine some similarities.

BeFunky photo editor touts snazzy filters and image effects.

3. iPiccy
Like Picnik, iPiccy has tons of tools for simple online photo edits.

Pixlr Express is a super basic editing tool, but the brand also has a more advanced online photo editor with tools similar to Photoshop.

Speaking of Photoshop, SumoPaint offers many of the photo editing giant's useful tools.

6. Thumba
While not as visual as Picnik, Thumba offers all the basic photo edit necessities.

This service isn't exactly a Picnik-style photo editor, but it's pretty cool nonetheless.
Upload a photo to Psykopaint and transform it into a "painting," with styles like Impressionism or Cubism. Then print it out and hang it on your wall for all to admire.


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