February 13, 2012

Picnik Substitute - you asked for it.

I've received a lot of emails over the past month asking about an alternative to Picnik.  (I think that's because you all know I'm addicted to it as well.)  We all know that Google is trying to push everyone to use Google+ where there's the "Creative Kit" that looks like a cheap, shortened version of Picnik.  I don't know if it'll end up being the full version when Picnik officially closes, but either way - I want a substitute rather than being toyed with.  Finding a new option is my way of sticking it to the man :)

So, I did some hunting for some good photo editing software and I'm happy to report that I now have a great substitute.  It's called Foto Flexer and I really like it.  Here's a screen shot of what it looks like.


I thought it might be easiest to take you on a little video tour, to show you where everything is.  There are even a few things Foto Flexer has that picnik doesn't.  While there are less fonts and stickers, I don't think you'll be disappointed overall.  Take a look.


So here's the bullet point comparison, in my view.
I'm excited to use it more and get totally comfortable with it.  There are also some cool features that I'm anxious to try out and learn.

So, goodbye Picnik.  We had some good times, but I've found someone else.....and it's getting serious.  So I'm dumping you before you can dump me.

Thanks for reading.

51 comments:

Corey said...

Cheri, thank you SO MUCH for doing the research and tutorial for us! You rock! I'll definitely check this out!

Cake by Krista said...

thank you for posting this!! I too have been trying to find a Picnik substitute - I'll take a look at this one - thanks!!!!

Unknown said...

I've been using Picasa as most of Picnik's features have been moved over there too.

Anonymous said...

OH BLESS YOU HONEY CHILD. This is amazing - thank you! I've been so sad about Picnik closing and this is just amazing. SO HAPPY to have an alternative!!!

Lindsay said...

Oh thank you thank you! I knew you'd find something! I have been using BeFunky that doesn't seem to be so bad. They have some different effects that picnik didn't have. I'll have to check out the one you suggested too. Take That Picnik and Google..lol!

Unknown said...

You are awesome. You did all of the investigating for us and it looks like you found a fantastic program! I will be downloading it today. Thanks for all you do.

Jill said...

Recently, I've been using fotoflexer as my picnik alternative, but it's hard getting used to a new program! I'm having problems with a couple aspects of it....One being, when I'm done editing a photo, I save it to my computer, upload another photo and it's not the full photo. I's been cropped! The only thing that seems to be working for me is if I close out of the program completely and get back into it. Do you have any other ideas? Thanks, Jill

Rebecca Jo said...

Thanks for the heads up & the tutorial!!!

Mama Baer | 1.2.3.4.5 said...

Have you tried Picasa? I've used for years, and though it doesn't have stickers and the more cutesy stuff, I really like it for just plain editing...
it's also great for organizing photos and digital images! :o)

Tracy said...

I felt the same way - thanks for finding a good alternative and helping me "stick it to the man" as well! :)

kelly said...

Not sure if I've commented before on your blog, but I've been a reader for a while now. I just think that your commentary is so funny! I enjoy your posts, what you have to say, your tutes, etc. Thanks again for all your work on your blog - me gusta!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

I will have to give it a try, everything I know about picnik I know because of you. I hope you will give up a tutorial too! :) Gesh, all we do is want, want, want! Thanks!

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

Thanks so much! I really didn't want to switch to the whole google+ thing, so thanks for finding something else! My sister will be happy about this too.

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

Thank you for sharing! I am going to check that out and play around with it! Have a wonderful day!!

Erin said...

Love your video overview! Thank you for sharing this great find!

Anonymous said...

I am also very sad that picnik is closing.... but iI'll stick to it until the end :)

Lotus said...

: ( Not Mac friendly... Thanks anyway...

Amanda & Brian said...

Same here. The only thing that bugs me is it's a Google product which are the people taking Picnik away from us. :/

iammommahearmeroar said...

I HAVE a Mac and it works just fine. Give it a shot.

Cheri

Christie // lemon squeezy home said...

Yes! Thank you for doing the research! I'm really excited.

Unknown said...

i just found fotoflexer the other day and I think I'm just so annoyed that picnik is closing that I am refusing to try something new haha. I'll have no choice soon!

Elizabeth said...

Thank you so much for finding a new photo editor for us to use, doing the research, and showing us how to use it! You rock!

Elizabeth said...

Oh, and I would LOVE future tutorials on the extra stuff you mentioned!

Erica @ Acire Adventures said...

Yay! thank you SOOOOO much!

Stephanie Krohn said...

I couldn't get it to work on my mac either. I got an error that said it was a windows based program.

Emy said...

Thank you so much for the information! I too, have been looking for a Picnik alternative (they are breaking my heart). Your opinion means a lot to me so I'll be switching over too! Thank you!

Brianne said...

Thank you for doing all of the hard work for us. I love your blog!

Teek said...

Thanks sooo much for finding a replacement for Picnic.. Do you know if it has the eye bright feature??? Is there another way to do it??? Thanks for all your tips and looking forward to future tutorials.

miss guido said...

thank you ! awesome find for us!

~april said...

hurrah!!! i've been wondering what you'd find next! i kept checking to see if you would have anything to say on the subject of picnik's closing.

Siobhan said...

Ha, take that Google!! I love how you were prepared to do the hard yards on this. I got hooked on Picnik too but didn't sign up. I think they have dropped the collage too now they are packing up shop (I couldn't find it).

Unknown said...

I think I used them once a while ago and stopped to use Picnik...Well, guess who I'm running back to. =D Thanks for doing the searching on this one!

Erika said...

Thanks, Cheri! You're awesome!

The Rooster and The Hen said...

Thank you! We had just found Picnik and were bummed that they were closing, so this is a great option! I love that it links up with Photobucket too!

Sabra at Sew a Straight Line said...

You are amazing! Thank you so much for this. I was making my boys' Valentines today on Picnik and lamenting it's demise. I even told my kids they should decide now what they want for V-day cards next year, so I can hurry and make them now! They didn't understand my need for the rush, and now there is no need. YAY!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this. I've been using Picnik since you blogged about it ages ago. I use it for my work and I wasn't sure what I was going to do without it, so I am pleased to see you've found something else I can try. Thanks again.

breanna said...

THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!!!

Tiedupmemories said...

So happy to find you and your Foto Flexer find! This looks to be a good substitute for Picnik!
Thank you,
Tracy G.

nkh said...

Worked fine on my Mac.

nkh said...

I think this is going to be a great substitute for Picnik. Thanks for finding and sharing.

iammommahearmeroar said...

Hmmm...I haven't had those problems, so I'm not sure what to say. I'm glad it works if you close out and re-enter, but I don't know why it would do that. Have you tried to contact them to ask about it? Sorry I can't be more helpful!

Cheri

Unknown said...

Thanks for finding an alternative. I alternate being sad and angry about Google's decision to close down Picnik. I learned a lot from your tutorials and have developed a "look" for my photos that I can't seem to duplicate yet using any other editing site. Very frustrating. I've been dipping my toe into Pixlr editor (free), which is a lot like Photoshop, which means that it's not very intuitive (at least not for me). I haven't really found anything yet with the sheer amount of creative possibilities that Picnik offers so I think it might be time to bite the bullet and buy/learn how to use Photoshop. Once I own it, I know it's not going anywhere and I never have to go through this again.

Crafting Play said...

Thanks for the info. I use the Picassa online albums, I loved they they linked directly to Picnik- I guess maybe they'll link to Google+ in the future? Either way, nice to have a good online alternative for when I don't have Photoshop handy! Thanks for doing the research and making a recommendation!

Maggie and Sheepie said...

Thank you! I never figured out Picnik, so this (and hopefully future) tutorial is great!

Anonymous said...

Not only did you just make by day telling me about fotoflexer, but your wit just makes me smile :) Thank you for sharing!

Rachael said...

You are fantastic! I've been sitting moping and whining about picnik closing, but I haven't done any replacement software research, and now I don't have to. Thank you!

Nancy said...

Thanks for finding an alternative.

meis said...

Dam I love picnik and wish it wasn't closing! I found this which has given me some hope that Picnik might live on: Picnik Alternative

Anonymous said...

you might want to check pixlr.com and Phoenix (advanced.aviary.com/tools/image-editor ) as well. i like them both.
paul

Amy said...

Have you checked out PicMonkey.com?
Just launched today, but seems like a pretty close replacement for Picnik.
I'm excited!

Joy said...

Just found PicMonkey, and it´s Picnik!!!! What a relief!!!!!!!!

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