April 20, 2012

Picnik Funeral

Yesterday Picnik died.  Yup.  It's over, but never fear.  Here's some good news.

A while back I showed you an alternative to Picnik.  However, it seems like a LOT of new options have been popping up everywhere.  You've probably heard of some, but I wanted to give you a personal opinion.  There are TWO options that I am really impressed with.  Let me give you a look at both options.  One might be a better fit for you personally, but both are quite impressive....and even superior to Picnik in some ways.  I plan on using a bit of both.


Here's what I love about it Pic Monkey.

1) It has textures, but you can use the brush tool to remove the texture layer in areas.  That's what I always wanted to do on Picnik, but never could.  That means you can add a cool vintage-looking layer over the top of you picture, but erase it over the face of the person in the picture so it doesn't look weird on their skin.  You can also upload your own textures.  Sweet.



2) It has some nice fonts.  I was kind of getting sick of the picnik ones, so it's nice to have a change.


3) It's set up like picnik, so you'll feel pretty comfortable with it right away.

4) Something Swanky did a great post of 5 more things that are cool about PicMonkey HERE.  Her points are excellent.

Now, iPiccy is also a great option because they have a few things that PicMonkey doesn't.


1) See the little buttons at the beginning?  The one that looks like an artist's palette says "create a new painting."  It let's you start something from scratch.  This is awesome for creating printables.  You could never do that on Picnik (unless you used a collage which didn't give you high resolution or by covering a picture you uploaded, which was kind of annoying).  I LOVE this feature.  You can start with a really high res file and create your printable.


2) This program actually looks even MORE like Picnik.  It's easy to use.  Way easy.


3) You can also add layers and if you want something more complicated (closer to photoshop elements) then you'll like iPiccy's paint section.  It really has a lot in common with Photoshop Elements.


4) You can create your own shapes.  This is also a little more in depth, but worth playing with.


5) iPiccy already has collages and they are great.  Check out the cool ones at the bottom.


And there you have it.  No Picnik mourning necessary.  So chin up!  Don't falter, little donkey.  Carry on, little camper.  There's a lot of options....and they rock.

Thanks for reading.

32 comments:

  1. I'm loving Picmonkey already but now I HAVE to go try Ipiccy. Thanks for the tips.

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  2. Thank you, 'cos I was a bit sad, but I knew I could count on you! You're a treasure x

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  3. You made my day! I was so bummed about Picnik going away, but these might be even better! Thanks

    The Tuckerbag

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  4. You are great - thank you for this. I have been really bummed about Picnic for the last couple of days - hopefully one of these will be good! Thank you for researching and sharing!

    Christy.

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  5. I used Picnik up until the day it died!I just couldn't let go! lol! But... I have been sooooo happy with Picmonkey since then! I will have to try out Ipiccy.

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  6. Ah, thank you for posting this!! I'd found PicMonkey but was disappointed I didn't have a way to create collages, iPiccy is great! Can't wait to use some of those layouts. Thank you!!

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing this! I've been hooked to PicMonkey for a couple weeks now, and have loved it! I'm excited to check out iPiccy!

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  8. Thanks for sharing - I love Picmonkey already and I just heard yesterday about "Ribbet" it's the actual Picnik lay out !
    http://www.ribbet.com/

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  9. This makes me so happy! Thank you for sharing!

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  10. Do you lose your photos that are on Picnik's servers?

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  11. Thanks so much for that. I had already discovered pic monkey and was looking for something with collages. So you have just answered all my questions!
    Bimbi x

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  12. I like both of these...but I can't figure out how to access my photos without first downloading to my desktop? Currently my camera uploads directly to Picassa and then I upload the ones I want to my Google Albums. I can't seem to figure out with either one of these how to access my photos from my Google Albums. Should I ditch Picassa?

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  13. Oh great. Thank YOU! I too am mourning Picknik and freaking out about mucking around with photoshop for next week's Kids Clothing Week Challenge. This solves all my probs!

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  14. my mom told me about picmonkey the other day but I am going to have to try iPiccy too

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  15. I have been playing with Picmonkey some but I am confused about how to load it up too. Do I not have to log in, they don't keep my photos like Picnik did? I'm like Becky I upload to Picassa too! And how about your great printables, can we do them on either?

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  16. Oh one more question, way back when you told us how to use Picnik, you showed us how to adjust a little slide bar, I can't remember what it was called, now I am sounding really dumb! It was part of the advanced package and there was like a scale that you could brighten your picture, does Picmonkey have that, I couldn't find it?

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  17. Little donkey...heehee. Thank you so so much for posting about this. I've been dreading Picnik shutting down for months!

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  19. Thanks for sharing! I was so bummed about Picnik closing because of the collage feature. Now, I know what to use! Happy weekend!

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  20. I opened my Picasa today, and have never used Picnik, but I think some of the picnik stuff moved over to picasa if you'd want to check that out too!

    Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies

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  21. Excellent assessment, and that's why we love ya! Thank you.

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  22. Have you checked out ribbet.com? It shows some real promise :)

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  23. Thanks for the info on these two sites. I was really sad when Picnik went away. I've been mourning for two weeks now!

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  24. Thank you for posting this! I recently found picmonkey. I like it and have been using it, but there are certain things I don't like about it. For example, for certain things it makes you put the pic monkey symbol on the pictures.

    I will have to try ipiccy. It looks awesome, and like something I might like better than pic monkey! Thanks!

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  25. Thanks for the shout out! And for the tips on iPiccy! I'm excited to go play with it!!

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  26. Yeah, I love the erasing option for the textures too- that is my first full praise for Picmonkey, and they got Curves finally too, which I missed, although I love one of the effects so much that I don't use curves as much on picmonkey. But I had never heard of the other and I am excited to check it out. Thank you for sharing!

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  27. Thank you! They're both great!

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  28. Do you know how to change the background color in ipiccy? I am trying to make it look like subway art but I can only change the font to white, not sure how to change the background to black???

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  31. Thanks for the help! Quick question...Can I use fonts/add text in the free version of pic monkey? I can't seem to find them anywhere!

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