Free Photo Editing: No More Picnik…Now What?

by Alicia Sparks on January 31, 2012

I edited this image with Pixlr...all but the resizing, that is.

Just in case you haven’t heard, come April 19 Google is getting rid of Picnik.com.

Although Picnik.com was/is/seemed to be a ridiculously popular free photo editor website, Google has decided to trim some fat, and apparently Google+ already includes a built-in basic photo editor.

It’s not all miserable – from now until April 19, users with free or no accounts can use the site’s premium services, free of charge, and paying members will receive full refunds.

Still, it sucks a little. I’ve relied on Picnik for quiet a while – both professionally for tweaking and resizing photos for blogs and personally for having a field day with all the user-friendly effects. During Free Tools For Freelance Writers: Article, Website, And Blog Images (Day 3 of my Free Tools for “Freelance Writers: Save BIG While Starting Your Writing Business” mini course), I even listed Picnik.com as the one-stop shop for writers in need of a free photo editor.

So…now what?

Well, I did some digging around and found a few alternatives:

  • Picasa: Picasa is Google’s free photo editor software. It requires a download (to date, you must have Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7), but it has some basic video editing options, too.
  • LunaPic: This free online photo editor lets you upload pictures from your computer or pull them from sites like Facebook and Flickr.
  • Photoscape: Photoscape is another free photo editing software. It’s regularly updated and boasts numerous options.
  • FotoFlexer: FotoFlexer claims to be “the world’s most advanced online image editor,” and to its credit it does offer a variety of effects, fonts, shapes, doodling, and retouching. You don’t have to download anything, and you can edit photos from Facebook, Flickr, MySpace (?!), your Picasa Web Album, and Photobucket.
  • Pixlr: You can use Pixlr online, as a download, on Facebook, as a Chrome web app, and on your iOS or Andriod device. Bad news? The online version doesn’t seem to have an option to resize photos. Still, if you’re looking for great effects, it’s bookmark worthy.
  • befunky: befunky requires no registration or downloads, offers a whole bunch of effects, graphics to add, and frames and borders – and you can resize photos with it.

How about YOU, dear readers? Do you use some other free photo editor? Or, have you had any good or back experiences with any of the software or websites above? Share!.