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I'm Having A PICNIK (editing photos online)

Updated on December 03, 2012

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR ALL VISITORS

PICNIK is closing their doors and moving its easy yet powerful photo editing tools to Google+.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU?

You can now enjoy using ALL of the Picnik features FOR FREE including the premium editing tools until the closing day of APRIL 19, 2012.



Thanks to Hyphenbird . . . I’m having a PICNIK!!!

Hyphenbird, aka Brenda Barnes, is an awesome writer here on HubPages.com. I have the utmost respect for her professionalism and attention to detail in all her work. One of her hubs titled Fun With Focused Color intrigued me so much that I bookmarked it knowing that this photo editing technique she described was something I really wanted to try.

And let me tell you, I am truly having a Picnik!!!

Picnik is an online photo editing program. The basic photo editing tools are FREE. You can also upgrade to premium editing tools for a monthly, six-month, or annual subscription cost.

Disclaimer: I am a newbie! I have only been using Picnik for a few days and have never utilized any other photo editing program. I have lots to learn! I have no doubt that there are so many other photo enhancing tools that can be utilized that I am not yet aware of.

Now remember, I am just getting started with this new hobby. I’d like to share with you what I have accomplished so far . . . I hope you enjoy!

All photos used in this piece are the property of Sharyn's Slant.


This is the first photo I began working with. Initially, I wanted to try the “focused color” technique. I made everything black & white and began adding color where I wanted it. I then added names, butterflies and the adorable border.


I took this picture a month ago at Coe Lake in Berea, Ohio. I thought this photo was really pretty to begin with. But look at the difference! I cropped the photo to center the featured water spout and added lots of color.


In this photo, I was able to crop it to eliminate my little sister’s wedding photo (sorry sis) and make Peanut the true focal point. I re-colored everything including the woodwork.


Here I am standing under a tree in my front yard. The original photo is very plain and sort of colorless. I enhanced the colors of just about everything in this photo including adding a tan to my skin. The top I was wearing was yellow and the shorts were white. But you wouldn’t know that in the edited photo.


TRY EXPERIMENTING WITH PICNIK

It is not necessary to sign up to start using Picnik’s photo editing features. You can experiment with some of their sample images. Yet, creating an account is free and will then store your last 10 edited photos.

When I began editing my first personal photo on Picnik, it immediately became apparent to me that I was not going to be satisfied with the FREE basic photo editing tools. I wanted more! This is not to diminish the great editing tools that you can use at no charge. I’m a “detail freak” and wanted more options. So, I joined for a $4.95 one-month subscription and am truly enjoying the premium features.


Momma Kitty looks so purrrty in her rocking chair. But she looks even prettier in the edited photo. I enhanced her fur color giving her highlights and made her eye color stand out more. The blanket and rocker were re-colored. And in a matter of just a few minutes, a new color carpeting was installed.


The original photo of these flowers is quite pretty and yet somewhat faded. I cropped the photo to truly make the vase of flowers the focal point. I re-colored everything. The flowers are brighter, the walls and window blinds are darker, the baskets on the left are enhanced, and the counter top is a new color. I even highlighted the yellow color on the chairs in the background.


Oh, my little guy Buttons, I miss him SO much! I re-colored everything in this photo to enhance its brilliance. And Buttons looks a lot younger, don’t you think?


Ah, so this is how they do it in the magazines! Even those models are not perfect! I hope my friend will not kill me for this one.


On this photo, I cropped it and re-colored everything. The ceiling, wall and cupboards got a facelift along with Punkin. I then added text and a faded matte finish around the edges.


This is certainly a pretty photo before using Picnik editing. I re-colored everything and look at the difference!


In this photo, I added more mascara and brightened my eyes. I got rid of all the blemishes and wrinkles, taking my complexion back to my younger years. I added a little tan and then some blush. The final touch ups were enhancing my lip color and adding highlights to my hair.

And then, the coolest feature of all, I clicked the "insta-thin" button.

I'M REALLY ENJOYING THIS PICNIK!

THIS IS SHARYN'S SLANT . . .


I'm Having A Picnik

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Sharon's back & there's gonna be trouble...(hee-hee!)

      Please tell your girlfriend not to kill you because I have an avalanche of photos I need to send for a touch-up... when "us gals" reach a certain age, we appreciate a little "freshening" so life continues to look like a PIKNIK!!

      You are amazing and a wonderful student of Lady Hyphenbird... keep up the fabulous work, dear!

      Voted UP & UABI- have a good weekend, mar.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I hope you enjoyed your Picnik...I think you did! Super hub with lots of detail and information!:))

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very cool! I love the result you got when editing the pictures. Awesome Job!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Good Morning Maria,

      Yup, I'm glad to be back, at least more often than I was for awhile there. Thank you for your sweet comments.

      Seriously, if you or anyone wants to try Picnik and use the premium features, just send me a message and I will give you my log in and password so you can try without paying anything. My one-month subscription ends on December 28.

      But Mar, if you have a specific photo(s) you would like me to work on, I would be glad to do it for you. Just let me know. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Good Morning HP's ray of SUNSHINE!

      The "picnik" was so much fun I think I'll plan them quite often. Thank you for stopping by ~ enjoy your weekend!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Good Morning Susan,

      Thank you for taking the time to check this out. It is a cool program. Even with photos that look great to begin with, the enhancements are pretty awesome. Have a great weekend!

      Sharyn

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Sharyn, this is really really cool! I am going to try it out. The photos look really great after. This program must be fun. I had a photo enhancement program once but it was so hard to navigate.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hi Sharyn! So cool and thanks for sharing! I have just started using a photo shop software and it is so much fun. I have never used that kind of software before so it is hours of entertainment. I love your photos and how you presented the material here. Great examples! Up and everything!

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      Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      This looks intriguing Sharyn ... I've just got to have a go ...

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      A good Hub is one which leaves you wanting more, and this is definitely a good Hub.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Cardisa,

      You should try it. It is fun and easy to navigate. BTW, love your new profile pic! Take care,

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kelly,

      A program like this can definitely entertain for many hours at a time. It takes patience but the result is quite rewarding. I'm glad you like this. Have a great weekend!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Angie,

      Great to see you! Definitely give it a try. And if you or anyone else wants to check out the "premium" editing tools through my current subscription, just send me a private message. Have a good weekend!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Aw Will,

      How are you? That is such an awesome comment. Thank you SO much for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Thank you Sharyn. I so appreciate you. I am also pleased my suggestions led you to Picnik. It is kind of like Hub Pages-addictive. You are doing so well with the programs. Thanks for sharing these.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello HB,

      So glad to see you. It definitely was you that led me to this fun, new endeavor. It can be quite addictive. I'd love to do this as a "side job" enhancing photos for others. Thank you so much for the vote of confidence. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

      Sharyn

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sharyn, what fun, I shall have to get Picnik.

      You have done some brilliant work with the photos they are fantastic, what a difference, I'm addicted already:-)

      Thank you for sharing and voting up.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Good Morning MM,

      Thank you for stopping by to check this out. It really is a lot of fun. Let me know how it goes if you do try it. Have a great day!

      Sharyn

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...yes dear Brenda is a hub buddy of mine too and a great writer like you and a really wonderful photographer too - and yes it's amazing isn't it when you examine the before and after pictures here on your hub - most people would not even think about it until/unless they saw the difference for themselves so thank you for this hub enlightenment and education - and you're still the prettiest girl I've seen at the HUB today (don't let Brenda know I said that - lol)

      and sending you warm wishes and good energy from a dismal dreary rainy lake erie time 6:50pm

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Epi, I heard that!!!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Epi,

      Thank you so much for your sweet comments. And I really needed the warm wishes and good energy since it has been quite dismal all day today here on the other side of the lake as well. The rain has not let up all day! Stay warm!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Ha ha Brenda, Epi has been caught!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...yeah I was just thinking that too - my cottage has turned into an ark - all day it's rained - and to think it could be snow - even snow looks prettier and softer - this is just a day and night I'd soon forget - I also have a leaky roof - but at least I don't have to drive in it tonight for work - I am off - and I see Brenda has caught me in the act - well that's okay because I still think you're the two most beautiful women here at the Hub - still - and forever! (more)

      lake erie time 10:39pm

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Oh no Epi, a leaky roof. It is now almost 11 p.m. est and it has not stopped raining all day. A good day for reading and writing :) And yes, Brenda caught you and I'm sure we both appreciate your wonderful compliments. Stay dry!

      Sharyn

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Wow Sharyn this is all so very Interesting, didn't know about "Picnik". And by the way, I Love the Real You, your new Picture...Good one Girlfriend!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey B,

      How are you? Thanks for your kind comments. You should join the "picnik" - it's a lot of fun. Have a great evening!

      Sharyn

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. Hi, Sharyn. I really love this information and I learn something new for you about photo editing. Well done and vote up! I also love your new avatar, you look so beautiful!

      Blessing and hugs,

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Pras,

      You should try Picnik, it's a lot of fun. Thank you for your thoughtful comments. Have a great night!

      Sharyn

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Sharyn, you are doing such a great job with that software! It looks so fun and something I need to get into, for hubbing and blogging, too. Thanks for sharing your learning with us! Awesome hub!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Good Morning PP,

      Thank you for your wonderful feedback. You should definitely try it. It helps release the creative side . . . have a great day!

      Sharyn

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      I'm in awe of your photo's! And so grateful for the link. I am using PhotoStudio, but now quite eager to test Picnic. Thanks, Sharyn!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Marie,

      You should check it out. You, too, can have a Picnik! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Have a great weekend!

      Sharyn

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow! This was great. Can't believe that you were doing all this within just a few days. What an inexpensive way to get a total beauty make-over to oneself, one's friends and one's pets! (smile).

      Love the fact that you honored Buttons with this tribute photo that makes him look as he did in his younger years.

      I only use the basic editing program that comes with my computer but I'm bookmarking this hub and am inspired to check out the free section in Picnik. Between you and Hyphen I really must try it.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi HBN,

      Yes, I had a couple late nights in a row, ha. I too love the "inexpensive makeover." Seriously, if you do try this, the "mascara" editing tool is very cool. I used it on the cats too. Of course so is the "blush," "tan," "highlights," "insta-thin" and so much more. And yes, my little Buttons. He was such a cutie. His "new" picture took him back to when he hair was much "redder." Have fun with it. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      Teylina 5 years ago

      Hey, Sharyn, thanks for the 'slant' on Piknik! Can't wait to try it, but I'm afraid my self-confidence will take a mighty plunge! Thanks so much for sharing, and helping my confidence!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Teylina,

      It is so great to see you. Where have you been. Definitely check out Picnik. It's really not that hard and a lot of fun. I hope all is well with you. Happy Holidays!

      Sharyn

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      Teylina 5 years ago

      Been trying to catch up on my reading here! I've missed all of you, but, oh well, life doesn't always give you more than 24 hrs in day!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      I understand Teylina. For a while there, I was over one month behind. Now I'm about a week behind. Anyway, it's great to see you.

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      Teylina 5 years ago

      You're catching up quicker. My lapse hit more than a month (you, when life gets in the way?) and I wound up with 197 notifications! I have to read first! Feels so good to get down to 45--I may actually do a real hub in January. The couple I've done have been from reading others' work! No plagiarism! They get the credit!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Teylina,

      I know for me, I have a difficult time writing something when I am so behind on my reading. I always feel as though I have to catch up first before my own creativity flows. Can be aggravating at times. BTW, January really isn't that far away, ha. Take care,

      Sharyn

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      Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

      I agree with everyone that you are doing a terrific job with the program! I can't add lip color well at all and blush looks like I''l trying to make clown faces. It is so fun to play around with though, as you mentioned and I've done some really fun things with plant life and still life photos.

      Great hub!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Pooh ~ thanks so much for the compliments. I agree that adding the lip color is difficult. Two suggestions. Of course, make the brush really small but then instead of doing long strokes, just "dot" it on. BUT, I think a better suggestion is to use the "blush" for the lips, it is easier. As far as the blush looking like a clown face, I have found that it is easier to make the brush really big and the color lighter and then just click once. But, you can also use the "tan" for the blush as well. Have you used the "mascara." I love that feature. I've used it on other stuff too, for example, when I was recoloring one of my cats, I used it to accentuate their paws. Oh, so much fun. Thanks for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Wow, Sharyn, this is great! It looks like you did have alot of fun. When it goes to google, how will we be able to find it? I just might have to give it a try!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Cindy ~ I actually got a notice that Picnik was closing over a month ago but I waited because I wanted to have the information that you ask about. Still, I have not been able to find any further information about when Picnik moves over to Google+. So I figured I'd let everyone know that at least for now, they can try it for free. You know I'll keep you posted :) Thanks for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Amazing hub here, wow i love the photo finishing effects, and I been using my graphics editor mostly for the special effects for my photo's but this Picnic thingy looks like its even better than photoshop, wow.

      This hub is definitely getting pinned, I love the web for all this awesome cool tooling, and I have Picnic as a web collection of mine, but I haven't had time to try it out, and so thanks for encouraging us all to give it a look.

      I will definitely use this hub to share with many others, wowsers on your new found skills. Thanks for sharing voted up! "Sharon's photo looks amazing" Holy Crap!!!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      As a photographer I do edit my photos, but I admit I have never used online tools.

      This is useful and informative hub

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      CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      I used Picnik alot!!!! Still LOVE it. Super sad it's closing though. Was one of the easiest photo editing things out there. Now I'm not sure what to switch to :( Love all your photo edits!!! Thanks for sharing!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Michael (CloudExplorer) ~ Wow, I can feel your enthusiasm, thank you so much! I have really enjoyed using Picnik. Unfortunately, they will be closing their doors shortly on April 19. They have yet to announce if they will "reopen" elsewhere for sure under a different name. I will definitely post any updates. Thanks so much for your awesome and fun feedback Michael. Take care,

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Vinaya ~ Thank you for stopping by and leaving feedback. Very much appreciated!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Cassy ~ I am sad they are closing too. I found it a fairly easy program to use with great options. I'm not sure what program to switch to either. Will have to do some research. Thanks so much for your feedback.

      Sharyn

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