Top FREE Image and Photo Editing Sites

Reblogger Roy Kelley
Real Estate Agent with Realty Group Referrals 16766

What should we use to replace Picnik?

Many of us that use Picnik for editing our photographs have been upset since we received the notice that Picnik will close on April 19th.  Flickr has announced that they will offer photo editing features to replace their links to Picnik.

Our friend Brad Andersohn, at Zillow, has done some research and provides some alternatives for us to consider.  Thanks to Brad for this outstanding article.  By the way, if you are not attending the free Zillow webinars, you should check the schedule and listen to Brad on multiple topics.

If you wish to make comments on Brad's suggestions, please go to the original post so he will be able to see your remarks.

Have a great week and be sure to have your camera in hand to capture those special moments.

Dahlias at Brookside Gardens IMG_5749

Photograph by Roy Kelley

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Original content by Brad Andersohn

There is so much concern and “Buzz” about Google shutting down, I decided to provide you with some alternative tools for editing and customizing your graphics, photos, and images.   While will be shutting down in April 2012, here are some other options you have available immediately.

FotoFlexer – Create some dazzling photo and image effects in your browser for FREE.  Use Animations, resizing, coloring, contrast and more.  Take a look at These 5 Demo’s for a quick tour of what FotoFlexer has to offer, you’ll love some of these cool features.  Smart Scissor is a favorite feature.

Pixlrand for Picnik users, try Pixlr Express.  You’ll love the Editor, the Pixlr-o-matic, the Pixlr Grabber for Firefox and Chrome browsers, and the Pixlr hosting, all of which are very robust and user friendly cool features.

LunaPic – This site will rock your world!  Lunapic offers more choices and options for photo editing and custom effects than some of the paid software applications I’ve purchased and used in the past.  Use vignettes, color bars, animated imaging, picture frames, retro color, collages, custom text, reflection animations, slide shows, and a ton more.  One of the most feature rich FREE online editors available.  You’re gonna love this site.

FreeOnlinePhotoEditor – A really simple and easy to use photo and image editor for those “quick fix and gotta go” graphics.  Very basic but simple and fast.  Some of the other online photo and image tools include: Online photo editorAutomatically resize your images when sending it by emailCreate an Image from your RSS feedCreate Image from your Tweet and Twitter account, and Create, save and email screenshots.

BeFunky -  Be Funky lets you do some pretty amazing things with your photos and graphics.  Most of the features and tools are focused on creating cool, fun, and funky effects and artwork.  The site’s name says it.  Some of the effects available would take hours to create in Photoshop or other high end and costly photo/image editors.

Definitely worthy of a visit and tour. – That’s right, you can use Photoshop online and for FREE.  You’ll need to register, but I promise it will be worth it.  The Photoshop tools are powerful and very easy to use.  Be prepared to spend a little time here, you’ll be amazed at what they have to offer and allow you to do online for free.  I’m not going to lie, this is one of my favorites and my personal replacement for closing down.

GIMP – GIMP is very similar to Adobe Photoshop except that GIMP is FREE.  It does require you to download the software but one huge benefit to that is it will never be bought and shut down on you.  It is a very powerful and feature intense program so unless you’re really experienced with editing and graphic design, or you have more time than it takes to close a short sale, you may want to stick with one of the others.

I personally like to use GIMP for graphic design more than image or photo editing.

Combine all these together and you’ll have more FREE editing tools and features than you’ll ever need or use and absolutely FREE.  Take a few moments to review each site, bookmark them, then give each one a try to see which one(s) best meet your photo and image editing needs.  Enjoy! 





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Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

Thanks for reblogging this post Roy. I still think it's a terrible shame they are closing. The yearly subscription was so nominal that if it was just money I would not have a problem paying double to keep them going.

Jan 22, 2012 11:18 PM #1
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Roy,

I have not heard of this site. I will have to check it out.

I still have to learn how to use these programs as well.

Have a good week ahead in the Kentlands.

Best, Clint McKie


Jan 22, 2012 11:22 PM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Picnik is now free until they close on April 19th for those that have photographs to edit.  Flickr has announced that they will be adding photo editing features to replace Picnik.

I use Flickr to store the photographs that I use in blog posts. Currently, Flickr has a link to Picnik to allow photos to be edited without leaving the Flickr site.

Jan 22, 2012 11:26 PM #3
Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties

Roy, thank you for the reblog. I will go over and thank Brad. Hope you are doing okay....worried about my friend not being able to leave his photos everywhere. The world is a better place because of the effort you do to spead the goodness of flowers and their healing qualities. Putting my attention on it so that it will just melt away...the road block that is. Have a good day!

Jan 22, 2012 11:46 PM #4
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Thank you for posting this. I'll be needing this information.


Jan 23, 2012 12:27 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for your comments.  Again, if you have not been editing your photographs, give Picnik a try while it is free and you will enjoy the results.


Jan 23, 2012 12:49 AM #6
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

There are so many things out there to make our experience on the internet better....pretty amazing.

Jan 23, 2012 02:05 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Indeed a very good article, thanks for sharing this with us Roy!

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I hope they allow you to keep posting photos within comments, as I rather enjoy it.

Jan 23, 2012 02:18 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for the beautiful photograph, Brian. Be careful since some members and reporting photographs in comments as spam and that can block you out of ActiveRain.

Jan 23, 2012 02:53 AM #9
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