Learning To Live Without Picnik-A New Tool For Quick Touch-Up's

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Like thousands of others when the news broke of the photo editing tool Picnik shutting down I groaned.  There are times when a quick fix is needed and doesn't require a full version of Photoshop or Gimp.

In the past I turned to Picnik for quick edits.  In this case it was removing the blocks and lightening up the photo of this old piece of farm equipment before I posted it in a Speechless Sunday post on entitled "Welcome to 2012-Out With The Old In With The New."

Old Farm Equipment-Manassas VA

Old Farm Equipment-Manassas VA

 

This past week I've been playing with Photoshop Express on-line.  Not only does it allow you to do simple "blemish removal" as Picnik did but it allows you to take a photo and change the colors with their "pop" tool.  Here is a before and after of my bike that I had taken last summer after a ride.

Bike Against Brick Wall-Cindy Jones

Bike Against Brick Wall-Cindy Jones

 

Not only could I remove the water faucet on the brick wall but I could change the background and the color of the bike.  Now this isn't something we might do with a photo of a home but it certainly gives us some options. 

For those of us who like to play with photography they are lots of good free tools available.  I'll never be a professional photographer but if you are like me and like to find simple options then you might want to check out Photoshop Express.

 

 

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Michael-once I figured out how to line up the circles in Photoshop Express I could get rid of the faucet with ease.

Jan 31, 2012 01:49 AM #103
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Brad-you are right there will be lots of other choices out there and hopefully one will cover 90% of what we need to do for simple touch-ups.

Jan 31, 2012 01:50 AM #104
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Brad-you are welcome.  Thanks for stopping by.

Jan 31, 2012 01:50 AM #105
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Claude-this one's so easy even a "caveman can do it." 

Jan 31, 2012 01:51 AM #106
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Thanks Knop Team for stopping by.  Picasa does not have the same functionality as Picnik did but they were linked which was nice.

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Hannah-you're most welcome.  Hope you have a good week.

Jan 31, 2012 01:53 AM #108
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Gloria-I think time will tell on where all of the features from Picnik will end up.

Jan 31, 2012 01:54 AM #109
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Heather-glad you found it easy to use.

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DeeDee-always a surprise to find out what we've signed up for isn't it :-)

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Gene-from the comments I gather some of the features are already incorporated in G+. 

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Marshall-thanks for adding your suggestions of new tools to use.  I'll check them out as well.

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Cheryl-unfortunately I haven't seen the same collage feature but you could build an HTML table to line up photos for the same functionality.

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Great new tool.  Thank You for sharing.

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Cindy, thanks I will check it out as well as some other sites left by other commenters.

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Great tips and cool tool! I bookmarked you so that I can go back and play with this some more! Thanks!

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Deborah-you're welcome.

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Rebecca-looks like we all have some fun new tools to explore.

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Sylvie-hope Photoshop Expres works out for you.

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Hi Cindy, I am not a Picnik junky but appreciate the alternatives you have suggested.

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Thanks Bob.  Hope you find a touch-up tool that works for you.

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