Life’s a Picnik

The Mac doesn’t really have any cheap and cheerful image editing software. You’ve got the very limited features of iPhoto, and then you’ve got the expensive software of Fireworks and others. I don’t do that much image editing, as I let the other half invest in the software. However, as I intend to blog more, I at least want the ability to resize and crop as needed.

I discovered Picnik.com recently, and it is amazing.

There are two versions – free and premium – however the free one does everything I need. You upload the photo, select it, and moments later, you’re playing around with the crop feature, the exposure, colours and sharpening. All the ingredients needed to make a photo that little bit better without spending a penny. The auto-correct feature is also very handy if you’re stuck for time.

I don’t know if it’s the meadowy green, childlike layout but Picnik really appeals to me. There’s no navigating dull grey menus trying to find what you’re looking for. Everything you need is an easy button click away, and the options are all really clear and simple to navigate. I highly recommend it as an addition to your bookmarks.

Here’s a quick video from the CEO, highlighting the main features:

4 thoughts on “Life’s a Picnik

  1. GIMP is available for the Mac, but like Photoshop, it’s overkill for basic editing.

    The best lightweight editor I’ve come across is IrfanView (you can run it from a USB drive), but sadly it’s Windows only.

  2. I have tried GIMP, admittedly ages ago, and found it quite cluttered.

    I did enjoy using Photoshop but can’t justify the expense.

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