Last week we took a look at PicMonkey, a new online photo editing service that seeks to fill the gap that Picnik will be leaving when it goes offline on April 19th. Another new service, is iPiccy, also free and with many of the same tools that Picnik offered.
I started off the same way I did with PicMonkey by uploading a recent photo to edit. The first thing I notice is that iPiccy’s edit screen looks quite similar to Picnik’s!
The first edit I made was to select “Fix Image”:
I was very happy with the way the image was “fixed”. It lightened the shadows and brightened the photo without over saturating the colors.
Cookies don’t look appealing with the Orton Effect that I used on the flowers in PicMonkey, but the Bloom Effect makes them look soft and really pops the color of the M&Ms.
OK, maybe a little too soft, let’s adjust that bloom a bit shall we?
Much better! Then it was time to check out some the Effects from iPiccy. There are Orton, Bloom, Cross Process, etc., just like Picnik and PicMonkey but iPiccy has several Effects I’d not seen on the other two services. Like a Wanted Poster:
You can adjust the coloring and the wording on this poster. So fun! And here’s another fun one called Shine:
Divine cookies, anyone?
iPiccy has the ability to put text on your photo as well. There are several fun fonts including ones not available on Picnik or PicMonkey.
And finally, I took a look at the borders. Again, I was a bit disappointed in the options. No before/after border like Picnik offered and only six borders (they’re called Frames on iPiccy) to choose from. This Reflection Frame was the most unique.
Like PicMonkey, iPiccy is also lacks the ability to create collages. However, it does boast the advanced Levels, Curves, and Clone Tools that were available on Picnik’s premium plan. You can also share your photos to Facebook, Flickr, or with a unique URL (that ability was missing from PicMonkey). iPiccy is completely free to use and there is no registration required. All of their editing tools are available without a subscription or upgrade.
Overall, I really enjoyed using it. I was happy to see some of the features from Picnik that I would be missing. And the fact that iPiccy greatly resembles how Picnik was designed makes the learning curve that much easier.
Have you tried iPiccy? What are your thoughts?
Like many of you, the O2O team was crushed to hear that come April 19th, Picnik will be no more. Picnik has been our go to photo editing site for a few years now and we were wondering what we would use come April 20th. Recently we heard the buzz about a new photo editing site, PicMonkey, created by former Picnik staffers, which sounds very promising!
To check out PicMonkey, I uploaded a recent photo and started playing around with it’s features. Here’s my photo in PicMonkey with no edits.
First impressions, I like how clean and simple the edit screen is. The first thing I always did in Picnik was select “auto adjust” to see what changes the software thought were needed in my photo, so that’s where I started with PicMonkey. Here’s the auto adjusted photo.
Looks like it took some of the glare off the leaves and slightly brightened the colors. Now the fun part of Picnik was all the different effects you could apply to your photos. “Ortonish” was always one of my favorites; on PicMonkey it’s simply called “Orton”.
Orton really darkened the background and kind of washed out the flowers. But just like in Picnik, you can adjust the level of the effect.
With a few adjustments, I brought out a little more color in the flowers and lightened up the background but still kept that bloomed out look of Orton.
And just for fun, the flowers in HDR and Yester-color.
The ability to put text on a photo was an often used feature on Picnik and PicMonkey has that, too.
Right now, there are not as many fonts as Picnik offered, though the ones that PicMonkey has are the same or similar to Picnik fonts and they are consistent with the clean and simple feel of the site.
Finally I took a look at the borders offered in PicMonkey.
Again, there are not many border options and the glaring omission, in my opinion, was the absence of the “before and after” border. I used that feature in Picnik a lot, mostly for my own edification, so that I could see just how much I had changed a photo.
One of the most popular Picnik features was the ability to create collages with your photos. PicMonkey does not currently offer this feature though they are quick to make it known, right on their front page, that they’ll be adding collages and more!
A couple of other things to note. PicMonkey is currently free, though if you want to use some of their premium features, you have to “sign-up”, which only requires submitting your email. But it seems like it’s on track to eventually have a paid, premium membership.
Also, another feature that I used a lot on Picnik was the ability to upload my edited photos to my Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, etc., accounts. Right now, you can only save your photos to your computer on PicMonkey. But hopefully that is one of the “more” features that will be coming soon!
While Picnik.com is slated to close on April 19th, it should be noted that several Picnik features are now available on Google+. It’s called “Creative Kit” and can be found in the photo view screens in your Google+ account. Some of the advanced features and, our favorite – the collages, are not currently included in the “Creative Kit”.
Next week we’ll take a look at another online Picnik alternative, iPiccy.
Have you tried PicMonkey? What are your thoughts?