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Feature: Picnik.com provides online photo-editing
How Do They Do That ?
But What Can You Do With Picnik.com ?
As the screenshot above implies, Picnik.com provides a full range of basic photo editing commands. Just click on the first, Auto-Fix and Picnik.com does remarkably well in adjusting the sharpness, brightness, and color cast of the image. I found it hard to beat Picnik.com unless the color cast was complex or the image was just too blurry and out of focus. But to my surprise, Picnik.com provides rotate, crop and resize tools that are essential in doing basic photofinishing. It would be nice to have a Straighten command and some of the Perspective corrections available in Photoshop or PaintShop Pro; but these are truly high end edits.
Another big plus is that Picnik.com does allow users to photofinish images they have stored on such popular photo catalog websites as Facebook, Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, Photobucket and Webshots. Here is how I just used such a capability. I had taken some pictures for a client. But I was far away from my machine and a connection to the Web. But I was very close to a Toronto Library branch that provide free 1/2 hour connections to the Web.
So I plugged my universal reader by USB into the the TPL-Toronto Public Library PC, uploaded the JPG images (taken at 3Mpixel size) to the client's Flickr account. Then I accessed and did the basic photo edits for the dozen pictures in Picnik.com including cropping, rotation, resizing and basic color corrections - all within two 30 minute sessions. I used autofix on several images - its a big time saver. I then got instructions by cellphone on what additional shots to take - and what originals to upload again. Done.
The Edit tab brings up the first screen shown at the top of this review which provides the basic editing capabilities. There are buttons for:
The Create tab, shown in the screenshot above, provides a set of advanced editing features:
Now for many users these are all the features you need for basic photofinishing, and for the right price - free or $25/year if you want the advanced features. I do because I find myself on the web needing to do simple edits to a photo fairly frequently. Also I want to take advantage of the customizing capability Picnik.com provides to their more Web savvy users and developers - see here for details.
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