Well, I may be the last kid on the block to write about this, but I never had cause to play with any online photo editors before.
Last night, Karen was working on her portfolio. (no link for now! Under construction!) I had suggested grabbing shots of her example sites with Paparazzi. This is an awesome Mac app a coworker discovered several months back and I had forgotten about until just now. Anyhow, so she had snagged some shots. I was trying to give her ideas on what to do with some images used therein. Simple things came to mind, resizing, cropping, etc. I didn’t know the best simple image editor for Mac (was thinking of Seamonkey or Gimpshop… but have never used these two) I proposed she check out one of the now-numerous online photo editors out there. None of which I had used…
(More Web-based image-editing goodness after the jump!)
So we both set to work trying out various editors. She tried phixr which she was none too impressed with from what I gather. I set to work turning this image into this image using a tool called Picnik. I really liked the interface of Picnik as well as its significant integration with Flickr. (and apparently Picasa Web Albums though I don’t have an account there)
I heartily recommended this to Karen and she has since made use of it… more images to come. The coolest thing about Picnik, to me, is that I didn’t even have to sign up to get to work. I was able to import my photo from Flickr, tweak, and re-export to Flickr all without logging in to Picnik itself. That’s impressive. And while it doesn’t [yet] have layers, masking or alpha channels, why would you really use an online tool for these more complex tasks anyway? As I write this I’ve just discovered that Picnik also has a FF/IE extension/bookmarklet that allows web image-clipping to send a full shot of a page you’re viewing in browser to Picnik for editing! Impressive!
So definitely check out Picnik the next time you have some minor graphic editing needs!