Wanna Go on a PicNik?

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Real Estate Agent with Vernonia Realty 700512026

Wanna Go On a PicNik? A photo PicNik that is...this is a photo enhancing program that my friend in ActiveRain, Kris Ginsberg* (see below) turned me onto.  It's a free program, and you could upgrade for as little as $2  a month approximately.  Here's just a sample of before and after shots that I've taken and tweaked:

Fishhawk Lake August morning my backyard

 

 Fishhawk Lake August morning enhanced using PicNik

 Kris is going to work with me on a "tutorial" today, as I prepare for writing a blog post for the PhotoBlogging Contest (William Johnson on ActiveRain**see below). In the meantime, I just googled PicNik and it was really easy to walk through...I thought.

  • Upload photos-I hit that first
  • I loaded  a photo from "My Pictures" (directly from my computer)
  • It went right to Edit on PicNik
  • It gives you tabs to choose from: Autofix, Color, Exposure, etc. (I might suggest Autofix if you don't want to do it manually)
  • When done, hit Okay
  • To further enhance-hit Create
  • You can add framing, effects, text (I chose Matte frame, and then added my signature)
  • Then hit Save and Share

I just did this one quickly while writing this post.

My old  Fishhawk Lake Northshore Drive home in Winter, Sold in 2010

 

You can send to your Facebook, Twitter or e-mail ,print it, --oh my goodness--the POSSIBILITIES!

*Kris Ginsberg's PhotoBlogging entry: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2291830/activerainphotobloggercontest-a-little-piece-of-americana-in-my-own-neighborhood

**William Johnson's Photoblogging contest:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/2263696/the-activerainphotoblogger-group-announces-its-first-photoblogging-contest

(Sorry, I've tried several times to get this to link to their names and it's not working--so this is the old-fashioned way!)

Wanna Go on a PicNik? Copyrighted by Gayle Rich-Boxman All Rights Reserved.

Gayle Rich-Boxman
Realtor® Vernonia Realty Direct: (503)755-2905
Specializing in Fishhawk Lake Recreation Club
"Your Gateway to the Lake!"
http://activerain.com/blogs/gayleatfishhawklake   My website: http://www.lakehomesatfishhawk.com/
My blog: http://fishhawklakerealtor.wordpress.com/

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Julie Moorhead
Edina Realty, affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway - Annandale, MN
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Wow, wow, wow! If that is your back yard then you must live in Heaven! Incredible photo's. I am really curious how you get your signature on your photo?

May 12, 2011 12:01 PM #1
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Kristine Ginsberg
Morris County, NJ: Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Morris Plains, NJ
Morris County, NJ Stager

See Gayle - you don't need my help anymore! Don't you just love Picnik! As you know I am a huge fan of your photos - so much so I've played with them myself! It helps to live in one of the most beautiful places in the US - but you've got the eye and that's what make the photo! Call me if you need any help! We'll connect at some point during the day! Even though I know the photo you're going with - I can't wait to see your entry - I know it will be spectacular! And what have gone and done - I'm in the contest too and now how am I going to place?! Damn you girl!

May 12, 2011 12:06 PM #2
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905
Vernonia Realty - Vernonia, OR
"Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon

Julie, that was the "text" part, which Kristine was going to show me how to do, but while I'm waiting, I figured I'd try it myself. Texting is a wee bit tricky, but it gives you several script choices, then you have to pick the "size" of your text and it puts it in the middle of the picture. I had to put my cursor on it and move it around....it takes a small amount of time, but I only spent about 2 minutes figuring it out all on my own!!!

 

YOU CAN DO IT.

 

May 12, 2011 12:07 PM #3
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905
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"Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon

Miss K!!!  I put your contest entry at the bottom of my blog...I had a heluva time getting the link to work--it never did...

you are WONDERFUL--THANK YOU!!

May 12, 2011 12:20 PM #4
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Gayle - I can really see your leveraging Picnik - the before/after comparisons are great ... word of caution though err on the low side of the saturation slider, it is very easy to overdue and some monitors are brighter than others and it will be an obvious "bit too much" when on your monitor it looks great - this is not the case in your photos here, but I've had that happen with photos I have worked on

May 12, 2011 12:32 PM #5
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Vernonia Realty - Vernonia, OR
"Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon

Craig--you always nail it! Yup, gotta watch the saturation...actually, I had to back off on another shot, because the saturation was TOO GREEN...too much.

You've gotta have an eye.

May 12, 2011 12:51 PM #6
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Karen Burket
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Neato information, Gayle!  I'll have to check out that site.  I'm admittedly techno challenged however, so this may take me awhile.  Thanks for the info!  :-)

May 12, 2011 04:37 PM #7
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Gayle with this tool it almost looks like you have made the original photos into paintings and I love your signature on them.

May 12, 2011 05:05 PM #8
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905
Vernonia Realty - Vernonia, OR
"Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon

Karen, it's all in the wrist--haha! It's a process and I'm NOT a techno-geek, so once you find out you did something right, I suggest you IMMEDIATELY try it again, 2-3 times so that you actually remember what you did! I am completely self-taught as there is no one to call altho there are some amazing people on ActiveRain who come to your rescue, as I can attest to.

May 12, 2011 05:48 PM #9
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905
Vernonia Realty - Vernonia, OR
"Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon

Gary, I LOVE that they seem like paintings afterwards to you!  Didn't really plan the whole summer/winter theme, but what-the-heck. At least you get the idea with two completely different venues of Fishhawk Lake. The signature is thanks to my pal, Kristine Ginsberg. It's so elegant, doncha think?

May 12, 2011 05:50 PM #10
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Sondra Meyer
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
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Gayle, I'm going to have to try this out this weekend.  I liked being able to see the before and afters.  That really sold me on it.   I agree with what Gary said. 

I'll have to check out Kristine's blog.  My prayers are with your family. 

May 12, 2011 11:11 PM #11
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Keith Gilkey
Re/Max Chesapeake - Elkton, MD
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Gayle, Very nice! I too learned about this from Kristine.

May 13, 2011 07:54 AM #12
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County

Gayle, I have been using PICNIK.COM since joining AR and I just love this site.

May 19, 2011 04:08 PM #13
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905
Vernonia Realty - Vernonia, OR
"Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon

Oh, Advance Realty, thank you!  I didn't know you'd sent a comment--sorry it took a bit! Yup, Kristine is my go-to-gal for this stuff.

Oh, Rebecca--I'm as addicted to THAT as I am to ActiveRain.

May 19, 2011 09:05 PM #14
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Ritu Desai
Samson Properties - Ashburn, VA
Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949

Gayle between picnik and google picasa you don't need expensive photoshop software. Very well done pictures

December 23, 2011 02:57 PM #15
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C. Lloyd McKenzie
Prudential Allstar Realtors - Albuquerque, NM
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Good Afternoon Gayle,i ne

I have not been one to play around with photo-editing software, but the writing is on the wall. I will definitely checkout PicNik.  Happy Holidays!

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