Picnik Going Offline - What Can I Do?

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I know many of you are shocked by the recent news that Picnik is going offline on April 19, 2012. I'm not happy about it either. I am a HUGE fan of the free google photo app called Picasa.... however, there were a few tools and features that it was just easier or better in Picnik (not many things, but a few).

Recently Google released version 3.9 of Picasa (download page, FREE app). In it there were quite a few significant enhancements. I noticed many of the Picnik tools making their way over (since Google owns both products, this made sense). Moreover, Google is in a big push to see its Google+ platform take off. Photos are a big part of the platform. When you are looking at any of your photos in Google+, there is now a button at the top called "Creative Kit" that takes you to many of the Picnik style editing tools (many, but NOT all).

I have a feeling (just makes sense) that version 4.0 of Picasa is going to come out between now and the cut off of Picnik. One button they for sure have to remove is "edit in Picnik!". I have a feeling when they remove that button, they are going to appease us by putting in the major elements still missing (either that or add them to the google+ "creative kit" set).

 

Below you can see the "Creative Kit" button in as you will see when you are looking at one of your photos in Google+.

Anyhow, the rest of this post I wanted to show you several compositions that I did this morning using Picasa v3.9. I'll have to blog soon with more "how-to" information, but for now let me just give you some ideas of what it is capable of!

Drop Shadow

You can now do drop shadows on your photos, like this one. Plus, I also overlaid the text caption using the Picasa Text Tool.

Collages

Picnik was very good at doing collages like the one you see below. I duplicated a Picnik-style collage using Picasa to create the one below. It took a little more work (Picnik was easier!) but it is possible. What I discovered in the process is that I ended up with a little more crop control after all, kind of like that! Now that I have a good procedure in my head, watch for that blog post coming soon!

 

Borders

Picasa 3.9 now includes the borders option (outer and inner, including rounded corners). It also has a "caption" property so the bottom border space is larger for you to put your text in like I did below on this sunset photo.

 

Museum Matte

The photo below shows the new Museum Matte option in Picasa 3.9. You can see it is similar to the above borders, but it adds the extra drop shadow cool effect.

 

Photo Tuning

Picasa has  long been my favorite for ease of use in basic photo tuning. This snippet below is from a post I wrote a while back Tuning Your Listing Photos. You can get lots more information like that in my Picasa Photo Series

 

Slideshow Videos

(updated/added this section after original post) One of the things possible in Picnik was to create embeddable slideshows. According to this FAQ page, those will likely go blank after the cut off date. I had not used it til today, but I remembered about the Picasa Movie from slides tool in Picasa and decided to test it. It worked very easily and in a matter of minutes I was able to create a VIDEO slideshow from the photos in one of my albums. I have posted it to YouTube so you can see. These types of shows would have much more permanence for you. They will build up your YouTube Channel and are much more useful for SEO.

Graphics for Bloggers 101

My long-overdue, but imminently-to-be-released virtual classroom titled Graphics for Bloggers 101 talks quite a bit about Picasa in some of the 10 modules of the class. Graphics in our blog posts is essential, that's why the Picnik news is creating quite the ripple! I will be posting more specific info on Picasa features and perhaps even create some online recordings to take you on a comprehensive tour of "Using Picasa". If you are interested in the GB101 course already created there is a detailed outline and a sign-up form to get notification when it is released (ETA within a week).

 

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Chanda - some fine tuning can go a long ways for better presentations, they make it very easy to do so

Charita - yes, it was a favorite tool for many of us bloggers (more so than people in general!)

Hammersteins - you are very welcome - always glad to see your visits! :)

Judy - so glad to hear I could turn some positive news (except for the new tasks on your list!) - I still owe you a phone call - soon I hope! :)

Tracy - hang out on my blog - ideas I have! thanks so much for visiting! :)

Sandy - that's great - happy to see you always :)

Jan 24, 2012 01:25 PM #105
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I would gladly have paid DOUBLE for picnik and I think google made a BIG MISTAKE.  I'm not a fan of Google+ and even less a fan of Picassa since you are forced to make photos public.   Sorry, I don't like being manipulated. This will end my relationship with Google+ if they force me to use features through them.  MY DATA, MY CHOICE whether I put them on a site I don't particularly like or feel I'm being exploited on.  So they lost a customer - a PAYING customer who would gladly have paid MORE.  Their bad, their stupidity, not mine.

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Ruthmarie - I'm very sorry that this is troubling. And it is true that many paid for the premium features and I'm sure agree with you that they would have even paid more. Picasa is misunderstood sometimes (I hear this occasionally). It is entirely based on the photos that you already have on your hard drive. It indexes them (sometime people feel it is UPLOADING them, it is not). It only posts to web albums if you so specify (you have to click the toolbar button). Even if you post to the web, Picasa and Google+ Photos both, you do not have to share with anybody. They will remain private until you make the setting otherwise. Cloud storage but it is not shared unless told to do so. I just wanted to clarify these points whether for you or anybody else reading this not to avoid it because of a misconception. I hope you land soon on an app that you like! :)

Jan 24, 2012 03:56 PM #107
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Picasa sounds likes it is evolving Craig to be better and better. Isn't Google taking over the world LOL??

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Thanks for the udpate Craig. I was worried that it would disappear completely but if it's coorporated into Picasa I don't see how bad it can be. 

Jan 24, 2012 05:57 PM #109
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I am so upset about the news of Picnik!! I just got started and was learning on how to use Picnik in my everyday work. ugh.....

Jan 24, 2012 07:37 PM #110
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Craig! You're so awesome! Thanks for putting this together. It's gonna make a lot of people feel a lot better, for sure.

Jan 24, 2012 08:59 PM #111
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Craig, I have been using Picnik and only Picnik.  I followed your instructions and downloaded the Picasa software now what.  I don't get the screens you have; I guess one needs to join the public Google profile.  It seems Google wants more and more personal information or am I mistaken?

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Hi Craig, I suspect that Google will control the world or at least all computers soon.

Jan 25, 2012 06:09 AM #113
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Hello Friends!

My name is Alex, I'm working for iPiccy.

Just wanted to assure you, that we'll add almost all features (we've already defined the main tools and put them in development as our main priority) from Picknik to iPiccy in very near future.

Dear Picnikers, you will be able to move to iPiccy earlier then Pichick will stop functioning. You can follow our updates on http://www.facebook.com/ipiccy about all new features. Your participation and feedbacks will help us to do our best for you guys.

 

Craig Daniels, it would be great if you add our official assurance to your article, so everybody will see it and stop panicking :)

 

Alex

 

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Craig - I see it is time for me to MAKE time to get back into your classes! I have been missing SO MUCH! You and Bob Stewart are the two best GEEK INSTRUCTORS I know of!!! Thanks for continuing to write these fantastic posts!!!

Jan 25, 2012 04:37 PM #115
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I absolutely love Piknik and am floored that we will no longer have access to this wonderful place that can make pictures come alive!  So sad :(((

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Gary - I am always impressed by what services they provide us!

Erica - seems like changed but not "removed" glad to see you :)

Joy - what's cool about this AR crowd is we always share with each other new discoveries! I'm sure more of those are imminent... :)

Eric - I'm glad you think it helps - thanks for coming by :)

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Anja - you don't need an online ID from google to run picasa, however it is nice for being able to upload to web albums to share with others. Once you run picasa, it will index your photos folders for you... then it shows the folders with the newest files at the top. Once you double-click on a particular photo thumbnail, the left hand panel (sidebar) turns into the various tools that you can choose from to do creative edits. If you check out my picasa series (linked in post above), you'll see lots more particulars about this :)

Bob - that may be so! :)

Alex - thank you for coming by to visit this post - You can see how much people WANT these tools. Your site seems full of promise and I will be watching for your upcoming updates to see if you can fill in the still missing gaps (such as collages). Again, your tools so look very promising as a replacement.

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Barb - awesome compliment, love seeing you! :) thx

Michelle - stay tuned, change is frustrating, but we'll have other options soon (meanwhile Picnik is still online another two and a half months to give us time to adjust!)

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Thank you for the comparisons!  This helps a lot.  I will look forward to reading more of your posts! 

 

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Thanks, Craig. Seems that lots of folks are gonna be a little sad come April.

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Sarah - that makes me glad to hear, thanks for visiting :)

Melissa - for certain, closest competition for similarities is ipiccy.com - looks like they have a fire under their project to bring in a lot of upset picnik-ers - developing story... will google step up and fill in the gaps! stay tuned :)

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Very active post Craig.  Not only will I try Picassa again, I want to keep my hand in on several photo editing choices.  Don't want to get caught again...

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thanks Mona for visiting - glad to hear it :)

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