Picnik for Tech Tuesday


Shhh...don't tell my Photoshop Elements.  I have a confession to make.  I am having an affair with Picnik

How can I live with my disgust and insincerity, yet feel so happy and productive and creative and alive?  If I wasn't so inspired by Picnik, I would loathe myself, but instead, I'm typing this blog post with a cat-that-just-ate-the-canary grin.

Picnik is a free, web-based tool that allows you to manipulate photos and create your own images - like logos.  If you go back to my post here, the collage was made with Picnik.  These photos:  created on Picnik.  For an upcoming post on Thanksgiving day, the photo was manipulated (recolored and text added) with Picnik.  Wait until you see my new series coming in December - Craftucation Nation (sneak peek below).  The banner for Craftucation Nation was created with Picnik.  Yep, I am loving all the creative font choices on Picnik and the plethora of stickers, frames, and effects.  Having this affair with Picnik is bliss.

Look at this other cool Picnik feature - Cloning.  I took one picture and cloned out Lil O:

This is the same photo remember, I just took out Lil O!

Crazy, huh? I plan to work on my facial wrinkles next :)

Two tips:

1.  You can upgrade to a premium Picnik account, but I don't think that's necessary for beginners.  There is sooo much to explore in the free option and you don't even need to sign-up for Picnik to use it; no log-ins are required!  However, since I am having a mad, passionate love affair with Picnik, I did upgrade for $24.95 for the year; it is worth every penny, in my artistic opinion.
2.  To make your own logos and designs (like I did way above), you will need to create a blank jpeg file that can act like a blank canvas.  You can easily do this in PowerPoint or another program.  To do so in PowerPoint, just open PowerPoint, make a blank slide with nothing on it and then save the blank slide as a "jpeg" file.  Here is a screenshot for my visual blog readers....(if you have difficulty doing this, email me and I will send you a blank file).

Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner for many of you, fabulous blog readers, why not start a new Thanksgiving tradition and gather around a computer and enjoy PicnikYou might fall madly in love like I have.  And shhh, remember our little secret.


PS - Here is a super clear tutorial on how to use the premium package of Picnik to make collages.  If you type "Picnik" into YouTube, you will also see more tutorials to explore.


(Typography added in Picnik; Frame from Photoshop Express App for iPhone;
Trader Joe Nation - a work in progress)