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PicMonkey Launches Photo Editing

PicMonkey is the newest FREE online photo and graphics editor to the Internet scene.

PicNik.com closing has created quite a ruckus, but there are so many great replacement sites and PicMonkey is another one to watch and add to your photo-editors list.  The features and tools are very easy to use and navigating around the site couldn’t be made any easier.

Unlike many of the other FREE photo editing sites, there is no registration required at PicMonkey and you can begin editing and manipulating images and effects as soon as you land on their site. Everything is literally point-and-click ending with the ability to save in a multitude of formats and sizes.

Here’s a few of the cool features available:

The Upside of PicMonkey

What I like most about PicMonkey is that the team and creators are dedicated and committed to adding new features and enhancing the site going forward.  There is no guaranty that Google won’t come along and try to buy them up and then close them down like they did PicNik.com, but I can attest that PicMonkey has done a great job with this launch and I see them as a TOP PLAYER in the online photo editing arena.

The Downside of PicMonkey

Some of the advanced features require an upgrade, and while they are offering it now for free, there is no mention of when it will become fee based or subscription based nor how much it will cost when it does.  They want to get you hooked and addicted, then eventually have you helping them make trips to the bank to make deposits.

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Free Photo & Graphic Editing Sites

There is so much concern and “Buzz” about Google shutting down the Picnik.com site, so I decided to provide you with some alternative tools for editing and customizing your graphics, photos, and images.   While Picnik.com will be shutting down in April 2012, here are some other options you have available immediately and for FREE.

Ribbet.com is the twin brother/sister of Picnik.com.  For those mourning the loss of picnik.com, Ribbet will be your perfect replacement. You won’t be able to tell the difference other than the URL and web address you’ll be editing your photos and images on.

iPiccy.com comes in second place for replicating Picnik. iPiccy is a preferred choice by many for the simple reason that the editing and adding special effects is simple and only a click away. What might take hours in a photo editing software takes only seconds to create and save using iPiccy.com.

PicMonkey.com is a no monkey business site and is a personal favorite by many readers here.  PicMonkey offers a variety of features and tools you wouldn’t expect to see from an online photo/image editing site.  Scissor frames, curve, dodge, and burn… and a Facebook app?  PicMonkey is NOT one to miss.

FotoFlexer – Create some dazzling photo and image effects in your browser for FREE.  Use Animations, resizing, coloring, contrast and more.  Take a look at These 5 Demo’s for a quick tour of what FotoFlexer has to offer, you’ll love some of these cool features.  Smart Scissor is a favorite feature.

Pixlrand for Picnik users, try Pixlr Express.  You’ll love the Editor, the Pixlr-o-matic, the Pixlr Grabber for Firefox and Chrome browsers, and the Pixlr Imm.io hosting, all of which are very robust and user friendly cool features.

LunaPic – This site will rock your world!  Lunapic offers more choices and options for photo editing and custom effects than some of the paid software applications I’ve purchased and used in the past.  Use vignettes, color bars, animated imaging, picture frames, retro color, collages, custom text, reflection animations, slide shows, and a ton more.  One of the most feature rich FREE online editors available.  You’re gonna love this site.

FreeOnlinePhotoEditor – A really simple and easy to use photo and image editor for those “quick fix and gotta go” graphics.  Very basic but simple and fast.  Some of the other online photo and image tools include:  OnlinePhotoTool.com: Online photo editorAutomatically resize your images when sending it by emailCreate an Image from your RSS feedCreate Image from your Tweet and Twitter account, and Create, save and email screenshots.

BeFunky –  Be Funky lets you do some pretty amazing things with your photos and graphics.  Most of the features and tools are focused on creating cool, fun, and funky effects and artwork.  The site’s name says it.  Some of the effects available would take hours to create in Photoshop or other high end and costly photo/image editors.

Definitely worthy of a visit and tour.

Photoshop.com – That’s right, you can use Photoshop online and for FREE.  You’ll need to register, but I promise it will be worth it.  The Photoshop tools are powerful and very easy to use.  Be prepared to spend a little time here, you’ll be amazed at what they have to offer and allow you to do online for free.  I’m not going to lie, this is one of my favorites and my personal replacement for Picnik.com closing down.

GIMP – GIMP is very similar to Adobe Photoshop except that GIMP is FREE.  It does require you to download the software but one huge benefit to that is it will never be bought and shut down on you.  It is a very powerful and feature intense program so unless you’re really experienced with editing and graphic design, or you have more time than it takes to close a short sale, you may want to stick with one of the others.

I personally like to use GIMP for graphic design more than image or photo editing.

Combine all these together and you’ll have more FREE editing tools and features than you’ll ever need or use and absolutely FREE.  Take a few moments to review each site, bookmark them, then give each one a try to see which one(s) best meet your photo and image editing needs.  Enjoy! 🙂