It is always surprising when a product or service that has a huge following decides to pack it in and call it quits. Recently, Picnik joined this exclusive and, thankfully, small group. This online photo editor was the product of choice for bloggers all over the world. They not only used it for perfecting the images they included with their posts, it was ideal for creating the perfect blog header.
With Picnik exiting the market space, there are a ton of online services that want to absorb their users. Bloggers in particular have unique needs that most will not be able to meet. Still, there are a couple online image editing software products worth considering.
Aviary jumped into the space in 2007 and has been constantly developing solid tools for editing images, video, music and more. They are a fairly complete media editing suite based on the web and free to use. They offer superb cross-platform support that includes Android, iOS all supported versions of Windows. The development philosophy centers around ease of use so even adding frames to images is quick and easy. The text tools are first rate. Add shadows or glitter, animate your message or simply layer it into your photo. With their Web Widget, editing a photo is fast and easy and can be done without leaving the page your image is on.
Pixlr is another strong contender. They offer a wide variety of tools and the interface is very intuitive. Adding frames, working with layers or shadowing is all at your fingertips. They focus only on image editing and the results are quite good. One of the unique features that makes them stand out is the fact that their text editor uses the font library on your computer. They also offer support on Android and iOS.
If you use Picnik, what online image editing service do you plan on using when Picnik shuts down? Tell us in the comments below.