Farewell Picnik, hello iPiccy.

Good-Bye Picnik....Hello iPiccy

Most of us at ActiveRain are very frustrated as Picnik is shutting down April 19th. It was a very efficient and free service to all of us who like to edit pictures or make diagrams but as Alan May  has been so kind to point out, we do have an option here called iPiccy.

I tried it the week Picnik sent us the news and felt it was alright but doesn't have the numerous framing options but it is sure a lot better than paying for some of the expensive photo editing software.

Try it out and see what you think. I just edited this picture on iPiccy. I am sure it is like anything else. We will get used to it and it will be fine until we find a new site. I was hoping that Google would have a change of heart at the last minute and not shut the site down or keep it open for a few. I would be willing to pay a slight fee.....but that does not seem to be the case here! I think I speak for many when I say I am very sad to be losing Picnik.

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As some of you might have noticed, I like to change my banner on occasion.  And for quite a while I've been using Picnik.com, a free photo editing program, to create those headers.  I have a graphic arts background, and thereby have an expertise in Photoshop, Illustrator, Freehand and more... but quite honestly, Picnik is just so easy, and fast, that I've been using it instead.

So it was with great distress that I learned, a while back, that Picnik will be shutting down on April 19th, forever.  Since it was a free online application I suppose I can't complain too much about it shutting down.  Clearly it wasn't profitable.  But it has left me with the conundrum of what program I'll be using to create my new headers.  I, as many others, have taken the attitude of "if I ignore it, the problem will solve itself", and sure enough... it has.

I have found another online program called iPiccy.com.  Now, before you start whining, like I did, that you're going to have to learn a new user interface, and that it's going to be difficult, and I just don't wanna... wah, wah, wah... IPiccy functions almost exactly the same as Picnik did.  C'mon, follow along as I change my header.  When you first enter iPiccy.com, you'll see the window shown above... and toward the bottom of the page a button that says:

Click it.  You'll notice they don't even ask you for any information... right?  Next you'll want to press the button marked "upload photo" to upload a photograph from your computer... (there are other buttons for uploading from facebook, or from the internet... but honestly those pose all sorts of copyright issues... so stick to photos that you've taken, or that you own).


Once you've imported a photo from your computer, the window will look like this one on the right.  You'll notice that I've chosen a photo of one of the most beautiful woman in the world, and her brand new son, Leo.  Wow, she's got great genes, doesn't she?

Because you're going to import this into Active Rain... you need to crop out a section that's exactly 960 x 130.  So click the button that says "Scale Photo (constrain)" (see the blue check mark?)... that way it won't accidentally resize on you, as you adjust.  Type in 960x130, and you'll see a "window" appear over the photo showing you just what 960x130 covers.  If it's not large enough... just drag the corners to fill the space... (the fact that you clicked "constrain" will keep it in the proper ratio).

Once you have it positioned exactly where you want... click "APPLY".

Now.. the next thing that I usually do is add a little text to the image.  You certainly don't have to do this, but I think it adds a nice touch.  Don't worry.. it's really easy... click on the "Add New Text" box.

That will bring up the grey box you see marked "Text Properties" in which you can type the text you want... and modify it... you can make it flush left, flush right, centered, shadowed, bold, italic... feel free to play around.  Once you've chosen your text... go ahead and "close" the text box... and you can drag the text to exactly where you'd like it.

You could also grab that little lollipop sticking out the top of the text to rotate it, if you choose.  So, there at the bottom, you can see my final banner.  See, wasn't that easy?  You're not going to miss picnik at all... IPiccy may look a touch different in style, but it works just the same.  Enjoy!

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ALAN MAY, Realtor®
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 2929 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
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Comment balloon 8 commentsKristin Hamilton CA Realtor • March 24 2012 07:43PM


Hi Kristin,

Your photo looks great. Like so many others I was bummbed that we're loosing picnik, but from the sounds of the replacement I guess it's going to work out okay afterall.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 8 years ago

Hi Lynda,

Yes somehow we will survive this disruption and learn how to edit on iPiccy. I am not pleased with the sharpness and clarity though as it made it look grainy and you could see with spots. So I left that alone and will see if I can figure it out later. Thanks for stopping and have a great weekend.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 8 years ago

Kristin, they tried to stay afloat, but eventually, what can they do against 800 Lb. Gorilla? I was one of the signers of the petiton but...welcome something new...iPiccy

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 8 years ago

Hi Praful,

 I signed it to and posted it on LinkedIn, Twitter and FB but I guess Google had no intention of canceling the closure date of Picnik. You are right, we fought a good fight but unfortunately must move on. 800 lb. Gorilla!! So Funny! Thanks for stopping and have a great weekend.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 8 years ago

Question:  Any reason WHY Picnik is shutting down ?  Who are they owned by ?  I just wonder... with it being so popular, what is prompting "them"... whoever "them" is... to shut down ?  Could they not somehow monetize it to defray what their cost it, or make them some money... if that's the problem ?

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 8 years ago

Hi Karen,

Google owns Picnik and they shut down a lot of sites in the past month. I did not hear why and there was no reaon given on the web site but I guess it just does't make any money. I am sure many of us would sign up for the paid membership to keep it going but there has never been any response from Picknik or Google! Very sad indeed!

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 8 years ago

Kristin:  Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly.  I really appreciate it.

One would think that with all those folks that are miffed and upset that Google killed Picnik... that they would at least "care."  But I guess that is what happens when you are so incredible BIG... like Google is... you really don't have to care about your customers... cuz there are so many of them.  Thinking you are "bulletproof"... is what I call it.  Sooner or later... it boomerangs on them...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 8 years ago

Hi Karen,

Someone called "Google the Gorilla" and it made me laugh but it is a good analogy of them. There was a on-line petition to try to save PICNIK but apparently it did not help. I guess the only thing we can do is move on. I am still sad and will keep my fingers crossed until the 19th.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 8 years ago