March 3, 2009

Fun with Photo Editing Filters

If you are participating in the next Brenda Photo Challenge and don’t have a good grasp of photo editing programs, don’t panic! Cindra of Knits & Pics & Favorite Things recently mentioned a free online program called Picnik, and I did a little test drive of it. Let me tell you, it is EASY! Just upload your photo, click on different editing techniques, move a few slider bars, and you can modify your photos in a flash. When the editing is completed, you can then download the file back to your computer. They offer a premium service too if you want more bells and whistles.
Even the best photos can be improved with a little editing (e.g., color balance, contrast, spot touchups, sharpness, cropping). But after you finish those fine touches, you can have a little fun with special effect filters. Let me show you a few examples of how I quickly changed one of my photos using the Picnik program.

Original Photo (Grand Canyon Hopi House)

Using Create/Effects/Sepia

Using Create/Effects/Vignette

Using Create/Effects/Posterize

Using Create/Effects/Heat Map

Using Create/Sandbox/Circle Splash with Hardlight Setting

Go grab a couple of pictures and play with Picnik! And don’t forget to sign up for the Brenda Photo Challenge!


  1. Ahhhhhh...a peaceful place...lololol...
    These are nice sweetie! So kind of you to help out!! I'm not very good at this stuff but I'll try...sweet night to you!!hughugs

  2. I've been having so much fun with these programs!

  3. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm really gonna need it if I get a photo ready for the challenge!

  4. Gee the things that can be done...
    Wonder if it can edit out a kilo or 10!!!

  5. I like Picnik, is good too if you want to work offline on yer pics. Those photos you altered came out great!!!

  6. That program is incredible , thanks for sharing that .
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  7. I really liked that last one. Very cool!!!

  8. AAAAHHHH I LOVE the sandbox! They're all great. I may have to try this one using a picture I already have since my camera is still broken. I guess that would be okay, or do we need to take a new picture?

    You girls ROCK!!

  9. Sing up, Miz Sally!!!! You don't need to take new pics - old ones will work just fine! Just PLAY! And you need to PLAY with us in the photo challenge, OK?

  10. Those are all so cool Donna. I am really loving the sepia tone lately and I'll check that program out. I am all for easy breezey these days. I have a few photos ready for the challenge and I think we are going to play in photoshop tomorrow night at my photography class. We have gone over so much technical stuff my head is spinning. LOL

  11. There are way too many fun things to do to photo, aren't there?

  12. Woo Hoo! Look at those! How fun!


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