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by Maureen A. Taylor

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# Friday, February 15, 2008
Fun and Simple Photo Editing
Posted by Maureen

I'm a fan of a relatively new website called It may make you forget expensive photo editing programs even exist. Here's what to love.
  • It's online, Web-based software. All you do is access your pictures on your computer or use the ones you've uploaded to sites such as,, and, and those in your Picasa Web albums. Pick a picture to edit and get started

  • It's free. There's a $24.99 upgrade for additional features, but most of the regular editing tools are free. If you want more fonts or creative tools, I recommend signing up for the full version.

  • Picnik's tools work with Macs, Windows and Linux operating systems.

  • It's fun. I played with a couple of pictures to see what could be done. I added shapes, captions and used the editing tools to improve the look of an old photo.

  • This Web-based program has a lot of power. You can sharpen blurry pictures, straighten crooked ones, correct redeye, fix exposure settings and a lot more. You can even resize pictures and select a format for saving (JPG, PNG, TIF, etc.).

  • Finally, once you're done, you can share the images by e-mailing them to family and friends or posting them to a list of Web sites, such as Flickr.
You've got to try this to believe it. While it won't replace the sophisticated programs like Adobe Photoshop, it goes a long way to do more than the basics.

I'd like you to sound off about your favorite photo editing program. For years I used Microsoft's Digital Image Pro, but now that's been discontinued. What do you use to "fix" your pictures? Click Comments and let me know.

Next week I'll be back with more information on our Italian soldier.

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Friday, February 15, 2008 4:00:58 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #  Comments [2]
Saturday, March 08, 2008 6:21:41 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I use and LOVE creative Memories "Memory Manager" software. It is an organizing system of sort boxes, a virtual album bookshelf, and some of the most intuitive, easy to use editing software that includes the basics you mentioned plus cloning, straightening, colorizing and more! I've used adobe, picture and various other programs and this one is hands down the easiest!
I also like the free storybook program for drag and drop memory books that are truely easy to create, look great AND have CM quality! There are a variety of free themes available to download for all sorts of books! Best of all, you only download what you want so your hard drive doesn't get cluttered! I've done storybooks as albums but the best was a family book for a reunion! I dod it once then sent the link to relatives. They could see the book and if they wanted a hard copy, order one for their own use.
I really appreciate your photo detecting! I have a life long love of "living history" and am always searching out clothing/costuming details. I've learned alot from your articles. Thanks for your great work!
Roxi A
Sunday, March 16, 2008 9:55:13 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I still use my Picture it!99 for editing, and its ease of use is the main factor.
M. Hawley
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