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Free Online Photo Editing - Picnik's Twin Brother

In a frantic scramble last week to find a replacement for the closure on April 19th, I had written a post featuring 7 different FREE photo and graphic editing sites

However, some many of my online friends were hoping to actually find a replacement editor that was similar or at least closer to the same look and feel of Picnik’s site.  Is there such a site?

Well here it is! is the closest you’re going to find to
.  The look and feel are more similar than any other site I’ve seen.  iPiccy might actually be Picnik’s twin brother.  Once you explore the site, you’ll see what I mean.  iPiccy is 100% free, no registration required, and offers many of the same features and benefits that Picnik does and more.

Grabbing any image or photo is easy.
  Just click the appropriate button and GO!  The editing options are endless and the ability to create some really cool customized graphics and images will be limited only by your creativity and of course your time and schedule. The workspace on iPiccy will be easy to navigate, especially for Picnik users, and will feel just like your old Picnik stomping grounds.

There are multiple effects with single click options at your fingertips.
  These will make your photos and images really “POP” and if you use a combination of the wide variety of tools and options available, the possibilities will be endless.

In literally minutes, you’ll be able to adjust your contrast
, auto-correct colors, customize images, fix blemishes, remove red-eye, lighten and darken graphics, and even add text overlays, reflections, shadows and more.  Having the ability to utilize some really cool effects without being a graphics designer makes iPiccy one of my TOP CHOICE recommendations and a great replacement for Picnik.

Here’s a sample we just put together for a Valentine show promotion:
We added a border,
created a matting,
went with a sepia effect,
added a thick pencil sketching,
made it black and white,
re-sized it keeping constraints,
added a drop shadow border,
dropped some text at the bottom and saved to the desktop.
We then emailed it as a .jpg attachment to the event promoter.
This all took about 3 minutes from beginning to end.

Check out and compare it to Picnik.  If you’ve never used, then you’ll have discovered a very cool free online photo and image editing site that you’re going to enjoy.  If you have used Picnik, and feel as though you’ll be losing a best friend come April, I can promise that iPiccy will make the hurt a whole lot less.  In fact, I think some of you will like iPiccy better than Picnik.  Happy creating, enjoy~



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Comment balloon 58 commentsBrad Andersohn • February 06 2012 10:57AM


I've tried a lot of photo editors Brad but this is one I haven't heard of.  I know we are all going to miss Picnik, so thank you for finding and sharing so many alternatives!

Posted by Rebekah Radice, Social Media Marketing, Coaching & Training (Imagine WOW! Digital Marketing Agency) almost 8 years ago

Brad  I have reposted this ..What a wonderful alternative . You always look out for us here in Active Rain

Thank you


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 8 years ago

I've suggeated this post so that more members will hopfeully see it. Too many of them use Picnik and are looking for it's replacement. This seems to be it! Well done Brad.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 8 years ago

Hi Brad: I was happy to run across iPiccy in the Chrome Web Store a few weeks ago. It is almost a clone with very few exceptions. 

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) almost 8 years ago

Yes... nice work.  The panic that set in thinking Picnik was to be no more set us all wondering and looking for a replacement. Thank.s

Posted by Michael Blue, REALTOR - 760-889-8877, Encinitas/Carlsbad (Home Smart Realty West) almost 8 years ago

Thanks Brad. I'll have to check it out. Do you know if they offer slide shows like Picnik Premium did? I have to recreate the slide shows I have on my blogs and I have been dreading the thought. I don't like the slide shows I created on Picasa. They aren't the same quality.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) almost 8 years ago

Judy - not sure about the slide shows,

I don't recall seeing that feature off the top but that doesn't mean it's not there. :)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 8 years ago

You don't know how happy you've made me. I was dreading having to start with something new. If it resembles Picnik, then it's all good.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) almost 8 years ago

Brad - good write up and so far this is top of my list for 'close to picnik' - however we are still waiting on the picnik-like collage tools from ipiccy which they say 'coming soon' - they will have a sure winner once that comes (already a great set of tools though to be sure!)

Posted by Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant (Tech Training for You!) almost 8 years ago

Thanks! I will miss Picnik so much - I will have to try this out!

Posted by Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate (Prudential CT Realty) almost 8 years ago

I've never heard of this one, but thank you.  I still don't understand the Picnik going away thing though - I thought it was because google had something similar and Picnik was overlap? -Kasey

Posted by Kasey & John Boles, Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties (Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - almost 8 years ago

I have tried and iPiccy and it is woderful, feels like Picnik and in some ways is better.  Thank you for finding and posting this - it is a hugh help for me and a lot of us.  

Posted by Miriam Bernstein, CRS almost 8 years ago

Brad, someone mentioned Ipiccy to me and i was fooling around with Fotoflexer which is cool...will get to it...

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) almost 8 years ago


Great to have another option to test out. The photos are not a big deal since I have everything saved on my computer and backed-up, but the slideshows I created are. Yeah I can download them but I don't see how that helps with those that are embedded in posts.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 8 years ago

Hello my friend,

THANKS a million for this. I cruised over to register...only to find out it wasn't necessary!


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

Hi Brad, Thank you for sharing this new resource for photo editing and I will re-blog this so many others will see this. I can't wait to try it out! Thank you again. 

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) almost 8 years ago

I suppose I'm a creature of habit. I'm hooked on photoshop on my own computer so I won't be missing websites that disappear. This post is a true service to the AR community but I'd also encourage use of stand alone software. 

Posted by Mark Delgado, Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h (houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove) almost 8 years ago

Brad, Thanks for finding and sharing with us.  I had never heard of it.

Posted by Joyce Godwin, Realtor, CRS, RE/MAX Elite Properties (RE/MAX Elite Properties; Serving Cypress, Spring, Tomball, NW Houston) almost 8 years ago

Brad, I came over from William's reblog to say thanks for sharing this site with us. It sounds like the answer we were looking for. I'll go check it out now.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 8 years ago

Like life, change is inevitable, so I look forward to this new format. Bookmarked

Posted by Lorraine or Loretta Kratz, Certified Negotiation Consultants (Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions.) almost 8 years ago

Heading there right now to check it out! Thanks for doing the legwork and sharing!


Posted by Mary Borth, almost 8 years ago

Brad - this is the post I've been waiting for! You Rock ! I will check these photo editing programs out because I really haven't found anything I like as much as Picnik. SUGGESTED and I'll reblog in a day or two! Thanks so much for this information - I think I've been in denial that Picnik is really going away!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Wow!  I think wow pretty sums it up.  I never much used Picnik but I just went and worked on a photo with this program and was really amazed.  Thanks for the tip and keep em coming.

Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) almost 8 years ago


Thanks for the suggestions for new photo editors. Do you have recommendations for a reasonable priced paid program? I find the free ones generally just don't have enough to edit enough elements. I used to use and like MS Picture It but they stopped supporting it. I bought Adobe Photoshop Elements but find it hard to use. Thanks for any suggestions, cheers cvc

Posted by Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire (Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group) almost 8 years ago

Thanks for this suggestion to photo editing at    I just spent some time with it and it's pretty user friendly.    

I took a blocky looking computer generated logo that was created for me a long time ago, and after using the pencil drawing,  artistic painting and blur tools, it is starting to look more like a piece of art.

Thank you also to the links of tools and widgets for our websites and blogs.    You are a great resource for us, so I hit the Suggest button.

Posted by M.C. Dwyer, MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist (Century 21 Showcase REALTORs) almost 8 years ago

Curtis - I use Paint Shop Pro for offline photo editing stuff on a PC.  It's less than 100 bucks and is much simpler than Adobe Photoshop which is of course the King of Image editors.  Also check out Gimp which is a app for downloading, but like Adobe, it's pretty sophisticated...  and it's free. 

Also, Here's the other Free sites I suggested:

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 8 years ago

Very cool, Brad, thank you. Now lets just hope Google doesn't buy iPiccy and shut it down as well. Big bully ...

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA almost 8 years ago

Brad, You are the Man! This is a very timely post, and I love all your suggestions. I am bookmarking, and will be trying out these new sites this week. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, almost 8 years ago

Hi Brad, Thanks for letting us know about this alternative sight for us Picnik users.  Thanks to Roy Kelley's re-blog that alerted me to your post.

All the best to you.

Hope all is well at Zillow.


Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) almost 8 years ago

I had just become really fond of Picnik this past year.  Only to find they were discontinuing it in April.  You have provided a valuable resource for replacement applications.  Wonderful stuff!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 8 years ago

Oh thankyouthankyouthankyou!  I just spent almost on hour on ipiccy and I think it's better than Picnik.  Maybe it doesn't do everything that Picnik did, but the editing it does really well.  I've been looking for a way to add my name to blog photos, and this is just the ticket!

Posted by Dianne Goode, Realtor/Broker (Raleigh Cary Realty) almost 8 years ago

Brad, I missed this originally alnd stopped over because of Roy's repost.  Thanks for this tip.  Since I barely know how to turn on my computer, picnik was just right for me - very simple.  Can't wait to try this one out. 

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) almost 8 years ago

Brad, thanks for the information. I was starting to show signs of Picnik withdrawal... LOL!!!

Posted by Ron Cooks, Texas Real Estate, Ft Hood/Killeen Homes for Sale (The Real Estate Marketplace) almost 8 years ago

Brad:  Thank is in Picnik is out!  I also SUGGESTED...AND  will re-blog as well.

Posted by Gwynn Carpenter, : Broker, Home & Hearth Realty (512)467-6191 (Gwynn Teal Carpenter-Broker: Home and Hearth Realty (Austin)) almost 8 years ago
I use Photoshop and other apps on my own machine, but I've suggested this because I think it is very helpful for those lacking their own facilities.
Posted by Chris Lewis, I want to SELL your home, not LIST it! (Gracious Living Realty) almost 8 years ago

I love Picnik and was disappointed that it was going away and I'm glad it had a twin! But, do you think that Google is planning a replacement product they just aren't announcing yet? 


Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 8 years ago

Todd- they're saying that they're going to bring some of the features of Picnik over to Google+ and I know Picasa will probably have or at least consider adding more features after Picniks funeral.  Question is what features and when?  In the meantime, this is a great replacement for Picnik and its users like me...  and You!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hi Brad,

much appreciated, and will start playing with ir right away, it is becomming  a real challenge to stay on top of all these thing, thanks for helping us all out, sharing.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC almost 8 years ago

Brad, thanks so much for bringing this to our attention. I was playing around with different solutions today and by far this is so close to Picnik....thank you. I've come to rely on Picnik all day every day and really was feeling down about loosing it. Thanks....Yeah!

Posted by Jeanean Gendron, Specializing in Selling Unique Properties (The Address Realty) almost 8 years ago

For everyone that isn't Craig Rutman, this is useful information,  Thanks

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 8 years ago

Thanks Brad I was starting to freak out a bit and ran across your blog today.  You have always been so helpful to ActiveRainers!  We miss you!

Posted by June Tassillo, Let me help you with the next phase of your life! (Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hi Brad.  Ed Silva re posted this and I was thrilled to catch it!   Thanks for the information.  I was really bumming about Picnik and have some hope thanks to you! 

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

Hi Brad,

I am so excited to see your post. I am going to start using this site tonight. I tried the Google Picasa but do not really like it. This sounds like what I need to edit my pictures. Thanks so much. You are truly a lifesaver for us.

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

Thanks.  I love Picnik and was hoping there was another similar site.  Thanks for sharing.


Posted by TRACI DELLINGER, Traci Dellinger - Branch Manager/Loan Officer (GoPrime Mortgage, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Hey Brad,

Please take a look at this post:

In the Pinterest agreement is says they can sell the photos and  (among other things)

... you represent and warrant that: (i) you either are the sole and exclusive owner of all Member Content that you make available through the Site, Application and Services or you have all rights, licenses, consents and releases that are necessary to grant to Cold Brew Labs the rights in such Member Content, as contemplated under these Terms.


I'd imagine most of the photos I've seen so far are NOT individually owned, meaning most are repoductions from what I can see.



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

Hi Brad, I use the copyright symbol on my photos.  Picnik allowed symbols.  These others sites are not accepting symbols.  I can get the copyright font to show up when I am typing but it will not adhere to the photo when saved.  Any thoughts on this?

Thank you.


Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) almost 8 years ago

Gloria - there's got to be a way to make this work, I'm in Texas at Agent ReBoot but when I get back home, I'd be happy to help you investigate this and find a solution. Please feel free to contact me next week and we can work on it togetrher. :)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 8 years ago

Thank you Brad.  Enjoy your time in Texas!


Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) almost 8 years ago

Hi Brad, 

It's funny.  I had just been on the Picnik blog - which sent me over to Google+ and several people were talking aout iPiccy.  Apparently, they took the news that Picnik was closing as an opportunity to step up their game.  The result, is that they have been adding features like crazy over the past few weeks - at least that's what I go from the thread.   There is also PicMonkey - which is being started by former Picnik employees. It's not up yet, but something to keep a lookout for!

Posted by Ruthmarie Hicks (Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605) almost 8 years ago

Hi Ruthmarie - actually PicMonkey has launched, I posted my review on its launch a couple days ago. 

iPiccy is still my fav and closest to though. I still use it almost everyday. Here's another fun little creation from the site before it shuts down in April. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 8 years ago

I love Picnik -- I just don't understand why it is goint away.. what's the real story?

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 8 years ago

Great question Joan, only time will really tell.  :)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 8 years ago

Brad, Thanks for the tip on I love what you did with your example.  I'm going to try it out tomorrow. 

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) almost 8 years ago

Thanks Sharon - In Picnik's absence, I think you'll really like it.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hi Brad, I've been using Ippiccy, but when I save the photo it is upside down when inserting into my blog.  I make the change, correct it and still is not showing correctly in my blog. Do you know what I am doing wrong? thanks


Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 6 years ago

Hi Rebecca -  I have no idea what would be causing your image to flip on your blog, typically a .jpg or .png or .gif file stays just as it is saved in any program it's created and saved. Ipiccy is no different than picmonkey, picassa, or adobe.  I would look into the blog hosting site and try to get answers from their support staff and customer service.  Let me known if there's anything else I can do to help.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 6 years ago

So very beautiful

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