Picnik is an online photo editing tool for those who either do not have an application they can use to edit their photos or for those who wish to edit their photos using any computer that is online and access their Flickr or Picasa Web Album accounts. You might need Flash 9 installed to make it work properly.
Do we really need PhotoShop or other expensive software manipulation tools anymore? How many of us have struggled to learn these tools in workshops or graduate classes only to learn of their expense? As time is essential to educators, this tool is simple and quick to learn.
Some features are free and some are available now but will be part of the for-pay subscription service. But, the ones that are going to stay free are the ones that educators will need most. It is uncluttered and easy to figure out. It uses a tabbed interface. You can use Auto-Fix to improve your photos, rotate and/or flip photos, crop them to a particular size, eliminate red-eye and ajust the exposure (which is the brightness and contrast). You can save photos back to your own computer or to a Flickr or Picassa account. I have a Webcam and create a photo using that. Web cam photos are not the best but it is fun!
Here are the links I will be using at my session at Tappedin tonight. It will be easier for participants to look for them here than typing them in their browser.