Picnik offers basic editing functions (auto-fix, rotate, crop, exposure, colors, etc.), which are helpful for adjusting underexposed or poorly composed photographs. Where Picnik really shines,though, is in its set of creative tools. You can add text to your images and impose shapes (which they call “stickers”) that are updated regularly to include seasonally appropriate imagery like snowflakes and Santa hats. There is also a good selection of special effect filters (“effects”) which you can apply to your pictures for dramatic results. Like stickers, there’s a core library of choices with a handful of seasonally appropriate filters (in early November, they still had their Halloween effects with names like vampire eyes, zombify, and scary movies).
Sample Classroom & Youth Program Applications
- All subjects: Have students document their process completing a project with photographs, and then adjust and crop to maximize visual impact.
- English language arts: Youth take a picture that illustrates or symbolizes a key issue or theme related to the text they’re currently reading. They use Picnik’s tools and effects to heighten the visual impact of the photograph and further support the issue or theme depicted.
- Math: Youth arrange objects to illustrate a word problem, take a picture, and use Picnik’s stickers to illustrate how to solve the problem.
- Science: Have students create a photo album of examples of a concept being studied. For example, if they are learning about the water cycle, students could take pictures of rain, a puddle, and a cloud. Then, using the text and sticker tools in Picnik, they would label which stages and necessary elements of the water cycle are being shown.
- Price Structure: Free and Premium (Premium subscriptions provide more tools, effects, stickers, fonts, batch loading, and unlimited photo history)
- Integrates with popular photo hosting and sharing sites
- Requires no registration
- Available wherever you have an Internet connection
- Can’t be used offline
Do you use Picnik with your youth? Do you have any activity suggestions, tips, or tricks to share? Comment below or contact us!