Free Photo Editing Apps to Replace

The day Picnik announced it was closing as a stand-alone site and would be integrated into Google+ as their photo editing tool was disheartening for some. Bloggers not already utilizing this new social media juggernaut had the same knee-jerk reaction: “What free photo editing app am I going to use now?!?”

Some are turning to Photoshop Elements but the $99 price tag for a full version is a big leap from the free resource that Picnik offered. Keeping overhead low is important to bloggers who write full-time so I’ve curated a list of sites—some even comparable to Photoshop—that you’ll want to definitely check out!

Downloadable Software

Online Apps

 Do you have a favorite free/cheap photo editing software? What do you currently use to edit images? Let us know in the comments!

  • Janie B

    I’ve used both Powerpoint and Windows Live Photo Gallery, never had any issues with either. Picasa and Flickr are the other two on occasion! ;O)

  • Editor @

    We’ve been searching out replacements and have found both and to be comparable to what Picnik offered.

  • Nellie dean

    There is also which has been launched by the original people behind Picnik. I’ve not tried it yet though.

  • Sarah, The Ohana Mama

    I love now that picnik is going away (sniff sniff)

  • Gillian

    PicMonkey looks pretty good!

  • New York Nessy

    Be Funky is pretty similar to Picnik. Picasa is now my main editor, although I also use Windows Photo Gallery too.

  • Meg

    PicMonkey is really good. I also use Pixlr alot – especially when I need to save things as transparent png files.

  • gret

    I agree on picmonkey, not fully developed yet though, not able to upload more than one image at time. Very sad picnik is moving on. 🙁

  • Jenelle @ TrashN2Tees

    Oh man, I am SO thankful for this post! I love Picnik, and very sad to see it go. They say their powerful tools will be used @ Google+ but I’ve not see anything impressive going on over there photo editing wise.

    Can’t wait to try out!

  • Jenelle @ TrashN2Tees

    Reporting back: I did try to very easy to use! But one of the most valuable tools for me is ‘curves’ they currently don’t offer this tool. However does!

    Another online tool you might find useful is which helps to remove shadows and lighten white backgrounds!

  • kellie

    Thank you so much for all this information. 🙂

  • Amy

    Thanks so much for this post, so helpful! Just wondering – what tool did you use to make the image at the top of the post?

  • Moxie Lisa

    So interesting! I have been looking for a replacement to tell my clients. looks really simple and could be a great resource for them.

  • evey

    I use Windows Live Photo Galleryfor quick edits, and sumopaint for more serious editing. Thanks for the info!

  • Rachel

    Thanks for this resource!

  • Siobhan Robertson

    I’ve passed this blog on through our Coffeehouse to a poster looking for alternatives. Thanks 🙂

    Pop over if you get a chance,tid=73

  • Andreea

    Great list! Thanks so much for sharing this.

  • Geri Jewitt

    Great post! I’m always looking for these types of products to inform my clients about – glad to hear the feedback!

    Off to share…

  • Boyd Ackland

    Being just a small user hobbyist, I thank you for saving me the hassle for searching for a new pic. editor.
    Much Appreciated

  • Lauar

    I’m finding Picmonkey to be pretty much right in line with what I was used to on Picnik. I’ve been able to move seamlessly from one to the other. And believe me for a few weeks I had been in a panic!

  • Jo

    Don’t forget
    they’ve just taken over the editing service for flickr. They have a basic level editor that’s integrated into flickr, then some other more in depth programs that are completely free (to a level) with a registration. I’m nothing to do with them by the way, just a long time admirer!!
    Jo x

  • Danny

    We actually reviewed PicMonkey this week – it’s one of our Weekly Faves on, and it’s a GREAT online photo editing tool…

    Check out the review here:

  • Hilary

    Photobucket has amazing photo editing software (it’s actually Pixlr), and you can aggregate all of your camera and phone-camera photos there, edit them and share them from there…keeping your originals with a Pro account.

  • angie

    i’m looking for a free editing software that will allow me to remove people or things from a background. any suggestions.?

  • Renee

    I have personally used Gimp and think it’s wonderful! A friend of mine who’s a professional photographer (with her own business) told me about it. She uses it to edit her photos and to make cards she sells on Etsy. There is a learning curve with it, but there are many, many great tutorials on youtube to show you how to use it. It’s a GREAT program!!

  • Jamee

    I’ve been using and it is great!

  • Amy

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this blog I loved picnik. I can’t find anything that I like so thank you for everyone’s info I will try some of the others out.

  • Beth at

    I hate that Picnik is gone . Its Great that people can learn to use photo tools and make there Pis fantastic. I run a site that offers lots of options But does not intergrade the customer using tools . but lets different designers work on a photo and the customer gets to pick the one they like the best. Its a Totally different concept But is a option . we do everything to Basic edits , color popping , and full out manipulations.

  • Anthony Kalowski

    Ribbet! have just announced that they’re opening a photo editor that’s almost identical to Picnik (built on the same platform and with all the same features). They’re giving away a chance to win 1 of 100 free Ribbet Premium memberships if you request an invite on their site:

  • http://retouching Retoucher

    good idea!

  • Olivia

    Picmonkey is almost exactly like picnik, it works great. It’s absolutely free. The royal features can be unlocked just by clicking them and then pressing apply without the little monkey symbol in the corner. The only problem I have it that it has less cool fonts that picnik had.

  • Inspire Me Heather

    That’s a great list, thanks! Oh your blog is super beautiful too, love, love! I have this linked to my post on photo editing for bloggers as well today!

  • Valencia

    I’m so glad I found this page – I felt so lost without picnik. Thank you Kristen!

    And yes, I love picmonkey, it’s exactly the same as picnik!

  • Jesse Holliland

    Thanks for this, Super helpful. I can’t afford Photoshop on my laptop and its driving me nuts not having a worthwhile edit suite. Off to try Pic monkey

  • Dan Greenberg

    Thanks for introducing these alternatives! We were looking for one to suggest to our users after Picnik went down, and wrote a post about how you can use PicMonkey and conXt to send your photocards: If you’re interested, conXt is your paper address book online – and makes it easy to gather, back up, organize and automatically update all your family contacts. From conXt, you can print mailing labels to send holiday cards from home, export your list to any online card retailer, or send holiday cards straight from conXt. And it’s free!

  • Janice Etter

    Also try It is very fun and easy.

  • cymbeline

    Picmonkey LOOKS the same but I’m finding that the effects are not as refined as picnik. It’s good, but it’s not great, not like picnik was. There are effects that I am yet to find a photo that these improve. I was hoping that they would add a bit more sophistication as time went on, but have been disappointed. I am yet to find a replacement for picnik. Very sad.

  • Cathy

    I have been using PicMonkey and really like it because it’s very similar to picnik. But now they are charging for it, $33/year. That’s not a bad price but does anyone know a similar one for free?

  • Lily Feinsmith

    Hi, sorry I don’t have any suggestions, but have you found anything? I’m looking for the same thing: a software that can remove people/things from a picture.

  • Dasiy Ben

    Try the
    it is also a good photo editor !

  • James Cooper

    Pixlr and PicMonkey are good choice for replacing the free editing app Picnik. I guess PicMonkey is better in giving more features during editing so I personally prefer this one.