Google’s newest round of acquisitions appears to be continuing unabated with the purchase of photo editing site Picnik. The announcement was just made today on the Picnik blog. The posting was upbeat saying in part, “Under the Google roof we’ll reach more people than ever before, impacting more lives and making more photos more awesome.” We bet the gobs of money Google just threw their way must be nice as well.
Picnik was started in 2005 and has grown significantly. The site recorded over 16.8 million unique visitors last month. Unlike many startups, this one appears not to have existed solely to be acquired. Their product has been evolving and enjoys a committed user base. In fact, Picnik has been profitable since last year. The company was co-founded by former Google employee Jonathan Sposato. Other recent acquisitions by the search giant, like Aardvark and AppJet, were also started by former Googlers. It is certainly an interesting pattern.
Picnik already has some integration with Google’s Picasa (among others), so we may see that connection get even tighter. According to the Picnik blog though, nothing is changing right now. You can continue to use the site as you have before. Have you used Picnik before? Like it? Image via Picnik
You could buy a used car -- albeit not a very good one -- for the same scratch it takes to pick up a copy of Adobe Photoshop, the de facto standard in high-end photo editing software. Or a pair of GTX 285 graphics cards for that killer SLI setup you've always wanted. We could go on, but at $700 for a piece of software, Photoshop's MSRP hardly needs put into perspective. In short, it's expensive.
It's also powerful, but don't worry if you don't have a handful of Benjamins laying around. Thankfully, you can perform a lot of the same photo editing tricks for free with GIMP. Short for GNU Image Manipulation Program, GIMP is the open source (and no-cost) equivalent to Photoshop, and like it's paid counterpart, GIMP can be a little overwhelming at first. That's where we come in.
Like swimming, it's best if you just dive in. To help give you that push, we waded through the gazillion tutorials floating around the Web and brought back a sundry collection of groovy tips and tricks that, along with some touches of our own, will have you learning the ins and outs of GIMP while having fun doing it. We'll show you how to make lifeless photos pop with detail, how to tap into the Force and add a lightsaber to any pic, make your own custom brushes, and much more.
For more than a decade, Adobe Photoshop has been the de facto image-editing program used by professionals and art students alike. But there are plenty of casual users who only dabble with Photoshop for simple tasks, such as photo resizing and cropping -- oblivious to the sheer power of Photoshop's graphics manipulation abilities. These decidedly non-power users (and we know some of you are included in this group) can do so more with this versatile program -- and we're here to show you how.
Whether you've just installed Photoshop for the first time or know your away around a the Tools toolbar, we put together a few of the most essential Photoshop skills to get you started on your photo editing endeavors. Before you know it, you'll be fixing up your grandmother's torn-up black and white wedding photos and airbrushing the heck out of yourself for your Facebook photo.