Fun with Picnik
Picnik is one of my new favorite websites. It’s a free photo editing site with tons of cool editing tools, effects, fonts, and stickers. Best of all, I can access it on campus. Here are a few picture that I’ve tweaked using Picnik. All of them are photos my sister Rose took of our backyard last spring. Enjoy!
After cropping the photo, I applied the black and white effect to the whole picture. I then used the black and white effect painting tool to restore the original color to the azalea bushes and the tint effect painting tool to tweak the color a bit and make it more vibrant.
I had fun making playing with this one. After cropping the photo, I applied the “boost” effect, which increases the contrast and heightens color. I used separate text boxes for each line of the quote so that I could play with using different fonts for emphasis. Since there’s such a stark contrast between the trees and the sun, I couldn’t find a color for the text that was legible across the board. I ended up using the advanced blend mode “difference” for the text blocks, so that text on dark areas was light and text on light areas was dark. The quote is by C.S. Lewis:” “A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”
This is the picture of the old tractor wheel just outside our front gate. I also used the boost effect for this one. I like off center subjects, so I cropped it so the wheel was no longer in the middle of the picture. To focus more on the wheel, I used the focal soften effect, which allows you to emphasize a point in your photo by softening everything around it. As a final touch, I applied the vignette effect, which darkens the edges of the photo.
I used the 1960s effect, one of my favorites, for this one. The 1960s effect tweaks the color in your photo and rounds the edges to make it look like a photograph from the ’60s.