I remember the first time I touched a computer. 1983.
I was working as an engineering tech for an oil company in Midland, TX. BTA Oil Producers. An IBM PC was brought in to the office. One. For the whole company. You could only touch it if you had permission and training. The floppy disks were about 12″ x 12″. Well, maybe 5″ x 5″. ANYway, I was one of the lucky ones who got to touch the computer. The only software we used was WordPerfect and Lotus. Was that IBM software? I can’t remember. I could create a mean spreadsheet with Lotus.
An engineer for whom I worked moved to Houston, and called me a few months later. Because I was trained on the PC, he wanted me to come work for him. I got a huge raise. I was single, and one of my best friends lived in Houston, so heck, why not move?
Of course, the oil business being the oil business, the company for which I moved to Houston closed their doors three months after I arrived. And bought a brand new couch from Fingers Furniture. And signed a year lease on a brand new apartment.
Well, long story short, it all worked out. And here I am 25 years later, sitting with a laptop in my lap, feet up on the couch. Watching a flat screen TV hooked to a DVR while texting on my cell phone. Editing digital picture files I took with a digital camera. Shazaam, we’ve come a long way from that one sacred PC in the oil company office.
So I love taking pictures. Alot of times, they look better in my imagination and my mind than on photo paper. So then I need photo editing software to help improve my reality. I know Photoshop is the Cadillac of photo editing software. I’ve used it some and for me, it was overwhelming. It could have been that I didn’t use it enough to get the hang of it, but for whatever reason, I never took to it. So I looked around for some easier programs that would still give me good results.
Picnik is a photo software editing program that you use online in your browser. You can edit with auto-fix, rotate, crop, resize, exposure, colors, sharpen, red-eye. You can also create with effects such as black and white, fancy focus, gritty, sepia, matte. That’s just a small listing of what’s available. You can also insert text, put stickers or frames on the picture, and do touch-ups. You can create collages and slide shows. You can upload your photos from your computer, from Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, My Space, Photobucket, and many other sources.
You can use many of the tools for FREE. FREE. If you want to use the premium editing tools, $24.95 a year will make you premium. Airbrush, wrinkle remover, premium fonts, hair highlighting, detailed color correction are just a few of the premium tools. You can use the free program at first and if you like what you see, upgrade to premium.
Picnik works for me. I don’t feel overwhelmed trying to use it. Sometimes I wish I could download Picnik to my computer, but on the flip side, I can work on my pictures anywhere I can access the internet. I can start working on a picture at home, then finish it up during lunch at the office. While we were on our Alaskan cruise, I found little internet cafes in the port towns where I could load my latest pictures, edit them on Picnik, then post them on this blog as clues. Another neat feature is that Picnik saves a copy of all the pictures you save, so you can go back later and rework it, or download it again if you can’t remember where you saved it on your computer (no one but me does that I’m sure). This is the history feature. That’s been very handy for me.
Here’s an example of what I can do with Picnik.
Well, there you have it. One of the secrets of what makes me a legend in my own mind. And by the way, Picnik did not pay me or ask me to endorse their product. They don’t even know who I am. I said when I started my blog that I would talk about some things that make my life better or more enjoyable, and Picnik is one of those things! I am just an everyday Lifer who likes to take pictures. Try it out for FREE and see what you think.
Chime in and tell me what you use to make your pictures look great.
All photographs and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.
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