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Picnik Photo-editing Tutorial – Part 1 – Beginner’s Guide

January 15th, 2008 5 Comments

For those confident with web-based software you can skip ahead by signing up here.

Otherwise – the following information will help even an absolute beginner sign up to and start using Picnik.

 

Requirements

 

You will need to have Adobe Flash 9 installed on your system for the service to work. If you don’t have it – it will prompt you to download.

 

Sign-up

 

  1. Go to this page.
  2. Click register
  3. You only need to provide a user-name, email address and password (see picture below). Untick the box at the bottom of the screen if you don’t want to receive email updates.
 

 

  1. That’s it. You don’t even need to activate your account. You will be taken straight to your personal homepage and can start editing images straight away.
 

Uploading your first image

 

To get started on editing your first image:

 

  1. Click on the upload now button (see picture below)
 

Picnik Welcome Screen

 

  1. A window will open showing files on your hard-drive. Choose the required file and click upload. Once the file is uploaded your are ready to go!
The Picnik menu system

 

The attached picture shows the range of different options available for your photograph:

 

 

 

 

The options available are as follows:

 

Home: Takes you back to the initial start screen

Photos: Allows you to upload new photos or grab them from other web services

Edit: Offers a range of basic tools such as cropping, exposure, colours and red-eye reduction

Create: Offers a range of very cool filters allowing you to modify your image (b/w, sepia etc)

Save and Share: Allows you to save your image back on your hard drive, and share it through a range of other web applications.

 

Tomorrow: Editing  your first image

 

Take a look at the other parts of the Picnik series:

 

  • Absolute Beginners Guide to Picnik
  • Preparing your picture with Picnik
  • Picnik Advanced: Using the Exposure tools for tonal control
  • Using the Picnik brush tools for editing
  • Create your own valentines image with Picnik
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    1. […] Earlier in the year I wrote some tutorials for beginner-intermediate users for our company blog. Brilliant Prints Blog – Your Photos on Canvas

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