Photo Editing is a Snap with Picnik

If you are a real estate agent or a real estate appraiser and need to edit photos, it’s a snap with Picnik.  Picnik is an online photo editing website that I use whenever I need to enhance a photo I have taken.  The basic functions are free and if you want more advanced features it’s just $24.95 a year.

Some problems that occur when taking photos include under and over exposure, tilted pictures, including something in the photo that you do not want, or just a dull low color picture.  Some of the basic features in Picnik that are free include rotate, resize, crop, sharpen, red eye, and color correction.  Other features that are available include adding frames, shadows, stickers, text, and special effects to the photo.  As an appraiser, the features I use most for the photos I include in my appraisal reports are the sharpen, color, crop, and rotate tools.  I have included a short video of me editing a photo to show you how easy it is.

Real estate agents would also benefit from the basic Picnik features, as well as some of the advanced features like frames and shadows, for more “artistic” photos that you could use in flyer’s and marketing materials.  If you write a blog this is also a good tool to use for the photos you use in it.  In addition to the features noted above you can resize your photos to make them smaller.  Photos that are too large may cause your website to load slower, which could result in lost site visitors.  This is only a basic tutorial so if you have any questions about Picnik please let me know.  If you have used it in other creative ways I would like to hear about that as well.

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  1. Hey Tom,
    Thank you so much for sharing this very helpful tool. You peaked my interest when you mentioned adding frames and shadows. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with The Appraisal IQ or not. Alison Masis is adding some awesome appraisal photos as art form and displaying these photos in frames where one can click on 1 individual photo within a collage frame of 20 photos. It’s a really neat feature of this Austin Appraiser’s blog. You can view it here:

    I created a video this morning for straightening a photo using the free Windows Live Photo Gallery and mentioned/showed your Picknik post this morning at

    As Always, We Appreciate Your Excellence With Your Blog!

    Bill Cobb

  2. Thanks for the heads-up on this tool. It’s always good to know what’s out there. Nice video tutorial.

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