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It looks like Google has gone on another axe-murdering rampage, and this time Picnik is one of the victims. The browser based photo editing service, which was acquired by Google in March of 2010, will be closing on April 19th 2012.

At first glance, Google’s decision to get rid of Picnik may seem odd. It remains a rather popular service and is one of the better browser-based image editors Which Is The Best Online Photo Editor? Photoshop Express vs. Picnik Which Is The Best Online Photo Editor? Photoshop Express vs. Picnik Gone are the days when you needed something like Photoshop or GIMP to make basic photo edits. Today, there are several interesting free Web-based choices. These won’t rival Photoshop or GIMP for professional users, but... Read More available. However, many of the service’s features have been gradually incorporated into Google Plus as part of the Creative Kit Google+ Adds Free Photo Editing Suite [News] Google+ Adds Free Photo Editing Suite [News] Social networks rely on photos as a means of communication. Where have you been? What have you been doing? Who are you with? Now Google+ users can now look a little better doing whatever with... Read More . Even the interface is nearly identical. It’s likely that management would rather see people looking to edit photos online sign up with Google Plus instead of continuing to use a separate service.

Picnik will remain fully functional until its closure. In fact, it will be a bit more functional than before. All of the premium features are free until the final day and users who have already paid for a membership will be refunded.

If you have any files on the service it would be a good idea to back them up. You can do this by using the new Picnik Takeout feature, which downloads your photos to zip files Quick Zip File Compressor & Extractor (Free WinZip Alternative) Quick Zip File Compressor & Extractor (Free WinZip Alternative) Read More . The other option is to export your photos to Google Plus, where they can be stored as part of your profile. Make sure to do this before April 19th. You’re out of luck if you don’t export them before the site goes down for good.

Source: The Official Google Blog

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  1. mustfa
    May 27, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    no

  2. danyi
    April 26, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I HATE THAT PICNIK IS GONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Chantel S
    February 6, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    i could cry...

  4. Guest
    January 28, 2012 at 5:40 am

    This is not ok.  I am barely using Facebook because of all the stupid changes and I HATE Twitter so why are they making this harder on Consumers by making us use Google+? I refuse to.  This the beyond stupid move for Google.

  5. UUUnicorn
    January 26, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Check out other online photo editing services. I've already checked out three:

    http://www.pixelate.com
    http://www.pixlr.com
    http://www.splashup.com (this one is my favourite)

  6. Jasmine-rose
    January 25, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    why is it even shutting down anyway, its pathetic..:L

  7. Chris Hoffman
    January 25, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I'd heard about this recently, but I wasn't even aware Creative Kit existed. They should replace the Picnik homepage with a big link to Creative Kit on Google+.

  8. Guest
    January 25, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Aw shucks. Picnik was the best online photo-editing tool around, & now Google is closing it?! 

    Must use it to the fullest before it shuts down.

  9. Parsonsenglish
    January 25, 2012 at 12:10 am

    This is the suckiest move Google could ever make...good luck with G+ because I, for one, will never go there if this is the way they do business...what are you thinking???

    • mylostfriend picnik
      January 25, 2012 at 3:27 am

      Couldnt agree more, huge mistake google I dont do social net working so will go else where
      I started my business using Picnik Im so very very sad as I used it every day and will really miss making my pics
      I cannot go out to work but can work online due to a chronic illness I feel like Ive lost a friend in Picnik 
      such a great loss for everyone
      I paid for picnik , hope you sell this to some other company who will serve its users

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