Google buys up Picnik cloud-based photo editing service

Google buys up Picnik for cloud based photo editing

Google has just announced that it has opened up its big bag of money and acquired the cloud-based photo editing service, Picnik.

The website lets you crop, touch-up and add various effects to your photos from within your web browser.

Picnik users can already grab an image directly from any website using their Bookmarklet, snaffle a screenshot of any website via a Firefox Extension, or upload a photo directly to Picnik with their drag-and-droppable Yahoo Widget.

The company plan to add new features soon, but for now are inviting users to “import some of your photos from Picasa Web Albums, Flickr or Facebook and try your hand at photo editing in the cloud!”

Google buys up Picnik for cloud based photo editing

Here’s Google’s blog statement:

Google welcomes Picnik

More than ever before, people are sharing and storing their photos online. But until recently, you had to edit your photos using client software on your computer. Today, we’re excited to announce that Google has acquired Picnik, one of the first sites to bring photo editing to the cloud. Using Picnik, you can crop, do touch-ups and add cool effects to your photos, all without leaving your web browser.

We’re not announcing any significant changes to Picnik today, though we’ll be working hard on integration and new features. As well, we’d like to continue supporting all existing Picnik partners so that users will continue to be able to add their photos from other photo sharing sites, make edits in the cloud and then save and share to all relevant networks.

We’re very impressed with the Picnik team and the product they’ve created, and we’re excited to welcome them to Google. We’re looking forward to collaborating closely with them to improve the online photo editing experience on the web. In the meantime, we encourage you to head to Picnik, import some of your photos from Picasa Web Albums, Flickr or Facebook and try your hand at photo editing in the cloud!

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