It was a sad day for many when the formerly free and independent Picnik photo editor, disappeared behind the Google iron curtain and all that remains at the link is an ant with wings and a halo, even if you are logged into Google. The photo editor, besides having very cleverly used its name as a theme in fun ways that didn’t distract from usability had many helpful features. Mainly it was free, didn’t require registration before use, and was simple and fairly intuitive to someone with basic tech skills to operate. It was also web based and didn’t require a download to be used on any machine. It certainly wasn’t as robust as a purchased photo editing program, but worked well for simple projects or if you were on a machine without a good photo editing program.
I have seen several suggestions, but the one I’ve found that is closest to what Picnik was, is PicMonkey. Try it out today:
I also recently discovered that an update to Microsoft PowerPoint now lets you use it as a photo editor and then resave the image as a JPEG from within the program. That can also be a lifesaver.