First, if you missed the Rounded Photo Corners tutorial, check that out for some basic instructions on using Picnik.
Today I'm going to show you a few more tricks for adding some life and interest to your photos.
After you upload your photo to Picnik and resize it, head to the 'Create' tab. Click on 'Effects' on the top tab and on the left hand-side of the screen you'll find some fun filters to try on your images. Each one does something different - play around to see what filter will give the desired effect. If you don't like a filter, simply discard the changes before saving.
The Original Photo
Lomo-ish filter with rounded corners
1960's and Lomo-ish with rounded corners
You can combine filters for unique effects. You might want to jot down what effects you use on a photo so you can duplicate the same style on other photos.
Gritty with rounded corners
Cinemascope without the letterbox and rounded corners
Same photo as above with the Cross Processed filter added.
Each filter has a different feel and tells a different story. Altered photos can help you tell a better story on your blog. In the 'gritty' photo I could see that paired up with a story about dealing with creativity doldrums during a long cold winter, where the '1960's/Lomo-ish' photo could accompany a blog post about nostalgia and creativity.
Do you Picnik? What are some of your favorite tricks?