I was so bummed when picnik.com went down. Google bought it, took it offline, moved it to Google Plus (does anyone really understand Google Plus?) and removed the features that made it awesome.
It was a low point in my life.
Then I found PicMonkey.com and my picture life was good again!
PicMonkey is super easy to use, intuitive, and has loads of features to turn boring pics into WOW pics. Evidence below:
This is my pic, straight from the camera.
(The wind picked up at EXACTLY the right time to add drama!)
Not bad, but now Wow either...
Then with a few tweaks on PicMonkey Cami turns ghostly beautiful.
Right now PicMonkey is completely free (and no, I'm not getting paid to endorse their product, I just LOVE it!). You sign up and can use all their features. In the future, the special features will probably cost an annual membership (like Picnik did), but for now, it's completely free.
My favorite tweaks to the photos are really boosting the highlights, adding a bit to the shadows, upping the clarity and fading in some splashes of "orton" for a soft, beautiful look.