How To Use Google's New (Free) Photo-Editing Tool, Picnik

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Last week, Google continued its frenzied buying spree by acquiring Picnik, a Flash-based site that lets you edit photos in the cloud, without even signing up for an account.Picnik had roughly 20 employees, and a few million monthly users. While there has been no word on the purchase price, this surely isn’t much of a risk for Google.

Picnik and Google are something of an odd match, however. Google already has a lean, free photo editor: Picasa. And Picnik had a much more natural buyer in Yahoo, which already used Picnik as the editor for its popular image hosting service, Flickr.

Now that they have it, it’s unclear exactly what Google is going to do with Picnik. The official announcement of the deal makes it clear that some big changes are in store, but doesn’t get in to the specifics. Will Google get rid of the freemium model, or at least make the pleas for cash less intrusive? Will Picnik and Picasa be combined in some way?

We can’t say. But we can show you exactly what Picnik does now.

Click here to take a tour of Picnik, Google’s new photo editing tool >

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