So, did you hear that Picnik is closing?
I can barely believe it as for so many of us it is one of the main ways we process our photos and get playful in post-production.
For the first year of my photography adventuring it was the only place I processed photos. Then I started to explore Photoshop and Lightroom and now I use a combination of those but return to Picnik often to use their easy layering options and fabulous fonts.
For those of you who have been in my courses, you know I recommend Picnik pretty endlessly. It has been such an accessible way to explore the artistic side of playing with our images. I adore it and most of the participants in my classes use it during the courses.
I had been planning to bring back Swan Dive, but this recent news about Picnik got me inspired to have it run in April. April 19 is the day Picnik will close, so we will use it as a part of the first week, but after that we will explore other options (photoshop, photoshop elements, a bit of lightroom and I’ll be sharing ALL of the possible other options I can track down for you that can be options other than Picnik).
I also think that having this awesome website closing down is an invitation.
To discover more about those photo processing programs we may already have but be a bit intimidated by.
To develop skills inspired by all the cool things we learned about via Picnik but to do them in other programs and have more control over how it all works (like fonts, layers, textures, borders, vingetting, effects, toning).
To approach post-processing with playfulness. It can be an artform unto itself!
So I decided to bring back Swan Dive for those of you looking to get creative with post-processing but could use a fabulous community atmosphere and super fun activities and encouragement to get you going.
I’m not sure if I’ll be offering it again (and definitely not again in 2012) so if you were hoping to get in on Swan Dive, now is the time!
I love the art of post-processing oh so much and am excited to share it with you!
I do like to give even more feedback in this course and encouragement as you develop your visual voice, so there is an even more limited number of participants in this class. You can join in and register here and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!