Could it be the Instagram effect…or more aptly, the Picnik effect which is Google’s own online photo-editing app? One click photo editing apps are all the rage these days. More for fun and less for serious image stylists, spicing up your photos has almost become a social show-off activity in itself. So, it’s no surprise that Google recently brought out the Google+ Creative Kit.
Google+ Creative Kit is an online photo editing application that enhances the photos in your Google+ albums with some cool effects. It is powered by Picnik. The best thing about it – you can go crazily creative with photos right in your browser and all within your Google+ profile. Let’s try it out.
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Open Google+’s Creative Kit by selecting a photo from your photo albums and then choosing Edit. You can see the Creative Kit button right there. Here’s how the interface looks:
The Google+ Creative Kit includes basic editing tools and a number of pre-set image filters and a text tool. The basic edits are well covered with image adjustment tools and an Auto-fix button.
It’s when you hit Effects, the online app gets into the creative side of things with a slew of photo filters. All are nearly one-touch with sliders to set the degree of effect you want to apply. In the Touch-Up section, you can set brush size and a few other parameters.
Google hasn’t forgotten its Christmas, with its Seasonal filters. I guess this section will keep changing with different holidays around the year. What’s a photo-app if you can’t go berserk on your friend’s mug shot?
The Vandalize section is just for that. From Speech Bubbles to Vampire Eyes, try out the effects for fun. Oh! You can go to work on your photo too.
After all this, you would think that the Text section would be a bit humdrum. But with the cool lineup of fonts, I can already see myself designing some nice ecards for the season on the Creative Kit.
The Creative Kit and its lineup of effects give you the freedom to mix-match, and mash your photos. Plus, you can tag and share them right from there itself. Try it and invite a few comments with your creations. Tell us if the Creative Kit adds another arrow to the already formidable features of Google Plus.