How to Use the Google Plus Cre­ative Kit to Edit and Spice Up Your Photos

Saikat Basu

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.

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:

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.


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