Sick Child = Picnik Account Giveaway!

We’re currently dealing with a sick child in our house. Mira came down with a massive cold on Friday, and we’ve reached new lows of sleep deficits due to her inability to sleep more than 15 minutes without coughing, waking up and crying.

This is only Mira’s second big cold, not counting occasional runny noses that don’t develop into much. Her first cold was at 6 weeks old, when they stuck a needle in her back as a result, so I can see why her immune system has been on high alert to avoid any further colds.

Since she’s sick, and I’m exhausted as a result, this makes it a perfect week for some giveaways. And it happens to be the Bloggy Giveaways carnival right now, too – Mira has good timing.

So first up, today I’m giving away a 1-year premium account to Picnik. If you haven’t used Picnik yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. It is a web tool that lets you edit your photos, with everything from simple touch-ups and brightness adjustments to wacky effects and collages. I use it all of the time to touch up and add special effects to my photos.

Many of the tools are free to use, but some of the cooler effects and collages are limited to premium accounts. They have a new set of Valentine’s Day collages right now. In less than 5 minutes, I put this together:


And I’ve used their special effects to produce images like this:

color boost, slight softening, greater contrast

To enter:

Leave a comment on this post telling me how you currently edit your digital pics. Be sure to leave an e-mail address for me to contact you if you don’t have a Blogger profile – many times Blogger doesn’t record e-mail addresses. One entry per person per day.

This giveaway will end Friday, January 30 at 11:59pm. One winner will be chosen at random using Random.org and e-mailed the gift code for a Picnik premium account over the weekend.

Good luck, and watch for more giveaways this week!

Edited to add: Thanks to the folks at Picnik, I’m now expanding this giveaway to TWO winners!

Comments are now closed for this contest.

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Comments

  1. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! I use Pinik all the time. I just don’t have the premium account!
    sottino@cox.net

  2. I love Picnik! Super cool site. It’s what I use for free now, but I’d love to upgrade.

  3. Looks nifty! I currently use whatever’s on my computer– a combination of MS Office Picture Manager and Windows Photo Gallery. But neither has the nifty special effects! Maybe I’d get motivated to getting all my dad’s photos organized this way.

  4. Oh, this is wonderful! I use Picasa now, but it doesn’t really let you add cool effect like Picnik does!

    Thanks for this great giveaway.
    callmeabookworm at gmail dot com

  5. Awesome giveaway! I currently edit my photos with iPhoto, but it doesn’t allow me to get super creative with collages and stuff, which is why I would lo-o-ove a picnik account! Thanks for the chance!

  6. I’m with Janny. I use MS Office Picture Manager, and let me tell you, it doesn’t do much.

    I’m juuuuust starting my blog and I’d love to have an account to a decent photo editor.

    Here’s hoping Mira gets better quickly, poor little girl.

  7. I use Piknik all the time and would love a premium account!

  8. I love picnik! I just don’t have the premium account yet :-) I also use photoshop and iphoto sometimes…

  9. I love Picnik and I use it all time for free, so I would love a upgrade.

  10. never heard of it – but I will check it out! right now I just cry when they don’t turn out great!

    Steelmaid@gmail.com

  11. AWESOME!! I currently use photoshop and lightroom but I LOVE PIcnik!!!!! I’ve used it in the past and would love to use it on my flickr account and facebook

  12. Anonymous says:

    I currently dont use anything

    jdmimi at gmail dot com

  13. I use PhotoFiltre right now, but I actually just found Picnik last night. It would be awesome to have the upgraded account.

  14. I use Picnik, but only the free version! Enter me please!!
    wolffie627@sbcglobal.net

  15. Looks like fun – count me in!

    piper3301 at msn dot com

  16. I LOVE Picnick ;)

  17. I love picnik. I use it to edit photos for my Etsy shop, my facebook and my blog.

    It’s great because I can take mediocre photos and turn them into something better.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I love picnik. It’s my favorite program to use. I currently use their free service as well as what Microsoft Windows offers. I’d love to upgrade.

    angel.geisendorff@sbcglobal.net

  19. I would love this! I currently don’t do a lot of editing, so this would be great!

  20. The Savvy Entrepreneur says:

    OOhh, pick me! Pick me!! Like many others, I use Picnik’s free account. Would LOVELOVELOVE a premium account!!
    coachcriss -at- gmail -dot- com

  21. Right now I just use photoshop or just do red eye/cropping in photo viewer. I’d love to explore the collages etc on Picnik!

  22. We currently don’t use any software to edit photos, so this would be a welcome addition for us. Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. I have been shopping around for a photo editor. I used to use Paint Shop Pro, but since I got Vista, I have to get something different (they aren’t playing nice with each other).

  24. I just fix red eye on my camera or email the pictures to my Dad ad he fixes them using Photo Shop.

  25. This looks so cool! I use photoshop right now.

    alainamj AT yahoo DOT com

  26. I don’t have anything other than paint. I’d love to try this.
    amgconz at gmail dot com

  27. I love Picnik and have their premium account- which is due for renewal so winning would be wonderful!

    JLHalsted(ta)hotmail(tod)com

  28. I use picnik all the time but don’t have a premium account. This is a great giveaway. Thanks!

  29. ooh ooh! cool giveaway. i use picasa, sometimes gimp, sometimes photoshop and sometimes picnik but I don’t have a premium account….great giveaway!

  30. I waver between gimp and Picnik. I love Picnik more though. It’s much easier to use!

  31. I have no editing software. I only recently found out how to take out the red eye using whatever Vista comes stock with, but that’s it. I would love, love, love to edit my photos and I would use the hell out of this account!

    sleepynewmommyblog[at]yahoo[dot]com

  32. I so want this (please…)!! My friend Amy talks about it all the time and how much she loves it. I’m currently just using stock xchng and photoshop and it takes forever!!

  33. I use PhotoShop, but it is sometimes too complicated. I would love to try this!
    Thanks!
    ericbrooks75(at)yahoo(dot)com

  34. Ooo Pinik looks very interesting… Currently I use a very old Roxio but wish I could find something else and now I’m going to go look at Pinik.. Thank you… wiicked13 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  35. Sounds neat! I use photoshop now for my photos, but can always use a free account to anything.

    BTW, sorry to hear Mira is sick. There is nothing worse than a baby with a cold. Poor bugger. And poor you.

  36. I dont really edit except for auto fix on windows :-X. Occasionally I use Paint.net free software to change size, and make b&w etc. I would love a more advanced program like this thanks!

  37. Currently I edit photos by saying, “WAaaaaaaaaaayne can you fix this picture for me?” He has all these programs at work that he can use but me, I don’t have that and I want something that’s MINE and I can learn to use it without having to depend on him.

  38. Currently I use photobucket, lunapic, an older version of paint shop pro, I just like playing around with pictures.

    imchristiedammit[at]yahoo[dot]com

  39. Right now I use the the editor that came with my camera…though it leaves much to be desired!

  40. I don’t do anything right now :(

  41. I use photoshop editor but I found picnik recently and its so much easier. I love it!

    jendrost @ att.net

  42. I dont edit my pictures. I just delete them!

    jill.watkins@gmail.com

  43. I would love this, my teenage son edits my pictures in Picnik for me, but I dont have a premium account.

    purehrt555(at)yahoo(doT)com

  44. I’ve never heard of Pinik. I’ll have to check it out. I use Photoshop, but my knowledge is very limited and I find it a bit intimidating.

    One trick I use for my kids when they have a cough, I put Vicks rub on their feet, cover with socks, and tuck them in bed. It helps them sleep w/o coughing. I use it during naps and at bedtime only. They have a Baby Vicks as well (not sure how old your little one is). Hope you all get some sleep soon.

    Thanks for the chance to win! :)

    adashofsassitude(at)gmail.com

  45. Awesome giveaway, I am the family picture taker.
    Thanks
    matternu@aol.com

  46. I use photoshop elements for my editing.

  47. Heather and Daniel says:

    What a great giveaway! I would love something like this!

  48. A family of boys says:

    Edit? You mean I can actually do that? Right now, the only thing I do is what came with my camera software. Needless to say, it is definitely lacking that special something. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. I’m keeping my fingers crossed

  49. i use photoshop

  50. live42day says:

    I am currently using Picasa for my digital editing but I would love to try Picnik. I had not previously heard of it (my bad). Please enter me and thanks!
    luckofdraw777(at)gmail(dot)com

  51. I used to edit my pics with the software that came with my computer but it crashed so I haven’t been able to download any pics in awhile. I just recieved my apple macbook air though and can’t wait to see what goodies it has. Thanks for a great giveaway

  52. I love picnik too, but don’t have the premium!

    thepolkadotlollipop@hotmail.com

  53. Right now I use Picasa but Picnik is awesome! I would love a premium account. :-) Thanks for the great giveaway!

    ladyufshalott at yahoo.com

  54. I edit my pictures currently through kodak. Thanks, Godesseablu@msn.com

  55. I honestly do not have the patience for the fancy and $$ photo editing programs. I use the free Picnik and loved when I had the trial once to see what the premium had to offer. Thanks for the opportunity.

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