Google closing Picnik image editing service

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picnik.jpgPicnik, the online image editing service, have announced that they are to close their website on April 19, 2012.

Users will need to download any images stored on the site before that date or lose them forever, though the Picnik team have put steps in place to make the process as easy as possible.

Photos can easily be downloaded into batched .zip files, or alternatively can be transferred across to Google’s Google+ network.

Google bought Picnik back in 2010, and are now thought to be using the Picnik team to develop Google-branded image editing tools of their own. In fact, many of the image editing tools popular on Picnik are now being ported over to Google+

“Since joining Google in 2010, the Picnik team has been working on Picnik while helping to create photo editing magic in Google’s products. But now we get to focus on even awesomer things,” reads a post on the Picnik blog.

Available both in free and premium versions, those who have paid the $24.95 to use the premium service will recieve a full refund, regardless of the amount of time left on their current subscription plan.

Gerald Lynch