Google+ Debuts Photo Editing with Spooky Effects
by Leslie Meredith, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer
October 31 2011 04:03 PM ET
Google has plucked its online photo editing program Picnik off a shelf and added it to Google+ just in time for Halloween. Users of the newest social network can now edit their photos without having to add an app or go outside the service.
The Google Creative Kit is Picnik in disguise and includes all of the online editing program’s free features such as photo cropping, adjusting exposure, rotating and adding special effects. Google has also thrown in some of Picnik’s premium features that are available to subscribers. Google+ users can add a sunless tan, change eye color and apply an air-brush effect. Exclusive to Google+ are a handful of overall effects including daguerreotype, green fade and Polaroid plus.
The Creative Kit has a treat bag full of spooky Halloween effects that are simple to use, but Photoshop-esque in their results. Google has assembled a surprise panel of celebrities to judge users’ Halloween photos, according to Vic Gundotra, Google’s top engineer. Winners will be announced on Thursday, Nov. 3. To join the competition, users must share their photos publicly and add the hashtag #gplushalloween. Type in the Halloween tag to see a stunning lineup of entries.