Ever heard from Picnik? It allows you editing your images direclty within your browser. Forget Adobe Photoshop Picnik has been around for a while now but recently it started to offer its service for the public. for free! I played around a bit and must say that it is amazing .. Use it within PHP, classic ASP, .net, Ruby on Rails or whatever… especially i like the idea of the whole service which works like this…
- Send your images to their service (existing image via URL or encoded as multi-part)
- Then the user modifies the picture (size, colors, rotation, special effects…)
- Picnik sends you the picture back to your server (either an URL where you can download it or directly as multi-part image)
Here comes an example I have built for demonstration…Click on the picture below to edit it.
Everything realized by using a link to this URL:
Pretty cool isn’t it? Thats the basic example but you can customize a lot more (see their API). Also I didn’t progress the picture back on my server.
If you want to get started i recommend to start with their tutorials. They are nicely written and done in 10 minutes.