How to draw lines and arrows with Picnik: online photo editing

First published on April 8, 2008

Picnik continues to evolve as a free, full-featured, quick, easy-to-use, online photo editor. So far, the newfangled Photoshop Express has nothing on Picnik, the best online photo editor available.

While Picnik continues to add cutting edge features, such as the ability to take screenshots directly in your browser, one of its strengths is its ability to do the simple things well. However, I must admit that I couldn’t figure out how to draw a line or a nice arrow. This was because there is no dedicated line tool and the two preset arrows would naturally be too distorted when I tried to stretch them.

Built-in Picnik arrow shapes

Now, the solution was quite simple (but obviously it took me a while to figure it out!) and applies to many photo editing programs, online or not. First of all, a line is basically a rectangle, so since Picnik has a rectangle tool, you can draw lines with it!

Built-in Picnik arrow shapes

To draw an arrow, simply put a triangle on top of a line.

Arrow in Picnik made up of a line and a triangle

You can stretch (and rotate) the line and triangle as much as you want without distorting the arrow since the line and triangle are separate elements.


5 Responses to “How to draw lines and arrows with Picnik: online photo editing”

  1. Kit says:

    Ooh. This crap IS useful. ^_^

  2. Taylor says:

    but how can u make bending lines…

  3. Peter says:

    Sadly I can’t think of a workaround for curved lines. Hopefully Picnik will soon add that as default functionality!

  4. karel real estate says:

    WOW this tool is useful. Know i didn’t need to pick my laptop for photo editing. I will try this and let see how is works.

  5. Tee says:

    Try Xarax for complete photo editing and other magic like drawing a picture of your own from scratch. It’s not free but you can download a trial version. I found it pretty easy to teach my self just by click-clicking. The website is

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