PicMonkey Photo Editor Review And Tutorial
Have you heard of PicMonkey photo editor? The applications are endless for what you can create. The editor has over 40 different filters and special effects, over 4,000 graphics and textures, tons of collage layouts and templates, and a library of awesome fonts. Use it to create stunning images, branding materials for your business, or just have fun with the app.
Photo Editing Features
PicMonkey has some really cool editing features to make your images shine. Just like in Photoshop, you can straighten and rotate images, alter the size of graphics and text, duplicate images, and create, select, and group layers in the Layers palette, or save your brand colors in the graphic color palette using the Eyedropper tool.
Saving your branding colors makes it convenient to make business logos, banners, and other graphics. There’s even a Curved Text Tool in the editor if you want to make circle logos or try your hand at creating monogram logos with the Monogram Maker. If you sell on Etsy, you can design banners for your store by using overlays, textures, and fonts that match your brand.
A template forms the foundation of your image, and PicMoney has a great variety. Choose a template for creating collages, banner ads, eBooks, or templates for any of the social media networks, including YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Twitch, and Snapchat.
When selecting a template, begin by choosing a category, including graphics for social media, business cards, announcements or invitations. Take it one step further if you plan on printing your creation by choosing the size of your print, ranging from 2″ x 3.5″ to 8″ x 11.” And don’t worry, all your designs are automatically saved. You can either download your images or share them directly to the platforms of your choice. You will however need a PicMonkey subscription in order to share you image.
Touch Up Editing
This option is one of my favorite features of the PicMonkey editor, and is the number one technique to take your photos up a notch. While it’s possible to perfectly airbrush the subject in your photos to make them flawless, I prefer subtle edits to make an image shine.
Here are a few examples of what you can do with the Touch Up tab in PicMonkey. Eliminate acne and blemishes with the “Blemish Fix” option, smooth wrinkles with the “Wrinkle Remover,” whiten a smile with the “Teeth Whiten” option, or even add lip color using “Lip Tint.”
PicMonkey Mobile App
I love that PicMonkey has a mobile app so I can edit pictures on the go. With everyone on their phones 24/7, this is a great feature to create images for your blog or social media shares. Start from scratch by using a blank canvas to import your image, then apply textures, frames and other effects to create unique images you’re proud to share.
Check out the mobile app here. It’s free and a lot of fun!
You don’t have to set up an account to use PicMonkey, but in order to have access to all the features, I recommend signing up for the 7-day free trial to get familiar with the editor and all the possibilities available.
If you sign up for a paid subscription, you’ll have access to dozens of filters and effects, overlays, textures, frames, and fonts, along with the template library. You’ll be able to save your custom filters and effects, use all the advanced Touch Up tools, which are brilliant.
Or get started for only $5.99 a month with a yearly subscription plan. Save, export, and share all your files, and re-edit previous images saved in the Hub, a storage area for all your designs.
Let’s Create An Amazing Image
Now that you know a little about what PicMonkey offers, let’s create an image using the editor since that’s the best way to learn.
Begin by clicking the “Create New” button. You’ll have the option to add an image from your computer, start with a blank canvas, edit an image from Hub, access a photo from Dropbox, or begin by using a template. Or simply drag an image into the box.
I’m going to start with a blank canvas. You’ll see tons of different options. I’m choosing “Pinterest Pin” because I want to promote a post I wrote on self care. You can also choose a custom size if you’re designing something with specific dimensions. You’ll see the the “Custom” tab at the top right of the editor.
Once you’ll chosen your template, you’ll want to name it. You can choose a folder in which to save your image as well. I created a new folder named Social Media where I’ll be saving all my social media graphics. Folders make accessing your images a cinch.
Now click the blue Create button to load your photo. Below you can see the photo I’ll be working with:
You can view the main tabs in the black bar on the left. Each tab has numerous options within it, and even more options within those options. In the screenshot above you can see the Layers palette, and to the right the Graphics tab where I can make adjustments to my design, add effects, erase elements, or change the Blend Mode. Click the drown down menu to do access the different blending modes.
I chose the Add option in the Blend Mode, and lightened the image using the Exposure option under the Edit tab on the left hand editor. Note the difference in my image.
To move your image, drag it to where you want it positioned. Under the Blend Mode, you’ll see More Options where you can revert to your original image. In the Layers palette, you can delete previous edits by going to the three little dots to the right of the edit you want to eliminate. Remember to click on the layer you want to edit.
I added a frame to my photo by going to Frames and Museum Matte, and a Burst texture under the Texture tab. Customize the effect further by using the sliders.
Now I’m going to change the background color, add a circle graphic and some text. Delete any images you don’t like by dragging them off the editor.
I changed the background color by going to Edit and Background Color where I was presented with a color chart to select a color. Change the transparency of an edit by using the Fade slider or adjust the size of your elements by grabbing the corners around it. You can also play around with the controls at the bottom of the editor.
Here’s the final image I’ll be sharing on Pinterest.
PicMonkey is a great photo editor with a ton of different options to create interesting graphics for your photography business. Design images for social media sharing, create branding graphics including logos and banners, or customize marketing materials, such as flyers and posters. It’s affordable, fun to use, and the online app allows you to edit your images on the go.
Have you used PicMonkey? Let me know in the comments below.