PicMonkey, for those of who don’t know, is a free online way to edit pictures, add graphics, borders, backgrounds and all that jazz. According to one-who-shall-not-be named, it’s the way to graphic design for those who don’t know a thing about graphic design. Right-o she is! Because I really don’t know graphic design.
To show you some of the features, I’m going to demo with a picture of these chocolate hazelnut bars. Here’s the original picture that I edited using Lightroom (I used Lightroom, but you can also do basic edits on PicMonkey).
PicMonkey has a slew of the basic edits to get the job done, including a whole panel of edits to beautify portraits.
However, if you want to play around, they have a selection of different effects to use to give your picture more character. For example:
You can easily add your own, custom text to pictures. For example, I installed my blog font onto my computer and am able to access it through picmonkey the same way that I would one of their fonts. If you don’t want to do that, they have a lot to choose from!
And overlays! I use these to add fun things like arrows, hearts, and smileys, or add a custom watermark.
Just as easily as editing a picture, you can create a collage. They have a bunch of templates ready to use; just select the template, and then drag and drop the pictures. Once your collage is set, you “export to editor” and can start editing.
Everything I’ve done so far is part of FREE PicMonkey, but if you upgrade to Royale, which costs a little more than $30 a year, you get a bigger selection of graphics and templates with which to play. My favorite template creates and easy collage to make it pinterest friendly. Again, using the tools above, you can easily end up with something like this in just a few minutes.
That’s it! Now, get to it.
*This post is not sponsored by or affiliated with PicMonkey. I just really like it.
What’s your favorite photo editing program?