If you’re looking for a fun, easy way to edit your photos and give them some personality, you should check out PicMonkey. PicMonkey is a free* web-based photo editing web site that’s simple to use and full of fun features. The site was launched earlier this year and has been adding features ever since. If you’re looking to edit photos for holiday cards, school projects, websites or Facebook, PicMonkey can be a very useful resource for you.
PicMonkey has so many tools to spruce up your photos, you’ll have tons of fun altering your images to get them just right.
PicMonkey lets you perform basic edits, such as resizing, cropping, and rotating images. You can adjust the color, light and exposure as well. If you’re looking to make an image the perfect size for your Facebook Timeline photo, PicMonkey can make that task easy and quick.
PicMonkey makes it easy to add text to images with lots of font options as well as color choices. You can manipulate the text to make it darker or lighter and adjust the size and angle.
As of this writing, PicMonkey has 38 different effects you can add, from the plain and simple, Black & White, to the sophisticated, Warhol. Each effect has a slider so you can control the intensity of the effect.
Here is an example of before and after pictures with PicMonkey effects. These puppies are cute:
But who knew they had a sense of humor?
Overlays are like adding stickers to your photos. PicMonkey has choices such as geometric, stars, comic bubbles, arrows and symbols. Overlays can also be creative, such as beach, butterflies and stars. You can even add accessories, such as sunglasses, hats and moustaches.
Overlays become even more useful when you layer your own images. You can add picture upon picture to make a montage of your favorite images. On the chalkboard image above, I layered the PicMonkey logo over the chalkboard photo.
If there is any part of an overlay that you want to remove, you can edit it with the eraser tool. Click on the overlay and choose Eraser from the pop-up menu.
PicMonkey recently introduced collages so you can combine images and arrange them in different shapes and sizes. If you’re trying to arrange your best photos for a holiday card, let PicMonkey make it easy for you. The site offers card-sized collages so you can customize your photo arrangements to the size of your card.
I used a collage layout for the feature image in Which Tablet Is Right for You?
If you weren’t looking quite at your best when a picture was taken, PicMonkey can help fix any imperfections that the camera revealed. The Touch Up section can cover up blemishes, scars, wrinkles and shine from your visage. You can edit to add a spray tan, lip color, teeth whitening, lip color, blush, mascara and highlights. If you haven’t been successful on your diet yet, PicMonkey can help you shed pounds in a picture with its weight loss feature. You can also use the Nip Tuck edit if you haven’t had a chance to visit your plastic surgeon yet this week.
No need for a makeover or invasive cosmetic surgery to look stunning. Let PicMonkey be your personal stylist! Tech tip: Don’t go overboard with the editing or else the mirror might be a disappointment each day.
PicMonkey is less than a year old, but has made the most of its rookie year by adding effects and fonts for holidays. PicMonkey added Halloween features such as Zombies, Vampires, Witches and Trick or Treat. These features are still available even though Halloween is long gone this year.
Recently PicMonkey added a Winterland section, filled with fun frames, effects and overlays. Here is an example of a snowman edited with Winterland effects:
Once you’ve finished your edits, you can add a frame to your image. PicMonkey has ten different frames for you to use, from Museum Matte to Sketchedy.
If you want your image to seem to pop off the page, add the Drop Shadow frame, as I did in the chalkboard and snowman images above. You can change the color of the shadow frame from white to any other color. I used this effect on the header image of The Wonder of Tech, matching the teal color in the water image for a shadow frame. If you are using an image with a lot of white on a white background, drop shadow can give the image dimension.
PicMonkey has buttons to help you easily share your creations with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and email.
Easy to Use Controls
PicMonkey is intuitive to use. You can upload a picture from your computer by choosing a file or dragging and dropping it onto the site. Then you can choose from dozens of features on the menu bar on the left of the screen. The features are divided by categories and you have control over each one with slider bars, color choices and other controls.
Right clicking on an image gives you additional options such as duplicating an overlay, bringing it forward or backward, and straightening it. You can also flip an overlay vertically or horizontally.
PicMonkey is totally free*, but is giving signals that it may impose charges for premium features in the future. “Royal” features such as certain fonts and effects have a crown and you must click to enable them. The site has never charged anything to use these Royal features, but it doesn’t take much imagination to contemplate that someday you’ll have to pay money for your Royal status.
PicMonkey was developed by the same people who brought us Picnik, a photo editing website that was shut down by Google in April. If and when PicMonkey starts charging for Royal features, I hope it adds some premium features that were available with Picnik. For example, the ability to save images to the Picnik site would be very handy for when you wanted to re-edit your pictures from a different computer.
Use PicMonkey for photo editing to spend more time on editing and less time on figuring out how to edit.
Do you like editing your photos? Have you been looking for an easy way to edit your photos? Have you ever used PicMonkey? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Update: PicMonkey now charges $4.99/month for the use of Royale effects
*Snowman image by Melinda Shelton
*Cute Puppies image by Mike Hendren