When you want to make the most of your images, check out PicMonkey. The service is online so you can use it from any computer without having to download software. The service is free, with a small charge for Royale Membership if you want to use advanced features (none of these tips require a Royale membership). PicMonkey is easy to use, intuitive and frequently being upgraded with new features such as the ability to use your own fonts.
Even though I’ve been using PicMonkey since when it was Picnik years ago, I am still learning cool new tricks to make the most of my images. These tricks are easy and fun, sure to bring out the creative side of you! By taking a few minutes to learn these tricks you can become a pro at editing your images!
When you’re trying to match a color exactly you can do two things:
- Guess at the color
- Match it exactly
Usually choice 2 is your best bet.
PicMonkey makes it super easy to match colors. Use their eyedropper tool to pick a color in your image and get the color exactly matched. PicMonkey will even provide you with the numerical color code for the color you matched.
For example, let’s say you had a beautiful photo of a garden and wanted to use PicMonkey’s framing feature to match one of the colors in the flower beds.
- Click on the frame icon on the left menu bar
- Choose the frame you want to use (I used Museum Matte in the example)
- Click on the part of the frame you want to match the color of (I used the inner matte in the example)
- Click on the eyedropper in the upper right corner of the color picker window
- Drag the eyedropper over the color you want to match. The frame will change colors as the eyedropper moves to give you a preview of the colors.
- When you find the color you want to use, click on the eyedropper to set the color.
You can find the numbered color code by going back to the color picker window and copying the color code from the box.
You can also color match text easily with PicMonkey. Click on the bar to the right of the color picker chart that appears when you’re entering text. An eyedropper will appear. Drag the eyedropper over the image to color you want to choose and click to make the text the same color.
⇒ Also see, Color Your World with Tech! for other tech tools to match colors.
You can put images on top of images with PicMonkey. This can come in very handy if you want to add your logo, a picture-in-picture effect, create a Facebook or blog header, or design another layered image.
To layer images, click on the Butterfly icon in the left menu bar to reveal a choice of overlays you can add to your photo. Click on the Your Own button to add an image from your computer to the photo. You can also click on the down arrow to reveal a drop-down menu to add an image directly from:
When the overlay image is added, you can drag and drop the image to move it and drag and drop the corner/edges to change the size of it.
PicMonkey has a lot of very cool special effects but sometimes you don’t want the effects to cover your entire image. Good news! You don’t have to! You can use the eraser tool to remove part of the effect. You can also use the eraser tool to remove part of an overlay.
For example, I added the Black & White effect to a photo by clicking the Effects wand icon in the left menu and choosing Black & White. I then clicked on the Paint Brush Box to reveal the Paint window.
I clicked on Original to bring up a circle that allows me to erase the effect within the circle. I dragged the circle around the balloon to erase the effect and reveal the original colors of the balloon while leaving the Black & White effect on the rest of the photo. I clicked Apply to save my changes.
You can reverse the effect by clicking the Reverse effect button in the Paint window.
You can control the size of your brush, as well as the hardness of the edges and the strength of the effect, in the Paint window.
In the images above I an outline effect to highlight exactly what the arrows were pointing to. I used to use either the letter O or the number zero to get that effect, but I learned a much easier way to get an outline on PicMonkey.
- Click on the Butterfly icon in the left menu to reveal Overlays
- Click on Geometric
- Choose the shape you want to use. (I almost always use ovals or rectangles instead of circles or squares so I can better control the shape of the outline.)
- The Overlay window will appear.
- Click on Color 1 to choose the color of the outline you want to use. ⇒You can use the eyedropper tool to match the colors!
- Click on Color 2 and click the Transparent box.
You’ve just created your outline. You can drag the corners/edges of the outline to get it to the size and shape you want.
Do you use PicMonkey like a pro? Have you used any of these PicMonkey features? Do you have any tips for using PicMonkey? Share your thoughts with us in the Comment section below!
* Garden image (edited) courtesy of Agustin Rafael Reyes via Flickr and Creative Commons
* Balloon image (edited) courtesy of Tony Beverley via Flickr and Creative Commons