The photo editing site PicMonkey had two big surprises last week: a mobile app and a smart storage feature called Hub. The mobile app lets you edit your photos from your phone or tablet with many of the tools found on the PicMonkey website. Hub is a feature that’s a game-changer when editing photos on PicMonkey.
The PicMonkey app is available free on both iTunes and Google Play:
All of the app’s editing tools are included free.
PicMonkey App Features
The PicMonkey app has many, though not all, of the photo editing tools from the website. Using the app you can:
- Add effects
- Add text
- Add stickers
You can adjust and layer effects to get the look you want for your photos.
This video from PicMonkey shows how the app works:
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What’s Missing from the App (and hopefully coming in an update?)
Missing are many of the overlays available on the site as well as the ability to add your own overlays. Not all of the effects are available on the app. Also missing from that app are frames, themes and textures.
Touch Up, that allows you to make faces look better, isn’t available either. I’m hoping this is one of the first additions PicMonkey offers in an update. Who doesn’t want to make their selfies look better?
Using the PicMonkey App
One of the best things about the PicMonkey app is how easy it is to use. The tools are intuitive. Editing your photos doesn’t require a learning curve.
To get started, download the app and allow it to access your photos. You can open a photo on your phone/tablet or from your Hub (more on that below).
After choosing a photo, you can start using the tools by tapping the icons on the bottom tool bar.
Crop –You can crop your photo before or after you make your edits. Rotate your photo at an angle, crop it to a custom size, or use the pre-set sizes in the app.
Adjust — Change the brightness, contrast, saturation and temperature of your photo in the Adjust section. A slider lets you control the intensity of each of these to get the desired effect.
Adjust also has a cool feature called Blur. This lets you keep part of your photo in focus while blurring the rest of the photo.
I used Blur on this photo to keep the focus on the tree while blurring the rest of the scene:
Effects — Add filters to your photos with the Effects tool. Effects lets you add filters to the entire photo or to part of the photo. You can either add the effect with the paintbrush tool, or erase the effect using the eraser.
This video illustrates how to use Effects:
Draw — Use your finger or a stylus to draw on your photo. You can choose the color of your drawing and fade the drawing.
Stickers — Add stickers to your photo. The app offers dozens of stickers you can add. Pinch and zoom and change the color to customize the stickers.
Text — Add words to your photo with the text tool. Choose from different fonts and colors. Pinch and zoom the text box to adjust the size of the letters.
Saving Photos on the App
You can save your creations on your phone/tablet and on Hub. The app also lets you share your edited photos directly to social media and via text message and email.
Saving to Hub is only available for users with a Royale account.
Ready to learn about Hub?
PicMonkey introduced Hub last week, a service that lets Royale users save their photos to the Cloud. Hub works on both the website and the app, though a bit differently on each.
Hub on PicMonkey Website — Smart Save
Hub on the website lets you save photos you’ve edited on PicMonkey, but with a smart twist. When you save a photo to Hub from the website, it’s saved as a work-in-progress.
You can continue to edit photos you’ve saved on Hub, picking up where you left off. Hub is a very handy feature, allowing you to make changes to an edited photo even after it has been saved.
When you save a photo and re-open it on PicMonkey without Hub, all of your edits are finalized, meaning you can’t change them. When you open a saved photo on PicMonkey without Hub, there is no adjusting the text you added or changing an overlay. It’s as if you’re starting from scratch.
But with Hub, you can continue editing your saved photo, as if you never stopped editing it. Change your overlays and edit text, as easily as you could before you saved the photo to Hub. You can also use images you’ve saved in Hub as an overlay.
By saving your photos to Hub, you can back up your photos in case your computer crashes, and save different versions of your photo to see which one looks best. Once you’ve decided, you can continue editing your favorite.
Hub lets you access your PicMonkey photos from anywhere, lets you continue editing them, and backs up your photos. Hub is a killer feature that will make using PicMonkey much more efficient.
Hub on the App
But unlike Hub on the website, you cannot continue editing photos saved to Hub from the app.
Hub is still handy to have on the app so you can access your saved photos and to transfer photos between devices and your computer.
With so many more tools on the PicMonkey website than the app, you may want to start editing your photos on the app, save it to your Hub, then do more editing on the website. Just know that whatever edits you save to Hub on the app can’t be adjusted as they can with Hub on the website.
Learn more about Hub at the PicMonkey blog.
Have you tried either the PicMonkey app or Hub? Do you want to have PicMonkey tools on your phone and tablet? Do you like the idea of Hub and the ability to continue editing where you left off?
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