Things I Love: PicMonkey

Thursday, January 28, 2016

So I started my blog in September with absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into and no idea just how much I'd love it. One of the biggest things I've had to figure out is how to display my photos. (We all know photos are HUGE to blogging.)

Guys, I had to learn how to use Blogger to upload a photo. That was my starting point.

Luckily, through lots of digging, research and late nights, I found PicMonkey - a website that offers photo editing, graphic design features and a photo collage maker for us amateurs to the photo game. 

PicMonkey is AWESOME for those of us who haven't taken classes in Adobe Photoshop and/or don't want to pay the monthly fee for it. (PicMonkey has a free option, $4.99/ month or $2.75/ month! Crazy)

To show you examples of what you can do in PicMonkey, I found stock images (post to come soon) on places I'd like to visit - Bucket List Byron if you're reading this!

Photo Collage
This is what I use PicMonkey for the most. If you upgrade from free, you have so many more options for your collages. Here's a basic one I made then added different texts.


Frames
PicMonkey has a few frames you can add to your photos. Here I added a frame and text. One of the things I don't like about this frame is that it dims the color of the photos. Which you can really tell in these pictures. I can't figure out how to keep the vibrant colors - kind of a bummer. 

Edit
PicMonkey offers basic editing tools such as cropping, changing the color of a canvas, rotating, exposure, colors, sharpening and resizing. They also have lots of effects, skin touch ups, overlays, textures and themes.

For this one, I was really just playing around to show you different themes and other ways to edit.

Here I added a snowflake overlay, snowfall effect, "Happy Birthday" banner and light effects. 

Design
With their Design feature, you start with a blank canvas and can make anything you want. I use that a lot for fancying up words or salutations like this one -


I could go on talking and showing pictures of what you can do and how creative you can be with PicMonkey, but you should try it out for yourselves!

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