Hi everyone! I’m Jann Newton from Newton Custom Interiors where I blog about home decor, sewing and DIY projects. I’m excited to be back to do another guest post for Deby. Today we’re going to talk about basic photo editing with PicMonkey.
A few months ago, I guest posted here at Mom’s Make Money about taking better pictures for your blog. In that post, I talked a little bit about how I love to use PicMonkey to edit my pictures after they’re taken. In the next few weeks, I’ll be doing a three part series here on Moms Make Money about how to use PicMonkey.
PicMonkey Part One – Basic Editing
PicMonkey Part Two – Applying Text and Overlays
PicMonkey Part Three – Collages
Making your pictures look the best that they can is so important in blogging, especially with everyone pinning blog images to Pinterest. PicMonkey is a very easy to use picture editing program.
PicMonkey is free, or you can upgrade to the Royale edition. Even the upgrade is not very expensive – $4.99/month or $33.00/year. I did upgrade to Royale, and I love the larger selection of fonts and overlays that you get with the upgraded version.
Important tip – Before you start editing your photos in PicMonkey, make a copy or copies of the photos you’re going to edit. Once you have saved an edited photo in PicMonkey, you can’t go back and undo the edits you’ve made.
PicMonkey Basic Editing
I’m a visual learner. I learn so much better when I can see a video of something rather than trying to learn it by reading instructions. So, I’ve done a short video of my computer screen while I edit a photo. There are written instructions for each step too.
1. Go to PicMonkey.com
2. Click edit a photo, and upload the photo you would like to edit.
3. You’ll be in the basic edits part after you upload your photo. I like to straighten my photos before I crop them, so click on Rotate to do this.
4. Click on Crop to crop the photo.
5. Click on Re-size to make the photo the size you would like. Make sure the Keep proportions box is checked if you want to keep the photo the same shape.
6. Click on Exposure. There are 4 different ways you can change the photo in Exposure. Brightness, highlights, shadows and contrast. Brightness and contrast are the two I use most often. You can also choose auto adjust if you would like PicMonkey to make the changes.
7. Click on Colors. There are two parts to the colors section – Saturation and Temperature. There’s also an option to use auto adjust here too.
8. Click on Sharpen. Again, this section has two parts – sharpness and clarity.
9. A new feature that PicMonkey has just come out with is Canvas Color. Now when you open up PicMonkey, you can click on Canvas at the top of the home page to choose a shape. Once you’ve picked out your shape, then you can use the Canvas Color, in the basic edits, to make it whatever color you would like.
10. You can play around with the other two editing options – Effects and Touch-ups. I don’t use these very often for the kind of pictures that I edit for my blog. In fact, I forgot to mention them in the video. They’re good edits to use for red-eye, wrinkles and even weight loss!
Here’s a before and after of the photo I was working on in the video.
So, what do you think? Stay tuned for PicMonkey Part Two – Applying Text and Overlays coming next week.