Editing Pictures Online for Free with PicMonkey

By Mar 15, 2012January 24th, 201546 Comments

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I think bloggers around the world collectively died a little inside the day Picnik announced they were closing up shop. I’ll admit it, I was pretty upset as well; I even tried all the other programs out there to edit pictures for free, but it just wasn’t the same.

What we need are websites like Picnik. Stat.

A quick and easy tutorial to help you use PicMonkey to edit photos for free. Great resource for bloggers.

Picture Editing Online For Free with PicMonkey

Luckily, I found PicMonkey via my beloved Twitter (@PicMonkeyApp). I was hesitant to give it a whirl, but their snarky Twitter bio convinced me:

Twitter Bio for PicMonkey

A new, free online photo editing program made by the same people who developed the cool photo effects for Picnik? I am ecstatic that I tried it out and you will be too!

Getting Started With Free Picture Editing Online

PicMonkey is extremely easy to navigate. Get started by simply clicking edit photo and selecting the photo you want to edit from the files on your computer.

choosing photo to edit in PicMonkey

Your photo will immediately open to the right with all of your editing tools on the left of your screen. There are six basic editing options each symbolized by its own emblem. Basic Edits is where you will find the go-to tools that you may need including crop, rotate, sharpen and re size. Effects is where the fun happens. If you have ever used Instagram you will love the different filters that can be added to each photo. There are over 25 different choices including the Warhol effect in honor of infamous Andy Warhol and his paintings.

instagram-like filter on PicMonkey

PicMonkey makes it even easier by allowing you to preview all edits and either save or discard them. There is even an undo option. Each effect is applied by scrolling Touch Up, cleverly symbolized by a tube of lipstick, is the mecca of photo corrections expanding way beyond the typical red-eye reduction. The Text option will allow every blogger to ability to quickly watermark their photos. I suggest using the fade option to make your water mark blend into the photograph for a more professional look.

PicMonkey Watermarking

Borders and Overlays are also options available on PicMonkey.

The Pros

The program does not slow down your computer and every time I have used it I have never had to wait for it to load. The edits are easy to apply, the choices are broad enough to give you options but narrow enough not to overwhelm budding photographers and there are several different ways you can save your photo when you are done.

The Cons

PicMonkey just launched so we will have to wait a little longer for the collage feature; however, they promise much more to come.

Overall, PicMonkey easily fills the Picnik void for bloggers.

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About Ashley Abele

Ashley is a mom of 3 young children, social media consultant and blogger. She focuses on strategizing for bloggers and small businesses to help them reach their online potential and subsequent sales potential as cofounder of Other Half Media. When she’s not busy creating blogger outreach programs, email or social media campaigns, she blogs her life, parenting, and frequent moves at My Front Porch Swing. Connect on @AshleyNAbele on Twitter and on Facebook.