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How To Edit Pictures With PicMonkey

By Sep 23, 2015 69 Comments

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Do you get overwhelmed at the thought of editing photos? I am a professional photographer and I had a near-crippling fear of photo editing years ago. With practice and some tips and tricks, I was able to learn the basics of photo editing pretty easily. I use Photoshop and Lightroom these days, but did you know that PicMonkey is easy to use and wonderful for blog photo editing?

I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to be a professional photographer to know how to edit pictures in a way that will make your post pop, and to create something interesting to look at on your blog.

Photo Editing Tips | Learn how to use PicMonkey to edit pictures for your blog the easy way!

How To Edit Pictures With PicMonkey

I own a few cameras – from a professional Canon, to a consumer-level Canon, to an iPhone camera. You can edit photos from ANY kind of camera to make them pop more – you don’t need an expensive dSLR. A point & shoot or smartphone camera will do fine. Here’s an example of a snapshot I took years ago:

Quick snapshot of a cute baby - you don't have to have a professional camera to take great pictures.

It’s a cute photo of my daughter, but it’s a bit flat and dull for my taste. The colors need to be brightened, and her eyes need to be sharpened. I went to PicMonkey and hit the “Edit” button, and then opened the photo.

PicMonkey is a great site for quick and easy photo editing.

I hit the Crop button first, and cut away the distracting right side of the image. Then I hit the Exposure button, and lightened my photo just a bit. Remember that proper exposure means that your subject looks as it does in real life. If it’s too washed out or too dark, it’s not properly exposed.

Then I went to the Colors button and made the photo black and white. I shoot both in color and black and white. Black and white photos are eye-catching and can stimulate emotion from the viewer of the photo, or reader of your blog.

Try making your photo black and white when you are editing. It will give the picture a whole new feel.

And yet many other photos, especially of children, do very well in color.

Black and White photography is beautiful, but sometimes you need to capture all the rich colors of the scene to really tell the story.

A very cool thing about PicMonkey is that if you don’t like a change you made, you can hit the back arrow and erase the change. There are quite a few basic edits you can make. Then if you hit the magic wand button, there are quite a few effects – like “Blemish Fix”, “Spray Tan”, “Eye Brighten” and more!

Here is my fun with Eye Brighten. Please note that some features and effects are for Royale customers, and aren’t free. These features have a small crown on them, and when you try them out on your photo, the Monkey will appear to let you know that you are previewing a paid feature.

You can brighten eyes and make other fun edits in PicMonkey.

You can also add text, overlays, frames, textures, and themes.

Add hearts or other fun shapes to your pictures with PicMonkey!

It’s a lot of fun choosing how to customize your photos and make them more interesting to your blog readers. Is the above photo perfect? Of course not! BUT…I took a photo that wasn’t memorable in the slightest and turned it into something memorable AND more interesting to look at.

Drab to fab took me less than five minutes!

How do YOU edit your photos?

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About Tamara Bowman

Tamara is a professional photographer, a mama of two, a writer/blogger and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter and son in glorious western Massachusetts. She spends her spare time looking for moose, taking pictures of her kids, and maybe – just maybe – teaching them about photography. She can be found on Facebook @Tamara Camera Photography, Twitter @TamaraCamPhoto , Instagram @TamaraCameraPhoto , and Pinterest @Tamara Camera Photography & Blog and on her blog @Tamara Camera Blog.

69 Comments

  • Michelle says:

    I used to use the options in my iPhoto. Now I use Photoshop Elements 10. It’s the cheaper option, but I don’t need a lot of fancy editing. I also bought a few Elements Actions. These just make the processes so much easier.

  • Tish says:

    Thanks for sharing! These are great tips for bloggers! I started out using Picnik and still do at times. I have a Mac and also use some of the features that iPhoto provides. I recently discovered Pixlr and love all the features they offer! It’s free and a great alternative if you aren’t ready to purchase photoshop. Just this week though, I took the plunge and downloaded photoshop CS5. I’m looking forward to learning how to use it!

  • This is so awesome! Thank you for sharing this website. I’m awful at taking pictures and always see such amazing photos on other blogs. I try to use the basic windows editing but that doesn’t do the trick so then I tried Instagram. The only problem with that is it doesn’t allow you to edit photos that aren’t on your phone. This is truly amazing! Just what I needed. Thank you thank you thank you!

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  • Cynthia says:

    I have been a professional photographer for over 20 years…okay over 25 years, I’m getting old. I think this is a terrific post with great tips. I also want to tell you that you don’t need a fancy camera. I have used about every kind of camera you can imagine and I now mostly photograph with my iPhone. You’ve certainly shown that a little practice, a little time and a little editing…and your photos will look super duper professional!