Edit Photos Free with PicMonkey


Like the rest of the interwebbing world I’m quite obsessed with photo editors. I don’t have any expensive, fancy image editors on my computer; I do all my editing using Picasa. It’s free, and pretty awesome.

However! There is a new player in the photo editing game. From the creators of the recently defunct Picnik is PicMonkey. It’s free*. And fabulous.

Here are some of my favourite features:

~ Easy Import

Just click and drag the pic you want to edit. Done.

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~ Cropping

You can crop to many different sizes and dimensions, or to set sizes like “Facebook Timeline”, different sizes for “Avatar”, and “Desktop”. The hard work is done for you!

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~ Sharpen

The sharpness and clarity sliders allow you to instantly gives photos a boost.

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~ Filters

Pretty, pretty filters.

Screen Captures

~ Text

I added text to this photo to create Paul’s birthday card.

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~ Buttons

There are lots of different buttons to choose from to add some quirky/tacky additions to your pics.

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Plenty of choices for frames to give your photo the right finish.

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Scariest Features ~ Touch Ups

Charlotte has had highlights, a tan, eyes brightened, mascara added, lips coloured, teeth whitened, and cheeks blushed. It’d almost be funny. If it wasn’t so freakin’ scary. *shudder*

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~ Save and Go

You have your edited picture downloaded to your hard drive in a click. No hoo-ha with registration and special offers and ads. Just your picture: better.

*PicMonkey is currently free but some features are ‘Royalty’ features, indicated by a small crown. I’m not sure what this means yet, but perhaps we’ll be asked to pay up soon. I might be interested, depending on cost. It is a pretty damn good tool.

What are you waiting for? GO THERE NOW!


11 Comments on “Edit Photos Free with PicMonkey”

  1. homeworkmum says:

    Thanks for this Kylie, I’ve been looking for something for my photos. Now to just get it all onto the blog!

  2. Mez says:

    Oh thanks so much for posting this…I really miss picnik and hadn’t found another one that I liked using…fabulous!!!

  3. Skybeejaz says:

    Downloading now! Looks awesome for online editing. Definitely makes up for my cheap camera and lack of photography skills!

  4. kyl21z says:

    I was so devastated when I got the email to say that Picnik was closing, I’d been using the premium version for a couple of years and loved it! So when I saw that some of the creators had launched PicMonkey I was soooo excited, it’s got most of the Picnik features and I’ve been loving it. I will def be taking out premium membership once it’s available.

  5. I love picmonkey and can waste a good few hours just playing with photos, just for the sake of it. Thanks for the extra tips.

  6. homelifesimplified says:

    I am using picMonkey too (although i waited literally til the minute picnik vanished). i did not even notice the crop feature had settings like avatar and timeline – that is brilliant and something I have not seen in any other picMonkey tutorials etc sweeping the blogosphere! will pin this now.

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