I have been blogging for about 18 months. A month or 2 in I realized my photos needed a little something. They needed basic editing, a watermark, and sometimes text or fun extras. I went on the hunt for a free and easy program I could use to do this and I found Picmonkey. Picmonkey is a free online photo editing program. No software needed and really no learning curve. It’s fun and has enhanced my photos tremendously.
I have used the free version of Picmonkey up until last month. I found myself eyeing up the fonts and images only available to Royale (paying) members. I was taking extra time creating an effect that I could easily do in a click or 2 with Royale. So I decided to take the plunge and try out Royale, the initial trial is free after all. I was hooked after my first picture! I immediately signed up for a year for only $33.
I’m telling you this because I am, at heart, a thrifty gal. I do not like to spend money if I can do something for free. Can you relate? I had avoided paying for this service because I figured it wasn’t worth it. I want to show you a couple features I am loving that are totally worth a couple bucks a month. If you’ve never used Picmonkey before I highly recommend playing around with it. I am just touching on a few features here but there is so much more you need to try out.
Fonts – By far the expanded font selection is my favorite part of Picmonkey Royale. I still use a couple basic fonts all the time (Black Jack is my go-to) but its fun to dress up my images sometimes.
Cutouts – I created the graphic above using a holiday cutout ( in the Santaland theme). Before Royale I would have colored the background then added a label and aligned it with the wording. With a cut out I just chose the shape and background and it looks beautiful in half the time.
Flourishes – This Royale feature is so pretty. I have used these under headings to call attention. They look great on long pinnable images with text on the bottom. I am also using a Flourish on my Christmas card this year.
Labels – I use a label or rectangle on almost all of my feature images; those I will be sharing or pinning. The basic labels are mostly square and solid. Functional but not overly impressive. The Royale labels have a border and can be solid or 2 color like the ones below. There are also wide labels which allows for a title or caption across the bottom of an image.
Frames– This fun feature adds a seasonal graphic to the bottom of your image. It’s currently available in a winter and Halloween theme, These looks great on cards. My Christmas card is top secret right now but I love how easy it is to add some holiday cheer to any family photo.
This is what I am loving about PicMonkey. If you are a blogger, shop owner, like to play around with pictures, or thinking about creating your own cards Royale might be for you. I encourage you to do the free trial and see what you think. I’d love to hear your thoughts and see your fabulous images!
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