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Fun and Easy Photo Editing

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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.

Thrifty Creative Living: Fun and Easy Photo Editing

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.

favorite picmonkey royale fonts

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.

PicMonkey Flourishes

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.

picmonkey labels

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.

Halloween Card
Family photo Christmas card

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!

Thanks for visiting!

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Friday 2nd of January 2015

[…] size, to exposure, to text and overlays I use PicMonkey to enhance them. ¬†You can read my recent Picmonkey post to see why I love this […]

Gale

Wednesday 12th of November 2014

I usually use the Gimp for editing (free program like Adobe Photoshop). But those fonts on Picmonkey do look nifty, as do the templates.

banglewoodcraftsTiff Hill

Wednesday 12th of November 2014

Thanks for this! I need to bookmark it because I am always trying to fancy up a photo. Thanks!

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