Be a Power-User of PicMonkey

You don’t need to know Photoshop to edit your photos any more.


You have your DSLR.

You took great shots.

And now you have all sorts of wonderful pictures to use.

But  they all need a little bit of adjustment.


PicMonkey has just the tools you need to make those images look snazzy and be able to turn those boring pieces into a better, more eye-catching visual masterpieces.

PicMonkey is an online photo editing service headquartered in Seattle, Washington, which was founded in April 2012 by two former Picnik engineers, Brian Terry and Justin Huff. Upon learning that Google planned to shut down Picnik in 2012, Terry and Huff left Google to create PicMonkey as a “more efficient and feature-rich replacement.” PicMonkey was founded with additional backing from former Picnikers Jonathan Sposato, Lisa Conquergood and Charlie Whiton.

“Sixty million voices cried out when Picnik died,” said Lisa Conquergood, PicMonkey co-founder and chief marketing officer. “We really wanted to fill that void.”


It is a free photo editing site that runs right in whatever browser you prefer. It’s full of basic edits, beautiful filters, and fun extras like stickers and frames. Some of the options are only available after upgrading to the Royale version, that comes with “ads-free editing and a kingly hoard of primo effects, fonts, overlays, and textures” starting at $2.75 per month.

Here are some of PicMonkey’s features:

  • Resize
  • Crop
  • Adjust exposure
  • Add frames
  • Add effects
  • Add fun stickers
  • Add text
  • Add overlays
  • Add logos or watermarks

You can use the free fonts, overlays, effects and editing tools, and if you upgrade to the Royale, you get a lot more options. Picmonkey is extremely easy to use, cheap, user-friendly and you can edit and create some pretty awesome looking photos. They also have some great collage options. 

Simple, fewer choices. All free, no surprises.

It’s just annoying there are lots of ads in the free version.

One more thing that I think is pretty cool is that when you are designing, you can choose your background or even make a transparent background for designs you might be doing. For that you go to Basic Edits and click on Canvas Color. If I wanted to make a round logo for example, I would choose a transparent background and then overlay a circle from the Geometric Shapes overlay section. Then I would put whatever design I wanted inside the circle, like text, colors, or textures. Once I have saved the design I have a round logo.

You can use it for free and most of the features are included. But a few of the fonts and effects are premium so you have to pay extra for those.

But you can probably have even more fun using it for personal images because you can do things like give your friends vampire fangs or a nice Zombiesque skin tone.

I’ve been using PicMonkey for quite some time, especially to resize my own photos downloaded from my camera. I couldn’t get along without it. I’ve not tried some of the fancier options, but have looked at a few and I think they’d be fun to play around with.

It really is the perfect photo editing tool and is definitely easy enough to understand. Picmonkey is easier and faster.

Check out how I worked my PicMonkey magic.



Try it out and let me know what you think!

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