Here at I heart snapping, we love taking photos. And we love editing our photos even more. Over the next few months we will be showing you how to edit your photo’s and make them look awesome using some of the most popular packages including Picasa, Pixlr, Photoshop, as well as iPhone apps too. After all, it is important to have knowledge of different editing software, as they can all bring different dimensions to your photos. We decided to start with PicMonkey as it is the one that most bloggers seem to find the most accessible at the moment and which a lot of bloggers seem to be turning to. One blogger who is particularly passionate about photography is The Boy and Me and she has written another informative review on her take on PicMonkey.
PicMonkey first came to our attention after it was announced that another firm favourite of ours Picnik was being stopped on the 19th April 2012. Picnik was fab for it’s easiness and convenience, so we were interested to hear about PicMonkey while mopping up our tears over Google’s decision. The main question is does it compare?
First of all it is worth noting that PicMonkey has been created by some of the original folk behind Picnik so that means we have high hopes for it.
The first screen we are greeted with is the home screen…
It may be shallow to say…but it looks prettier than Picnik. Surely that means it will do good things to your photos?
When you upload your photo ready for taking, you are greeted with a really easy to use and sleek looking menu sidebar. From here you can do lots of editing to your chosen photo- from the basic touch up’s such as resizing, cropping and rotating, to more advance options such as adding text or using some of their chosen filters.
Here are some examples of some of the filters which we really like- there are 37 in total which are free for the time being, and they can make even the most boring photo look a bit more interesting. Love them or loathe them, these filter effects are everywhere at the moment, and you can literally change the effect of your photo with the click of a button.
At the moment there is no way of doing a collage, like the one above on PicMonkey but it says on their home page that is coming soon. This one was done on Photoshop, but for bloggers who don’t have the technical know how (or money!) to buy an expensive package like Adobe Creative Suite, the collage option will be a welcome addition to make your photos look great as I always think collages look fab on blogs.
Another excellent feature of PicMonkey is the touch up menu. Want to look a little thiner around the face? Have less wrinkles? Whiter teeth? Just come on this menu and you can instantly change the way you look at the click of a button. As with all of PicMonkeys menu’s, it is very easy to use and very straightforward. While I think that is the little imperfections that make a photo and a memory, this screen is handy if you did want too change slight aspects of a photo. It has a red eye reduction option which is handy too. Here is an example of me slightly tweaking a photo of myself and my sister- you don’t want to go to OTT and end up not looking like yourself.
The touch up tool is great, I personally wouldn’t use it, but I can see how it may appeal to some people.
Finally there are a fun and wide range of overlays, such as hearts, speech bubbles, symbols and labels which you can add to your photo, as well as lots of different fonts and textures.
Overall we were really impressed with PicMonkey. It is really sleek to look at, enjoyable and fun, and above all it delivers great results. It is easy enough and straightforward enough to encourage even the most technophobe person to give photo editing a go. While more experienced photo editors may want more, it is a perfect go between when you want a quick fix.
Here at I heart snapping we love the new PicMonkey and think it will be around for a long time yet. We will be using it for some of our tutorials over the next few months so stick around if you want to learn more about it. Why not give it a go and you will soon find your photos and blog posts will be looking fabulous!