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Gussy Up Your Photos with PicMonkey

photo artHave you noticed that Facebook posts containing photos or graphics attract more activity? Have you wanted to use eye-catching graphics on Facebook, Pinterest, or other social media? Well, you can make your own graphics and photos with slogans, Bible verses, or quotations. Yes, you can do it yourself with an online photo editor like PicMonkey.

PicMonkey Is Free

PicMonkey allows you to edit your photos to improve the contrast, brightness, and focus. You can crop, rotate—many of the things you can do with photo software. PicMonkey also offers other functions such as adding text to your photo or creating a graphic from scratch. And, you do not have to create an account or track yet another username and password. You can upgrade to the paid version, at which time you would need to create an account.

PicMonkey Fun with Your Photos

The photo on this post was created with PicMonkey. I took the picture while on vacation. I uploaded it to PicMonkey’s “Edit” tool, where I adjusted the contrast and brightness with “Exposure” tool. Then I used the text tool to overlay the Bible verse. Once I was happy with the result, I saved it to my computer. I used this photo in Facebook posts recently, and it got more comments and likes than any post I’ve done lately.

In another instance, I created a graphic without a photo using the “Design” feature in PicMonkey. Here it is on Facebook. I started with a blank slate, then created a plain, colored background. I didn’t try any of the effects that can be used on the background, or canvas, as PicMonkey calls it. Some of the special effects are free, while others are reserved for paid members. I chose white text for the Bible verse. I saved it as a jpg file and posted it on Facebook without any other comment. I got a lot of likes on this entry, too.

PicMonkey Is Easy

If you’ve used photo editing software before, you will have an advantage using PicMonkey. Don’t worry if you have no experience, though. PicMonkey has a beginner tips page. At the end of the beginner tutorial, there are links to tutorials on the other features.

PicMonkey Caution

You can do anything you want with photos you own. For photos taken by others, be sure you have permission to use and/or alter the photo. If you get photos online from services like Bing or Flickr, read the licensing information. Some allow you to use the photo for free but not alter it. Others allow you to use/alter it if you link to the source of the photo (where the license information should be spelled out). My rule for using the photos not my own is: “If in doubt, leave it out.”

Another caution. I discovered after this post went live that there are glitches when using PicMonkey in Google Chrome browser. I could not save my creation after I had done all the work. Very frustrating. For the record, I use Mozilla Firefox to browse the Web.

PicMonkey Is Not the Only Free Editor

There are a number of other free editors online. Here’s an extensive list. Readers, have you used one of these services or another online photo editor? Comment on this post and share the link.

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2 Responses to Gussy Up Your Photos with PicMonkey

  1. Cecelia Lester February 11, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    Emily: Thank you for this information. I will play around with Pic Monkey when I have more time.

  2. Emily Akin February 11, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    It’s a lot of fun when you get into it.

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