Super Easy Photo Editing
One of the most frequently used tools I’ve discovered not too long ago is PicMonkey – an online photo editor that I use to resize, crop and change images. Best of all, it’s FREE!
Why do I use PicMonkey instead of other tools like Canva? It’s mainly because it’s super easy to use and doesn’t require me to sign up for an account to access the basic features. All I do is go to www.picmonkey.com, click Edit and upload the image I want to change and within seconds, I’m editing. There is no download, registration or account creation required! No need to remember username and passwords. That in itself, is bliss.
Now, the free version does have ads but I hardly even notice them when I am using the tool. It does offer a “Royale” plan whereby you get access to premium features such as better filters, exclusive overlays and frames, premium fonts and extra beautification tools like wrinkle remover, eye tinting and more. PicMonkey charges $12/month for the Premium features but you can pay half that if you prepay annually. It also provides a 7-day free trial so you can give the premium features a good test drive before committing.
For my purposes, I almost exclusively use PicMonkey for fast resizing and cropping of images for usage in websites. These features along with it’s other editing features such as Canvas Colour, Rotate, Exposure, Colors and Sharpen are fun and easy to play with. Once I get the image to how I want it, PicMonkey allows me to save it to my computer, OneDrive or Dropbox in either .jpg or .png format. It also provides the user with three different types of quality of the image you want so that you can control your file size. All great features for someone who is looking to make sure file sizes aren’t too big to keep web pages load speeds down.
As of right now, PicMonkey has a Templates feature in Beta, which provides a number of template designs you can use to help you create things like Facebook covers, business cards, invitations, announcements and others. I believe Canva are well ahead of the game with this feature and offer more usable templates. Maybe PicMonkey will find a niche here that will resonate with its user base.
Overall, I still use PicMonkey for most of my basic image editing needs. Its free on-demand features are robust, fast and easy to use and I couldn’t recommend it more highly for the “non-techie” out there.
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Co-founder of Cornerstone and web junkie, Michael knows just how to diagnose your online problems and remedy the issue. An online enthusiast who believes in technology as an enabler of growth, Michael worries about all the details so you don't have to.