Functional Friday: PicMonkey

Okay, I took pity on you guys and decided to push the book review to next week. I didn’t want everyone to get all book-ed out! Instead I am going to review the program I use to put the finishing touches on all my photos.

Pic Monkey is a website that allows you to create collages and edit photos. I originally stumbled upon it because I was looking for a way to simply create collages and round the corners. I really love the rounded corner look, not that my readers wouldn’t be able to tell. I think it looks soft and classy, even when some of the photos are not.

The collage function allows you to upload photos from your computer, Flickr, Facebook and Drop Box. Once you’ve chosen your photos, it is a simple drag and drop kind of thing. This is by far the easiest collage software I have ever used. If you want the picture to be bigger, you can use the toolbox to zoom in or just drag the edges of the photo.

There are several different preselected arrangements to choose from, such as:

Ducks in a Row

Ducks in a Row Collage

Biggie Smalls

Biggie Smalls Collage

FB Cover

FB Cover Cats

There are literally hundreds of different combinations you could use. Not to mention that if there is a particular set up you like, but wished you could extend that box or add another photo here. Pic Monkey lets you do that. It is 100% customizable.

The photo editing is very user friendly as well. I don’t have Photoshop on my computer, or any other kind of photo editing software. I have no experience with them at all. Trust me, if I can figure this out, anyone can.

There are entire menus of touch ups that can be done to the subjects of your photos, such as teeth whitening, blemish reducer and shine reduction. Then there are the cool things, some of them you have to pay for the Royal Version, but I think it could be totally worth it. One of the things I think it totally cool is the eye tint.

Eye Tint

Another one of my favourite options is the overlays. I’ve used them a couple times, the sparkles on the books I got in the mail, my post from Monday. I try not to go too overboard, although I did like the speech bubbles.

Overlay

The themes are another section of picture editing. I really like these because they group effects, textures, text, overlays, frames and, in some cases, costume effects that go with one theme.

I am really attached to PicMonkey, I actually have the Royal version and have never regretted it. If you are the casual collager and just looking for something that will combine pictures in an easy way, you probably don’t need to go to Royal. I was bitten with the Royal bug because the first week I started to use it there was a free week of the Royal version so you could try all the effects and make the decision that way. I was successfully hooked.