How to Edit Your Photos For Free

How to Edit Your Photos For Free

I hear a lot about Photoshop, Lightroom and other paid editing software. I don’t know about you, but I like doing as much as possible for free! That’s why my favorite editing website is PicMonkey. I’m able to crop, rotate, adjust exposure & colors, sharpen & resize and much more without spending a ton of money.

How do I use Picmonkey?

Step 1:

Go to PicMonkey, hover over the “Edit” button and choose where you’d like to pull your image from.

 

How to edit images for free using PicMonkey

Step 2:

Now you’ll be able to do all the basic editing. If you’re using picmonkey to edit photos for your blog you’ll want to make sure that you use the “Resize” option for every photo. You can also change the canvas color here but you wouldn’t really use that if you’re editing a photo, that’s more for creating a blog photo. I plan on creating a post about that later!

How to edit photos for free using Picmonkey

Effects

Once you’ve finished your basic editing you can add effects to your photo. There are many effects that you can play around with here. There are both free and upgraded options.  I love playing around with the effects on my photos! My favorite to use is usually Orton or Black and White.

How to edit your photos for free using Picmonkey

Touch Ups

You have the ability to do touch ups to your photo, like fixing any blemishes that can be seen, whitening teeth, lip tint, etc. I haven’t used this feature much because I haven’t taken many photos of people other than my boys.

How to edit your photos for free using Picmonkey

Text

There is an option to add text to your photos. I like to add quotes to my photos that have a lot of free space. You can check out my instagram to see some examples!

How to edit your photos for free using Picmonkey

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Overlays

Here you can add an overlay, either one from Picmonkey’s library (free or upgraded) or from your computer. In this photo I used a label to place over my photo. I used the fade adjuster to make it lighter so that you could still see some of the picture behind it. The arrows that I placed to show you where the overlay button on the left hand side is and where the fade adjuster is are also free overlays from the Picmonkey library.

Here's how to edit photos for free using Picmonkey

Frames

You can add a frame to your photo if you’d like. There are 6 free options to choose from and 5 additional frames that you can have access to with an upgraded account. In this photo I added a museum matte frame. With all the frames you have the ability to adjust them however you’d like.

Here's how to edit photos for free using Picmonkey

Textures

You’re able to add textures to your photos. In this photo I added a burst. You can control the blend mode, saturation and fade of these also. As with everything else there are many free and upgraded options.

Here's how to edit photos for free using Picmonkey

Themes

There are some themes that you can use. Many of them are Halloween, but there are also some Christmas, Comic Heroes, Celebrate, Valentines Day and a school theme. Inside these Themes are “costumes” like witch hates, santa beards, etc.; overlays, frames, effects, textures, text, etc. Each theme has something different. I haven’t used them much, but I think that they’d be fun for creating a card or sign of some kind.

How to edit your photos for free using picmonkey

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There are the basics of using PicMonkey to edit your photos for free! Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions. I hope that you love using it as much as I do!

How to Edit Your Photos For Free

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How to Create a Free & Easy Watermark Using Picmonkey

How to create a free and easy watermark using picmonkey

I have recently sparked an interest in photography since I started taking my own photos for the blog. I’m by no means a professional, but I really wanted to show off my photos on social media. I didn’t want my photos to get stolen, so I decided to figure out how to create a free watermark. Picmonkey is my go to website for any type of free photo editing or graphic design.

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Step 1:

First, you will want to open PicMonkey and hover over “design” and then click on “square”.

How to create a watermark using PicMonkey

Step 2:

Once you click the square it will look like this. Click on “Resize” and then make it whatever size you would like. Make sure that the “Keep Proportions” button is checked.

How to create a free and easy watermark using picmonkey

Step 3:

Next, if you’d like a photo or color swatch underneath your text you’ll want to add an overlay. Click on the little butterfly icon and then “My Computer” if you already have an image that you want to use. You can also choose from picmonkey’s library of free or premium overlays.

If you don’t want to use an overlay then you can skip to Step 4.

How to create a free and easy watermark using picmonkey

How to create a free and easy watermark using picmonkey
This is the overlay that I chose and what it looked like once I added it.

Step 4:

Next, you’ll add your text. Click on the “text” icon on the left hand side. Then, choose the font that you want to use. You can either choose from fonts that you have loaded on your computer or from picmonkey’s great selection. After you choose your font, click the “Add text” button and type the name for your watermark. You can use as many text boxes as needed. I used 3 for this project; 1 for “my”, 1 for “Messy” and 1 for “little nest” so that I could manipulate them how I needed.

How to create a free and easy watermark using picmonkey

Step 5:

Once your text is created, go to the “Edits” screen on the top left hand side of the screen. Click on “canvas color” and then the box that says “Transparent canvas,” then the “Apply” button. You’ll know that you’ve done it correctly when the background turns grey and white checkered.

How to create a free and easy watermark using picmonkey

Step 6:

You’re almost done! The last thing that we want to do is save our work. Click the “save” button at the top of the screen. Name your project and then make sure that it’s saved in .png format. I’ve learned from trial and error that if you save it in .jpg it will not have the transparent background.

How to create a free and easy watermark using picmonkey

 

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That’s it, you’re done! I hope that you feel confident now in creating your own free and easy watermark for your photographs. I would love to see your creations on my Facebook page!

 

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