PicMonkey: 8 ways to improve your images

PicMonkey is a great tool you can use in every blog post to make your pictures really stand out.  It’s easy to use but here are a few tricks to make your images make even more of an impact.

8 Ways to improve your blog images

Deleting things from photos

  • Select the Clone tool (last option in the Effects menu) under Advanced
  • Choose an area of the image you want to use to ‘cover up’ the part you wish to erase
  • Select the right circular brush size
  • Click Source and then click to select the ‘cover’
  • Now click on the area you wish to cover up
  • Continue clicking on your source area and covering over the area you want to erase
  • Click Apply

Making a circular picture

  • Choose the picture you want to edit
  • Crop the image into a square, as this will give you a better circle
  • Select Frames and choose the frame you like that gives you the option for corner radius
  • Now, increase the radius as far as it will go
  • Tick the box for transparent corners
  • You now have your new round image

Lightening an image

  • Open your image and click the wand icon on the left hand side to give you a choice of effects
  • Scroll down to Curves
  • Ignoring the pop up box, you’ll see a diagonal line in a box in the Curves section
  • Drag the line a little at a time towards the top left of the box. This will lighten your image
  • If your image starts to look a bit yellow you can try increasing the colour override
  • Make sure to click Apply when you are happy with your image

Brightening an image

  • Open your image and click the wand icon on the left hand side to give you a choice of effects
  • Under Basics select the Boost option
  • Select and increase the colour until you are happy
  • Click Apply to save

Matching colours

  • Click on Edit to upload the image that has the colour you want on
  • Select Overlays (Butterfly outline)
  • Add any shape to your image
  • Select ‘Color 2’ and then click on the pipette icon when it appears
  • Drag the pipette to the colour on your image that you want (the shape will then change to the colour you clicked on)
  • Click on ‘Color 2’ again and the HEX code for your chosen colour will appear in the box between the colour and the pipette icon
  • Make a note of the code or copy and paste it somewhere to keep it safe
  • Repeat this process for any other colours you want to match
  • Then, when you want to use that shade, just type or copy and paste the HEX code into the box and your chosen colour will be ready to use

Removing a background

  • Start by open a blank Design
  • Select Overlays (butterfly icon)
  • Click on Your Own at the top and then choose the image you want to remove a background from
  • Drag the image edges out to enlarge it
  • Choose the Eraser in the overlay pop up box
  • Increase the eraser size and hardness as appropriate, then you can start to rub out the background. As you go along, you can vary the size of the image and the brush to get all of the background.  It may take some time to get it all done
  • When you are done, choose the Basics option from the left hand menu
  • Click on Canvas Color and tick the Transparent canvas box
  • Now you can use your altered image as an overlay on a new image by opening it (Edit a picture), select Overlays, then Your Own, then choose your image and move it onto your new canvas

Creating a black and white image with spot colour

  • Start by making your picture black and white
  • Click on the paintbrush icon and select the appropriate size of brush for the area you want to put back into colour
  • Now you’re ready to start removing black and white sections – use the zoom function to help you focus on the part you’re working on

Curving words

PicMonkey doesn’t offer a function to curve the whole word the way Photoshop does.  However, it is still possible to do using PicMonkey and it isn’t too hard.

  • Start by uploading the image you want to add the text to
  • Click on the text icon
  • Type only the first letter of your word
  • Now resize the box tightly around your first letter
  • Repeat opening a text box and typing just one letter at a time
  • If you click on a letter you’ll see a circle on a line coming out of the top of the box. Use this to change the angle of each letter to create your curved word

Are you a whiz at PicMonkey and have more tips to share or do you use different software?

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4 comments on PicMonkey: 8 ways to improve your images

  1. Sammy at Seize each day
    June 12, 2015 at 5:30 pm (3 years ago)

    A really helpful post – thank you. I love picmonkey and the fact it’s FREE too.
    I’d like to know how you do the overlay boxes with text in (like you’ve got in the picture at the top of this post) – I know how to add text in, but don’t know how to do the sort of brushed out white box, circle etc – any help much appreciated. Sammy x
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    • Emma T
      June 14, 2015 at 9:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Add an overlay – choose which one you want, then in the edit box you’ll have a fade option slider/change colour.
      Then go to text, choose the one you want, edit, then just drag it over the overlay box.
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      • Sammy at Seize each day
        June 15, 2015 at 10:16 am (3 years ago)

        Oh Emma thanks for that – I’ve just had a go and yippeee it’s done exactly what I want it to do. Thanks so much for replying, that’s fab x
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        • Hannah
          June 15, 2015 at 11:56 am (3 years ago)

          Thanks for answering Emma!! Good luck with it all Sammy, Picmonkey is a definitely fav here 🙂 Hannah xx

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