Hello @Home Take 2 readers! It’s Lindsey from The Accidental Wallflower again with another PicMonkey tutorial. You can check out my first tutorial here, which I hope you find informative. Today we’ll be going over some of the advanced features the site offers.
I’m going to continue editing the picture we started with last time.
You can find the advanced editing tools just below the basic editor.
First up are the Effects. PicMonkey offers tons of fun effects to play around with. Here I used the Intrepid effect, which changes the lighting and saturation of the picture.
Other effects I like are Tranquil, Polaroid Film and Cinerama. Just play around and find the ones that you like! Be mindful that certain effects will work better on some pictures than others. And, please, just say no to the focal effects. Professional photographers hate those type of effects, and they frequently get mentioned on You are Not a Photographer 🙂
The Touch Up tool is what most people think of when they think of PhotoShop. Here I got rid of a small cut above my son’s right eye with Blemish Fix and used the Eye Brighten tool to bring out his baby blues a bit more.
Less is more with the Touch Up tool. Use the options sparingly, otherwise your subjects could end up looking like a porcelain doll.
The Text tool is pretty basic, it allows you to add text to your photo.
I love all the different fonts PicMonkey has, but beware, it’s kind of a pain to get the text just the way you want it. Tip: if you want multiple lines of text the easiest way is to use the enter key instead of playing around with the size of the text box, which I think only controls the size of the font.
The Overlays tool is really fun. There are a bunch of different images you can add to your picture. Stuff like flowers, buttons, speech bubbles, stars and even mustaches.
All Overlays are customizable in size, angle and color so you can get the exact look you’re going for. You can also upload your own image, so kind of like picture-in-picture if you wanted.
The next two tools are Frames and Textures. Here I added one of each.
I used the Museum Matte frame along with a Weave texture.
New for the month of October are the Halloween themes. You can make anyone look like a vampire, witch, demon or zombie!
So that’s it for the advanced tools in PicMonkey. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and learned something new. Now head on over to PicMonkey and start experimenting!
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